The ancients prophesied that a book of truth would come out of the earth, that angels would restore priesthood authority, and that the Savior and the Father would appear together to begin the restoration of all things that God had spoken by the mouths of his holy prophets since the world began. Where in world history can you find anyone who has fulfilled these prophecies, other than the Prophet Joseph Smith?
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Many prophets foreknew and foretold of Joseph Smith’s life and mission. Ancient prophets have been anticipating for hundred and even thousands of years the marvelous work that Joseph Smith would perform. Here are more of the scriptural prophecies fulfilled by the Prophet Joseph.
The Book of Mormon presents itself to the world as a miracle and as a sign that God has begun the process of gathering scattered Israel, as He anciently covenanted to do. For this and other reasons, many people have naturally been interested in the details of its coming forth, including the timing of its translation.
One evidence that Joseph Smith was called of God is the sheer number of scriptural prophecies he fulfilled. Any biblical scholar or Christian reformer familiar with the Bible might be able guess how to fulfill some of these prophetic utterances. But to fulfill them all, by a single individual, within a very short window of time, is simply beyond human capacity, without some divine, intervening help.
Joseph Smith was a unique individual, differing from every other religious leader in Christian history. Joseph’s brother, Hyrum Smith, once observed, “There were prophets before, but Joseph has the spirit and power of all the prophets” (History of the Church, 6:346). What does it mean for Joseph to have the kind of power? And where did he get it?
Every great organization has an inspiring story of its origin—a stirring anecdote of where and how it all began. The First Vision is our inspiring story that informs everything we do and everything we are. Here are some questions about the First Vision with answers that are important to understand.
The fact that Joseph Smith actually discovered an ancient record is remarkable. But translating it so quickly was an even greater miracle. Truly the Book of Mormon is, as the Lord described it, “a marvelous work and a wonder.” Even so, the printed text of the book is still its own best evidence of historic, ancient authenticity.