Gospel Doctrine help for Lesson 5(A): For a while, the Lord prohibited Joseph Smith from sharing his Bible translation publicly. Also, Moses 1:42 explicitly says that the account of Moses’ vision should not be shown “unto any except them that believe.” Any guesses as to the reasons behind these restrictions?
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My friend expressed that she viewed the Old Testament as a terrifying book about a terrible (and "thankfully past)" time in the earth's history. She seemed deeply troubled about the Lord's commandments in the Law of Moses specifically. She could not understand how a loving God would require such behavior, which, in her eyes, was nothing but wasteful and cruel. I had experienced similar questions and wonderings myself. Yet, my recent study had been opening up new worlds for me.
At the beginning of the vision that appears in Moses 1 in the Pearl of Great Price, Moses saw the “world … and all the children of men”. Then, near the end of the vision, he seems to have experienced the same thing again when he saw the “earth, and … the inhabitants thereof". Why is this so?
Jesus Christ is the center of the family. If Christ is not central, then the family eventually becomes merely a group of people who share similar DNA patterns. If Christ is central, the family receives eternal glory and eternal exaltation in the kingdom of God.