Tag Archives: Joseph Smith Jr

Program/Worksheet for the First LDS Church Meeting

It wasn’t known as the LDS Church on April 6, 1830, but this is what a program for the newly organized Church of Christ might have looked like on that historic day.

Church Organized Handout in form of Sacrament Meeting Program D&C 20-21

Church Organized Handout in form of Sacrament Meeting Program D&C 20-21

Joseph Smith receives the Gold plates by Kenneth Riley

Joseph Smith—History 1:4759
At length the time arrived for obtaining the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate. On the twenty-second day of September, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, having gone as usual at the end of another year to the place where they were deposited, the same heavenly messenger delivered them up to me. Joseph Smith—History 1:59

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Smith went about his usual duties on the farm the morning after Moroni had visited him three times during the night. But he was tired and weak. His father, who was working with him, could see something was wrong with Joseph and told him to go home. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:4748.)

Joseph started for the house. When he tried to cross a fence, he was so weak that he fell to the ground unconscious. As he regained consciousness, he heard a voice calling him by name. He looked up and saw Moroni standing above him surrounded by light. Moroni repeated everything he had told Joseph the night before and then told Joseph to tell his father of his vision. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:4849.)

Joseph went back to the field and told his father. His father said it was of God and told him to do what Moroni had commanded him. Joseph went to the place where Moroni said the plates were buried. He immediately recognized it because he had seen it in the vision. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:50.)

The plates were located in a hill near the village of Manchester, Ontario County, New York. They were in a stone box under a large stone on the west side of the hill, not far from the top. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:51.)

Joseph got a stick to use as a lever and raised up the stone. He looked in and saw the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate. Joseph tried to take them out of the box, but Moroni stopped him. Moroni said it would be four years before Joseph could take them. He told Joseph to meet him at the same location exactly one year from that day. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:5253.)

Joseph went to the hill every year for four years. Each time, Moroni met him and told him what the Lord was going to do and how His kingdom would be conducted in the last days. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:54.)

After four years, on 22 September 1827, Moroni gave Joseph the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate. Moroni told Joseph to be careful and not let anyone else have them. If he did, Joseph would be “cut off.” Joseph was to be responsible for them until Moroni came to get them. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:59.)

The next day after Moroni’s three visits, the angel visited Joseph Smith a fourth time to repeat his message. This time, Moroni directed Joseph to tell his father about his vision. Joseph obeyed, and his father assured him it was of God and told his son to follow Moroni’s instructions. Joseph went and found the gold plates buried in a nearby hill, just as Moroni had said. Moroni appeared and told Joseph not to touch the plates yet but to return at the same time each year to meet him and receive instructions. After four years, in September 1827, Moroni gave the plates to Joseph. He promised that if Joseph did his best to keep them safe, the gold plates would be protected until Moroni returned for them.

Artist, Kenneth Riley

© 2002 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission

The Prophet Joseph Loved Children by Clark Kelley Price

3 Nephi 9:22; Moroni 8:17
Wherefore, all children are alike unto me; wherefore, I love little children with a perfect love. Moroni 8:17

Joseph Smith tried to keep all of Heavenly Father’s commandments. He wanted to be kind to everyone, especially children. Joseph knew that Jesus Christ wants all His disciples to have the faith and humility of little children (see 3 Nephi 9:22). Joseph taught the people about God’s love for children (see Moroni 8:17) and showed them, through his example, how to treat children.

Joseph loved to be around children and often took time to play with them or help them. One girl, Margarette Burgess, remembered a time when Joseph Smith helped her and her brother, Wallace. They were walking to school on a very muddy road when they got stuck in the mud and could not get out. The harder they tried to get loose, the deeper they went in the mud. They grew very frightened and became worried that they would be forever stuck in the muddy road. They began to cry.

The children saw Joseph coming from his store. He pulled them out of the mud, put them on drier ground, and cleaned the mud from their shoes. The prophet talked to them kindly and used his handkerchief to wipe the tears from their faces. Soon Margarette and Wallace stopped crying and were able to go off to school.

Joseph Smith loved children and enjoyed playing with them and helping them. He taught the people about God’s love for children and showed them how to treat them. For example, one day a young sister and brother got stuck in a muddy road and were afraid they would not get out. Joseph came and pulled them out of the mud, cleaned off their shoes, and wiped the tears from their faces.

Artist, Clark Kelley Price

© 1997 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

Joseph Smith Translating the Book of Mormon by Del Parson

D&C 20:811; Joseph Smith—History 1:3435, Joseph Smith—History 1:71 footnote
The Book of Mormon … [proves] to the world that the holy scriptures are true, and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation, as well as in generations of old. D&C 20:8, D&C 20:11

Three years after Joseph Smith was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ, the angel Moroni appeared to Joseph and told him there was a record written on gold plates that gave an account of the ancient inhabitants of the Americas. Joseph was to translate this record using two stones fastened to a breastplate, the Urim and Thummim. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:3435.) Moroni taught Joseph about the work he was called to do for four more years and then delivered the plates and the interpreters to him in 1827.

Oliver Cowdery served as a scribe to the Prophet Joseph as he translated the Book of Mormon. In describing his experience, Oliver wrote: “These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, ‘interpreters,’ the history or record called ‘The Book of Mormon’ ” (Joseph Smith—History 1:71 footnote).

When the Prophet Joseph Smith received the gold plates from the angel Moroni, he studied the strange language written on them. With Heavenly Father’s help, Joseph translated the writing on the gold plates into words he could understand. Oliver Cowdery helped Joseph by being his scribe. As Joseph read out loud from the plates, Oliver wrote down the words. When the translation into English was completed, the book was printed. It is called the Book of Mormon.

Artist, Del Parson

© 1997 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

Elijah Restores the Power to Seal Families for Eternity by Gary E Smith

Malachi 4:56; Matthew 17:13; D&C 110:1316
Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. D&C 2:12

Elijah was the last prophet to hold certain keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood before the time of Jesus Christ. During Christ’s mortal ministry, Elijah appeared on the Mount of Transfiguration with Moses to give these keys to the Savior (see Matthew 17:13). Elijah appeared again on 3 April 1836 in the Kirtland Temple to restore these same keys to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery (see D&C 110:1316). This appearance was the fulfillment of a prophecy that declared that Elijah would come in the last days as a preparation for the Second Coming of the Lord (see Malachi 4:56).

The keys Elijah held and restored are the keys to the sealing power of the high priesthood of God. By this authority, families can be sealed together for eternity according to the plan of our Father in Heaven. The keys of this power and blessing are used in the holy temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to provide sealing ordinances for all of God’s children.

Elijah, a prophet who lived on this earth hundreds of years before Christ was born, visited the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple in 1836. Elijah gave these men the authority and priesthood power to seal families together for eternity.

Artist, Gary E. Smith

© 1997 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Moroni Appears to Joseph Smith in his Room by Tom Lovell

Joseph Smith—History 1:2747
He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni. Joseph Smith—History 1:33

After Joseph Smith received his First Vision, he told several people about it. Instead of believing him, most people made fun of him. Still, Joseph knew that he had been called of God. He was a fun-loving boy, however, and sometimes not very serious, so he felt he needed forgiveness. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:2728.)

On the night of 21 September 1823, 17-year-old Joseph went to his bedroom and began to pray for forgiveness (see Joseph Smith—History 1:29). As he prayed, a light appeared in his room, and “a personage appeared at [Joseph’s] bedside, standing in the air” (Joseph Smith—History 1:30). This personage had on a very white, loose robe (see Joseph Smith—History 1:31).

The messenger introduced himself as Moroni. He said God had sent him to tell Joseph of the work God had for him to do. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:33.)

Moroni told Joseph about a book written on gold plates. This book was about people who had lived on the American continent many years before. Jesus visited these people after He was resurrected and taught them the gospel. Moroni also told Joseph about something called a Urim and Thummim. The Urim and Thummim was with the gold plates, and Joseph was to use it to translate the plates. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:3435.)

Moroni quoted Old Testament prophecies about events that would happen. He also quoted from the New Testament. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:3641.)

Moroni told Joseph that when he got the plates, he should show them only to those God chose to see them. While Moroni was speaking, Joseph saw in a vision the place where the gold plates were buried. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:42.) When Moroni finished speaking, he rose toward heaven until he disappeared (see Joseph Smith—History 1:43).

As Joseph thought about the things he had just seen and heard, Moroni returned and told Joseph the same things he had told him before. Then Moroni told Joseph of many problems that would come to the earth in the future. When Moroni finished, he went up into heaven again. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:4445.)

Joseph was so overwhelmed he could not sleep. Then, to his surprise, Moroni came a third time. Again Moroni repeated what he had told Joseph. He also warned Joseph that Satan would tempt him to use the gold plates to become rich, but that they should only be used to build God’s kingdom. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:46.)

Again Moroni left. As Joseph pondered his unusual experience, he heard a rooster crow. Moroni’s visits had taken the entire night. (See Joseph Smith—History 1:47.)

On the night of 21 September 1823, 17-year-old Joseph Smith was praying. An angel named Moroni appeared. Moroni told Joseph that God had a work for him and described a book written on gold plates. This book was a record of ancient people who had lived on the American continent, and it contained the fulness of the gospel. Joseph was to translate this record. Moroni quoted some verses from the Bible and gave Joseph instructions. Moroni appeared to Joseph two more times that night, repeating the same message.

Artist, Tom Lovell

© 2002 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

Modern Day Prophets

They are outlined drawings of each of the modern day prophets. You can get each of the prophets individually off of my website www.myctrring.com under clip art and prophet clip art (there is also a button for it on the home page). I also have an outline of the first presidency there.

These would be great for in programs, announcements, or even as something for kids to color.