– Joseph and Moses, how God chooses those he can mold

Both Joseph Smith and Moses were chosen by God to lead His people as prophets. Both had hard lives and each as a leader felt that the people were as a weight they struggled to pull along. Both men brough forth the word of God in abundance and only sought to do God’s will and not their own. Here is a great quote from Brigham Young on the calling of Joseph as a prophet.

“Who else ever said that Joseph Smith was anything but an unlearned son of a backwoodsman; who had all his lifetime, ever since he would handle an ax, helped his father to support his little family by cutting wood? Thus the Lord found him, and called him to be a Prophet, and made him a successful instrument in laying the foundation of His kingdom for the last time. This people never professed that Joseph Smith was anything more than a Prophet given to them of the Lord; and to whom the Lord gave the keys of this last dispensation, which were not to be taken from him in time, neither will they be in eternity.” Brigham Young (Journal of Discourses, 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints’ Book Depot, 1854-1886], 2: 127.)

Joseph was called as a prophet of God in a miraculous manner just as Moses had been anciently. It was just as unexpected for Joseph as it had been for Moses. Neither man had sought such a calling. Each had been prepared to humbly do as God commanded them. Moses had just finished 40 years on the backside of the desert in humble circumstances. Joseph had grown up farming under humble circumstances as well.

The event of the appearance of Jesus and God the Father to the young boy Joseph Smith in 1820 restored what was lost concerning our knowledge of God. This is something to appreciate and glory in. This single event was one of the most important events to happen in the history of the earth. Joseph Smith gave this simple description of the event.

“I was enwrapped in a heavenly vision, and saw two glorious Personages, who exactly resembled each other in features and likeness, surrounded with a brilliant light which eclipsed the sun at noon day. ” – (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 536.)

Joseph should be admired for all of his great accomplishments. He lived a truly remarkable life. We do not however worship him. There has not been a shrine erected in the location of the woods where his vision took place. We worship the creator not the creation. Nevertheless this event is not something to ignore or be ashamed about. This began the restoration of the correct truths and knowledge of God.

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