Mary Whitmer hosted many early Saints during the translation of the Book of Mormon and when the Church was formally organized at a meeting in her home. Elisabeth Westwood introduces Mary’s story and explains how it’s spoken to her as a Latter-day Saint dealing with depression.
This film features the experiences of David Whitmer as Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery stay with his family in Fayette, New York, to finish the translation of the Book of Mormon. Among other events, Martin Harris joins David and Oliver as the three become the chosen witnesses of the divinity of the Book of Mormon and the sacred plates from which the book was translated.
As Joseph was translating the Book of Ether in the Book of Mormon, he learned that three special witnesses would be able to see the plates. Section 17 is a revelation to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris, who would be the three special witnesses. Through their faith, they were able to see the gold plates, the sword of Laban, the Urim and Thummim, and the Liahona. They were commanded to testify of the things they had seen.
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This is where Oliver Cowdrey and Joseph Smith were baptized and received the revelation from John the Baptist about the Priesthood.
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As the translating went on, Joseph and Oliver came across a passage of scripture indicating that one needed authority from God to baptize. Joseph and Oliver had not been baptized, and they decided to ask the Lord how it should be done. They went to a quiet place near the Susquehanna River. When they prayed, a messenger appeared, saying that his name was John, who was called John the Baptist in the New Testament. John the Baptist laid his hands on the heads of Joseph and Oliver and ordained them to the Aaronic Priesthood. The Aaronic Priesthood gave them the authority to baptize. They went to the river where Joseph first baptized Oliver, and then Oliver baptized Joseph. After they had been baptized, they were filled with the Holy Ghost.
Today we’re going to be talking about ministering angels from both sides of the veil and how they come and minister to our needs to set the stage for what we’re going to discuss today in church history and in the Scriptures. I want to begin in a nonconventional way. I want to tell you a story that happened back in 2010. This is a story of Tim and Karen Turner, they lived in Oregon, they had six children, five of which had a physical and mental struggles in life.
What is an angel? Are they chubby babies flying around, shooting people with Cupid’s arrows? Ouch.
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