Thursday, December 23, 2010

Happy BirthdayJoseph

On Dec. 23, 1805, as much of the world was preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, another baby boy was born. Like Jesus, this 19th century baby came forth in humble circumstances and in an obscure village.

Though the world didn't know it at the time, the birth of Joseph Smith Jr. would initiate what is arguably the greatest and most far-reaching chain of events in the history of Christianity since the Savior's mortal ministry itself. 

That infant would grow up to hold the apostolic office and thus be a special witness of Jesus Christ, the first mortal man on earth with such authority since the deaths of Peter, Paul and other New Testament figures. But Joseph's role would have further significance, he being the man who, under the direction of Jesus Christ, received the keys of the gospel's restoration in latter days and of the prophesied Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. It was a role with transcendent magnitude, fulfilling scriptural prophecy.

Joseph was foreordained to be a witness of Christ at a pivotal time in world history (see History of the Church 6:364; 2 Nephi 3:7-11).

I am eternally grateful for the work that Joseph Smith has done on this earth. Contrary to popular belief, I do not hold Joseph higher than my Savior, Jesus Christ, however I do hold a very deep and dear part of my life to the man that made the fullness of the gospel possible; whose obedience and perseverance, despite ridicule and persecution brought forth the amazing book I am able to read freely today.

I feel an incredibly strong connection to this man and will continue to spread this beautiful gospel for all to see.  I love you Joseph!

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