Because of this passage, Joseph decided to ask God what he should do. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. In this vision God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph Smith. He has continued to reveal truths to His prophets and to restore the blessings that were taken from the earth for a time.
In the spring of 1820 he went to a nearby grove of trees and knelt in prayer. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other-This is My Beloved Son. The Savior told Joseph not to join any of the churches, for they "were all wrong." The Savior stated, "They draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof" (Joseph Smith-History ). , as each generation was influenced by what the previous one passed on, including changes in the doctrines and in ordinances, such as baptism. The Apostle Peter prophesied of the "restitution of all things" before Christ's Second Coming (Acts -21). , God brought forth the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ? By the power of God, Joseph Smith translated this book from an ancient record written on gold plates? The Book of Mormon is "a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible?
From the beginning, God has called special witnesses, known as prophets, and commanded them to keep records of His dealings with His children. Both books teach about our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and of Their love for us.
They use both the Book of Mormon and the Bible as scripture.
Mormons believe in God the Father, His only Begotten son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost; and that these three are individual beings, rather than one 'Trinity'.
He described his experience: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. Although many good people believed in Christ and tried to understand and teach His gospel, they did not have the fulness of truth or the priesthood authority to baptize and perform other saving ordinances? The Restoration of Christ's Church on the earth has made available the opportunity for all to once again receive all of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. , the fulness of the everlasting gospel" (Introduction to the Book of Mormon).
The Book of Mormon is a powerful witness of Jesus Christ.
The belief that once one has passed from this life into the next one becomes a deity is integral, and those who become deities are then able to populate planets of their own. , presided over congregations, and instructed and inspired Church members.