Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Noah before the flood - Joseph before the fire


Let me take a quick moment to bare my testimony of this great man. I chose this quote because it has a powerful meaning. Lorenzo Snow reported a day when someone came and asked Joseph Smith, “Who are you?” To which he replied, “Noah came before the flood. I have come before the fire.” http://scottwoodward.org/MyClasses/2013-PGP/PPT/8-Moses%208--Noah%20and%20the%20Flood.pptx

Noah came before the flood to save all those worthy to be saved and to prepare for a new era of righteousness. Likewise, Joseph Smith came before the fire or the second coming to save all those who were worthy to be saved and to prepare for the great millennial era of righteousness.

My love and gratitude runneth over for all that he did for us and for the exemplary life that he lived. John Taylor nailed it when, through the power of the Holy Ghost, he declared in Doctrine and Covenants 135:3, "Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it... He lived great, and he died great in the eyes of God and his people; and like most of the Lord’s anointed in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with his own blood; and so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they were not separated!" 

To understand the amazing connection with Joseph and the true character of Hyrum, click here: http://spiritualcrusade.blogspot.com/2017/02/hyrum-smith-to-stand-at-head-of-this.html

For a moment, think about all the great prophets to have lived before Joseph Smith. Some names that come to mind are Adam, Enoch, Elijah, Moses, Noah, and etc... this declaration is absolutely paramount. We should feel so honored to know so much about this great prophet. He is so real to us and although that is a great blessing, it also can be a great hindrance for many. Recall what the Savior said, "Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country (Luke 4:24). The question is, where will you be on this spectrum, will you love and honor him or reject him? With all the pleadings of my heart I implore you to realize that there was only one perfect one and yet the people still rejected him, Joseph is not perfect and has his shortcomings, but I testify to you that one day we will know with a perfect understanding just how important and great he really is and we will be eternally grateful that we stood with him and beside him through thick and thin. Then will our hearts swell with pure love and we will know that all this great man did and said was to bring us to the literal feet of the greatest of all, even our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And as we bath His feet with our tears, we will shed tears of joy that we followed, with all our hearts, His great prophet even Joseph Smith Jr. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Craig


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