|Joseph Smith, Jr. – A seer, a translator, a prophet, and an apostle of Jesus Christ. (D&C 21:1)|
Today is the 209th anniversary of the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith, who was born in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, on December 23, 1805.
It is only fitting that I say a few words about the Prophet on this day.
One of the more amazing opportunities I had on my mission was to serve in the area of the Prophet's birth for six months. I served at the Joseph Smith Birthplace Memorial and the surrounding area, proselyting for the Church and sharing with people the message of the Restoration.
At the site of Joseph Smith's birth there is a granite obelisk that proudly stands 38.5 feet in the air, one foot for each year of the Prophet's life. It was erected on December 23, 1905, exactly one century after the Prophet's birth.
Here is the inscription that is written on the monument.
TESTIMONY OF JOSEPH SMITH
In the Spring of the years of our Lord 1820 The Father and Son appeared to him in a glorious vision, called him by name and instructed him. Thereafter heavenly angels visited him and revealed the principles of the Gospel, restored the authority of the Holy Priesthood, and the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ in its fullness and perfection.
The engraved plates of the Book of Mormon were given him by the angel Moroni. These he translated by the gift and power of God. He organized The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the sixth day of April, 1830 with six members. He devoted his life to the establishment of this Church and sealed his testimony with his blood. In his ministry he was constantly supported by his brother Hyrum Smith, who suffered martyrdom with him.
Over a million converts to this testimony have been made throughout the world; and this monument has been erected in his honor to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of his birth by members of the Church which he organized. They love and revere him as a prophet of God, and call his name blessed forever and ever, Amen.
I add my testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I love and revere him as a prophet of God, and call his name blessed forever and ever.
|The Joseph Smith Memorial in Sharon, Vermont.|