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One of the Mormon apostles once said that those who are truly converted cannot be restrained from bearing their testimony. How ironic that this applies to people converting to religions other than Mormon. Once you’ve been LDS, testifying is a natural act of faith.
But I will never bear my testimony on truths I learned outside of Mormonism. And I will never do the opposite concerning truths I learned from the LDS, that is, deny things I know to be true.
I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of Elohim, our Heavenly Father.
First, he was a seer. Even his imagination was justified by the spirit of Enoch. He could take a cooking recipe and write a story about Jesus if the recipe inspired him. He did indeed take Egyptian papyrus and translated it into the Book of Abraham. He also took golden plates and translated them into the Book of Mormon. I am not the only person who has testified of the truth of the Book of Mormon. The original witnesses, who claimed they handled the hefty plates, give a much more beautiful testimony than I ever could. Heck, even the one who betrayed the Prophet by leaving the church never denied that he at least with eyes of faith saw the plates. With eyes of faith I too see the fulfilling of scripture through Mormonism.
Second, Joseph Smith had a vision of Father-Creator and our Heavenly Brother Jesus Christ appearing as 2 personages. He did indeed have this vision. God was present in the grove that day. Even the Holy Ghost was there somehow, I believe. Perhaps as an invisible personage.
I testify that the Holy Ghost is a person with a body and a face. Fingers and toes. A spirit personage made of matter too fine for what we consider material eyes to see. But if he so desires he can make even doubting Thomas know he has felt the body of Jesus by letting him touch him.
I testify that Mormon temples are the fulfilment of the coming of Elijah. You can be eternally sealed to anybody with a body of flesh and bones. I have been or will be sealed in the millennium. I am so grateful for the families who took my name to the temple and prayed for me.
I don’t know why I want to be sealed. I just know God’s dwelling is a house of order. We enter God’s dwelling as families. My family is Pleasant 2nd ward. My body will never leave this Earth. I shall remain here as the earth dies, ressurects, and becomes the celestial kingdom. I will never die. For I have been delivered from death as promised by many a Mormons. If I shortly go unconscious as many non-believers call death before the final judgement I will ressurects and become a celestial body just like the earth I reside on.
I know I came from the planet near Kolob.
In the name of the one-and-only Christ I know all these things.
Anti-Mormons try to discredit the First Vision by bringing up the fact that there are multiple accounts of this vision. In one version, only Jesus Christ appears to Joseph Smith. In another version, Joseph Smith simply sees a bunch of angels. How could this vision be true if Joseph Smith lied about what he saw?
If you do your research, you’ll find that the sources for the multiple accounts were merely hearsay. Somebody wrote in their diary that Joseph Smith said this or Joseph Smith said that. Faulty evidence.
But there’s another explanation even if you take the hearsay at its face value. You see, I am schizophrenic and I have had visual hallucinations. On one particular occasion, I saw a hologram of an old, white man talking to me. This imaginary personage claimed to be Ezra Taft Benson. In one of my accounts of this incident, I was completely convinced that it really was Ezra Taft Benson. In another account, I believed that this personage was God appearing to me as a hologram. In a third account, I said that the personage was a complete stranger.
I really did have this visual hallucination. But I have 3 different accounts of it. Joseph Smith wasn’t a schizophrenic like me. There is absolutely no evidence that Joseph Smith had a mental illness. He saw God the Father and the Son and the forces of evil tried to stop him from producing an accurate account.
You see, there is another visual hallucination I had that I tried to write about but I felt like I was going to have a heart attack and I thought I could hear Satan telling me he would stop me from writing an accurate account by giving me a heart attack if I attempted to write it. I feel Joseph Smith had similar experiences. Satan tried to make him look bad by making him slip up when saying what he saw.
I testify to you that the First Vision really did happen. I testify that God the Father and the Son appeared to Joseph Smith as described when he wrote his definitive account of what happened. True doctrines such as God the Father having a body of flesh and bones are based on this vision. Why would a church base doctrine on a false vision? The Holy Ghost has revealed to me that the First Vision was real.