by Devin Justesen
Devin Justesen is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he studied English and Business Management. He is a writer, photographer, movie-fanatic, and a lover of street-tacos. He served his mission in Tokyo, Japan.
In preparation for the bicentennial General Conference, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the First Vision, President Russell M. Nelson has invited us as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to reflect on the message of Joseph Smith's life. Here are 5 fascinating books on the Prophet Joseph Smith to help as you study and prepare for this Springs' General Conference.
Joseph Smith, who was he? What was he like? How did he accomplish so much in so little time? In this enlightening eight-lecture series, Dr. Truman G. Madsen presents a fascinating history of the first prophet of the Restoration. He offers deep insights into the life of this great man, adding his own witness of Joseph Smith's calling.
George wrote in his review, "I have listened to these lectures many times while traveling and always gain a deeper understanding of the greatness of Joseph and his sweetheart Emma."
It has taken over 3,500 years for modern science to catch up with what Abraham and Moses learned so long ago. Their words, as revealed by Joseph Smith, may yet contain many other hidden wonders that today's science can only dream of. Discover the astounding scientific truth behind Joseph's writings and translations in this remarkable volume written by renowned scientist, Dr. Richard Ingebretsen.
Christian wrote in his review, "I ordered this book to help my 6-year-old understand space and time in a gospel context and I was not disappointed. It was clear and concise. The author does a tremendous job of explaining how religion and science can co-exist. It was both inspiring and educational, which is a true rarity. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who wants a better understanding of God, His nature, and how science fits in."
Prepared under the direction of the Prophet Joseph Smith, these seven lectures on faith helped early Church leaders and missionaries incorporate the most fundamental principle of the Gospel with greater understanding than ever before. This seminal volume is a precious reminder to Latter-day Saints of their unique doctrinal heritage. It is an essential resource for those seeking the blessings inherent in a careful study of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ginger wrote in her review, "Incredible pieces of information directly from Joseph Smith. A treasure."
What could Abraham Lincoln and controversial founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Joseph Smith possibly have in common? According to Lincoln Leadership Society president Ron Andersen, more than you would think. Using historical records from Illinois, where Smith and Lincoln were living in the 1840s, this book shows you new sides to the men, including their surprisingly similar views on God and their involvement with each others' politics. Find out how two young "backwoods" boys crossed paths and led parallel lives before each was martyred for his cause in this exhaustively researched dual biography.
You've never seen the stories of the prophets like this before! Shine a light behind the pages and be dazzled as hidden images appear before your eyes. The interactive pages bring to life stories of ancient and modern prophets your children will love. The questions posed on each spread will lead to learning and discussion that parents will love, too. Children of all ages will be delighted to illuminate the pages and see how God speaks to prophets, how prophets guided their people, and much more!
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