13 June 2009

Oh, How Lovely Was The Morning!

Oh, how lovely was the morning! 
Radiant beamed the sun above.
Bees were humming, sweet birds singing, 
Music ringing thru the grove,
When within the shady woodland 
Joseph sought the God of love.

Humbly kneeling, sweet appealing,
'Twas the boy's first uttered prayer.
When the pow'rs of sin assaling,
Filled his soul with deep despair;
But undaunted, still he trusted
In his Heav'nly Father's care.

Suddenly a light descended, 
Brighter far than noonday sun,
And a shining glorious pillar
O'er him fell, around him shone,
While appeared two heav'nly beings, 
God the Father and the Son.

"Joseph, this is my Beloved;  Hear him!"
Oh, how sweet the word!
Joseph's humble prayer was answered,
And he listened to the Lord.
Oh, what rapture filled his bosom,
For he saw the living God.

~~George Manwaring

Joseph Smith wrote about the first prayer he
 ever offered aloud, here in the Sacred Grove.  
We know that the sacred events he describes taking place 
 here in the grove really occurred.  From the first time I read
 Joseph Smith's personal account in its entirety as a young
 woman, I have never doubted the reality of his testimony. 
We know he was a Prophet of God.  We know God is real
and that Jesus Christ truly is our Savior 
and Redeemer...and that He lives.

1 comment:

  1. Mama I really needed this post tonight. We just went to that strange church tonight and I don't feel good or happy. But I'm looking through the church history posts and I feel safe and love. Thank you for having such beautiful posts. I can feel home when I'm so far away~ Love you