“And again, what do we hear? Glad tidings from Cumorah! Moroni, an angel from heaven, declaring the fulfilment of the prophets—the book to be revealed. A voice of the Lord in the wilderness of Fayette, Seneca county, declaring the three witnesses to bear record of the book! The voice of Michael on the banks of the Susquehanna, detecting the devil when he appeared as an angel of light! The voice of Peter, James, and John in the wilderness between Harmony, Susquehanna county, and Colesville, Broome county, on the Susquehanna river, declaring themselves as possessing the keys of the kingdom, and of the dispensation of the fulness of times!” – D&C 128:20
“Few miracles compare with the miracle of the Restoration. In fact, many emanate from the Restoration. I’ve taught discussions with sister missionaries. I’ve heard them tell this simple story of Joseph Smith time and time again. And the Spirit has never failed to bear witness to me of the reality of that event. Knowing for myself truly changes everything!” – Bonnie D. Parkin
This Day in LDS History
1829 John the Baptist confers the Aaronic Priesthood on Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on the banks of the Susquehanna River near Harmony, Pennsylvania, and instructs them to baptize each other and ordain each other to the Aaronic Priesthood.
1844 Josiah Quincy, a future mayor of Boston, visits Joseph Smith in Nauvoo and later states: “It is by no means improbable that some future textbook…will contain a question something like this: What historical American of the nineteenth century has exerted the most powerful influence upon the destinies of his countrymen? And is by no means impossible that the answer…may thus be written: Joseph Smith, the Mormon Prophet.”
1977 The Caracas Venezuela Stake, the first stake in Venezuela, is organized.
1988 The Aba Nigeria Stake, the first stake in both Nigeria and West Africa, is organized.
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