“So it was with me. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.”
1829 - About this time, Martin Harris, David Whitmer, Oliver Cowdery, and the Prophet Joseph Smith, “agreed to retire into the woods, and try to obtain, by fervent and humble prayer, the fulfilment of the promises given” concerning three witnesses of the Book of Mormon. They prayed to no avail when Martin Harris withdrew himself saying it was his fault. Almost immediately afterwards, after prayer, the remaining three men saw an Angel holding the plates and heard a voice from heaven declare the translation was correct. The Prophet Joseph then went in pursuit of Martin Harris, who he found in fervent prayer. After joining him in prayer, both men beheld the same vision as seen before. David Whitmer, Martin Harris, and Oliver Cowery then joined together in writing the Testimony of the Three Witnesses recorded in the Book of Mormon. All three died confirming their testimony of this event.
“Our duty is to keep steadily on---on and upward in the direction that the Lord Almighty has marked out for us to pursue. Keep the faith; honor the name of God in your hearts; revere and love the name of Him whose blood was shed for the remission of sins for the world; honor and hold in the highest esteem him whom God raised up in his childhood to lay the foundations of this great latter-day work” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith, p. 418-419).
Spring was coming to Wainuiomata, New Zealand. Elder Wihongi and I had not found many friendly faces interested in learning more about the Church. In fact, it had been a long cold winter in several different ways.
As a person studies and learns about Jesus Christ, they come to learn of his personality. They learn of his attributes and characteristics which the Prophet Joseph Smith taught were essential to develop faith in him. As we learn more about him, we desire to be like him and begin to incorporate his attributes and characteristics in our own life.