|About the Book|
This book points out some of the lessons and doctrines Joseph Smith learned and had solidified in his mind as he was held in Liberty Jail - the temple-prison as some have called it. It was a refiners fire where he learned much about the Lord and His plan. A few of the specific topics mentioned here include Josephs role as a seer and translator, the doctrine of our premortal existence, and enduring trials.Here are a few quotes I liked from the book:Before he met Joseph Smith, Brigham Young recalls, the secret feeling of my heart was that I would be willing to crawl around the earth on my hands and knees, to see such a man as Peter, Jeremiah, Moses, or any man that could tell me about God and heaven....When I saw Joseph Smith, he took heaven figuratively speaking, and brought it down to earth- and he took the earth, brought it up, and opened up, in plainness and simplicity, the things of God- and that is the beauty of his mission. While he was not easily impressed by anyone, President Youngs regard for Joseph was deep and it never left him (p. 26).We can and should be articulate believers. We can and should so proclaim, testify, and teach, readily and humbly, concerning these added books of scripture (p. 56).The acceptance of the reality that we are in the Lords hands is only a recognition that we have never really been anywhere else (p. 89).When, as President Joseph F. Smith said, we catch a spark from the awakened memories of the immortal soul, let us be quietly grateful....there is a redemptive design and a loving Designer! It is through Joseph Smith that we are given such reassuring answers to those everlastingly important questions. Precious indeed is the doctrine of our premortal existence (p. 103).Shortly after his call to the Council of the Twelve in 1839, George A. Smith described his visit in company with Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball: ....I have always regarded it as a blessing that I had the privilege of being locked up with those who were imprisoned for the Kingdom of heavens sake, if it was but for an hour. (p. 109)The time may come when the place that was Liberty Jail will be appropriately honored--not only for what it was and what it symbolized for Joseph but also for what it can teach all of us about our own discipleship, as we, in our time and turn, seek to endure it well (p. 121).