School of the Prophet: Joseph Smith Learns the First Principles, 1820-1830

by Richard E. Bennett


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“One consistent way the Lord teaches us doctrine is by giving us life experiences that encourage us to seek and practice truth. Dr. Richard Bennett, a seasoned historian, illuminates this process through the life and teachings of Joseph Smith. A fascinating perspective on important years in Church history.” &mdash Virginia H. Pearce, Educator and Best-selling Author

“Professor Richard Bennett combines the curiosity and precision of a superb historian with an excellent knowledge of the restored gospel. The result is a singular contribution to Latter-day Saint literature — readers will never see the early years of the Restoration in the same way.” &mdash Robert L. Millet, Professor of Religious Education, Brigham Young University

Between that crisp spring morning in 1820 when he knelt in prayer in a secluded grove of trees and April 6, 1830, when he organized the Church of Jesus Christ, the youthful Joseph Smith learned how to be a prophet.

In a glorious time of intense preparation and careful instruction, he was taught by the Father and the Son, the Holy Ghost, and angelic messengers from previous gospel dispensations. It was essential that the message of the gospel be learned and lived by the messenger of the gospel.

Drawing upon a fascinating combination of new historical research, scriptural insights, and prophetic statements, historian Richard E. Bennett documents how these early years of the Restoration were a divinely inspired apprenticeship, a careful schooling in matters of deep and lasting importance for the young man called to open the dispensation of the fulness of times.

In School of the Prophet: Joseph Smith Learns the First Principles, Dr. Bennett shows us how Joseph Smith, the first convert and initial student of this “marvelous work and a wonder” (Isaiah 29:14), was taught by heavenly beings, refined in the fires of adversity, and firmly grounded in the saving principles and ordinances of the gospel.

The preparation of the Prophet, including the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of priesthood authority, took time.

And nothing was left to chance.

Table of Contents
1. And Thus by Faith, They Did Lay Hold upon Every Good Thing
2. The Office of Their Ministry Is to Call Men unto Repentance
3. I Know the Door: Baptism by Immersion for the Remission of Sins
4. Have Ye Received the Holy Ghost?
5. Hold Out Faithful: The Doctrine of Enduring to the End

About the Author

Richard E. Bennett

RICHARD E. BENNETT is a native of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. He served a mission in Texas from 1967 to 1969. He was the head of Special Collections at the University of Manitoba from 1978 to 1997 and earned a PhD in US intellectual history at Wayne State University. He is the author of several books and articles, mainly on nineteenth-century LDS history. He and his wife, Patricia Dyer, have five children.

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