Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Joseph Smith, Prophet, Seer and Revelator

This evening I felt a great surge of love and appreciation for our beloved Prophet Joseph smith.  "Praise to the Man" has been a long time favorite hymn of  mine.  Whether I sing it or play it on the piano, it brings such warmth and reverence into my heart for a mere young man who had the desire to find the truth and followed what the scriptures told him by asking God himself.

Joseph Smith's story is old and have been told and retold.  When the missionaries tell the story, I'm in awe over and over again.  I can't imagine ever having to go through life without this wonderful gospel that the Lord restored to the earth through this young humble boy.  Only 14 years old when He saw God and Jesus Christ.  His life was short and as a martyr, Joseph Smith was able to bring forth the will of God in this last dispensation.  We are not without hope.  We are not alone and death certainly is not the end.  Through the Plan of Happiness we will progress into the eternities and the restored gospel, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints shows us how to go back to Heavenly Father.

Lyrics

  1. 1. Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah!
    Jesus anointed that Prophet and Seer.
    Blessed to open the last dispensation,
    Kings shall extol him, and nations revere.
  2. (Chorus]
    Hail to the Prophet, ascended to heaven!
    Traitors and tyrants now fight him in vain.
    Mingling with Gods, he can plan for his brethren;
    Death cannot conquer the hero again.
  3. 2. Praise to his mem'ry, he died as a martyr;
    Honored and blest be his ever great name!
    Long shall his blood, which was shed by assassins,
    Plead unto heav'n while the earth lauds his fame.
  4. 3. Great is his glory and endless his priesthood.
    Ever and ever the keys he will hold.
    Faithful and true, he will enter his kingdom,
    Crowned in the midst of the prophets of old.
  5. 4. Sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven;
    Earth must atone for the blood of that man.
    Wake up the world for the conflict of justice.
    Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again.
  6. Text: William W. Phelps, 1792-1872
    Music: Scottish folk song
Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.  The fruits of his labor can not be stopped or eradicate.  It is here to stay and will roll forth until it covers the ends of the earth.   "Millions shall know "Brother Joseph" again." And:  "Death can not conquer the hero again."  I love Joseph Smith.  He is truly a prophet of God.  The world may deny, mock and murder him, but his work is not man's work, it's God's work and can not be frustrated. 

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