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This is from Lesson 22 (Religion 250 manual).
"Our entire case as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rests on the
validity of this glorious First Vision. ... Nothing on which we base our doctrine, nothing
we teach, nothing we live by is of greater importance than this initial declaration. I submit
that if Joseph Smith talked with God the Father and His Beloved Son, then all else of which
he spoke is true".
Examining the logic of this statement, if Joseph Smith's teaching of God not being from
everlasting to everlasting and that he was a man who became a God is false, would this
mean the First Vision never really happened?
"To the youth listening today or reading these words in the days ahead, I give a specific
challenge: Gain a personal witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith. … Read the testimony of
the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Pearl of Great Price. … This is Joseph's own testimony of
what actually occurred".
Do church leaders ever invite you to gain a personal witness of the Apostles Peter or Paul?
This is from Lesson 21 (Religion 250 manual).
(3 Nephi 16:1–3 and Mosiah 27:30. Why is it important to know that the Savior
would visit His "sheep" in other nations? (Clarify that although the Savior may
have visited other people or nations in person, most often the Savior manifests
Himself through the ministration of the Holy Ghost.
What other nations did Jesus visit after his resurrection besides what is mentioned
in the Book of Mormon and the Bible?.
Considering there were about 2,500 people in the multitude (see 3 Nephi 17:25), what
does the Savior's invitation to each person to feel the wounds in His side, hands, and
feet teach us about His concern for each of us?
This question is not answered in the manual. What concern do you believe Jesus felt
for doubting Thomas when he was invited to trust and shed his unbelief?
An earlier passage mentions something very peculiar. 3 Nephi 12:1 – "... therefore
blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized, after that ye have seen me
and know that I am". I would disagree with that statement. Being blessed after seeing
Him is not being blessed for faith. Jesus, in the Bible, said we are blessed if we believe
without seeing (John 20:29).
3 Nephi 18:1–12 (administered the sacrament).
After reading that passage, I notice that it is quite different than the biblical account of the
memorial which occurred in the Last Supper. This 'sacrament' is pictured as a full supper
instead. Instead of it being shared between Christ and his 12 disciples, the Book of Mormon
expands it to many other people. The disciples partake first of the bread. And after they are
filled with the bread, they give it to the other people and they are filled. Then the disciples
partake of the wine until they are filled and then they give it to the other people; where they
drink until they are filled. Jesus blesses the bread but does not bless the wine.