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January Newsletter | Being Present at the Creation

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In the Beginning:
Being Present at the Creation with Moses and Joseph Smith

Insight to Come Follow Me - Genesis 1-2; Moses 2-3; Abraham 4-5

By Steven C. Harper, Executive Editor of The Wilford Woodruff Papers

Revelation to Joseph Smith 25 June 1830: Moses 1

In all of recorded history, two lessons on "the beginning" (Genesis 1:1) stand out among all others. The first, recorded in the Pearl of Great Price, was sort of like “Take Your Child to Work Day” when a child spends one day at work with a parent to learn what they do. Moses was the child. Heavenly Father was the parent. Moses was “transfigured before him” and the lesson was delivered with stunning effects.

If you can’t be with Moses on the mountaintop, listening to Joseph in the open air would be the next best thing. Imagine how his teachings, read in light of the revelation to Moses in the Pearl of Great Price, could enhance one’s study of the Old Testament.


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Church Historian Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, Jr., shared his testimony of “this wonderful gospel and of its remarkable history” at the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation Devotional held October 10, 2021. He testified, “The more ... I read, the more I experience, the stronger my testimony grows to see this kingdom of God, what has come before us, and how it is rolling.... this is God’s work on earth.”

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