Answers often come in unexpected ways. A meaningful friendship formed, a reassuring triumph, a eureka moment that clarifies the next steps in life. For Joseph Smith in the spring of 1820, the search for truth and purpose brought powerful change with it.
Growing up in Palmyra, New York, young Joseph had serious concerns about the world and questions about his place in it. At only 14 years old, he decided to take a leap of faith in his journey toward finding his answers by following the guidance of a Biblical verse found in the book of James. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God” (James 1:5).
“At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as (the Bible) directs, that is, ask of God” (Joseph Smith History 1:13). That fateful spring morning, Joseph entered a densely wooded grove of trees with the intent to pray for his answers. His answers came in a miraculous manner, a brilliant vision of God and His Son Jesus Christ. From this experience, Joseph found the truth and purpose he had searched for.
In the spring of 2020, young adults face many of the same questions that Joseph Smith faced in his day. We asked the young adults who participated in this project how they saw themselves in fitting into Joseph Smith’s story. Watch the videos below to see their responses.