“…there shall be a record kept…and in it thou shalt be called a seer, a translator, a prophet, an apostle of Jesus Christ…through the will of God the Father, and the grace of your Lord” (D&C 21: 1).

How great was the restoration that came through the instrumentality of the Prophet Joseph: the flood of ennobling doctrines that flowed from his lips, the numerous revelations poured out from on high for the benefit of the expanding body of Saints, the continued translation of holy scriptures, the glorious visions of heavenly kingdoms and ministering servants, the school of the prophets, the call of apostles, all culminating in the building and dedication of a temple to the Most High.

On one occasion, after experiencing many spiritual manifestations in the upper rooms of the temple with his brethren, Joseph recorded: “I retired to my home, filled with the Spirit…and while my eyes were closed in sleep, the visions of the Lord were sweet unto me, and His glory was round about me. Praise the Lord” (History of the Church, Vol. 2, p. 387).