We had a Multi-zone Conference with President Owen and we talked about the importance of the First Vision in our teaching, and how we should try and share it the first time we meet with new investigators. It was something that really moved me. He talked to us about the tours in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, and the beauty of the organ, gardens, waterfalls, and architecture, but at the very beginning of the tour they show you a statue of Joseph Smith with God the Father and the Son in the Sacred Grove. He explained to us that that powerful experience is what invites the Spirit throughout the whole tour, and what really catches the attention of the visitors. It is really interesting to me that before showing them all of the grandeur inside and out of the Conference Center they begin the tour with a small but beautiful piece of art that represents the event that started it all in this dispensation. If it werent for the First Vision in the Sacred Grove, none of the other grand or majestic "things" of the Church would exist. It all started with a humble prayer and a powerful response, and that is how all of us will be truly converted.
President Owen finished with his testimony saying:
"The Jesus Christ that I know, and know to be real, is the Jesus Christ who appeared to Joseph Smith in 1820, along with God the Father, to restore the glorious and perfect Gospel that he brought to the earth in ancient times."
I would like to add my testimony to that of President Owen and let you all know that Jesus and the Father appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove, and restored what for many years had been lost. I know that the Heavens are open, that Jesus leads and guides HIS church, that He lives, and that He loves each one of us. I hope that all of you will be able to feel that love this week in your busy lives.
Thank you for the prayers, letters, everything!
Elder Cade Jason Poll