I have always liked stories about the American Revolution. The courage and faith that it took to start this country is incredible to me. I like to think that I could be as cool as them, but I doubt I’ll get the chance to start a country in my life time. What I can do, though is learn about the attributes and ideals of the Founding Fathers and try to emulate them. To that end I’d like to spotlight the book “Thomas Jefferson: Forerunner to the Restoration.”
Not only does it tell about one of the key figures of the Revolution and Constitution, but it also helps you connect the Revolution and the Restoration. I know for me they always seem like totally separate events because we study them that way. But, by studying the life of Thomas Jefferson who was alive for both of those events, this book connects that gap to show that history flows and builds upon itself.
Here are some more details about the book: Thomas Jefferson was 62 when Joseph Smith was born and was President of the United States at that time. He died in 1826, just four years before the Church was Restored. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that he established the Constitution of this land “by the hands of wise men whom I have raised up…” (D&C 101:79-80). More than two centuries have passed since the founding of this nation, and history now allows judgments to be made concerning the identity of those wise men whom the Lord raised up.
There can be no doubt that Thomas Jefferson was an important foreunner to the restoration. This interesting book shows many parallels between his beliefs and the views and practices of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It examines and compares their viewpoints on numerous aspects of government, education and religion. Like Joseph Smith, Jefferson suffered intense and continuing religious persecution. And Thomas Jefferson even predicted the restoration of the Gospel!
Thomas Jefferson-Forerunner to the Restoration combines a delightful review of early American history with interseting and instructive gospel insights. You won’t be able to put it down ’til you’ve read it from cover to cover.
Buy it now at Cedarfort.com.