“Doctrinal Mastery: The First Vision,” New Era, August 2018
Joseph Smith described the glory of the Lord’s presence just as other prophets had:
2. It can seem like a pillar (see Exodus 13:21).
The Father knows each of us individually.
These two words convey important truths:
1. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are two separate beings.
2. They are in human form, suggesting that …
3. We are literally the spirit children of the Father, not some other kind of animal creation of His.
The Father has introduced the Son at other times:
At Jesus’s baptism (see Matthew 3:17).
On the Mount of Transfiguration (see Matthew 17:5).
When Jesus Christ appeared to the Nephites (see 3 Nephi 11:7).
The Father’s voice to Joseph—and to us all—directs us to hear His Son. That’s how we’ll have peace and eventually return to the Father.