When the vision closed, Joseph sat erect and calm, “but
During this vision both Joseph and Sidney saw the Lord and were inspired to bear the following testimony to the world:
"And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, LAST OF
Have you ever wondered why God wanted two people to bear that testimony to the World?
Have you ever wondered why God Chose
Oliver Cowdery knelt down next to Joseph to receive the Priesthood from heavenly messengers at the beginning of the restoration of the Church and he knelt down next to Joseph Smith in the
So wouldn't he be the logical person to share in the Vision and the Testimony with Brother Joseph?
For that matter, why didn't the Lord choose Brigham Young to share that testimony to the world with Joseph Smith... or anyone of numerous other individuals that played prominent roles in the restoration movement?
I Believe these are questions worth pondering.
But here is the $64 question. Why did Joseph and
That doesn't seem accurate does it? After all, look at all of the presidents of the Church that have born testimony over the last 176 years since that vision took place that Christ lives and that he is the only begotten of the Father...
I know what some of you are probably thinking and you are right. Those testimonies don't count in the same sense that Joseph and Sidney's did because there has never been aother President of the Church that has publicly declared that he has personally seen Jesus Christ.
But did you realize that there were about 7 to 9 other people that saw Christ during the Kirtland Era?
Most of these people saw Christ after the vision and the testimony that is stated in section 76.
Zebedee Coltrin was one of several people who also saw Jesus Christ and bore testimony of it. His vision took place a year after section 76 was given.
And as mentioned above, Oliver Cowdery also had a joint vision of Christ with Joseph Smith four years after Joseph and
The simple fact of the matter is, as I have pointed out in previous posts, Joseph Smith will return in his 2nd Commission during the 3rd Watch to finish his mission and to bear that exact same testimony, or, in other words, testify that his original testimony given during the 2nd watch is true.
The testimony given in section 76 is the last testimony.
And guess what...
"In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established..." (2nd Cor 13)
The testimony in section 76 provides evidence #48 that there is going to be a second commission in the 3rd Watch so that Joseph and Sidney will be able to provide the very last warning and the last testimony to the world.
Sidney Ridgon is one of the greatest prophets that ever lived. At the time of the restoration of the Church, I believe he is second only to Joseph Smith as far as how prominent a role the Lord wanted him to play in the restoration movement, with the possible exception of Oliver Cowdery who I think is probably a very close third. (there is one other individual that ranks very high... one that we will discuss sometime in the future)
I am currently preparing a little tribute to Sidney Ridgon that I hope to publish on this blog or perhaps at ldsanarchy within the next month or so.
In it I am going to reveal some things about brother Sidney that may surprise you. I am going to quote from some documents that were suppressed by people in high places for a long time. I am also going to make public, another historical document that has been suppressed and kept locked up to prevent public scrutiny... to my knowledge it has never been made public. What I am going to reveal might be a little controversial, but I feel the time has come to do it.
Check back if you have a warm spot in your heart for Brother Sidney and you want to understand his past and future role a little better.