When he was 14 years old Joseph Smith read this scripture:
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him (James 1:5).
Following his faith in the scriptures, this young boy went out and asked God for the wisdom that he lacked. He asked to know which of all the churches on the earth was the true church. He knelt in a grove of trees and started to pour out his heart to God. He was then overcome by an awful powerful creature of the unseen world. Finally, after exerting all of his power to call upon God, in his own words this is what happened:
I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me…When the light rested upon me I saw two personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other, “This is my beloved son. Hear him.”
I can testify that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. There in that grove he was told that Christ’s church would soon be restored to the earth. I have come to know for myself that this is true by exercising my faith and praying to Heavenly Father “who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not.” I know that He has answered my prayer and told me that this is true, and I know that He can answer yours too, if you will exercise YOUR faith and pray to know. Joseph Smith was a young person with a question, and he received an answer. Heavenly Father answers our prayers. He loves us and wants us to know the truth.