by John J. Stewart
Thomas Jefferson—Forerunner to the Restoration combines a delightful review of early American history with interesting and instructive gospel insights. You won’t be able to put it down till you’ve read it from cover to cover! 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. Certainly, the name Thomas Jefferson stands foremost on the list. It was he who penned the Declaration of Independence. He was a member of the Continental Congress and one of the framers of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights, a minister to France, the U.S. Secretary of State, a Vice President and then the third President of the United States. As President, he purchased the Louisiana Territory and opened up the center of the land all the way to the Rocky Mountains, thus preparing the way for the westward trek of the Latter-day Saints. 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.
There can be no doubt that Thomas Jefferson was an important forerunner 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!
- Jefferson’s Greatest Role
- America Divinely Established
- A Look at Jefferson’s Brilliant Life
- A Religious Revolution
- Beware of the Judiciary
- Statute for Religious Freedom
- Close Agreement on Views
- “I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God”
- The Need for Education
- Significance of the Louisiana Purchase
- Opposition to Slavery
- Predicts the Gospel Restoration
6” x 9” paperback