As he was reading scripture, one verse caused the boy, Joseph Smith, to stop and ponder. "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
Because he was confused which denomination of Christianity to join, Joseph put this promise to the test. Living in a tiny house filled with many siblings, Joseph chose to do his praying in the woods that day. After a short time, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph, marking the beginning of the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Joseph’s humble, boyhood prayer "led to the restoration of gospel truths, priesthood authority, and saving ordinances."
“That one revelation answers all the [questions] regarding God and his divine personality. ... His interest in humanity through authority delegated to man is apparent. The future of the work is assured. These and other glorious truths are clarified by that glorious first vision” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay , 93).
I am so grateful that I was led to know Joseph's experience of seeing the Father and Jesus Christ is true. The Holy Ghost whispered its truth to my heart 35 years ago or about the same age of Joseph witness.