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Mormon at 15 was 'visited of the Lord' and 'knew of the goodness of Jesus'

      Spiritual experiences in his youth helped prepare Mormon for the great responsibilities he would soon shoulder.

      He was only 10 when Ammaron, observing his sobriety and perceptiveness at such an early age, gave him the responsibility of keeping the sacred records, to commence when he was about 24.Another memorable event occurred in his adolescence. He recorded, "And I, being fifteen years of age and being somewhat of a sober mind, therefore I was visited of the Lord, and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus." (Mormon 1:15.)

      "There must be something significant . . . concerning the stage of life one goes through at the age of about 14," commented E. Douglas Clark and Robert S. Clark in their book Fathers and Sons in the Book of Mormon.

      "Mormon's awakening to spiritual matters at about this age foreshadows a similar awakening at a similar age by the young Joseph Smith, who would translate Mormon's record. . . . Similarly, through modern-day prophets, the Lord has specified 12 as the age when worthy young men of His Church can receive the Aaronic Priesthood. What all of this seems to suggest is a heightened spiritual sense experienced at about this age - something that conscientious parents of young teenagers would do well to keep in mind."