How did Joseph see the past (w/o giggles)?
After a long blog silence, I want to ask this question for your input. Give me quotes; give me secondary sources; give me your ideas (even if they are half-baked). How did Joseph view or understand the past and its importance? He established a coherent scheme of salvation for the dead, which I am very familiar with. But does it seem to you that the past (history, historical persons and events) pervade his world view and religious teachings? He knew the patriarchs and prophets, we learn, by personal encounter and instruction.
Most of the pages of scripture he brought to the world were translations (in one way or another) of ancient records--including that wonderful Section 7 "translated version of the record made on parchment" received in April 1829. Tell me why you think this prophet didn't just look forward; Do you know anything he said or revealed about it?