God's patternfor revealing truth. The steps shown in the drawing are:
Some time in the second year after our removal to Manchester, there was in the place where we lived an unusual excitement on the subject of religion. ... Indeed, the whole district of country seemed affected by it, and great multitudes united themselves to the different religious parties, which created no small stir and division amongst the people, some crying,Lo, here!and others,Lo, there!... During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to serious reflection and great uneasiness; but though my feelings were deep and often poignant, still I kept myself aloof from all these parties, though I attended their several meetings as often as occasion would permit. ... but so great were the confusion and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong.
For the purposes of this illustration, I drew three random-looking preachers, each saying random attention-getting phrases: Reveillez-vous! (Awake!) and Ecoutez-moi! (Listen to me!) and Faites ceci! (Do this!). The young man in the middle, with the question mark, is a depiction of Joseph Smith, wondering which church he should join.