When John was seven, his family moved to Liverpool where he began school and attended the Church of England. He tried to be the best person he could be. But he had an energetic personality and sometimes made mistakes. When another boy pulled his kite down from the sky, John said some bad words. Another time John slipped on the ice and swore. Afterwards, John was sorry. He worried that he was not good enough; he wanted to be obedient to Heavenly Father.
John prayed often and kept himself close to God. “Many a time I have gone into the fields and concealing myself behind some bush, would bow before the Lord and call upon Him to guide and direct me.”
John came to know that Heavenly Father cared for him. Even before Joseph Smith had the First Vision, John saw an angel in the heavens, holding a trumpet, and he knew the heavenly messenger was calling to all the nations of the earth. He wondered a great deal about this experience but didn’t know the meaning of the trumpeting angel until later in his life.