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The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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God is Your Loving Heavenly Father
God is your Father in Heaven. He knows you personally and loves you more than you can comprehend. He wants you to be happy in this life and in eternity.

To accomplish this purpose, He provided a plan called the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Son of God; His life and teachings are the guide to peace in this life and joy in eternity.

God blesses families and individuals.
The gospel of Christ blesses all who accept it and live it. One of the best places to teach and apply the gospel is in families. God has established families to bring happiness to His children, to allow us to learn correct principals in a loving atmosphere, and to prepare us to return to Him after we die. Although are family relationships can be difficult at times, our Heavenly Father blesses us as we strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. These teachings can help us strengthen our families... Does this family look happy to you?: Happy Family

Heavenly Father Reveals His Gospel.
As part of His plan, God chooses Prophets, such as Adam, Abraham, and Moses. Prophets:

- Teach about God and are special witnesses of His Son, Jesus Christ.
- Receive revelation, or direction from the Lord.
- Teach the gospel to the world and interpret the word of God.

Prophets receive the priesthood, or the authority to speak and act in the name of God to lead His children. People who follow the prophets receive the blessings God had promised. Those who reject the gospel and God's prophets lose those blessings and distance themselves from God. Those who reject the prophets and abandon their commitment to follow God are in a condition called apostasy.

Even though many of His children have repeatedly rejected Him and His prophets, our Heavenly Father continues to love His children. He wants to give us every thing we need to be happy now and to return to Him after we die. The scriptures reveal a pattern of God repeatedly reaching out to His children, even though we don't always listen:

- God chooses a prophet
- The prophet teaches the gospel and leads the people
- God blesses the people
- The people gradually disregard or disobey the teachings of the prophet. They eventually reject the prophet and his teachings and fall into apostasy.
- Because of the apostasy, people lose knowledge of the gospel. Priesthood authority is taken from among them.
- When the time is right and people are ready to follow Him again, God chooses another prophet, restores the priesthood and the Church, and directs the prophet to teach the gospel.

Jesus Christ Established His Church
For the time of Creation, the children of God looked forward to the coming of the Saviour Jesus Christ. As He had promised, our Heavenly Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth over 2,000 yrs ago.

Jesus Christ lived a perfect sinless life. He established His Church, taugh His gospel, and performed many miracles. He choose twelve men to be His Apostels, including Peter, James, and John. He taught them and gave them priesthood authority to teach in His name to perform sacred ordinances, such as baptism by immersion in water. Here is a picture of Jesus Christ giving the priesthood to the Apostles Peter by laying on of the hands: Christ giving the priesthood to Peter

When Jesus established His Church, He received instructions from our Heavenly Father. He then instructed His disciples. Jesus taught His followers that revelation from God was the rock on which He would build His Church.

At the end of His life, Jesus Christ suffered and died for the sins of everyone who has ever lived or who will live on earth. This sacrafice is called the Atonement. Through His suffering, death, and Resurrection, the Saviour made it possible for us to be forgiven. Those who have faith in Him, repent, and keep His commandments receive forgiveness of sins and are filled with peace and joy.

After His resurrection, Jesus Christ guided His Apostles through revelation. The Bible records many of the ways in which He continued to direct His Church (see Acts 10; Revelation 1:1). Thus the Church of Jesus Christ was led by God and not by men.



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Re: The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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The Great Apostasy
Following the death of Jesus Christ, wicked people persecuted and killed many Church members. Other Church member drifted from the principels taugh by Jesus Christ and His Apostles. The twelve Apostles were killed, and priesthood authority- including the keys to direct and receive revelation for the Church- was taken from the earth. Because the church was no longer led by priesthood authority, error crept into the Church teachings. Good people and much truth remained, but the gospel as established by Jesus Christ was lost. This perios is called the Great Apostasy.

This apostasy resulted in the formation of many churches with conflicting teachings. During this time, many men and women sought the truth, but were unable to find it. Many good people believed in God and Jesus Christ and tried to understand and teach truth, but they did not have the full gospel or priesthood authority. As a result, each generation inherited a state of apostasy as people were influenced by what previous generations passed on, including changes to Christ's gospel.

Some inspired people, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, recognized that practices and doctorines had been changed or lost. They tried to reform the churches to which they belonged. Without priesthood authority, however, Christ's gospel could not be returned to its original form. A restoration was needed.

God knew there would be an apostasy. Through an Old Testament prophet, He said: "Amos 8: 11-12
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the cwords of the Lord:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.


The Restoration of the Gospel
In 1820, as He had done throughout history, our Father in Heaven again chose a prophet to restore the gospel and the priesthood authority to the earth. That prophet's name was Joseph Smith. As a young man, Joseph was confused by all the differences among the many churches in his area and wanted to know which church was right. Knowing he lacked wisdom, he followed the counsel in the Bible, "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)

Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ: The First Vision. Of this experience, he said: "I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me. It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him! [1] (Joseph Smith—History 1:16-17). To read more click here


Joseph Smith decided to ask God what he should do. When Joseph prayed to know the truth, our Heavenly Father and Jesus appeared to him. Jesus told Joseph not to join any of the churches, for "they were all wrong" and "they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctorines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but the deny the power thereof" (Joseph Smith- History 1:19)

As God had done with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and other prophets, He called Joseph Smith to be a prophet through whom the complete gospel was restored.

The Restoration of the Priesthood
In 1829, Joseph Smith received the same priesthood authority that Jesus Christ had given His Apostels. John the Baptist, who baptized Jesus, appeared to Joseph Smith and conferred on him the Aaronic Priesthood, or lesser priesthood. Peter, James, and John, later appeared to Joseph Smith and conferred on him the Melchizedek Prieshood, or higher priesthood. Here is an image of Joseph Smith receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood from the Apostles Peter, James, and John: Joseph Smith receiving the Melchizedek Priesthood

After receiving priesthood authority, Joseph Smith was directed to organize the Church of Jesus Christ again on earth. Through him, Jesus Christ again called Twelve Apostels.

Just as Jesus lead His Apostles through revelation after His Resurrection, He continued to direct the Church today through living prophets and apostles. The president of the church of Jesus Christ of latter- day Saints is the chosen prophet of God today. He, his counselors, and the Twelve Apostles hold the priesthood authority held by all the prophets and apostles of previous times. These men are prophets, seers, and revelators.



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The Book of Mormon

As part of the Restoration of the gospel, God brought forth the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. By the power of God, Joseph Smith translated this book from an ancient record written on gold plates. The Book of Mormon is "a record of God's dealings with the inhabitants of the Americas and contains, as does the Bible, the fulness of the everlasting gospel" (Introduction to the Book of Mormon).

Here is an image of when Christ visited the people of the American continent after his Resurrection: Christ visits the people of America

The Book of Mormon is a powerful witness of Jesus Christ. It helps us understand His teachings, including those in the Bible.

The Book of Mormon is convincing evidence of the Restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith. You can know for yourself that the Book of Mormon is true. To gain this knowledge, you must read it, ponder its message, and desire to know if it is true. You must ask your Heavenly Father to confirm it is His word. As you do so, He will reveal to you through the Holy Ghost that it is true.

As you come to know that the Book of Mormon is true, you will also come to know by the Holy Ghost that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through him, and that the church of Jesus Christ of latter- day saints is lead by apostles and prophets today.

Moroni 10:4-5 (Book of Mormon):
"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

Edited by Atonementwas4u on 02/05/10 11:08 AM.




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Re: The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
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In closing:

Just so you guys know this isn't a copy and paste job. I've typed all of this up on my own from a pamphlet and it has taken me well over 3 hours to do so, and I've shared this on other forums too.

If you've read this and want to know more about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ then please contact me: Brother Thomas 267- 750- 9762 (cell). I'd love nothing more than to get a chance to talk with you.

Aight fellas, have a great day!


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