Christ’s True Church: Established, Withdrawn, Restored

From the beginning of the world, God has followed a pattern of revealing the gospel of Jesus Christ through prophets such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. As people repeatedly chose to reject that gospel, this led to periods of apostasy when God’s true Church was not on the earth.

2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ Himself taught His gospel and established His Church. So that His Church could continue after His resurrection, he gave 12 apostles priesthood authority to preach the gospel, lead His Church, and perform saving ordinances such as baptism.

Soon, however, His Apostles were rejected and killed. God withdrew His authority to administer the Church, resulting in the great apostasy.

“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 words of the Lord.” (Amos 8:11)

Without revelation through a prophet, the people of the earth fell into spiritual darkness. 

“…for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first…” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have again reached out to God’s children in love and revealed the fulness of the gospel to a prophet.  Like prophets of earlier dispensations, Joseph Smith was called as the prophet of this last dispensation.

”Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7)

God has provided convincing evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet- The Book of Mormon.

Read it and ponder its message. Then, pray to God, sincerely asking if it is true. God will tell you by the power of the Holy Ghost if it is true.

By gaining this witness, you will also come to know that Joseph Smith is Christ’s prophet in these last days, and that the Lord’s true Church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

The Book of Mormon online:

http://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng

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