well its my last day in the mtc and we get to email really quick. so, heres whats happening. i leave at about 230 in the morning to go to the airport and then ill leave the airport at like six to go to dallas, and then its over to fort lauderdale.
so yesterday, was amazing. this just cant wait for the scoop. so i had to speak in sacrament meeting and i talked about the apostasy and the restoration of the gospel. and so i started out by talking about what the gospel was and that christ established it on the earth, and after he left the apostles were in charge of preaching the gospel. after they were killed off the gospel was gone. so when i talked about the gospel i talked about how it included the ordinances necessary for salvation in the kingdom of god. which are baptism, confirmation, for men the reception of the priesthood, then temple ordinances and then temple marriage. and theres also enduring to the end and all that entails. (its not an ordanince, but its the other part of the gospel) then i talked about how when the father and the son appeared to man once more, they began their restoration. the first thing restored was the prieshood, which allowed baptism and confirmation to be restored, because those are performed through the priesthood.
then i had an interesting thought. most people think that the restoration was the first vision, the translation of the book of mormon, and joseph and oliver recieving the priesthood, and while those are three important parts, its not all. most people dont realize that there is more to the restoration, and that it took a long span of many years for the restoration to be complete. becuase the ordinances in the temple couldnt be completed until the temple was once again on the earth, there were more temple ordinances restored when the nauvoo temple was built, and that was many years after the first vision. its something we dont always think about. the word restore, in basis means to bring back, and the past tense, means to have been brought back.
love you all, say your prayers, read your scriptures, goodbye
Note from Mom:
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we know that our Church was not
"started" by Joseph Smith, but rather Joseph Smith was called by Our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ to restore Christ's Church to the earth. Just as Elder Wardell mentioned above after Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected His 12 Apostles kept teaching Christ's doctrine and helped His work go forward. After the Apostles were killed Christ's church disappeared from the earth. During this period of time known as the Great Apostasy the Gospel of Jesus Christ was no where to be found on the earth. After the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith Christ's Church can again be found on earth today. We have a prophet who leads and guides our church and we have 12 Apostles just as Jesus Christ did in His day. If you have any questions or would like to learn more please visit www.mormon.org of course you can always ask questions here and I will do my best to answer them.
The link below will take you to a written Testimony of Jesus Christ from our Prophet and the Twelve Apostles. This was written in 2000. https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/images/gospel-library/manual/34591/34591_000_APP_04-livingChrist.pdf