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The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

What do we know about who God is? How has He shown us His love in the past, and how does He show it today?

Seth Spencer

on 11 May 2012

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Transcript of The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

God shows us His love in many ways His Gospel Blesses Families John 3: 16-17
16 ¶ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. God is our Loving Heavenly Father We are God's Children God loves us and will help us make right choices. Through Jesus Christ, we can live with God again. The gospel of Jesus Christ helps families develop stronger relationships. Families are ordained of God; they are the most important social unit in time and eternity. The family is the best place to teach, learn, and apply gospel principles. As led by righteous parents the family can be a place of safety, peace, and joy. Adam Noah Abraham Moses Rejection Restoration Rejection Rejection Restoration Restoration Rejection God calls prophets to teach His gospel. Apostasy means to reject prophets and the gospel. Dispensations are periods of time when prophets have taught the gospel. Previous dispensations have ended in apostasy. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and other ancient prophets all taught the gospel. We still have pieces of the mirror, or the writings of the apostles from the Bible. But, we can't know how they fit together without the apostles to lead and guide us. Many Churches 1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3 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 words 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. -Amos 8: 11-12 Priesthood lost It is like the mirror, or the church which Jesus Christ organized was broken. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, . . .But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven . . . and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God. . . . [they] ran on him with one accord, . . . and stoned him." -Acts 7: 54-57 Confusion with Doctrine Reformers John Wycliffe Martin Luther William Tyndale John Calvin Taught about loss of priesthood, taught Church should not exercise political power. Translated Bible into English. Nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church, also against people paying for their sins. Major Leader in movements to reform Catholic Church, taught about the nature of men and the role of God's Grace. Translated the New Testament into English, helped make the scriptures available for common people. The Great Apostasy Without revelation through a prophet, people fall into spiritual darkness. Prophets and Apostles foretold the Great Apostasy. Joseph found one verse of scripture which was particularly powerful and had a strong impact on him- This video describes the experience Joseph had in his own words. It is like the mirror, or the gospel and church which Jesus Christ brought to the earth was given back to us new. 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 To help him understand, he spent time learning about the different churches, attending their services and reading the Bible. Joseph Smith was born in the year 1805. He spent time growing up in a home similar to this in Palmyra New York. "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." -Ephesians 4: 5 A new prophet is like God giving us the mirror, or the gospel brand new, no more broken glass As God loves us, He Did not want to leave us in darkness, but as we were ready He again called another prophet. History ¶ Beware of false prophets, . . . Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. - Matthew 7: 15-20 The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of prophets who lived in the Americas who also testified of Jesus Christ. Bible warns of false prophets. And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins. -2 Nephi 25: 26 Following Joseph Smith's example, how can you find knowledge from God? How might a prophet also help us today with the changes we face in the world? Knowing we are spiritually begotten of God, how does that change our perspective of ourselves and those around us? The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ Let's first get a brief look at things, and then go into a little more depth! :) God Loves Us Our Heavenly Father Dispensations Restoration Prophets Strengthens Relationships Ordained of God Teach, Learn, and Apply the Gospel Place of safety, peace, and Joy Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. -The Family: A Proclamation to the World Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, and to teach them to love and serve one another, observe the commandments of God, and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. -The Family: A Proclamation to the World. Apostasy Dispensations Apostasy Spiritual Darkness Apostasy Foretold As people interpreted the scriptures differently, many churches were formed as people reformed the church and gospel as they understood. Joseph Smith was confused by the many churches and sought for truth to learn from God which one was Jesus Christ's church. In answer to his prayer, God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. Like prophets in earlier dispensations, Joseph Smith was called as the prophet of this last dispensation. God restored the fulness of the gospel through Joseph Smith. Other Heavenly messengers restored the priesthood, and Christ's Church was organized. As priesthood keys have been passed down, a living prophet directs the Church today. Truth Seeker Answer From God Called as Prophet Fulness of the Gospel Christ's Church Prophet Today Prophets Again This is a message by the living prophet today. Christ's Church Joseph Smith Light Again Will you take the time to learn for yourself that the Book of Mormon is true? As we have the Book of Mormon, we need to- Read it! Study and Ponder the Message And Pray and Ask God if it is true Promise " . . . [God] will manifest the truth of it to [us], by the power of the Holy Ghost." -Moroni 10: 4 http://lds.org/scriptures/bofm?lang=eng The Book of Mormon Provides convincing evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet of Jesus Christ. Joseph Translated the plates by the power of God. The Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon proves that God inspires prophets in our day as He has in every dispensation. Start Reading here Joseph Smith as Prophet Translated through God Prophets Gospel of Jesus Christ History The Book of Mormon is an ancient record of prophets who lived in the Americas who also testified of Jesus Christ. You can know . . . The Holy Ghost will teach you through your thoughts and feelings. Pray to Know History Purpose Ask God in prayer if the things you read are true. . . . Through the Holy Ghost Will you? The Church of Jesus Christ Now, lets go through again for a little more detail. How do you feel applying this gospel can bless you and your family? We can compare this church and gospel to a mirror. After Christ left the earth the mirror was supported by the twelve apostles. 19. . . . of the household of God; 20. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; -Ephesians 2: 19-20 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. -Matthew 4: 23 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. -John 15: 16 The Son of God restored and taught the gospel. He performed many miracles. He called Apostles and gave them priesthood authority to preach the gospel and perform saving ordinances such as baptism. Jesus Christ established His Church built on the foundation of prophets and apostles. Jesus Christ was crucified, and His apostles were rejected and killed. Restored the Gospel Called Apostles Established Church Rejected And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil— -3 Nephi 27: 14 And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam. -2 Nephi 9: 21 Suffering in Gethsemane Death on the Cross Resurrection Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. -Acts 1: 11 The Atonement Jesus Christ accomplished the Atonement and sacrificed Himself for all of our sins and sufferings. Jesus Christ Earthly Ministry "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." -Ephesians 4: 5 Included His . . . 28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. -Acts 17: 28-29 What would be important in a family of your own? Do you want a good relationship, love, and happiness? How do prophets bless us here on earth and show us God's love? Do you feel you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? How can you improve it? Jesus Christ has given everything to us, what has He asked from us?
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