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T H E CHURCH AS ORCANIZED BY JESUS CHRIST TJie Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake City, Utah Copyright © 1982 by Corporation of the President The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints A l l rights reserved Printed in the United States of America



The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ


od has said he does not change; he is the same yesterday, today, andforevet. Neither does his gospel change. His requirements for salvation are the same today as they were in the days of the Apostles. Therefore, his Church must be the same in organization, in doctrine, in divine authority. Latter-day Saints announce that Cod has made himself known to mortal men in these modern times and has restored his Church in detail as it was anciently. It was in 1820 that belief in a personal Cod was restored as it was anciently, through a personal visitation by the Almighty to a chosen servant. Joseph Smith had such a visitation following a most solemn prayer. He said, "1 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 H i m . " (Pearl of Creat Price, Joseph Smith—History 1:17.) With the first appearance in many centuries of Cod the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, the restoration of the true gospel of Jesus Christ was ushered in. For a period of several years Joseph Smith continued to receive revelations and instructions pertaining to the organization of the church that Jesus Christ had established while on earth. Heavenly messengers from the presence of Cod gave to Joseph Smith and others the authority to act in Cod's name. The office of the holy apostleship came to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery under the hands of Peter, James, and John, apostles of old. John the Baptist restored the authority to administer the proper mode of baptism. Many others came and gave Joseph Smith the power to accomplish the putpose that Cod had intended for him. A n d so the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored in these latter days, with all the blessings and gifts, with all the divine organization, with the authority and power given of C o d , to validate his ordinances.


The Church that Christ Organized Had Specific Parts and Practices f I <he C h u r c h of Jesus Christ was built upon the I foundation of apostles and prophets with the chief X. cometstone being Jesus Christ himself. His Church also contained the little known office of the seventy who were charged with declaring the gospel to the world through missionary work. The Savior told of a personal Cod, indeed his very Father in Heaven in whose literal image man was created. A t the same time he testified of his own divinity. He was the Only Begotten Son of Cod the Eternal Father. Before he organized his church, he taught the divine significance of baptism by himself being baptized of John. He later taught that all mankind must be baptized for the remission of sins and set the mode for proper baptism by being immersed in the river Jordan. One of the signs that Jesus is the Christ occurred after his crucifixion. His spirit was reunited with his body. He was literally resurrected and showed himself to his apostles. The Church of Jesus Christ and the gospel taught by the Savior included much more than is outlined here. But these are scripturally true and basic characteristics of the Church. These beliefs, doctrines, and practices were to remain in the Church, as Paul told the Ephesians, " T i l l we all come in the unity of the faith." (Ephesians 4:13.)

The Loss and Falling Away r I <he "loss and falling away" from the church that Christ I organized was foretold. Amos: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord Cod, that 1 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.) Paul: ". . . for that day (Christ's return) shall not come, except there come a falling away first. . . . " (2 Thessalonians 2:3.) These prophesies were fulfilled on the following approximate dates. Living apostles None known after 110 A.D. Living Christian prophets Unknown after 1st century The seventy Unknown after 1st century Belief in a personal Cod Doctrine changed by 320 A.D. Belief in divinity of Christ Doctrine changed by 200 A.D. "Called of Cod as was Aaron" Unknown after 1st century

3 A lay clergy Changed by the 4th century Gifts of the Holy Spirit Unknown after Constantine Members called Saints Discontinued after 250 A.D. Continuous revelation Stopped after 1st century Additional scripture Unknown after 1st century Baptism by immersion Sprinkling began 2nd century Belief in physical resurrection Rejection began 1st century Sacrament of Lord's Supper Changed after Constantine Gospel preached to the dead Lost after New Testament times Baptism for the dead Unknown after 3rd century

The Church Restored


i h e Church that Christ organized has been restored as was prophesied. Isaiah: " A n d it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people. . . ." (Isaiah 11:11.) John the Revelator: " A n d 1 saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth. . . . " (Reve ations 14:6.) Jesus Christ: " A n d Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things." (Matthew 17:11.) Following are the specific years when all of the organizations and ordinances of the Church of Jesus Christ were restored in their perfection in fulfillment of these prophesies. Living apostles 1829 Living Christian prophets 1830 T h e seventy 1835 Belief in a personal Cod 1820 Belief in divinity of Christ 1820 "Called of Cod as was Aaron" 1829 A lay clergy 1829 Gifts of the Holy Spirit 1830 Members called Saints 1830 Continuous revelation 1820

Additional scripture Baptism by immetsion Belief in physical resurrection Sacrament of Lord's Supper Gospel preached to the dead Baptism for the dead

1823 1829 1830 1830 1840 1840


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The Church as Organized by Jesus Christ (1982)  

This pamphlet explains the Latter-day Saint view the loss of the original offices, beliefs, and practices of the church established by Jesus...

The Church as Organized by Jesus Christ (1982)  

This pamphlet explains the Latter-day Saint view the loss of the original offices, beliefs, and practices of the church established by Jesus...