The Book of Mormon is the engine that powers conversion and a change of heart, leading us closer to Jesus Christ.
The keys of the kingdom of God have been restored again, and they are held by apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who is the senior apostle, holds all the keys necessary to preside over all the organizational and ordinance work of the Church.
What a blessing it is to be living in a day when we are privileged to have such “a wonderful flood of light” by which we may live. I testify to you of the truthfulness of the restored gospel and that we are led by a living prophet of God.
Not everything in our lives will turn out the way we want it, but if we give place for and honor to the Restoration in our lives . . . we will have peace—flowing from us—like a river.
The charge has been given to us. Now, to obtain the promised blessings, we must respond by increasing our understanding of the doctrine and religiously applying the doctrine in our lives.
Because he was willing to ask God directly, the Prophet Joseph—and each of us through him—learned eternal truths about the nature of God and the current status of God’s kingdom on earth.
"I am amazed that even though Christ understands perfectly my imperfections, he also loves me perfectly. Divine charity is the most fundamental intimate restoration."
"I am satisfied that whatever else may eventually hang in the constitutional balance, this much is clear: The continuation of the blessings of liberty depends finally on our spiritual righteousness."
Joseph Smith was foreordained to be the duly appointed leader of this, the greatest and final of all dispensations.
In reference to the restoration of the gospel, the scriptures speak of the Lord bringing about his "strange act." We are a part of this continuing work.
Elder McConkie bears testimony of the truth and usefulness of revealed scripture, including the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.
Because the gospel has been restored, and because we are blessed to know about it, we have a solemn responsibility to live according to it.
We Latter-day Saints must realize that the restoration of the gospel was a mighty drama, the first steps having been taken long before Joseph Smith. If God was going to restore the gospel in the last days, where would it take place and under what conditions?
As member missionaries, we should "be ready always" to share the gospel. The prophecies of Isaiah defend the Restoration as part of God's plan.
Lack of knowledge about specific church events does not mean that we must doubt. We must only keep searching for the truth, whether by history or faith.