Built Upon a Foundation of Apostles and Prophets
A quorum of 12 apostles presides with the prophet in Christ's church today.
Today in the church as anciently the quorum of living apostles is essential for the security and life of the church. The church is directed by revelation from the Savior to living apostles and prophets
without which there could be no living church.-- note references to foundation below.
"Now therefore ye are no more strangers
and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon a foundation of apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; Ephesians 2:19-20.
Ist Corinthians 12:28. Revelations 21:14.
The Apostle Peter prophesied, "
And he shall send , which before was preached unto :
21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of of all things, which God hath by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith.
And so it was that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ did personally appear and choose a young boy to become his prophet to establish His church in these latter days. The keys given
to Joseph Smith at a later date, were necessary for the apostles to be chosen and ordained. Those keys have been passed on through the apostles to our day.
This was a fulfillment of prophecies
by Joseph in Egypt, the son of Jacob, as quoted by the ancient American prophet, Lehi. and I (Lehi)am a descendant of who was carried
into Egypt. And great were the of the Lord which he made unto Joseph (in Egypt).
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The Holy Ghost will bear witness to us of the truth of this event.
- Because of the atonement of Christ man can communicate with God in prayer.
- Because of the atonement, the chasm between
fallen man and God is bridged.
- Likewise because of the atonement, God calls and anoints his prophets.
- If a person really believes that
God answers prayers,
- He can take the next step and believe that God visits personally with His chosen prophets, including Joseph Smith.
- Both are
possible because and only because of the atonement of Jesus Christ.
- And He can and will answer our sincere prayer to know the truth of that visit to young
Following the visitation of the Father and the Son in 1820 to Joseph Smith, he, like the boy Samuel and the lad David, was groomed and trained over a period of years and then ordained
to the prophetic calling, even as the apostles of old, of whom Jesus said "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, . . . . John 15:16
Authority to baptize was restored by an angel, John the Baptist.
1 ).The prophet and apostles hold the keys to the ordinances and covenants of the gospel, conveyed
to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, first by the resurrected John the Baptist, on the banks of the Susquehanna river, on 15 May 1829 to baptize and in the following month, the keys of the Melchizedek priesthood and the apostleship. (Doctrine & Covenants
sections 13; 18:9; 20:2-3; & 27:12-13; )
2 ).They hold the keys to revelation for the church, ---- And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the
Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter and upon this rock (of revelation) I will build my church; and the gates
of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:16-18.
So it is in our day. After the visitations of the angel Moroni, Joseph
Smith said of those experiences: Accordingly as I had been commanded, I went at the end of each year, and at each time I found the same messenger there, and received instruction and intelligence from him at
each of our interviews, respecting what the Lord was going to do, an how in what manner his kingdom was to be conducted in the last days. Joseph Smith History v. 53.
The revelations Joseph received, throughout his life comprise 134 of the sections (280 small print pages) in the Doctrine and Covenants, translation of the ancient American scripture of the Nephite nation into the Book
of Mormon ( Click to see: that prophecies this volume) plus many other revelations recorded elsewhere.
3 ).And they hold the keys to choosing and ordaining
apostles as well as calling and ordaining other officers in the church.
Of the numerous decisions that are guided by revelation to the Prophets since then, just two are described
below regarding Presidents Ezra Taft Benson in 1990 and Heber J. Grant in 1918.
Ezekiel 37:16-19. 16 Moreover, thou son of man, take
thee one a,
upon it, For c,
and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and d
upon it, For e,
of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become a in thine hand.
when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us a
thou meanest by these?
19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of a, which is in the
hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
Sealing keys of the higher priesthood were restored by Angels here.
4. ) They hold the keys of the sealing and other powers conveyed by Elijah and other angels to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland, Ohio Temple on April 3rd, 1836. Compare
Malachi 4:5-6; Matthew 17:1-3. See Luke 4:25 & I Kings 17:1-16 relative to Elijah.
Because of the Key of Revelation
that the church is built upon, there is no man that is the head of the church. Neither apostles nor prophets are the head of the church, but rather, they are the vehicle through which Jesus Christ guides His church by revelation today. As the name states,
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is, ---- the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The "Exodus" of the saints from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley
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Summary of the doctrines:
THE ARTICLES OF FAITH
OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST
OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
1 WE believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.
2 We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression.
3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances
of the Gospel.
4 We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying
on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
5 We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances
6 We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
7 We believe
in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth.
8 We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book
of Mormon to be the word of God.
9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.
10 We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that
the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
11 We claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege, let them
worship how, where, or what they may.
12 We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.
believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure
all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
1. Faith to obey the prophet brought a miracle during Sierra Leon civil war. Two years after the first convert baptisms in Sierra Leone in June 1988, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began meeting in their homes in the country's second-largest city. In August of 1990, a branch was organized in Bo. Soon, three congregations were meeting in rented buildings in the city. Uniformly, members shared a great enthusiasm for the growth of the Church in their country.
The prophet gives inspired guidance to the church.
Five months later, in January 1991, the mission president in the city received a letter from Church President Ezra Taft Benson. The prophet asked the Latter-day Saints in Bo to abandon their meetinghouses and to gather again in their homes to worship.
The news was very discouraging for the local Latter-day Saint leaders, who felt that the rented buildings were an important milestone for the Church in Sierra Leone. Members were also disappointed and unhappy about the request. Some wondered why a prophet in Utah cared about where they met. Others questioned whether or not the prophet understood their circumstances.
Ezra Taft Benson, Prophet and President of the church in 1990
Obedience to the prophets counsel
But a core group of strong members made the decision to obey. They closed
their chapel doors and began holding worship services in their homes.
In March 1991 —— just months after President Benson asked them to leave
their rented meetinghouses —— civil war erupted in Sierra Leone.
Death and carnage erupt
In the midst of war, churches were frequently targeted by rebels; thousands lost
their lives while worshiping God.
Obedience to divine guidance brought safety
But Latter-day Saints in the country were safe from harm, obediently
worshiping in their homes. Mustafa Touray, the first branch president in the country, spoke of the miracle that came through obedience.
"No member of the church died in Bo during the war —— not one. The LDS Church was the only church that continued operating during the war in Bo —— the only one. Every other church closed its doors. It was too dangerous for the people to walk to church and too dangerous to sit and
Faithfulness brought strength and growth of the church
"None of us (the Latter-day Saints) had any problem during the war. We worshiped through the whole war no matter how grave the situation was.
Because we were obedient, our members received this great blessing" ("A miracle came through obedience," Peter Evans, Church News, Jan. 1, 2011).
2013, Bo Town Latter-day Saints gathered at their new chapel.
Apostles called by revelation to the Lord's prophet.
Church President and prophet Heber J. Grant was pondering whom to recommend as an apostle to replace the vacancy caused by the death of former Church President, Joseph F. Smith. He decided
on his good friend Richard W. Young, as many suspected he would. As he met with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to announce his decision, he found himself saying that the Lord wanted Melvin J. Ballard, a comparative stranger to President Grant, to serve
[in the quorum] instead. He used this experience to teach about inspiration and to testify that the Lord calls the leaders in the church.
Melvin J. Ballard was ordained an apostle Jan. 7, 1919
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