Jesus Christ Restored the Gospel Through Joseph Smith

When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He taught His gospel and organized His church. He laid His hands on each of the Apostles’ heads and gave him the priesthood. Because people killed the Apostles and would not believe the gospel, the Church was taken from the earth.

About 190 years ago, a young boy was trying to find the true church of Jesus Christ. His name was Joseph Smith. Joseph saw that there were many churches, and each one thought it had the truth. Joseph did not know which church he should join

He loved Heavenly Father and wanted to do what was right. He wanted to choose the right church to join. He said, “What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be right, which is it, and how shall I know it?” (JS—H 1:10.)

One day while he was studying the Bible, he read, “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). Joseph decided to ask Heavenly Father which church was right and which he should join.

On a beautiful spring morning, he went to a grove of trees and knelt to pray. As he began to pray, a frightening, evil power came over him. He felt that he was going to be destroyed. As he called out to Heavenly Father to save him, a pillar of light came from heaven and rested upon him. The evil feeling vanished, and he saw two bright and glorious Beings standing above him in the air. One of Them spoke to Joseph, calling him by name, and said, pointing to the other, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” (JS—H 1:17).

Joseph saw Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ; he listened carefully as Jesus told him not to join any of the churches.

Joseph wanted to choose the right. Heavenly Father and the Savior were pleased with his desire and helped him understand what was right. Because Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ knew that Joseph Smith would always strive to choose the right and be obedient to whatever They asked him to do, They chose him to restore the true church to the earth.

Because Joseph Smith wanted to know the truth and listened to Heavenly Father, the true Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church. We are led by prophets and apostles who have the priesthood and tell us what Heavenly Father wants us to do.


In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen