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==Mormons Believe in a Heavenly Father==
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==Latter-day Saints Believe in a Heavenly Father==
Mormons "believe in [[Heavenly Father|God]] the Eternal Father, and in His son, [[Jesus Christ]], and in the [[Holy Ghost]]." This is the first of thirteen basic beliefs, called the [[Articles of Faith]], that [http://www.josephsmith.com Joseph Smith], the founder
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Members of the Church of Jesus Christ, sometimes referred to erroneously as Mormons, "believe in [[Heavenly Father|God]] the Eternal Father, and in His son, [[Jesus Christ]], and in the [[Holy Ghost]]." This is the first of thirteen basic beliefs, called the [[Articles of Faith]], that [http://www.josephsmith.com Joseph Smith], the founder
of the Mormon Church, once wrote to a reporter who asked what Mormons believe. We believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful God who loves us (His children) and wants us to succeed. He created us and has a plan for us to one day return to live with Him.
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of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once wrote to a journalist who asked what members of the Church believe. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful God who loves Mankind (His children) and wants them to succeed. He has a plan for them to one day return to live with Him. (See the [[Plan of Salvation]].)
  
==Mormons Believe in the Savior Jesus Christ==
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==Latter-day Saints Believe in the Savior Jesus Christ==
The Mormon religion teaches that our sins make returning to God impossible, so it was necessary for a [[Savior]] to be provided. This Savior is our Lord and Redeemer, [http://www.fairlds.org/apol/ai052.html Jesus Christ]. "For God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten son,
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The Church of Jesus Christ teaches that men's sins make returning to God impossible, so it was necessary for a [[Savior]] to be provided. This Savior is the Lord and Redeemer, [http://www.fairlds.org/apol/ai052.html Jesus Christ]. "For God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16, KJV). Jesus Christ conquered death and sin, so that a path could once more be opened for God's children to return to live with God. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ that men and women can be saved.
that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16, KJV). Jesus Christ conquered death and sin, so that a path could once more be opened for us to return to live with God. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ that we can be saved.
 
  
==Prophets Reveal God's Plan to Us==
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==Prophets Reveal God's Plan to Mankind==
In order to declare the gospel of Christ, God has called inspired men, called [[Mormon prophet|prophets]], to teach the world. These men receive a personal witness of the [[Savior]] and are given authority to teach his gospel. This authority is called the <i>[[Priesthood]].</i> Holy [[scriptures]], such as the Bible, contain the words of prophets who taught about the Savior. As the prophets teach and testify, the Holy Ghost touches the hearts of people and brings feelings of peace. This is why we feel the spirit (the Holy Ghost) when we study the Bible today. This spiritual confirmation of truth is how God confirms that the message of the prophets is true.
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In order to declare the gospel of Christ, God has called inspired men, called [[Mormon prophet|prophets]], to teach the world. These men receive a personal witness of the [[Savior]] and are given authority to teach His gospel. This authority is called the <i>[[Priesthood]].</i> Holy [[scriptures]], such as the Bible, contain the words of prophets who taught about the Savior. As the prophets teach and testify, the Holy Ghost touches the hearts of people and brings feelings of peace. This is why people feel the spirit (the Holy Ghost) when they study the Bible today. This spiritual confirmation of truth is how God confirms that the message of the prophets is true.
  
Throughout history God has followed this pattern of revelation to inspired men, who then teach the world, with confirmation of their words through the Holy Ghost. Sadly, people do not always accept the message of the prophets. When people reject the prophets, this is called <i>apostasy,</i> derived from a Greek word that signifies <i>rebellion</i> or <i>falling away.</i> When we read the scriptures, we can see a history of God calling a prophet who teaches the people to repent and turn to the Lord. The people eventually turn away from the Lord and reject the prophet, and thus a period of apostasy follows.
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Throughout history, God has followed this pattern of revelation to inspired men, who then teach the world, with confirmation of their words through the Holy Ghost. Sadly, people do not always accept the message of the prophets. When people reject the prophets, this is called <i>apostasy,</i> derived from a Greek word that signifies <i>rebellion</i> or <i>falling away.</i> Recorded in the scriptures, one can see a repeating cycle of God calling a prophet who teaches the people to repent and turn to the Lord. The people eventually turn away from the Lord and reject the prophet, and thus a period of relative apostasy follows.
  
 
Fortunately, God is not only loving, but is also merciful and patient. Each time that the people reject the Lord and his prophets, He waits and prepares His people. When the time is right, He once again sends His messengers to declare His words and restore His gospel.
 
Fortunately, God is not only loving, but is also merciful and patient. Each time that the people reject the Lord and his prophets, He waits and prepares His people. When the time is right, He once again sends His messengers to declare His words and restore His gospel.
  
 
==The Early Church Fell into Apostasy==
 
==The Early Church Fell into Apostasy==
When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He taught the people the gospel, and called [[Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|Apostles]] to continue to teach them when He left. Ultimately, those apostles were violently rejected, and within a century much of the church Christ had established was crippled by [[Great Apostasy|apostasy]] from within and persecution from without. A careful reading of the New Testament shows the struggles and the frustrations of the apostles as they were surrounded by unrighteousness from both the believers and non-believers. The apostles were rejected and killed, and the priesthood authority that the Lord had given to them was gone from the earth. While there were still some righteous members who lived, the people as a whole had become wicked and the fullness of the gospel with the priesthood authority, was forced from the face of the earth. This was prophesied of in the Old Testament by the prophet Amos:
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When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He taught the people the gospel, and called [[Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|Apostles]] to continue to teach them when He left. Ultimately, those apostles were violently rejected, and within a century much of the church Christ had established was crippled by [[Great Apostasy|apostasy]] [https://www.comeuntochrist.org/beliefs/jesus-christ-church/jesus-original-church-fell-away] from within and persecution from without. A careful reading of the New Testament shows the struggles and the frustrations of the apostles as they were surrounded by unrighteousness on the part of both the believers and non-believers. The apostles were rejected and killed, and the priesthood authority that the Lord had given to them was taken from the earth. While there were still some righteous members who lived, the people as a whole had become wicked, and the fullness of the gospel with its priesthood authority, was forced from the face of the earth. This was prophesied of in the Old Testament by the prophet Amos:
  
:"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: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from 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, KJV)
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:"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: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from 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, KJV)
  
 
And again in Isaiah:
 
And again in Isaiah:
  
:"Which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. Why, when I came, was there no man? When I called, was there none to answer?" (Isa. 50:1-2, 21st Century KJV)
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:"Which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. Why, when I came, was there no man? When I called, was there none to answer?" (Isa. 50:1–2 KJV, 21st century)
  
==Jesus Christ Restored His Church to the Earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith==
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==Jesus Christ Restored His Church to the Earth through the Prophet [[Joseph Smith]]==
After the early church fell into apostasy, the Lord patiently waited for seventeen hundred years for the people to return to him. He prepared them and waited for a time in which He could once again restore the fullness of His gospel to the earth. Finally, the time came. In 1820 a young boy went into the woods to ask God which church was true. He described his experience, in his own words:
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Left on the earth after the Apostles were gone, were many sincere seekers after truth.  However, there were no prophets or seers, so religious leaders had to look into their own hearts and minds to shape doctrine. Without information directly from God, religious leaders were of many, often conflicting, opinions. Councils were convened for the purpose of debating doctrine, and creeds were formulated combining knowledge from the scriptures and the opinions of men. The resulting creeds were apostate in relation to the truths revealed by God to His prophets. Even the nature of deity had been redefined. After the early church fell into apostasy, the Lord patiently waited for seventeen hundred years for the people to return to him. He prepared them, as the world moved from superstition to relative enlightenment, from authoritarianism to individualism. The Lord waited for a time in which He could once again restore the fullness of His gospel to the earth. Finally, the time came. In 1820, in New York, during a time of regional religious revivalism, a young boy went into the woods to ask God which church was true. He described his experience in his own words:
  
:"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me... When the light rested upon me I 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—<i>This is my Beloved Son. Hear him!</i>" (JS-H 1:16-17, emphasis in original)
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:"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me . . . When the light rested upon me I 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—<i>This is my Beloved Son. Hear him!</i>" ([https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1?lang=eng ]Joseph Smith History 1:16–17, emphasis in original)
  
Through this marvelous visitation, [[First Vision| Joseph Smith]] received a personal witness that God the Father and Jesus Christ live. From this and subsequent visits and revelations he was taught the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how Christ's church should function. As in days of old, a prophet of God had once again been called. Angels visited the earth, including John the Baptist and Peter, James and John, Jesus' ancient apostles, who gave to [http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/w/o/wol3/smithj2.htm Joseph Smith] the same [[Mormon Priesthood|priesthood authority]] they possessed.
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Through this marvelous visitation, [[First Vision| Joseph Smith]] received a personal witness that God the Father and Jesus Christ live and are separate, resurrected beings. From this and subsequent visits and revelations he was taught the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how Christ's church should function. As in days of old, a prophet of God had once again been called. Angels visited the earth, including John the Baptist and Peter, James and John, Jesus' ancient apostles, who gave to [http://personal.atl.bellsouth.net/w/o/wol3/smithj2.htm Joseph Smith] the same [[Mormon Priesthood|priesthood authority]] they possessed.
  
 
==The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ==
 
==The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ==
As further confirmation of the divinity of the work [[Joseph Smith]] was called to do, the Lord revealed a volume of ancient scripture which had been recorded on the American Continent. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith Joseph Smith] was given power to translate this record, which came to be known as the [http://www.bookofmormon.net Book of Mormon]. It contains the writings of prophets who lived and taught in the Americas at the time the Bible was being written in Jerusalem. The [[Book of Mormon]] contains many beautiful truths about our Savior Jesus Christ, and stands with the Bible as a second witness that Jesus was more than just a man: He was the very [[Messiah]] prophesied of in times of old, our Savior and our Redeemer.
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As further confirmation of the divinity of the work [[Joseph Smith]] was called to do, the Lord revealed a volume of ancient scripture which had been recorded on the American Continent. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith Joseph Smith] was given power to translate this record, which came to be known as the [http://www.bookofmormon.net Book of Mormon]. It contains the writings of prophets who lived and taught in the Americas at the time the Bible was being written in Jerusalem. The [[Book of Mormon]] contains many beautiful truths about the Savior Jesus Christ, and stands with the Bible as a second witness that Jesus was more than just a man: He was the very [[Messiah]] prophesied of in times of old, the Savior and the Redeemer of Mankind.
  
Because it was translated by the power of God, the [[Book of Mormon]] also serves as a witness that [http://lds.org/library/display/0,4945,104-1-3-1,FF.html Joseph Smith] has been called by God, for if the [http://www.bookofmormon.net Book of Mormon] is a true record inspired by God, than [http://www.jefflindsay.com/LDSFAQ/FQ_prophecies.shtml Joseph Smith] must also be a prophet. By knowing that Joseph Smith was a prophet, we can also know that the church he was led to organize is Christ's church today.
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Because it was translated by the power of God, the [[Book of Mormon]] also serves as a witness that Joseph Smith was called by God, for if the [http://www.bookofmormon.net Book of Mormon] is a true record inspired by God, then [http://www.jefflindsay.com/LDSFAQ/FQ_prophecies.shtml Joseph Smith] must also be a prophet. By knowing that Joseph Smith was a prophet, men and women can also know that the church he was led to organize is Christ's church today.
  
 
==The Church is Led Today by Modern Prophets==
 
==The Church is Led Today by Modern Prophets==
[http://www.lds.org The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] (sometimes called the [[Mormon Church]]) is led today by a [http://www.mormon.org/learn/0,8672,940-1,00.html prophet of God and twelve apostles], who receive revelation from God on how His church should be run. Thus we see that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He continues to follow the pattern He followed in Bible days, and He teaches us today in much the same way He taught the Children of Israel, or the early Christians of the New Testament.
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[[image:Russell_M_Nelson2.jpg|250px|right|frame|Russell M. Nelson, prophet and president]][http://comeuntochrist.org The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] (sometimes called the [[Mormon Church]]) is led today by a [https://www.comeuntochrist.org/beliefs/jesus-christ-church/god-speaks-through-prophets prophet of God and twelve apostles], who receive revelation from God on how His church should be run. Latter-day Saints perceive that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. They feel that He continues to follow the pattern He followed in Bible days, and He teaches men and women today in much the same way He taught the children of Israel, or the early Christians of the New Testament.
  
==The Holy Ghost Will Reveal to Us the Truth of All Things==
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==The Holy Ghost Will Reveal to Mankind the Truth of All Things==
As in ancient times, the Lord has promised that we need not rely on the words and testimonies of others to know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored. We have been promised that we can each receive our own witness that this is true. One such promise is located near the end of the Book of Mormon:
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As in ancient times, the Lord has promised that men need not rely on the words and testimonies of others to know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored. Men have been promised that they can each receive his own witness that this is true. One such promise is located near the end of the Book of Mormon:
  
 
:"Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder them in your hearts.
 
:"Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder them in your hearts.
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:"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:3-5)
 
:"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:3-5)
  
The Church of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth, and [http://www.lds.org The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] is that church. The Lord promises us today as in times of old that the Holy Ghost will confirm truth to us. If you will pray about the things which you have read and ask the Lord, "Is this true?" He will answer you by bringing feelings of peace into your heart through the power of the Holy Ghost, "that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God." (1 Cor 2:5, KJV) When you feel these feelings, follow them and [http://www.mormon.org learn more about the Church]. You can find a meeting place close to where you live, or you can contact your [http://www.mormon.org/mormonorg/eng/ask-a-question/have-missionaries-contact-me local missionaries] through the telephone book in order to learn more.
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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the true gospel has been restored to the earth, and that [http://www.lds.org The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] is that church. They believe that each individual member has prayed to receive a witness from the Holy Ghost of that truth and that anyone who prays sincerely to that effect will receive the same answer directly from the Lord.  
  
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*[http://www.JesusChrist.lds.org The Church's official website about the Savior]
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*[http://newsroom.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/eng/news-releases-stories/video-challenges-public-misperceptions-explains-myths-vs-reality Steve Young and Sharlene Hawkes address misconceptions about the Church]
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If you prefer to learn more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the source, visit comeuntochrist.org where you can have missionaries contact you.

Latter-day Saints Believe in a Heavenly Father

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ, sometimes referred to erroneously as Mormons, "believe in God the Eternal Father, and in His son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." This is the first of thirteen basic beliefs, called the Articles of Faith, that Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once wrote to a journalist who asked what members of the Church believe. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful God who loves Mankind (His children) and wants them to succeed. He has a plan for them to one day return to live with Him. (See the Plan of Salvation.)

Latter-day Saints Believe in the Savior Jesus Christ

The Church of Jesus Christ teaches that men's sins make returning to God impossible, so it was necessary for a Savior to be provided. This Savior is the Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. "For God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16, KJV). Jesus Christ conquered death and sin, so that a path could once more be opened for God's children to return to live with God. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ that men and women can be saved.

Prophets Reveal God's Plan to Mankind

In order to declare the gospel of Christ, God has called inspired men, called prophets, to teach the world. These men receive a personal witness of the Savior and are given authority to teach His gospel. This authority is called the Priesthood. Holy scriptures, such as the Bible, contain the words of prophets who taught about the Savior. As the prophets teach and testify, the Holy Ghost touches the hearts of people and brings feelings of peace. This is why people feel the spirit (the Holy Ghost) when they study the Bible today. This spiritual confirmation of truth is how God confirms that the message of the prophets is true.

Throughout history, God has followed this pattern of revelation to inspired men, who then teach the world, with confirmation of their words through the Holy Ghost. Sadly, people do not always accept the message of the prophets. When people reject the prophets, this is called apostasy, derived from a Greek word that signifies rebellion or falling away. Recorded in the scriptures, one can see a repeating cycle of God calling a prophet who teaches the people to repent and turn to the Lord. The people eventually turn away from the Lord and reject the prophet, and thus a period of relative apostasy follows.

Fortunately, God is not only loving, but is also merciful and patient. Each time that the people reject the Lord and his prophets, He waits and prepares His people. When the time is right, He once again sends His messengers to declare His words and restore His gospel.

The Early Church Fell into Apostasy

When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He taught the people the gospel, and called Apostles to continue to teach them when He left. Ultimately, those apostles were violently rejected, and within a century much of the church Christ had established was crippled by apostasy [1] from within and persecution from without. A careful reading of the New Testament shows the struggles and the frustrations of the apostles as they were surrounded by unrighteousness on the part of both the believers and non-believers. The apostles were rejected and killed, and the priesthood authority that the Lord had given to them was taken from the earth. While there were still some righteous members who lived, the people as a whole had become wicked, and the fullness of the gospel with its priesthood authority, was forced from the face of the earth. This was prophesied of in the Old Testament by the prophet Amos:

"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: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from 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, KJV)

And again in Isaiah:

"Which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you? Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away. Why, when I came, was there no man? When I called, was there none to answer?" (Isa. 50:1–2 KJV, 21st century)

Jesus Christ Restored His Church to the Earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith

Left on the earth after the Apostles were gone, were many sincere seekers after truth. However, there were no prophets or seers, so religious leaders had to look into their own hearts and minds to shape doctrine. Without information directly from God, religious leaders were of many, often conflicting, opinions. Councils were convened for the purpose of debating doctrine, and creeds were formulated combining knowledge from the scriptures and the opinions of men. The resulting creeds were apostate in relation to the truths revealed by God to His prophets. Even the nature of deity had been redefined. After the early church fell into apostasy, the Lord patiently waited for seventeen hundred years for the people to return to him. He prepared them, as the world moved from superstition to relative enlightenment, from authoritarianism to individualism. The Lord waited for a time in which He could once again restore the fullness of His gospel to the earth. Finally, the time came. In 1820, in New York, during a time of regional religious revivalism, a young boy went into the woods to ask God which church was true. He described his experience in his own words:

"I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me . . . When the light rested upon me I 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 him!" ([2]Joseph Smith History 1:16–17, emphasis in original)

Through this marvelous visitation, Joseph Smith received a personal witness that God the Father and Jesus Christ live and are separate, resurrected beings. From this and subsequent visits and revelations he was taught the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ and how Christ's church should function. As in days of old, a prophet of God had once again been called. Angels visited the earth, including John the Baptist and Peter, James and John, Jesus' ancient apostles, who gave to Joseph Smith the same priesthood authority they possessed.

The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ

As further confirmation of the divinity of the work Joseph Smith was called to do, the Lord revealed a volume of ancient scripture which had been recorded on the American Continent. Joseph Smith was given power to translate this record, which came to be known as the Book of Mormon. It contains the writings of prophets who lived and taught in the Americas at the time the Bible was being written in Jerusalem. The Book of Mormon contains many beautiful truths about the Savior Jesus Christ, and stands with the Bible as a second witness that Jesus was more than just a man: He was the very Messiah prophesied of in times of old, the Savior and the Redeemer of Mankind.

Because it was translated by the power of God, the Book of Mormon also serves as a witness that Joseph Smith was called by God, for if the Book of Mormon is a true record inspired by God, then Joseph Smith must also be a prophet. By knowing that Joseph Smith was a prophet, men and women can also know that the church he was led to organize is Christ's church today.

The Church is Led Today by Modern Prophets

Russell M. Nelson, prophet and president
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon Church) is led today by a prophet of God and twelve apostles, who receive revelation from God on how His church should be run. Latter-day Saints perceive that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. They feel that He continues to follow the pattern He followed in Bible days, and He teaches men and women today in much the same way He taught the children of Israel, or the early Christians of the New Testament.

The Holy Ghost Will Reveal to Mankind the Truth of All Things

As in ancient times, the Lord has promised that men need not rely on the words and testimonies of others to know that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored. Men have been promised that they can each receive his own witness that this is true. One such promise is located near the end of the Book of Mormon:

"Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder them in your hearts.
"And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
"And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things." (Moroni 10:3-5)

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe the true gospel has been restored to the earth, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that church. They believe that each individual member has prayed to receive a witness from the Holy Ghost of that truth and that anyone who prays sincerely to that effect will receive the same answer directly from the Lord.