Carl Christian Anton Christensen, The Hill Cumorah, (Public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.


D&C 20:1-30; 42:12-17

For Younger Missionaries


  • Billions of people, past and present, have been Christians. What about the message of the restored gospel is so fundamentally different than their beliefs? Why does the Lord insist that this message be preached in plainness and power?
  • What caused the “Dark Ages” to be so dark?

The Restoration

Through a modern prophet, God has restored knowledge about the plan of salvation, which is centered on Christ’s Atonement and fulfilled by living the first principles and ordinances of the gospel.

Make sure that everyone you teach clearly understands the following:

  • God is our literal Father in Heaven. He loves us. Every person on earth is a child of God and a member of God’s family. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is our Savior and Redeemer.
  • Our loving Father in Heaven reached out to His children throughout biblical history by revealing His gospel to prophets. Sadly, many people rejected that gospel; even some of those who accepted it changed gospel doctrines and ordinances and fell into unbelief and apostasy.
  • Our Father in Heaven sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to earth. He performed miracles and taught His gospel. He accomplished the Atonement and was resurrected.

Beginning with the First Vision, God has again reached out in love to His children. He restored the gospel of Jesus Christ and His priesthood authority and organized His Church on the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is convincing evidence of this Restoration.

As you help investigators see the pattern of apostasy and restoration, they will be prepared to … accept the restored gospel, receive the ordinances of salvation…, and follow the way to eternal life. Help people recognize that the Church is not just another religion, nor is it an American church. Rather, it is a restoration of the “fulness of [the] gospel” (D&C 1:23), the same as was revealed and taught from the beginning (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 6–7).


Modern-day Prophet—Noelle


What the Restoration
Means for Me


  • What can you share about Joseph Smith?
  • How does the testimony of our early Church leaders and members help your testimony?
  • How can you build on that testimony?


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