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The LDS church teaches that the Christian Church fell into apostasy after the deaths of the original Twelve Apostles. This doesn't mean there weren't believers during this time, it means that Priesthood Authority was lost and key teachings of the gospel of Christ were changed. The apostasy was foretold in several bible passages that were covered on the Apostasy section of this site.
Since God and Jesus knew the apostasy was coming, They wouldn't forsake the world forever. The LDS Church testifies that the apostasy ended when God and Jesus appeared to a 14-year-old Joseph Smith, and through heavenly messengers, restored the true gospel and Priesthood Authority to the world. Just as the apostasy was predicted in the bible, so was The Restoration.
Here are some bible verses that pertain to the restoration of the gospel, the Priesthood and divine revelation.
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
Isaiah is giving a prophecy of what will happen in the last days before Christ's Second Coming. Isaiah prophesies that a temple of God will be built in the tops of the mountains, and that all nations will flow into it. This verse is referring to the Salt Lake City Temple and the LDS Conference center, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This temple was built in the Rocky Mountains. The word "Utah", which is a Native American word assigned to the state by a member of congress, means "tops of the mountains". After its completion, church members from all over the world immigrated to Utah so they too could go to the house of the Lord. Even to this day, Temple Square receives over a million visitors from various regions each year. The Conference Center is the site of the Church's semi-annual general conference where people from all over the world are taught the ways of the Lord, and Salt Lake City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. This appears to be a literal fulfillment of Isaiah's visions.
"Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid."
The Lord restoring the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood keys and authority, restoring the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and once again leading the Church by Revelation is the marvelous work and wonder. No longer are people left to their own understanding, but can rely once again on the words of the Lord as taught by His modern holy prophets.
Daniel 2:34-35, 44
"Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. ... and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."
When the LDS Church was first organized in 1830, there were 6 members. As of 2014, there are 15,082,028 members in 29,253 congregations worldwide, with the majority outside the United States. 128,991,640 copies of the Book of Mormon have been published since 1830, in 189 languages. The Restored Church of Jesus Christ is the stone that was cut without hands and is filling the whole Earth. And, as was prophesied in this dream, The LDS Church shall stand forever.
"Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."
In this verse, we are assured that God would not do anything drastic without first warning us through his prophets. This was true of the flood when He warned Noah. Before God destroyed Sodom He warned Abraham. Prophets foretold the signs of the birth of Jesus Christ, foretold His ministry, and prophesied His Crucifixion and Atonement. Why is it so hard to believe that God would send prophets to prepare the world for the Second Coming? God has sent us modern day prophets to proclaim His will to prepare us for the "great and terrible day of The Lord". Of course, the prophet won't know the exact day, since no one knows that except God. I thank my Father in Heaven for not leaving us in darkness by sending prophets to prepare us to meet the Savior.
Malachi 3:1 & 4:5-6
"Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."
This prophesy was fulfilled April 3, 1836, when Elijah the Prophet did come suddenly to the Temple in Kirtland, Ohio, and bestowed the sealing keys of the priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to prepare the way for the Second Coming. It wasn't long after this event that genealogical societies starting popping up across the country. Today family history searches is one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S. and on the Internet.
Acts 3:19, 21
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began."
In this verse, Peter is preaching that before the Second Coming of Christ, there will be a "refreshing" of the church, and this refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. The refreshing was the restoration of Christ's gospel, by Christ Himself through the prophet Joseph. This "refreshing" will end the apostasy, and prepare the world for the coming of Christ. The restitution, or restoration, of all things means that the priesthood and all the truths and practices that will be lost through the centuries will be restored. This teaching by Peter and the prophets has been fulfilled in this dispensation.
"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you."
In the same passage as the previous prophecy of the restoration, Peter teaches a prophecy of Moses that God will raise up another prophet comparable to Moses at the "time of refreshing". This means that the prophet will also see and speak with God, face to face and will lead by Jesus' revelations. We believe this prophet, of course, was Joseph Smith. God spoke to Joseph, using him to organize His church on the earth once again, just as was done in Moses' day. It is also interesting to note that Brigham Young received the nickname, American Moses, because of his role in the Mormon Exodus, leading the saints through the wilderness to the "promised land" where the church would grow and flourish.
"That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:"
We are now in the dispensation of the fullness of times, and The Lord has indeed gathered all things in Him, including the priesthood, the gospel, a Divinely led church and the covenants and promises of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and has restored them all, preparatory for His Coming.
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."
This verse talks about an angel flying in heaven, carrying with it the everlasting gospel. This verse is referring to the angel Moroni, who directed Joseph Smith to the location of the golden plates, now known as the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon has, within its pages the everlasting gospel of Christ. Coupled with the Bible, it declares and testifies to "every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people that Jesus is the Christ".