A Good, Short Explanation
of the Restoration

by President Boyd K. Packer
from a talk entitled
"The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected"
General Conference, October 2003

Following the Crucifixion of Christ an apostasy occurred. Leaders began to “teach for doctrines the commandments of men.” They lost the keys of authority and closed themselves off from the channels of revelation. That lost authority could not just be repossessed. It had to be restored by those who held the keys of authority anciently.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a remodeled version of another church. It is not an adjustment or a correction or a protest against any other church. They have their “form of godliness” and their goodness and value.

John the Baptist returned through the veil to confer the Aaronic Priesthood, “which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins.” A companion ordinance, confirmation and the conferral of the gift of the Holy Ghost, required a greater authority.

Soon thereafter, Peter, James, and John, Apostle companions of the Lord, restored the higher or Melchizedek Priesthood —“the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God.”

The Restoration did not come all at once. In a series of visitations, other prophets came to restore the keys of the priesthood.

With the authority restored, the organization was revealed. Apostles were ordained, and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and First Presidency were organized as they had been anciently. The ordinances were revealed and authority given to perform them.

(edited by David Van Alstyne)
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