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Elder L. Tom Perry

Quorum of the Twelve

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The dispensation of the fullness of times was ushered in by a very special vision to a young man who went to the woods to pray for answers to his questions concerning religion.

The translation of the Book of Mormon ensued within a short time to counter the doubt, disbelief and misinformation the Lord knew would follow Joseph Smith's declaration of his vision. "The translation of (this book) is a miracle in itself and gives further proof of the book's divine origin."

The restoration of the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods prepared the way for ordinances such as baptism and confirmation.

"Now that the power to act in the name of the Lord was again on the Earth, Joseph was commanded to formally organize the church." Six members participated in that organization on April 6, 1830.

"Our message is unique. We declare to the world that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the Earth. We declare with boldness that the keys of the priesthood have been restored to man, with the power to seal on Earth and in the heavens. The saving ordinances pronounced by the Lord as requirements for entering into eternal life can now be performed." It is the final time, before the second coming of Jesus Christ to rule and reign on Earth."