see also “The Only True Church” post at https://richardsonstudies.wordpress.com/category/the-only-true-church/
see also “Joseph Smith” post at https://richardsonstudies.wordpress.com/category/joseph-smith/
-The Church of God has been on earth from time to time.
-The Church of God is always lead by a prophet. (Amos 3:7)
-The Church of God is taken from the earth at times because of unrighteousness. (Amos 8)
-The Church of God is to come to stay in the last days (Daniel).
-LDS Church claims to be that church today.
-Joseph Smith was the first leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Since his death God has continued to call people to lead the Church.
-God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith to call him as prophet and leader in the Church.
-Church leaders clarify doctrines of salvation.
-Power to seal in heaven things that are sealed on earth (like marriages) were restored to the earth via the Church.
-The Church has the fullness of the Gospel (all we need to know and do to be saved) and can be found in the Book of Mormon.
-The Book of Mormon points us to modern prophets for further guidance.
-The Book of Mormon’s key goal is to testify of the resurrected living Savior, Jesus Christ.
-Baptism is legal only in the organization that God has given legal power to complete that ordinance. We claim this to be that organization. (D&C 1, D&C 22)
further references on this to come, for now see mormon.org/restoration or mormon.org/joseph-simth or mormon.org/book-of-mormon