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He hath given unto you that ye might know good from evil, and he hath given unto you that ye might choose life or death; and ye can do good and be restored unto that which is good, or have that which is good restored unto you. —Heleman 14:31
In the end, the purpose of this restoration is to reunite God and his children. The Atonement itself is not only a powerful process of union (at-one-ment), but of reunion. As Jacob said, “For the atonement…they are restored to that God who gave them breath.” —John W. Welch
This Day in LDS History
1842: The endowment is administered for the first time in this dispensation by Joseph Smith, held above the Red Brick Store on Water Street in Nauvoo.
1875: Hyrum W. Mikesell baptizes Shoshone chief Pocatello in Salt Lake City. The chief is ordained an elder and prophesies that many of his people will soon join the Church. By the end of the year, nearly all his people join, as had hundreds of other Native Americans from other western tribes.
1964: Richard Dutcher, later the producer, writer, and director of God’s Army, an independent film portraying missionary life in southern California, is born in Oak Park, Illinois.