“I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right. … I was answered that I must join none of them.”
1. High on the mountain top
A banner is unfurled.
Ye nations, now look up;
It waves to all the world.
In Deseret’s sweet, peaceful land,
On Zion’s mount behold it stand!
2. For God remembers still
His promise made of old
That he on Zion’s hill
Truth’s standard would unfold!
Her light should there attract the gaze
Of all the world in latter days.
3. His house shall there be reared,
His glory to display,
And people shall be heard
In distant lands to say:
We’ll now go up and serve the Lord,
Obey his truth, and learn his word.
4. For there we shall be taught
The law that will go forth,
With truth and wisdom fraught,
To govern all the earth.
Forever there his ways we’ll tread,
And save ourselves with all our dead.
*For Younger Children* Read or share part of Because of The Restoration Discuss the ways the restoration blesses your life every day.
The dictionary says the word restore means to “bring back into existence or … into a former or original state” (Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. , 1063). Many of the biblical prophets promised that in the last days God would restore the gospel one last time before the Savior’s Second Coming. In 1820 God began restoring the gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith.
One day I began wondering how the Restoration affects my everyday life. Here’s what the Restoration did for me in just one average week.
Last Sunday my dad gave me a priesthood blessing. Because of the Restoration, I know he has been given the authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ. My dad can bless me whenever I am sick or need extra help.
On Monday I woke up for school and said my prayers. Because of the Restoration, I knew I was praying to a loving Heavenly Father and that I am His daughter, created in His image. I also read from the Book of Mormon. Because of the Restoration, I have another witness that Jesus Christ really lived. That night we had family home evening. Because of the Restoration, I am blessed with loving parents who teach me the truth.
On Tuesday I went to the temple my first time and performed baptisms for the dead. Because of the Restoration, I was able to help those who have died without the gospel to have eternal blessings.
On Wednesday I went to my closet and picked out something modest to wear. Because of the Restoration, I know that my body is sacred and that I need to be a good example to those who see me. I also have the guidance of living prophets and apostles, who have given me For the Strength of Youth, which contains guidelines to help me make righteous choices.
On Thursday I tried my best to live the gospel. Because of the Restoration, I have the gift of the Holy Ghost as my companion to help me always. I also have a bishop and Young Women leaders to watch over me as special advisers. And because of the Restoration, I know about the Atonement so that when I make a mistake I can repent and be forgiven.
On Friday I enjoyed being with my friends. Because of the Restoration, I have friends who also want to live the gospel. These good friends are a big blessing in my life. I also have opportunities to share the gospel with my friends who are not members of the Church.
On Saturday I thought about my brother, Tyler, who is serving a mission in Brazil. I miss him very much, but because of the Restoration, I know what he is doing is right. I want to go on a mission someday too.
Today is Sunday again. Because of the Restoration, I took the sacrament and renewed my promises to follow Jesus Christ. I was reminded that I am a daughter of God and that His plan has been restored so I can one day return home to Him.
Because of the Restoration, I know the scriptures are true. I know that this is the restored Church of Jesus Christ. I know that living prophets are guiding us today. I know that through restored temple ordinances my family can be together forever.
Because of the Restoration, we are blessed every day of the week—and every day of our lives.
*For The Whole Family* Read through and share some from Rejoice in the Restoration Discuss the way in which the restoration blesses your life and why we should rejoice in it.
Why Is the Restoration Such a Glorious Event?
President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Following the Crucifixion of Christ an apostasy occurred. Leaders began to ‘teach for doctrines the commandments of men’ [JS—H 1:19]. 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 Standard of Truth Has Been Erected,” Liahonaand Ensign, Nov. 2003, 24).
President Gordon B. Hinckley: “After centuries of darkness and pain and struggle, the time was ripe for the restoration of the gospel. … That glorious day dawned in the year 1820, when a boy, earnest and with faith, walked into a grove of trees and lifted his voice in prayer. …
“There came in response a glorious manifestation. God the Eternal Father and the risen Lord Jesus Christ appeared and spoke with him. The curtains which had been closed for much of two millennia were parted to usher in the dispensation of the fulness of times. …
“… Do you recognize our place in the great drama of human history? This is the focal point of all that has gone before. This is the season of restitution. These are the days of restoration” (“At the Summit of the Ages,” Liahona, Jan. 2000, 88–89; Ensign, Nov. 1999, 73–74).
How Can You Rejoice in the Restoration?
Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “We can best express our gratitude for this glorious fulness [of the restored gospel] by developing a more full love for all of humankind. And why not, for the Restoration tells us who our neighbors really are! Let our gratitude likewise be expressed by striving to become, attribute by attribute, more and more as Jesus is” (“From the Beginning,” Ensign,Nov. 1993, 20).
Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:“Follow the example of Joseph Smith and the pattern of the Restoration. Turn to the scriptures. Kneel in prayer. Ask in faith. Listen to the Holy Ghost. Learn that your name and needs are known by our Heavenly Father, just as Joseph’s were. Live the gospel with patience and persistence” (“Receiving a Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ,” ,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 31).
Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society general president: “Few miracles compare with the miracle of the Restoration. In fact, many emanate fromthe Restoration. I’ve taught discussions with sister missionaries. I’ve heard them tell this simple story of Joseph Smith time and time again. And the Spirit has never failed to bear witness to me of the reality of that event. Knowing for myself truly changes everything!”
Polvorones & Chocolate Hummus
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter $1.41
- 1 cup powdered sugar, divided $0.18
- 1 tsp vanilla extract $0.30
- 2 cups flour $0.17
- 2 tsp cinnamon, divided $0.10
- ¼ tsp salt $0.05
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Let the butter come to room temperature. Combine ½ cup of the powdered sugar with the butter. Whip the butter and sugar together until they are well incorporated and have a “creamed” texture (see photos below). You can use a mixer or a good ‘ol fork and some elbow grease. Then stir in the vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, combine the 1.5 cups of flour with 1 tsp of cinnamon and ¼ tsp of salt. Mix them until the are evenly combined.
- Stir the flour mixture into the creamed butter and sugar mixture. If the mix is still too sticky to form into balls with your hands, add more flour, ¼ cup at a time. I added somewhere between ½ to ¾ cup more after the initial 1.5 cups.
- Shape the dough into 24 evenly sized balls (think ping pong balls). Combine the remaining ½ cup of powdered sugar and 1 tsp of cinnamon in a bowl and roll each ball in the sugar mixture to coat.
- Place the sugar coated dough balls on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees or until they are a light golden brown in color. Let the cookies cool before eating for optimum crumbly texture!
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- 1 (16 oz.) can chickpeas $1.29
- 4 to 6 oz. evaporated milk $1.12
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder $0.16
- ¼ cup sugar $0.04
- ½ tsp vanilla extract $0.14
- ¼ tsp cinnamon $0.02
- Empty the entire can of chickpeas into a small pot and simmer over a medium-high flame for 5 minutes to further soften the beans. Drain the chickpeas in a colander and rinse with cool water.
- Combine the rinsed and drained chickpeas, 4 oz. (1/2 cup) of evaporated milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a food processor or blender. Pulse or process until smooth. Add more evaporated milk as needed until the mixture is an even consistency, but still thick.
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- Because of the Restoration… Hand out papers with the words “Because of the Restoration …” written on them, and leave space for answers. Search the article together, looking for phrases that fill in the blank. Challenge family members to write down blessings they experience in the coming week because of the Restoration. At the next family home evening, invite them to share what they wrote.
- Silly Toss Game – Use a small, soft ball, or crumple a piece of newspaper into a ball. Toss the ball to someone. When the ball is caught, the catcher makes a silly face. Then all the other players make the same face. The catcher tosses the ball to someone else, and the procedure is repeated.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.