The church of Jesus Christ has been restored
INTRODUCTION: Imagine a glass full of clear, pure water. If we bump the glass, some water might spill out and the glass wouldn’t be full anymore.
When Adam and Eve were created, the fulness of the gospel was on the earth. For many years prophets taught the gospel. When Jesus Christ was on the earth, He established His Church. He taught the fulness of the gospel: faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and obedience to the commandments. Jesus showed all people how we should live. He became the Savior of us all. The gospel glass was full.
But as the years passed, parts of the gospel were lost because wicked people changed it or didn’t obey it. The fulness of the gospel was no longer on the earth. Heavenly Father promised His children He would give them the fulness of the gospel again. He called Joseph Smith to help Him restore the fulness of the gospel.
QUESTION: What does it mean to "restore" something? (Restoration means a bringing back of something to its former condition.)
SONG: "An Angel came to Joseph Smith" (CS, 86a)
LESSON: Restoration cup analogy - Adapt and/or simplify the following idea.
OPTIONAL: If time allows, you could play a few minutes from "The Restoration" (check your church library for a copy of the video or DVD).
SUMMARY: We are blessed to have the fulness of the gospel in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our gospel glasses are full to the top, and Heavenly Father has promised that the gospel will never be taken from the earth again. Share your testimony of the restoration and its significance to you.