When God pierced the veil between heaven and
earth, the celestial light that burst through, revealed the Book of
Mormon and ignited the Restoration, also abundantly restored the
spiritual gifts. The same divine manifestations, which endowed
the apostles and graced the early believers, returned to earth.
David foretold, "Truth shall spring out of the earth; and
righteousness shall look down from heaven" (Psa 85:11).
Among the spiritual gifts received in former days and returned in
present times is the gift of prophecy. It flows from Jesus,
the head of His church, and resides in His saints. It also
concentrates in the president of the church as its present-day
prophet. God called Joseph to that office and angels ordained
him, endowing him with the keys of the kingdom.
Prophecy sprang from Joseph Smith, the Palmyra Seer, not only to
translate the Book of Mormon, but to reveal the word of God to the
church. Those revelations began while the Book of Mormon was
being translated, the first ones coming through the same instrument
by which God gave the ancient American record. After Joseph
received the keys to the kingdom and was sustained by the church on
its organizational day as the first elder, he received them directly
Because Joseph was unlearned and unacquainted with the Bible's
finer points, including the organization of the early Christian
Church, he and his fellows needed specific and detailed revelation
to organize the restored church as Jesus wanted it. Most
revelations that Joseph received, along with lectures that the
latter-day prophet gave on faith were published as the Doctrine and
Covenants during his life. The Reorganization wisely decided
to continue publishing the Doctrine and Covenants just as the church
published it in 1844. As the church received new revelations
through successors to Joseph in the prophetic office, they were
placed as added sections in that book of revelations. We
accept them as received and published during the time of the
church's doctrinal fidelity.
The scope the enlightenment contained in latter-day revelations
is vast and profound. It discloses things fast and future as
well as insights that are just now being confirmed by science.
People who receive it as divine as divine instruction and insight
will find that its enlightenment helps them cling to Christ and
receive the love, light and life that resides in Him.