church fled into the wilderness by 570. Sir Isaac Newton
enumerated the ten kingdoms represented by the ten horns of
Apocalypse’s beast. The last on that list is the Lombards, who
completed their invasion of Rome in 570.
The time that the
church remained in the wilderness was to be 1260 years. John,
the Revelator, foresaw, “The woman fled into the wilderness,
where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her
there a thousand two hundred and threescore days” (Rev 12:6).
Ezekiel revealed that one day in prophecy equaled one year (Ez 4:6).
Revolutionary War, America was expecting the return of the church.
In 1776, Samuel Sherwood preached that John’s woman in the
wilderness has “reference to the state of Christ’s church in this
American quarter of the globe; and will sooner or later have their
fulfilment and accomplishment among us.”
The church left
the wilderness in 1830. Our church claims that God told it, “This
church have I established and called forth out of the wilderness”
for the church’s return, an angel visited a young man, just as
Zechariah foretold. Joseph Smith testified, “A personage
appeared at my bedside standing in the air,. . . He called me by
name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the
presence of God to me.”
revealed the existence of a book. “He said there was a book
deposited written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former
inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they
sprang. He also said that the fullness of the everlasting gospel
was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient
prophesied, the latter-day message promised that Jerusalem will be
inhabited: “Then shall Jerusalem be inhabited again with my
people, and it shall be the land of their inheritance.” (3 Ne
The ancient book,
entitled the Book of Mormon, came out of the earth, as Psalms
predicted. “On the west side of this hill, not far from
the top, under a stone of considerable size, lay the plates
deposited in a stone box.”
The book was
sealed. “He said if I would bring the plates, he would
assist in the translation. I told him I could not, for they were
sealed. Professor Anthon then gave me a certificate certifying that
the characters were Arabic, Chaldaic, and Egyptian.”
The Book of
Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Savior of the world.
Among its many references, it tells that Jesus descended in ancient
Central America and said to its inhabitants, “Behold I am Jesus
Christ, of whom the prophets testified should come into the world”
(3 N 5:11), adding “[I] have glorified the Father in taking upon
me the sins of the world” (3 N 5:12).
were among the lost sheep mentioned in John. Jesus told them,
“Ye are they of whom I said, Other sheep I have which are not of
this fold” (3 Ne 7:20).
The Book of
Mormon starts the restoration of the new covenant. It says that
when it is published, “Then ye may know that the covenant which
the Father hath made with the children of Israel, concerning their
restoration to the lands of their inheritance, is already beginning
to be fulfilled” (3 Ne 13:54).
The gospel is
part of the covenant: “I remember my covenant which I have
made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel
unto them” (3 Ne 7:36).
gospel as contained in the Book of Mormon cleanses people: “Come
and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your
sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the
sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all
unrighteousness” (Alma 5:25).
The gospel remits
sins and gives the gift of the Holy Spirit. God said to preach,
“Repent and be baptized every one of you, for the remission of
your sins; yea, be baptized even by water, and then cometh the
baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost” (D&C 32:2g).
The gospel is the
covenant that will gather Israel. God decreed, “Thou shalt
preach the fullness of my gospel which I have sent forth in these
last days; the covenant which I have sent forth to recover my
people, which are of the house of Israel” (D&C 39:3e).
covenant will build up a holy city. Jesus promised, “This
people will I establish in this land, unto the fulfilling of the
covenant which I made with your father Jacob; and it shall be a new
Jerusalem. And the powers of heaven shall be in the midst of this
people” (3 Ne 9:58-59).