The Latter-day Saint View of Restoration

The Latter-day Saint View of Restoration
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Thinkers, leaders, and scholars have noted the uniqueness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' view of "restoration." In his recent publication on Mormon theology, Terryl Givens, recounting the impact of Moroni's angelic visitation to a young Joseph Smith, summarized this reality as follows: "In clarifying what this work would entail, Moroni turned Smith's understanding of restoration inside out ... Here is no simple paring away, no mere stripping back to essentials, but the prelude to a vast expansion" (p. 29). Indeed, a key characteristic of the Latter-day Restoration is the simultaneous reaching back to truths and organizations made known in a primitive past and an openness to ideas and structures which have not yet been revealed. Whether that work be the articulation of (re)revealed gospel truths, the provision of saving ordinances that link the entire human family, missionary efforts for the living and vicarious ordinance work for the dead, or the reestablishment of divinely inspired church structures, most official church discourse understands the "restitution of all things" (Acts 3:21) as embodied in the doctrines, aims, and activities of the Church itself.  

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