|If you have desires to serve God, you are called to
|Doctrine & Covenants 4:3
The religious seekers who became the first Latter-day Saints believed
that God had called them to take part in "a marvelous work"
(D&C 4:1). They were helping fulfill the
promises made through the biblical prophets—promises of redemption,
renewal, and restoration. New channels of revelation had been opened.
Heaven was in contact with earth. Divine power rested on the Saints, equipping
them to proclaim God's word, to minister to people in need, and to usher
in Christ's reign of peace.
|The Spirit of God
like a fire is burning!
|The latter day glory
begins to come forth.
|The visions and blessings
of old are returning,
|and angels are coming
to visit the earth.
Spirit of God" (Hymns 2)
Nearly 200 years later, the stories and symbols of the Restoration still
ignite in Latter-day Saints a potent sense of mission. Through our participation
in the ordinances established by Joseph Smith, we become people of covenant,
consecrated to God's service. The Spirit infuses us with power to act
as instruments of God in blessing lives and building a better world. Inspired
by the visions of prophets and confident in the support of angels, we
help roll forward the divine plan for creation.