A Righteous Remnant
Succession of Keys
Current Key Holders
In 1978, the Priesthood key holder (the Root of Jesse mentioned in (D&C 113:5-6) was visited by the One Mighty and Strong. Rulon Allred had previously introduced him to Joseph Smith during Rulon's life. Elijah, Moses, Moroni, Ether, Jesus Christ, and Father Michael, the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:21-22) have also visited him as necessary on various occasions.
This successor was directed to send an official letter of release to the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and to establish the Righteous Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (legally incorporated as Christ's Church) on April 6, 1978. The Church headquarters were moved away from Salt Lake City, new officers were set apart, and construction began on a new temple. (3 Nephi 16:10-12, Jacob 5:68-72, Daniel 8:14, Zechariah 3rd and 4th Chapters and 14:21)
A New Temple
We bear witness that in 1978 the Church and the Priesthood were reunited. This means that prior to those who were forbidden from entering the temple of the Lord being granted access, God moved the power of the temple to a righteous man; who he commanded to build a temple. So there has been a righteous temple completed or under construction almost continuously since the time of the prophet Joseph Smith. A place where people can have the ordinances that are critical for exaltation. The third and forth chapters of Zechariah speak of this new temple as does the last verse in the book.
A Gathering of Wheat
These events happened two months prior to the LDS church leaders announcing to the world that they intended to grant the priesthood of God to those who were to have been restricted until the end of the millennium. (D&C 86:10, Moses 7:22, Abraham 1:26-27) This signified the end of the times of the gentiles. No more was the fullness of the Gospel to the whole world, but now only to the house of Israel, those who repent and return unto Christ, that they might be numbered among the righteous remnant of the house of Israel. (3 Nephi 16:10-13, Jacob 5:68-72) My chosen hear my voice and harden not their hearts. (D&C 29:7-8) And are gathered into one place, and in no other place are the blessishepherdngs appointed. (D&C 45:28-30)
A Building of Zion
We believe in all the teachings of Joseph Smith Jr. More than just believe, we bear witness of striving to live them. Also, we believe that except a man lives by all the commandments of God, he can in no wise enter into the Celestial glory. God is unchangeable. (D&C 11:20, D&C 14:6-7, D&C 35:24, D&C 42:29, D&C 42:78, JST Genesis 9:21)
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