The Missionaries Will Teach...
After the death of Jesus Christ, the apostles kept the doctrines of the
church pure and maintained order and standards of worthiness for the members
of the church. But wicked people persecuted the apostles and church
members and killed many of them. After the apostles all died, the
authority of the priesthood was taken from the earth. Without the
apostles, unauthorized changes were made to the organization, priesthood
ordinances such as baptism were changed, and doctrines were corrupted.
Without revelation and priesthood authority, people had to rely upon
human wisdom in order to interpret the scriptures. False ideas were
taught as truth. Much knowledge of the true nature of God the Father,
his son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost was lost. The doctrines of
faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost were distorted or
forgotten. And the authority of the priesthood was no longer on the
earth and the earth was in a state of spiritual darkness for centuries.
Eventually, truth-seeking people protested against the practices of the
false religious practices. They recognized that many of Jesus' true
doctrines and practices had been lost or changed. They searched for
greater spiritual light and sometimes talked about the need for a
restoration. But they didn't claim that God had called them to be a
prophet. Rather, they tried to reform the teachings that they believed
were in error. These efforts lead to the formation of many Protestant
denominations. These efforts resulted in greater religious freedom,
which was necessary for the final restoration.
Jesus' apostles prophesized of an apostasy. And they prophesized
that God's plan of happiness for families.
Some Additional Thoughts...
Mormonism's first prophet was killed by wicked men. The subsequent
leaders changed the doctrine and ordinances. If the establishment of
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was, in fact, the restoration of
Christ's true church, how can we be sure that it hasn't since fallen into
apostasy? If the gates of hell could have prevailed against the
church that Jesus originally established, why couldn't they prevail against
the church that Joseph Smith restored?