Relief Society Lesson 44: The Restoration of All Things: The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times

From the Life of Joseph Smith

The first few paragraphs demonstrate that Joseph Smith believed that the completion of the Nauvoo Temple was critical to the Restoration. These are lovely stories. I might add that the women understood how important this work was, also. In Women of Covenant on pgs 50-51, one can read the sacrifices women made from one woman giving all of her jewelry to another who had nothing to give but would mend any clothing of the bretheren who were working on the temple.

The Prophet Joseph Smith was called of God to restore these great blessings to earth and to stand at the head of the dispensation of the fulness of times. During the Prophet’s ministry, all things were restored that were necessary to lay the foundation of the greatest dispensation of all time. The priesthood, with its essential keys, was restored; the Book of Mormon was translated; the Church was organized; and doctrines, ordinances, and covenants were revealed, including the ordinances and covenants of the endowment and the marriage sealing. The Lord declared that He had committed unto Joseph Smith “the keys of my kingdom, and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times; and for the fulness of times, in the which I will gather together in one all things, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth” (D&C 27:13).

Read the quote above and have the class list what is necessary for this final dispensation. How is this dispensation different from ones past?

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