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Countdown to conference: 'Ponder the New Proclamation' with this free daily study guide

by | Jul. 31, 2020


August 16–22

This week is focused on the third paragraph of the proclamation. It's not too late to join us as we prepare for October general conference!

In humility, we declare that in answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph and inaugurated the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21) as foretold in the Bible. In this vision, he learned that following the death of the original Apostles, Christ’s New Testament Church was lost from the earth. Joseph would be instrumental in its return.

Sunday Scripture

Read and ponder Acts 3:19–24.  

In these verses, Peter speaks about the age of restoration prior to the Second Coming. 

Monday Movie

Watch “Ask of God: Joseph Smith’s First Vision.”  

This video draws upon all nine written accounts of the First Vision, providing "additional perspectives and insights into this remarkable event." 

Tuesday Talk

Study President Russell M. Nelson’s talk, “Hear Him.”  

"Regardless of where you live or what your circumstances are, the Lord Jesus Christ is your Savior, and God’s prophet Joseph Smith is your prophet," President Nelson taught in April general conference. "He was foreordained before the foundation of the earth to be the prophet of this last dispensation, when 'nothing shall be withheld' from the Saints (D&C 121:28). Revelation continues to flow from the Lord during this ongoing process of restoration."

Wednesday Worship

Listen to Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and Italian composer Nicolas Giusti* perform “Where Can I Turn for Peace.”

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Thursday Time to Memorize

Take some time to memorize this week’s paragraph. Below are some fill-in-the-blank guides and memorization tips. Click here for a printable PDF.

Fill-in-the-blank Guides

In humility, we declare that in answer to his prayer, God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph and inaugurated the “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21) as foretold in the Bible. In this vision, he learned that following the death of the original Apostles, Christ’s New Testament Church was lost from the earth. Joseph would be instrumental in its return.

In humility, w_ declare that i_ answer to h__ prayer, God t__ Father and H__ Son, Jesus C_____, appeared to J_____ and inaugurated t__ “restitution of a__ things” (Acts 3:21) a_ foretold in t__ Bible. In t___ vision, he l______ that following t__ death of t__ original Apostles, C_____’_ New Testament C_____ was lost f___ the earth. J_____ would be i___________ in its r_____.

In h_______, w_ declare t___ i_ answer t_ h__ prayer, G__ t__ Father a__ H__ Son, J____ C_____, appeared t_ J_____ and i__________ t__ “restitution o_ a__ things” (A____:__) a_ foretold i_ t__ Bible. I_ t___ vision, h_ l______ that f________ t__ death o_ t__ original A_______, C_____’_ New T________ C_____ was l___ f___ the e____. J_____ would b_ i___________ in i__ r_____.

I_ h_______, w_ d______ t___ i_ a_____ t_ h__ p_____, G__ t__ F_____ a__ H__ S__, J____ C_____, a_______ t_ J_____ a__ i__________ t__ “r__________ o_ a__ t_____” (A____:__) a_ f_______ i_ t__ B____. I_ t___ v_____, h_ l______ t___ f________ t__ d____ o_ t__ o______ A_______, C_____’_ N__ T________ C_____ w__ l___ f___ t__ e____. J_____ w____ b_ i___________ i_ i__ r_____.

Tips

Here are some tips to help break down the information in this paragraph topically.

Three sentences:

  • 1. Answer to his prayer
  • 2. Church was lost
  • 3. Joseph’s role

You can also think of it as the three I’s:

  • 1. Inaugurated the “restitution of all things”
  • 2. In this vision
  • 3. Instrumental in its return

You could also try recording the paragraph and listening to it as you get ready in the morning.

Friday Feelings

Record what it means to you that Christ’s New Testament Church has been restored.  

Saturday Share

 Share your feelings about the First Vision with a family member. 


* Image titleNicolas Giusti (an acclaimed Italian composer and opera conductor from Rome) met Gérald Caussé (an accomplished pianist and native of Bordeaux, France) ten years ago. They became fast friends and bonded over their love of playing the piano and their shared faith. For this album, Nicolas composed five piano duet arrangements of classic hymns with the purpose of sharing the joy of the gospel. Available now at DeseretBook.com.

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