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Why We Call It "The Restoration": Prepare for Conference With "Don't Miss This"

by | Mar. 24, 2020

Lesson Helps

How have you done with your general conference prep? Maybe you feel your desires to study the Restoration per President Nelson’s invitation have exceeded your ability, or maybe you have been successful in your study but want a little refresher? In a new video published on Monday, David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman remind viewers that preparing for conference in a way that makes it extra special can still be done in a few easy steps:

  • • Read the First Vision. (They discovered as they prepped for next year’s Doctrine and Covenants curriculum that Joseph Smith–History was originally called “The History of Joseph Smith: An Account of His Marvelous Experience.”)
  •  • Select questions to ponder.
  • • Design your plan.
  • •"Immerse yourself in the glorious light of the Restoration," as President Nelson said. 

Freeman also shared her newfound love for the root word of the word “restoration," which is “restore.” She points out that we often focus on “restoration” as a word unique to the Church but that it is common for many people inside or outside of the Church to restore things: a house, a car or a bike. However, Freeman points out that the process of restoration is typically not something you would want to happen in your living room.

“Restoration is messy, and sometimes we forget about that,” she says. “We think to ourselves, ‘The Church was restored,’ and we think it’s done and it’s all cleaned up and someone put the garage back together since that project. And we don’t realize we actually belong to a living church, which means we’re actually still in the process of restoration, and sometimes it is messy.”

Watch the video to hear all of Freeman and Butler’s thoughts about restoration here.


You've read the Book of Mormon before, but Emily Belle Freeman and David Butler, hosts of the popular YouTube scripture-study channel "Don't Miss This," have created a new approach that will change the way you read your scriptures.

These great teachers, whose love for the scriptures is contagious, explore the significance of one verse from each chapter of the Book of Mormon, showing you how to dig deep and find personal application of God's word. Along with short, devotional-style lessons, their invitations will lead you to a more meaningful personal study of the Book of Mormon and vibrant discussions with your family and friends about its teachings. You may also enjoy looking for your personal "don't miss this" verses as you study on your own. Available at Deseret Book stores and on deseretbook.com.

Designed to be read quickly and shared every day, these entries will help you rediscover just how completely the teachings and truths of the Book of Mormon will enrich your life.

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Morgan Jones

Morgan Jones comes to LDS Living after writing for the Deseret News since 2014. She published more than 480 stories and served as Senior Web Producer prior to her departure from Deseret News. Jones is a passionate storyteller and loves having the opportunity to share stories that deserve to be told. She is the host of the All In podcast. 

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