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                     History of the Church of Christ - part 1.
              A publication of the Church of Christ, P.O. Box 472, Independence, Missouri 64051
We are a remnant of the original church established by Jesus Christ during His days on Earth and restored, April 6, 1830, by Joseph Smith and five others in Manchester, New York, as directed by God.
There are four things of special significance connected with the organization of the Church of Christ:

1. Translation of the Book of Mormon from ancient plates by Joseph Smith through the gift and power of the Holy Ghost. This is an ancient record of the "American Indians", a "second" witness for Christ. The Bible is the "first" witness, and these two books ("sticks") were to be "one" in the Lord's hand. See Ezek. 37:19. This book was revealed through angelic visitation to Smith, but he was not permitted to obtain the records for three years, until he had truly realized that the real value was not in the gold plates, but in the record itself.

2. A recognition of the apostasy, or falling away, from the pure gospel of Christ and the ancient order of the New Testament Church. See 2 Thess. 2:1-4.

3. A "restoration" of that gospel and church order through angelic ministry according to Rev.14:6,7. Another angel came to Smith and told him he would be an instrument in God's hand for this purpose. This was in 1829, a year before the Church was organized, while he and Oliver Cowdery were in the translation process.

4. A "restoration" of priesthood or ministerial authority because of that ancient apostasy and by the grace of God. This was begun through Joseph Smith and others by the spirit of revelation (see Heb.5:4). The holy priesthood was imparted by the above angel upon him and Cowdery at that time, which did not include the power to bestow the Holy Ghost upon believers; this greater power was given later by the revelation of God, and under which authority the Church was organized on April 6, 1830. There is no other author- ity to represent the Kingdom of God on the earth in modern times, nor had there been in the churches for 1260 years prior to 1830 (the apostasy alluded to in Rev. 12).
Reluctantly, we admit there has been apostasy from the restored gospel faith, through the introduction of human doctrine and by divisions having occured.
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