Upon Jesus Christ’s ascension to heaven forty days after His resurrection (see Acts 1:9-11)the slow decline into the apostasy began. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, taught by the Jehovah of the Old Testament and the Messiah of the New, would soon descend into arguing factions of Christianity across the Middle East. By 300 A.D. Constantine, the Emperor of Rome, would gather fighting bishops together and order them to come together on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Soon the Son of God would be reduced to an ethereal being big enough to fill the universe yet small enough to fill a heart. This great God who descended from His heavenly throne would be the subject of many religions, some claiming He was God, others claiming He was a prophet and yet others accusing Him of being a pretender. His great and glorious sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane was reduced to a passing comment. Great confusion swept around the world and the people were descended into darkness as no proper priesthood authority existed on the earth. There were no prophets or apostles to guide the people only debatable heads of different religions arguing over points of doctrine and authority, even scripture.
Then in the spring of 1820 a young 14-year-old boy learned for himself that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were two distinguishable beings. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, over the next few years, would be restored in its entirety. By the time Joseph Smith, Jr. was assassinated on June 27, 1844, the full authority, keys and doctrine had been restored never to be lost from the world again.
Within the pages of ancient and modern scripture you will find the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its entirety. It is a beautiful and precious gift given to the children of God that we might have a constant reminder of this gospel which is older than time itself. Within the principles, practices and precepts of the Gospel of Jesus Christ you will find the answer to every question you may have. Again and again, ancient and modern prophets will testify of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and of His gospel as the path to eternal life.
In order to return to our heavenly home and live once again with Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father we must accept this Gospel and all its teachings. We must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior and Redeemer as well as accept our Heavenly Father. We must live our lives accordingly, always striving for perfection if never achieving it in mortality. We must strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ as outlined in the scriptures.
Does this sound like a lot to do? It’s not, not really. Be good to other people, help where you see help is needed, educate yourself, study the gospel, live life to the fullest while sharing the Gospel with others and trust that you have a greater purpose than merely being born. Believe in your divine heritage for you have greater things to do than merely existing day in and day out. Trust that God loves you and has provided the way, for indeed He has.