S: Restoration - B. Jesse Nix, Sr.
BC: Sunrise Jefff's Yard, by Jeffrey Borgholthaus - approved for personal, noncommercial use.
1: Did you ever wonder who Joseph Smith was or why Mormons build temples? It all started in the Pre-existence with our Heavenly Father where we chose to come to Earth, to receive physical bodies, and to obey His commandments. In return, we were promised prophets, priesthoods, the fullness of the Gospel, and the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we might return as families to live with Him for all Eternity. Told here is my allegory of earthly lives and trials leading up to the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time, ushered in by the Prophet Joseph Smith. | B. Jesse Nix, Sr. Woodbridge, Virginia 17 January 2012 2nd Edition 17 February 2012 | Cover - LDS - Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, by Walter Rane. Above - Washington, D.C. Temple, by Jeffrey Borgholthaus - approved for personal, noncommercial use. Pictures accredited as LDS are approved by LDS Church for personal, noncommercial use. All other pictures may be subject to copyright.
2: Behold, a royal army, dressed in splendid uniforms, eagerly setting out across an open plain, rank upon rank, advancing upon a priceless goal. | The Royal Army, by Rahul Phillip
3: They carry no weapon other than the sword of righteousness, made of silver and gold, inlaid with the finest jewels, and polished by an eternal, living fire.
4: ~ 4 ~ | These are they who enter the second estate, having been faithful in the eternities passed. | Galaxy, artist unknown
5: Their objective is the glory of their Eternal Father, which they are now desirous above all else to attain. Their present passage is their Earthly existence, from mortal birth to physical death.
6: LDS - Two thousand Stripling Warriors, by Arnold Freiberg | They are a royal army, because they joyously respond to the call of their King.
7: They march in ranks, shoulder to shoulder, according to their appointed time and place. Each is free to measure his stride and to choose his pace.
8: Captain Moroni Title of Liberty, by Arnold Freiberg | The ground over which they pass is smooth to some but rough to others. | T | The Title of Liberty, by Ken Corbett
9: Teachers raise standards and lead large numbers down diverse paths.
10: Some, uniforms torn and soiled, remain resolute in their errand, knowing that a forgiving King will provide royal cloaks to replace their earth-worn garments. Others become filled with doubt and lie still upon the soil, unmoving and uncaring, while the faithful, undaunted, press forward. | LDS - Mormon Bids Farewell, by Arnold Freiberg
12: Some--incredibly--stop to build obstacles that must then be overcome, consuming great amounts of time and energy, but leading into blind paths. | Dead Moom, by Louis Royo
13: Dead Moon, by Luis Royo, may be subject to copyright. | Others surrender to the alluring evils calling from the darkness... | ... As darkness descends upon the plain.
14: Finally, the great King sends his Son to rally the army and set it once again upon the way, but few hear His voice. | Crucifixion, by Tintoretto
15: The royal army is confused and denies its heritage. Fewer and fewer can match the simple pace of the Son, until, in error, they claim His innocent life.
16: Triumph of Alexandre at Battle of Arbela, artist unknown
17: The glorious messages of the Son and his beloved Captains are trampled into the dust by the milling army.
18: A humble soldier marvels at the confusion and, kneeling, petitions the Great King for guidance.
19: LDS - Moroni Buries the Plates, by Arnold Freiberg
20: The simple prayer of Brother Joseph is answered. | First Vision, artist unknown | LDS - The First Vision, by Del Parson
21: Waterfall in Green Forest, artist unknown at my.opera.com, may be subject to copyright. | The keys to the Last Dispensation of the Fullness of Times are given to the Earth. | LDS - Celestial Room, San Diego Temple | The fullness of the King's plan is restored.