“To the World We Declare …”


To the world we declare that at Harmony, Pennsylvania, on 15 May 1829, an angel, “who announced himself as John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the New Testament” (Doctrine and Covenants 13: heading), came as a resurrected personage to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery. “The angelic visitant averred [declared] that he was acting under the direction of Peter, James, and John, the ancient Apostles, who held the keys of the higher Priesthood, which was called the Priesthood of Melchizedek” (Doctrine and Covenants 13: heading). The Aaronic Priesthood was restored to the earth. Elder Thomas S. Monson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (Ensign, May 1980, page 8.)

[photo] Susquehanna River photo by Welden C. Andersen

[illustration] John Baptizes Jesus Christ by Harry Anderson

[photo] Partaking of sacrament photo by Matthew Reier

[photo] President Thomas S. Monson photo by Don Busath

[photos] Other photos courtesy of Visual Resource Library