Peter, James and John

Peter, James, John, and other Apostles and Church leaders worked hard, teaching people about Jesus Christ. Many people joined the Church in many lands. The Saints tried to obey God’s commandments. Acts 6:2–4; Acts 7; Acts 11:19–21

Events after the New Testament

Wicked people did not want the Saints to believe in Jesus Christ and obey God’s commandments, so they tried to change the commandments. Some Saints believed the wicked people. They stopped believing in Jesus and did not obey His commandments. Gal. 1:6–8; Titus 1:10–11; 1 Jn. 2:18–19

Events after the New Testament

Many righteous Saints were killed. When the Apostles were killed, there was no one to lead the Church. The Church of Jesus Christ was not on the earth anymore. The keys of the priesthood were taken from the earth, and the people did not have prophets to guide them. The Apostles Peter and Paul had said this would happen. Matt. 23:34; Matt. 24:8–10; Rom. 8:36; 1 Cor. 4:9–13; 1 Pet. 4:12; James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 3rd ed. (1916), 745–46

Events after the New Testament

Hundreds of years went by. There were many different churches, but none of them had Apostles. Their leaders did not have the priesthood. None of the churches was the Church of Jesus Christ. However, prophets had said that after many years the Church of Jesus Christ would be on the earth again. Acts 3:19–26; 2 Thes. 2:1–4; 2 Tim. 4:3–4

Joseph Smith

In 1820 a boy named Joseph Smith wanted to know which church was the Church of Jesus Christ. He went into the woods near his home, knelt, and asked God to tell him which church was right. JS—H 1:3, 5, 10, 14–15

Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came to Joseph Smith. The Savior told Joseph not to join any of the churches because none of them was right. JS—H 1:17–19

Joseph Smith

God chose Joseph Smith as the prophet to bring the Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth. God sent angels to give Joseph the priesthood, and He helped Joseph translate the Book of Mormon. On 6 April 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ was organized. JS—H 1:33, 66–75

Twelve Apostles

Just as Jesus chose Twelve Apostles to help Him when He was on the earth, Twelve Apostles were chosen to help Joseph Smith lead the Church. They were given the power to teach the gospel and to do miracles. D&C 102:3; D&C 107:22–23, 35


Jesus wants everyone to know about His Church. When He was on the earth, He sent missionaries to teach His gospel. Jesus told Joseph Smith to send missionaries to teach all people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. D&C 1:18, 30

Jesus Christ

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church Jesus and His Apostles had when they lived on earth. D&C 115:4

Illustrated by Paul Mann