Lesson 3: “I Had Seen a Vision”

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide, (1999), 4

Reading assignment: Joseph Smith—History 1:1–26; Our Heritage, pages 1–4.

After Jesus Christ was crucified, His Apostles presided over the Church. But soon persecution, divisions, and apostasy increased. Within a few decades, there was a falling away from the Church, as the Apostles had prophesied (Acts 20:28–30; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–3; 2 Timothy 4:3–4). This falling away is known as the Great Apostasy.

Scripture Chain: The Apostasy and the Restoration