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Why was a restoration necessary?

During His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ established His Church with priesthood authority. It was led by prophets and apostles who taught true doctrine and received revelation that was recorded as scripture. With the death of the apostles, priesthood authority was taken from the earth, revelation ceased, and essential doctrines were lost or corrupted. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Church that Jesus Christ established was restored.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel will help the young men understand why a restoration was necessary?

Ephesians 4:11–14; Articles of Faith 1:6 (The Church today has the same organization as the Church in the Savior’s day)

Isaiah 29:13–14; Amos 8:11–12; 2 Thessalonians 2:1–3; 1 Nephi 13:24–29 (The Church was lost through apostasy)

D&C 1:17–23, 30 (Jesus Christ restored His Church through Joseph Smith)

Joseph Smith—History 1:6–20 (Joseph Smith’s First Vision)

Robert D. Hales, “Preparations for the Restoration and the Second Coming: ‘My Hand Shall Be over Thee,’” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2005, 88–92

Apostasy,” True to the Faith (2004), 13–14

Restoration of the Gospel,” True to the Faith, 135–39

Preach My Gospel (2004), 35–38, 45

Video: “A Search for Truth” (available on DVD)

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask a young man to share how something he learned last week influenced him at home, at school, or with friends.
  • Use an object to teach the young men the need for the Restoration (such as something that is broken and cannot be repaired but must be replaced). What other objects can the young men think of to use in teaching others about the need for the Restoration?

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand why the Restoration of the gospel was necessary. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about the Apostasy and the Restoration (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
  • Show the video “A Search for Truth,” and have the young men identify what Wilford Woodruff was looking for in the true Church. Why is it important to have these things? How has the restoration of these things blessed the young men? Invite them to share other things that impress them about Wilford Woodruff’s search for truth.
  • Divide the quorum in half, and ask one group to teach the quorum about how Jesus Christ established His Church and how it was lost through the Apostasy. Ask the other group to teach about the Restoration. Give them time to prepare using Preach My Gospel (pages 35–38 and 45), True to the Faith (pages 13–14 and 135–39), and the scriptures suggested in this outline. You may want to make these assignments a few days before quorum meeting.
  • Assign each of the young men a scripture about the Apostasy or the Restoration (such as those suggested in this outline). Ask the young men to draw a picture that represents what they learn from their scripture, and have them share it with the quorum. Discuss as a quorum the blessings we have received because the gospel was restored.
  • Give each young man the name of a person mentioned in Elder Robert D. Hales’s talk “Preparations for the Restoration and the Second Coming: ‘My Hand Shall Be over Thee’” (such as William Tyndale, Johannes Gutenberg, or Martin Luther). Ask the young men to read or watch the talk and find out what that person did to prepare the world for the Restoration. Invite them to share what they find.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand the need for the Restoration of the gospel? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Tell why the Restoration was necessary and why it is important to him.
  • Invite other quorum members to share their impressions about what they have learned.