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I so glad to hear from everybody.  Monday’s are always a joy (kinda ironic). Messages of love and comfort, or just letters about my family and friends lives; all of these bring me a great deal of connection despite being so far removed from home.

This weekend has been wonderful. Hearing the words of the prophets and apostles from the perspective of a missionary has brought a new meaning to the sacred weekend. As a child I never really listened to conference before; I never put in the effort to listen. But now I can hear more clearly and feel the Holy Ghost more distinctly. Perhaps
it is the new love I found for the restoration that brought such a
deep appreciation about in me.

The restoration is the most unique part about our church, without the restoration what is our church? Just another Christian church, nothing special. But because of the restoration we have a defining event that underscores our entire church.

A question one might have is why doesn’t God speak to the world like he did in the Old and New Testament? Well, because of the restoration we know he does speak still.

Joseph Smith a 14 year old boy wanted to know what was church was true. He read the scriptures and went to nearly every church but still couldn’t find he answer. One day he read a scripture out of the bible–James 1:5, and learned that he needed to ask God. So he did and because he turned to God and asked, a vision was shown to him;
where Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ both appeared to Joseph.

Through that vision and further revelation, Joseph was instructed to restore the original church of Jesus Christ, which had been lost from the earth from a long time. As part of the restoration, Joseph translated an ancient record of the precursors to the Native Americans; not by the means of men, but by go power and gifts of God.

But the restoration would have just been another story, or a cool legend, if after the death of Joseph further prophets called by God didn’t come forth. Yet the truly remarkable part of the restoration is that further prophets where called. God was not done speaking. We
are living in the restoration. It was not a single event. Rather, it is more of an era. One where God is speaking.

As we learn from the prophets let us remember that ultimately it is not a bunch of old men talking, but the living words of God.

In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Regards from Elder Brown.


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