17 Wherefore, I the Lord, aknowing the calamity which should come upon the binhabitants of the earth, ccalled upon my dservant Joseph Smith, Jun., and espake unto him from heaven, and gave him fcommandments;
18 And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets—
20 But that every man might aspeak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;
22 That mine everlasting acovenant might be established;
25 And inasmuch as they aerred it might be made known;
30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have apower to lay the foundation of this bchurch, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of cdarkness, the only true and living dchurch upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well epleased, fspeaking unto the church collectively and not individually—
Taken in sum, I'm left to wonder: Where would we be if it weren't for the full restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the return of his priesthood authority, and the continued leadership of inspired successors to the prophet Joseph Smith? I'm eternally grateful for what happened 180 years ago, and what continues to occur today.
How has your membership in the Church blessed your life? Have you experienced any of the aforementioned blessings, that you would be comfortable sharing in the comments?