I’ve been pondering that statement today. There’s a lot of meaning wrapped up in it that I want to draw out to show why we as members can say, “The church is true.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s church. The church belongs to Him and no one else. He established it. He revealed Himself to a man and called him to be a prophet.
Christ established the priesthood and instituted the ordinances of it. He sent angels to ordain men to hold the keys of the priesthood.
He established all the offices of the priesthood and gave revelation as to their duties.
He gave the gift of the Holy Ghost whereby all members of the church could receive greater revelations to guide them and speak in the name of the Lord.
He reveals, reminds, and warns the church through the prophet and apostles.
He gives to church leaders to know by the Holy Ghost who should serve in what callings. He gives to members by the Holy Ghost inspiration concerning their calling as well as revelation about their lives.
He gives inspiration as to where missionaries should be sent on their missions, and He gives inspiration to those missionaries as to where they should go, who they should teach, and how.
He gave revelation about temple-building in all particulars as to why, how, and where. He gave revelation as to what should be done in temples and who would do it.
That’s just scratching the surface.
The Lord is in this work. It is His church. That’s why we can say the church is true.
Image 1: First vision, http://www.lds.org/library/display/0,4945,104-1-3-4,00.html
Image 2: Priesthood Restoration, http://mormonthink.com/priesthood.htm
Image 3: Priests preparing sacrament, http://www.mormonwiki.com/Priests
Image 4: Gift of the Holy Ghost, http://sandiegomormontemple.com/142/mormon-priesthood
Image 5: Mormon prophet Thomas S. Monson, http://wellbehavedmormonwoman.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-do-mormons-trust-men-to-speak-for.html
Image 7: MormonMissionaries, http://dcmormontemple.com/104/mormon-missionaries
Image 8: Nauvoo Temple, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nauvoo_Temple