True and Faithful: D&C 1 (Lay the Foundation)

17 Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments;
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–
29 And after having received the record of the Nephites, yea, even my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., might have power to translate through the mercy of God, by the power of God, the Book of Mormon.

30 And also those to whom these commandments were given, might have power to lay the foundation of this church, and to bring it forth out of obscurity and out of darkness, the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth, with which I, the Lord, am well pleased, speaking unto the church collectively and not individually–

These verses teach a powerful truth. God gave revelations to Joseph Smith for the protection of mankind. And he also gave revelations and commandments to countless others in order to allow them to assist in that work. We likewise are the recipients of similar revelations and instructions. We are a church led by revelation, both personal and collective. That is what makes us the true and living church. Christ leads it through his servants and also through us. It is a great blessing to be part of laying the foundation of that Church and continuing to bring it out of obscurity and into the light.

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