1 Thessalonians 1: The Gospel = Word and Power
Paul addresses the Thessalonians and explains that he came unto them in word and power;
“For our gospel, came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
This chapter, although short, is very powerful. Paul explains that he is not just a minister of word, but actually has POWER from God. This power or “Authority” is necessary in the ordinances of the gospel and is needed for the TRUE Church of Jesus Christ.
In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the power of the Priesthood and its restoration began on May 15, 1829 when the resurrected John the Baptist appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery to confer the Aaronic Priesthood upon them.
Summary of Malachi
Chapter by Chapter:
Malachi 1-2: The Jews despise the Lord/The Priests do not keep the Covenants
Malachi 3-4: Tithes and Offerings/ Book of Remembrance/The Last Days… Elijah Shall Come (and HE DID)
Summary of Malachi:
The Book of Malachi was written by the Prophet Malachi and is the last book in the Old Testament of the Bible. We learn that the Jews despise the Lord and because of their hatred their own priests do not keep the covenants and even bring the people down in their wickedness. The importance of tithing and offerings are written as well as the importance of keeping family records and journals for genealogy. Finally in the last chapter of Malachi we learn that Elijah will come in the last days, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
In a vision by Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery on April 3, 1836 in the Kirtland Temple, Elijah CAME! Elijah restored the sealing power and gave Joseph Smith the keys of the final dispensation. With these keys the hearts of the fathers and children can be sealed together. Families can now be brought together forever through the sealing powers of the Temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is the Restored Church of Jesus Christ.