The Order of the Restoration
as set out by Don R. Hender
There is a logical progression and order in the
construction of building a structure, be it a tangible physical building or an instituational
organization. Certainly you cannot put a roof on before the walls are in place to hold it up.
And you cannot properly set the walls in place before they have a proper foundation upon which
they may securly rest. And there is a degree of skill and related performance, which only
authorized empowered and skilled workers must act in their proper order so as to have the work
done properaly, adequately and in order to insure the next logical steps in the constrution
sequence are properly supported for their beginning and completion.
In any such undertaking there is a critical flow schedule of times and order of completion
in the which there are organized schedules of what must be done before whatelse, and what things
must wait to be done until other steps of progression are able to be further carry to insure the
success of the next step, and so on and so forth.
The first step is to establish that the proper authority and order is being followed. Of
course the line of authority begins at the top. Even Jesus Christ himself established just
what that was to be when in everything he did he displayed his obedience and submission to
the governing and authority of the 'Father', his Father in Heaven above. Jesus even taught
the apostles that they were to ask and obtain their approval from the father by speaking
unto the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. And thus Jesus further established that next
in the line of authority the order was to be next to Jesus Christ. And the gospel,
scriptures and Jesus Christ established that it was the Father who had entrusted all things
into the hand of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thus to begin the process of the restoration who
else should it commence with but first the Father and second the Father setting forth that
all was thence to be done by the ministering hand of the Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
The First Vision
And this is exactually who first appears to the youth who was to be formed into the prophet of
God and of the restoration. It was God the Father of Spirits, Elohim, and His Son Jesus Christ,
who is the same as Jehovah, who first appears to the boy, prophet to be, Joseph Smith. And what
is important in the order of Heaven is what the Father does furst do. He immediately establishes
that line of authority by the simple and singular statement, "Joseph, this is My Beloved Son.
Hear Him!" (PoGP Joseph Smith History 1:17) Jesus was/is the same as Jehovah, the first born son
of God the Father of Spirits in the spirit. As the Father's firstborn and heir, who works under the
direction of the Father, for, of and in the stead of the Father, to minister unto us who are the
Lord's temporal creations as directed by the Father; it is upon Jesus Christ/Jehovah that the full
responsibility of ministering to the affairs of this world. Thus as the Father is in charge and
our Lord and God Jesus/Jehovah is he that ministers unto us in behalf of the Father, is respect to
that line and order of proper authority, it was the Father who was in charge and he but introduced
the Son, Jesus Christ, who was placed by the Father to minister unto this termporal creation. So
the Father immediately introducted the Son and referred Joseph Smith to hear and be subject unto
that singular administration which the Father had establish from the beginning in the preexistence.
And from thence all was by and under the direction of the Lord Jesus Christ. And though others
would next come an minister unto Joseph Smith, it would all be as directed by Jesus Christ.
It was place into the hands of that Lord and God of the Old Testament Jehovah, who is the same
as Jesus Chirst, of whom even David spoke of in Psalm 110:1, saying, "The LORD of my Lord . . . "
distingulishing, that the LORD Elohim, was higher and over David's Lord
Jehovah, who would be Jesus Christ as he would condescend to come to earth to redeeem his people.
Thus even David was familiar with the concept that there was that higher LORD GOD the FATHER, unto
whom even he, Jehovah, was subject to. And that it would be that HIGHER LORD GOD the FATHER upon
whose right hand the Lord God Jehovah would stand or sit, and was glorified by the Father, and
chosen to minister unto us on earth.
This is what the Old Testament established. It is what Jesus taught and instructed his followers
in as he often spoke of his Father and even taught us to pray to him who was our Father who art
in Heaven. And this was the very manner and way that it was and had to be in the course of the
restoration of all things as well. If it had not been so, if it had been in any other manner,
then it would have been a matter by which men could easily discern that it was not a true
The Ministration of Angels
In considering the 'ministration of angels,' a brief definition of just who angels are is
of imporatance and also how they work. Angels are as it were the children of God the Father
of Spirits, who in fact begins with the first born son of God the Father of Spirits, and
that is His son Jehovah. One question asked in the Psalms in this, 'Who maketh his angels
spirits?' (Psalm 104:4; Hebrews 1:7 (1-10)) In answer to that, it is God the Father of Spirits
who is the 'maker' of spirits. And he does so from that which we are taught is that which is
eternally co-existant with God, and that is Intelligence. Also in that Hebrews reference it
begins as follows:
"GOD [Elohim], who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the
fathers by the prophets,
"Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son [Jesus Christ/Jehovah], whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom [Jesus] also he [Elohim] made the worlds;
"Who [Jesus] being the brightness of his [Elohim's] glory, and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat
down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
"Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent
name than they.
"For unto which of the angels said he [Elohim] at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I
begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
"And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the
angels of God [children of God] worship him.
"And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
"But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness
is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
"Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God [Elohim], even thy God [Elohim],
hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
"And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the
works of thine hands:"
~ New Testament | Hebrews 1:1-10
In the Old Testament it is not easy to distinguish who hath spoken Jehovah, Elohim or Jehovah in
the stead of Elohim as though he were the Father, as he was placed in the stead of the Father to
minister to us in all things.
It's easier in the New Testament to know that Jesus Christ, who is Jehovah, is speaking unto us
as the Son in behalf of the Father.
And it is the Son, as Jehovah, who made the temporal worlds under direction of the Father [Elohim].
It is Jesus who is the brightness of his Father's glory. It is Jesus who is the express image of
the Father. Jesus upholds all things by the word of God's Priesthood. It is Jesus who purged our
sins and has sat down on the right hand of God.
It was Jehovah who was chosen from among us to be our Redeeming Ministering God in the name of
the Father, and he received a more excellent name of Jehoshua [Jesus].
For who of all of God's spirit children, his angels, did Elohim select to
come to earth and to be his son but Jehovah the heir, the first born son in the spirit, and the
Only Begotten Son of the Father in the flesh?
And Elohim broutht his 'firstbegotton' into the world and said, 'Let all the angels of God
[God's children] worship him [Jesus Christ our condescending Ministering God Jehovah].
It is Elohim who maketh his angels spirits [his children] and makes them ministers of fire unto man.
Elohim positioned Jehovah, the Son, as our Ministering God and made him King of Righteousness.
Jehovah, the Son, hath loved righteousness and hated iniquity, thus Elohim anointed him above
his fellows, a Ministering Redeeming God Jehovah condescending below all things in order to
be a sinless sacrifice for all of mankind.
And under the direction of the Father [Elohim], our Lord [Jehovah/Jesus] laid the foundation of
the temporal earth, and also the temporal heavens are the works of his hands.
"I answer, Yes. But there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who
do belong or have belonged to it."
~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 130:5
Now the ministration of 'angels' to the earth is that only those children of God who pertain
unto this earth is given to minister unto it as angels, whether in times past, present or furture.
Then as the restoration began to unfold over the years to come, each ministering character/angel
would be he who had been sent and commissioned by Jesus Christ. And they would minister
the process of the restoration as sent by Christ, in the name of the Lord, each standing
properly in his correctly established deligated position of authority as Jesus had so
established it and set it out in his administrations by his deligation and authority and
power given him by the Father.
Moroni, A Ministering Angel Sent by Jesus
Provided the foundational volume of additional scripture of the representative Stick of Joseph
upon which the Restored Church was founded, it being restored and established by the hand of
the tribe of Ephraim on the earth for man. Moroni's ministering unto Joseph Smith pertaining to
the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the representative volume of the stick of Joseph, did
visit Joseph Smith a number of times in preparing and governing the processes of the coming
forth of the Book of Mormon. It is unto Moroni to whom the keys of the stick of Ephraim has
been committed (D&C 27:5)
John the Baptist, A Ministering Angel Sent by Jesus
He who was the authorized Aaronic Priest who prepared the way before Jesus Christ in Christ's
day, returned to earth to restore that priesthood of Aaron that he held unto Joseph Smith and
Peter, James and John, Ministering Angels Sent by Jesus
The three chief apostles of Jesus Christ returned to earth as ministering angels to
restore that higher priesthood of the Son of God, also called the Melchizedek Priesthood
and also the priesthood of being an apostle of the Lord.
Jesus Christ, A Special Ministering Angel
Jesus Christ came 'swiftly' to his temple to accept it as an acceptable House of the
Lord, prepared for the performance of the higher associated ordinances of the priesthood.
Moses, A Ministering Angel Sent by Jesus
Moses came as a Ministering Angel to committ unto the seed of Abraham in Ephraim the keys
of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth—and leading of the ten tribes
from the land of the north. (D&C 110:11)
Elias, A Ministering Angel Sent by Jesus
Elias, who is that same person as Gabriel and Noah*, came to the Kirtland Temple to restore
the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, that in Abraham's seed [Ephriam/Jesus Christ] all
generations after 'us' [of Ephraim/Israel] should be blessed.(D&C 110:12) Abraham had sought
for the blessing of the fathers and of the promised seed (Abraham 1:1-4), and he has received
them though indeed it was Noah who did stand at the head of the dispensation as father unto
the children of man since the time of the flood and upon this matter at hand. As to the keys
and who Elias is see D&C 27:6-7. There it records that Elias was he who visited Zacharias and
who pronounced that John, son of Zacharias, would be filled with the spirit of 'Elias.' And
therein rests another lesson concerning the 'title' Elias as assigned priesthood calling.
Elijah, A Ministering Angel Sent by Jesus
Elijah, who Malachi testified would be sent before the great and dreadful day of the Lord, to
turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole
earth be smitten with a curse. The was the priesthood keys of the ordinances and work of the
temples for the ancestors of man who had past away not having received these blessing while in
life.(D&C 110:13-16) Now it was Elijah unto the Lord did grant the sealing power unto in his day,
and whatever he sealed on earth was sealed in heaven and was so done on earth according to the
words of Elijah, which by the spirit reflected the word and mind of the Lord.
Other Ministering Angels Sent by Jesus
Now it is not to be supposed that all such ministering of angels are spoken of here. There were
others. And the ministering of angels continues in the church today as they are needed to meet
the conditions of men on earth today.
Here now has been presented an orderly set of events that governed the restoration of the
fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ upon the earth. The events did follow a 'critical
flow' of how it need to proceed and what was to be done and accomplished before what. Certainly
in many respects this is but a presentation simplification. But a good one I hope to the
enlightenment of any who happen upon it.
* That Elias is the same as Noah does not come directly from Joseph Smith. Jospeh Smith taught that
Gabriel was the same as Noah. As to the identity of Elias as Moses one is to turn to the 27th
section of the Doctrine in Covenants which states:
"And also with Elias, to whom I have
committed the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken by the mouth of all
the holy prophets since the world began, concerning the last days;
"And also John the son of Zacharias, which Zacharias he
(Elias) visited and gave promise that he should have a son, and his name should
be John, and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias;"
~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 27:6-7
The joining concepts and continuation here does strongly suggest that Elias who visited Zacharias
is the same as the Elias who held the keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things spoken
by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began. And that Elias, the holder of the
keys, sounds very much like that Elias who appeared in the Kirtland temple.
"After this, Elias appeared, and committed
the dispensation of the gospel of Abraham, saying that in us and our seed all generations after
us should be blessed."
~ Doctrine and Covenants | Section 110:12
No where else is 'Elias' point out as having appeared to restore such as he held in the sequence of
the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If the Elias of D&C 110:12 is not the same as the
Elias of D&C 27:6, then the restoration of the gospel is NOT COMPLETE, as the Elias of section
26 who 'hold the keys to the restoration of all things ...', has not come yet. The only logical
solution is that the Elias of D&C 27:6 is the same Elias as in D&C 110:12. Then that leaves us back
to determining that the Elias in D&C27:6 is the same Elias of D&C 27:7. For indeed, it is Gabriel
who visited Zacharias in the New Testament that Joseph Smith the prophet identified as being the
same as Noah. And it make perfectly good sense that it would be the calling and responsiblity of
such as Noah, the father of the human race since the time of the universal flood who would have
the responsibility to insure the restoration of such matters as stated in D&C 27:6 for the benefit
and salvation of 'his' children. Yet it would be less than honest to not point out that there are
some who do not see it this way. And you'll have to search their logic to determine why that is
for it escapes me. And that is because the 'he' in D&C 27:7 has no one else but 'Elias' to have
that pronoun to refer to except someone straight out of 'limbo' so to speak. And the published
D&C considers it to be as indicated by the name (Elias) place right by the pronoun 'he' to identify
who it is that it refers to, and that must be to the previous verse's Elias as well, for there is
none other in view upon the page or within the text.