Grant went into his yard on a Saturday, work gloves and lever in hand, to start changing the landscaping around his house. He had several small, gray boulders two to three feet across that he wanted to move to a different location. He tugged on the gloves, set one end of the lever into the ground against a rock, and pried at it.
After some pushing and pulling on the lever, Grant had the first rock loosened from the dirt around it. He jabbed the lever underneath, set his feet, and pulled at the rock. It tipped slightly but didn’t roll over like he wanted. Grant heaved and yanked at it and succeeded only in budging it another inch and breaking a sweat.
For those who believe Jesus Christ will set foot upon the earth again, this time “coming in the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 24:30) in the fulness of His glory, that day can’t come soon enough. However, as much as we would like Him to come today or tomorrow, His purposes and His plan must be fulfilled leading up to that event.
One of those purposes is preparation. So that His truth and mercy can be offered to every kindred, nation, tongue, and people to give them a chance to be ready, the Lord began calling prophets and apostles in these times and restored His Church as He organized it in the meridian of time. His prophet and apostles are ensuring that His words are going forth throughout the world, giving as many as will listen a chance to learn of the gospel of Jesus Christ and become His disciples—a process that takes time.
One of the first steps in this process was the translation of a record left behind by ancient inhabitants of the American continents, an additional testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God.