Shortly after receiving the Aaronic Priesthood, Joseph and Oliver were returning home to Harmony when the Lord’s chief Apostles, Peter, James and John, appeared to them on the banks of the Susquehanna River. They conferred upon Joseph and Oliver the holy Melchizedek Priesthood and the keys of apostleship. Joseph and Oliver now had the authority to act as legal agents for the Lord in building the kingdom of God upon the earth.
I am struck by the magnitude of this event for thousands of years, the world had struggled in darkness. Christ’s church was no longer on the earth; yet, righteous men and women around the world struggled to find it. Our Father in Heaven must have wept at the sight of millions of His children searching for truth and knowing that the time was not yet ripe for the restoration of all things. I think how hard it is for me a s apparent to see my children wanting something and knowing that I could not give it. With the hands of Peter, James, and John came hope to a hopeless world.
I thought of how God had answered millions of prayers offered over thousands of years. Our Father in Heaven had again opened the heavens and restored His authority, and with it, His church. Our Father is indeed merciful to His children.