Amos, the prophet of old, said: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  (Amos 3:7)           

But does God call his servants the prophets and leave them to their own?  No, God asks His people to accept them and to uphold them.   

“For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.  He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”  (Matt. 1:13-15)

On April 6th, 1830 the fledgling organization (which was to become the Restored Church through Joseph Smith Jr.) asked of those gathered in the small log home of Peter Whitmer that momentous day…. “will you accept us as your leaders?”

"Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart."  (Job 22:22)

To receive is to be given something and to be willing to accept it, such as a gift.  And this is the abiding way of God, is it not?  To offer freely  gifts and blessings the greatest of which is eternal salvation.

"He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me."  (Matt 10:40) 

"And righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine own elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare; an holy city, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion; a New Jerusalem." Genesis 7:70