Throughout all ages God has had His Gospel taught on the earth by Prophet's. As we know from the Old Testament, people don't always accept the Prophet's God sends, this is called an apostasy. This cycle of acceptance and rejection continued even until Christ was on the Earth.
|Christ calling His Twelve Apostles.|
While Christ was on the Earth He accomplished many things in the very short span of 3 years. One of those things was establishing His church. In a letter to the Ephesians Paul explains just exactly what was a part of Christ's primitive church. He say's in Ephesians 2:20 that Christ's church was built on "Apostles and Prophets." However after Christ's Atonement, the church fell into an apostasy. In frantic efforts many of the Apostles were called to go preach the Gospel Christ had taught. However, there efforts were shadowed by the persecution and martyrdom they would soon experience.
After years of darkness and disarray, many people tried reforming "Christianity" back to it's former glory. As earnest and as good of intentions as these were without God's authority it could not be brought back into it's fullness. However becasue of these courageous reformers they gave rise to the founding and settling of America.
|The First Vision.|