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It’s a fairly common question for non-Latter-day Saints first learning about the apostasy of the early church. And it’s a valid one.

Surely, one of the purposes of Christ’s ministry was to establish His church on the earth. But we Latter-day Saints believe that after Christ’s death and the martyrdom of the apostles, that church shattered. Was it all for nothing, then? Doesn’t it just make more sense for Jesus to enter stage right as the unconquerable hero? He arrives, upstages Satan, establishes His church and voila! everything is just butterflies and rainbows after that, right? Well, consider the following.

Christ never was quite what people expected

The Savior has always had a way of doing (or beingthe unexpected. The Jews expected a military leader who would literally save them from Roman rule. But Christ was a humble carpenter determined to provide an escape from sin.

One might assume that in order to be truly free, one must not be restricted by a sense of obedience towards anything or anyone. But Christ taught that it’s obedience to God that brings true freedom.

It’s only natural to believe that a fulfilling life comes from focusing on bettering your own circumstances. But Christ taught, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”

The last shall be first and the first shall be last. Weaknesses will be made into strengths. The meek shall inherit the earth.

We should get used to expecting the unexpected and not make the mistake of assuming we know how the Savior’s plan for us should play out. With that in mind, let’s talk about the Great Apostasy.

The pattern of resurrection

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