Malachi

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Malachi

Malachi delivered his prophetic message to the Jews around 430 BC, long after Lehi had left Jerusalem for the Promised Land. So important were the words of Malachi, including truths about the law of tithing and the sealing commission of Elijah, that the resurrected Savior quoted them to the Saints in ancient America during His visit.

On the evening of September 21, 1823, Moroni, the last in a sequence of historians of the word of God, appeared to Joseph Smith to lay the foundation of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon as part of the latter-day Restoration. Moroni cited the words of Malachi concerning the coming of the prophet Elijah: “And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers”. Six years after the publication of the Book of Mormon in this dispensation, the Savior appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple on April 3, 1836, accompanied by other heavenly beings, including Elijah, in fulfillment of the prophecy of Malachi.

Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:
Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—
To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—
Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.

With the fulfillment of the words of Malachi as given to him by the Lord , the grand sealing powers of the temples were once again activated upon the earth. All those who were gathered into the fold through the confirming message of the Book of Mormon could thereafter receive the blessings of the holy temples of God and continue their journey toward eternal life and exaltation.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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