“In 1517, the Spirit moved Martin Luther, a German priest who was disturbed at how far the church had strayed from the gospel as taught by Christ, to reform it. Other men also worked to reform the church.
“I believe that these reformers were inspired to create a religious climate in which God could restore lost truths and priesthood authority. Similarly, God inspired the earlier explorers and colonizers of America and the framers of the Constitution of the United States to develop a country in which the gospel could be restored.
“By 1820, the world was ready for the ‘restitution of all things’ spoken of by Peter and ‘all [God’s] holy prophets since the world began’ (Acts 3:21).”