A Restoration of the Keys?
The True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days
claims that the LDS church was in apostasy and the keys for a restoration
was restored to their prophet James Harmston by the patriarchs, Enoch,
Noah, Abraham and Moses. There have been over 200 churches that claim Joseph
Smith was a prophet. But most of them believe that the church fell away
and that a new restoration was needed. I have included here just those
who claimed to be visited by Heavenly messengers as part of that restoration.
Although great expectations attended these visits, most of these organizations
have not succeeded in their claims.
Quotes from Divergent Paths of the Restoration by Steven L. Shields.
- p.27 Oliver H. Olney 
Olney claimed to have been set apart by the "ancient of days"
as a prophet and been charged with setting up a new dispensation, Squaw
Grove, Illinois, was to be the new gathering place. The Times and Seasons,
Vol. 3 number 11, for April 1, 1842, reads: "Mr Olney has also been
tried by the high council and disfellowshipped because he would not have
his writings tested by the word of God; evidently proving that he loves
darkness rather than light because his deed are evil."
- P. 28 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Francis Gladden
He assumes that Joseph had only the Aaronic priesthood, but that he has
the Melchisedec, received by his ordination under the hand of Jesus Christ;
that he is David, the Kind that shall reign over the united nation of Israel
- p. 41 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Strangite) 
On June 27, 1844 at 5:30 p.m., an angel of the Lord appeared to Strang
and ordained him as the successor to Joseph Smith.
- P.51 Samuel James/George M. Hinckle 
Samuel James, S. Rigdon's left hand man, professes, and told it publicly,
that while he was operating with Rigdon in the fall of 1845, while in Philadelphia,
three personages in the garb and appearance of women, whom he believed
to be angels appeared to him, and contrary to his wishes placed Rigdon's
crown upon his head. He told me that in 1846, he received a commandment
from God to organize a frirst presidency for the whole church,
- p. 55 Church of Christ (James Colin Brewster) 
In 1836, when only ten years old, James C. Brewster announced himself to
be in communication with the Angel Moroni and proceeded to write a Book
of Moroni, but was quickly stopped by the church authorities in Kirtland.
- P. 60 Church of Jesus Christ (Alpheus Cutler) 
Cutler claimed to be the recipient of a revelation from Joseph Smith
- p. 88 The Prophet Cainan (George Williams) 
Claiming to be witness to marvelous visions and revelations, Williams asserted
that he had been ordained by Elias and Enoch to take the place of Joseph
Morris and lead the church.
- P. 107 John H. Koyle 
The big event took place in late August 1894, when Koyle was visited by
an Angel who took him to a mountain near Salem, Utah-- located south of
Spanish Fork. Inside the mountain Koyle was shown an ancient Nephite gold
mine . . . This messenger was believed to have been Moroni.
- P. 108 Samuel Eastman 
In the spring of 1904, Samuel Eatman of Salt Lake City, Utah, claimed to
have received a heavenly message informing him that the LDS Church was
out of order and the he was to prepare it for the coming of the One Mighty
and Strong. He received a special priesthood authority, conferred upon
him by a heavenly power.
- P. 131 The Church of Christ (Otto Fetting) 
He was one of the seven men called and ordained Apostles in the Temple
Lot church in the spring of 1926. The following February he received what
was to be the first of a series of thirty visitations from a heavenly messenger.
Later it was learned that this messenger was John the Baptist.
- P. 177 The True Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (David
L. Roberts) 
Teaching what he terms Hebrew Mormonism, Brother Roberts received a visitation
from the ancient American prophet Nephi, now an angel, on November 17,
"The Prophet Elijah anointed me, David, with the heavenly anointing
oil and laid his hands on my head and ordained me to the office of Moses
and king over the kingdom of God on the earth until Jesus Christ comes
again and he handed me the king's scepter and the shepherd's rod to hold
in my hands, I held the kings scepter in my right hand and the shepherd's
rod in my left hand and I felt all the power and authority of Almighty
God. I then returned the king's scepter and the shepherd's rod back into
the hands of the prophet Elijah. . . Denise, my wife, witnessed that the
Prophet Elijah appeared to me, because she saw him and she also shook his
hands and he remained unto day light.
- P. 197 Church of Christ (Patriarchal) (John W. Bryant) 
on August 27, 1974, when Bryant received a visitation from John, the Beloved,
one of the Savior's original twelve apostles. Bryant was commissioned by
the apostle to establish the Order of the Ancients among his family
and friends and others who would be led by the Holy Ghost. Subsequently
additional revelations and visitations were received. Bryant, who is referred
to as Samuel on most occasions, many other members of the church have been
used at various times by the Lord for the purpose of revelation and prophecy.
. . .
On one occasion Bryant was taken to the City of Enoch, where he received
his second anointing among other special blessings. Later he was sealed
to Joseph Smith, Jr. as the "firstborn of his heirs." He received
all the keys originally held by Joseph Smith, Jr. on December 31, 1975,
when Joseph W. Musser in the presence of the Prophet Joseph, came to Bryant
and confered these keys upon him.
- P. 288 Joseph T. Long 
Joseph T. Long, 55 years old (in 1983) who claims some Lamanite ancestry,
claims to have met with God, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, Jr., Elijah and
Moroni at various times.