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Relationship to Section 20. The relationship of Verses 20:17-37 to the rest of Section 20 is discussed at D&C 20.
Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Verses 20:17-37 include:
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Prompts for further study
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- D&C 20:17: Unchangeable. Is this verse saying that our particular Father in Heaven has always been the "same unchangeable God" for us and that no one has ever substituted for him? Why do we believe that once someone becomes perfect, like God, they no longer need to grow, change, or progress?
- D&C 20:17: Framer. Do we believe that nothing on this planet or in the cosmos is manmade? Or does Alma 11:44 restriction our interpretation by suggesting that God created archetypical patterns for all living things and that these people and creatures will be restored more or less to their original pattern?
- D&C 20:17: All things which are in them. Why does this verse depart from the phrasing in the Book of Mormon that always occurs as "all things that in them are" or "all things which in them are"? Is this verse evidence of how a scribe or someone else tried to clean up what they thought was improper grammar in the scriptures?
- D&C 20:32: What does it mean to be in a state of grace--such that it makes sense to say "there is a possibility that man may fall from grace"?
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