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For a brief overview of D&C 25 in historical relation to the rest of the Doctrine & Covenants, see Historical Overview of the Restoration Scriptures. For lengthier discussions of the historical setting, see Historical Context of the Doctrine & Covenants, chapter 5 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 6.

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  • D&C 25: Emma's work connected to that of Joseph. This revelation presents Emma's work as something entirely connected with Joseph's work. Joseph reveals new things; Emma expounds and exhorts [these very things?](v.9,v.7). When Joseph travels, Emma is told to go with him (v.6). She will act as his scribe when needed (v.6). Emma will be ordained, by Joseph, to teach scripture to the church by the Spirit (v.7). Emma has a calling to comfort her husband (v.5), but also a calling to do many things for the members of the church: expound (v.7), exhort (v.7), and collect hymns (v.11). Emma and Joseph each have work to be done in the church, and though their work is different, section 25 presents this work as work they do in tandem.
  • D&C 25:12: Delight. In verse 12, the Lord says His "soul delighteth" in the song of the heart of the righteous. In verse 12, the same language is used for Emma: "let thy soul delight" in Joseph.
  • D&C 25:14: Let. Emma is told to "let" her soul delight. This sounds like it was her natural inclination, but perhaps mortal, temporal concerns sometimes clouded that delight. Here Emma is told she can delight, and "needest not fear" (v.9).

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  • D&C 25:3. Is there a connection between the forgiveness of sin and being an elect lady?

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  • See discussion of this section by Joe Spencer here.
  • D&C 25:11: Emma Smith's hymnbook. Hicks, Michael. "Emma Smith's 1841 Hymnbook." In Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture, 21/1 (2012): p. 12-27. Provo, Utah: BYU University: Neil A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship.

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