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- D&C 82:10: Bound. In the Doctrine and Covenants, the word "bound" has at least two uses: as a synonym of "sealed," joined by covenant; and as a description of what happens to Satan at the end, as a synonym of "tied up." In this section, binding is mentioned three times, in this verse, in verse 11 and in verse 15. In the second two cases, it clearly means "sealed by covenant." It seems reasonable to assume that's what it means here too, especially given the explicit connection of "bound" and "promise" in this verse.
- We sometimes hear people using this verse to discuss "binding God," in other words, putting ourselves in a position where we force him to do what we want, but that seems fairly clearly to be a misunderstanding of the verse. The point is that he binds himself to us by covenant when we obey him, not that when we obey him we have power over him.
- D&C 82:23: Judgment. As used in the scriptures, the word "judgment" usually means "condemnation."
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- D&C 82:1. Why might this section, which was given at the organization of the First Presidency, begin with an admonition to forgive?
- D&C 82:3. We sometimes misquote this verse, saying, "unto whom much is given, much is expected." Instead of "expected," the Lord says "required." What does it mean to have much required?
- D&C 82:7. Compare this verse to James 2:10. How would you explain this teaching to your children? To an investigator?
- D&C 82:10. How does this verse figure into the law of consecration?
- D&C 82:22. What is this verse advising?
- D&C 82:22. This verse is a quotation of Luke 16:9 (a verse in one of the most difficult parables). How does it fit with the instruction that we cannot serve both God and mammon (Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:3, and 3 Nephi 13:24)?
- D&C 82:23. How do we avoid condemning others?
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