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Alma 26:21-25

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Relationship to Chapters 17-29. The relationship of Chapters 22b-26 to the rest of Chapters 17-29 is discussed at Chapters 17-29.

Story. Chapters 22b-26 consists of ____ major sections:

Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Chapters 22b-26 include:

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  • Alma 24:4, 14: Missionary "angels." In verse 24:14 we learn that the Lamanite converts regard the sons of Mosiah as angels. In what they here say, the converts, no doubt intentionally, pay their missionaries a kind of ultimate compliment. The converts undoubtedly know that their missionaries were saved from their wayward ways as young men by the visitation of an angel. They are saying, in effect, "You are our angels!" This compliment seems to have deeply touched the sons of Mosiah. It is mentioned both in verse 14 and, even more explicitly, in 27:4 (see comment on that verse). The fact that the equation with angels is mentioned twice in the brief account we have of this 14 year mission is strong evidence that the missionaries were deeply touched by the compliment. Being humble, modest men, they do not make their equation with the angel to whom they owe so much fully explicit. But a moments reflection will make clear what the Lamanite converts intended when they called their missionaries angels.
  • Alma 25:15: Outward. The use of the word "outward" here is of some significance, not only because it anticipates the usage of the word in D&C 107:14, 20, but because it can be read as following the (priestly?) tradition that appears in Ezekiel's exilic usage of the same word (cf. Ezek 40:17, 20, 34; 44:1; cf. the post-exilic references in Neh 11:16 and Est 6:4). In all of these examples, the word "outward" has reference to the antechamber or outer court of a temple or palace (this last only in Esther). This would seem to suggest that the word "outward" here has reference not to the entire cultus of the Mosaic Law, but to the sacrificial rites that are performed in the courtyard and/or holy place (as opposed to the Holy of Holies itself). But what kind of a theology does such an understanding suggest? That is a far more difficult question.
  • Alma 25:16: Retain a hope through faith. This phrase may be read as suggesting that hope is a consequence of faith rather than a cause of faith. See also Alma 32:21 and commentary regarding the relationship between faith and hope.
  • Alma 26:1. Ammon begins by addressing "my brothers and my brethren." Alma 20:2-3 suggests that by "my brothers" Ammon was referring to his literal brothers; by saying "my brethren" Ammon was referring to his brothers in the church.
  • Alma 26:13: The Song of Redeeming Love. According to Nibley, "the song of redeeming love was a very important part in the cult of Moses. When the people all came together, they would sing the song of redeeming love. It was part of their ritual” (The Book of Mormon, Vol 2, p. 326). This song is preserved in Revelations 15:3-4 where it is called the song of Moses. Since the Nephites still practice the Law of Moses, this ritual song would be an important part of their worship. It is an important motif in the Book of Mormon that also occurs in Alma 5:9 and Alma 5:26. Here, the words of the song are an apt expression of what Ammon is feeling: "Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest” Revelations 15:3-4.

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  • Alma 24:18: Why did the people of Ammon covenant "that rather than shed the blood of their brethren they would give up their own lives?” Is this example of refusing to take up arms something we should seek to emulate?
  • Alma 24:21-25: Is there a difference in being willing to die for a cause, as opposed to being willing to kill for a cause?
  • Alma 24:23: Is it just coincidence that this verse sounds very similar to this Old Testament verse: "ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left" (Deut 5:32)?
  • Alma 24:21-25: Why were the Anti-Nephi-Lehis willing to "lie down and perish, and [praise] God even in the very act of perishing under the sword" rather than defend themselves and their families?

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  • Alma 23:17. See "Anti-Nephi-Lehi: Tradition, Sin, Guilt, and Reconciliation" by Sam MB at the BCC blog. Sam argues (contra Hugh Nibley's reading which takes "Anti" to mean something like "mirror image") that "Anti" here means "against," in the same sense as the term "anti-Christ." This title is thus taken on as a kind of public confession of cultural sin they had committed by previously rejecting the prophetic call of Lehi and Nephi (which they are now accepting).
  • Alma 26:21-25. Why does Ammon place repentance before faith in verse 22 (a seeming inversion of gospel principles)?
  • Alma 26:21-25. What does it mean to exercise faith? (Results of a search for this expression in the scriptures is here.)
  • Alma 26:31-37. Ammon claims that his converts are more loving than the Nephites, because they would rather die than kill another (verse 33-34). Does this mean we should see their willingness to sacrifice themselves as a more loving example to follow than that of the Nephites, who would rather kill than be killed?
  • Alma 26:31-37. Do the Anti-Nephi-Lehis or Nephites more closely follow the Lord's teachings about loving your enemies?

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D&C 4:1-7

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D&C 4 is given to Joseph Smith Sr., but the text is directed to "all ye who embark in the service of God" (D&C 4:2).

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  • Received: probably in January (but perhaps February) 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 3
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 5

In July 1828 Martin Harris lost the 116 page manuscript, and Joseph Smith was placed on probation. In September, Joseph again received the plates and the urim and thummim from Moroni. In October 1828 Joseph's parents came down from Manchester-Palmyra, New York to visit Joseph and Emma at Harmony, Pennsylvania, and they stayed for about three months until January 1829. D&C 4 was probably received, not in February, but in January shortly before Joseph's parents returned home.

For a brief overview of D&C 4 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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  • D&C 4:3: Desires plus worthiness. Elder Ballard's talk "The Greatest Generation of Missionaries" in Oct. 2002 explains the bar for missionary service has been raised. Thus having a desire may not be sufficient in light of past transgression to be called as a full-time missionary. "Please understand this: the bar that is the standard for missionary service is being raised. The day of the “repent and go” missionary is over. You know what I’m talking about, don’t you, my young brothers? Some young men have the mistaken idea that they can be involved in sinful behavior and then repent when they’re 18 1/2 so they can go on their mission at 19. While it is true that you can repent of sins, you may or you may not qualify to serve."
  • D&C 4:4: White already to harvest. This phrase is a reference to the same phrase in John 4:35. As noted in the discussion there, the meaning of this phrase is "already white for harvest."

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  • D&C 4:1: What is the marvelous work that is about to come forth? The use of the word “about” suggests that, at the time this revelation was given (February 1829), it had not yet come forth. When do you think it either did or will? Notice that this verse is repeated in D&C 6:1, D&C 11:1, D&C 12:1, and D&C 14:1, and it is paraphrased in D&C 18:44. It also appears in the JST version of Isaiah 29:26 (=Isaiah 29:14), and it occurs regularly in the Book of Mormon (eight times). What does the word “marvelous” mean in this context?
  • D&C 4:3: How applicable is this verse? Is it true that everyone who has a desire to serve is called? It doesn't seem reasonable to suggest that desire is sufficient to be called to any of God's work no matter the type. (It isn't the case that having the desire to be called as the Bishop of one's ward or that having a desire to serve as a missionary when serious transgressions have been committed is sufficient—see the Elder Ballard talk below.) What then is meant here by "the work"?
  • D&C 4:4: Why is the work of the gospel often compared to reaping a field? How does the image in this section compare to other, related images in the scriptures? For example, how does it compare to the Parable of the Sower ( Mark 4:3-8) or the Parable of the Seed Growing Secretly ( Mark 4:26-29)? What does “salvation” mean in this verse? Doctrine and Covenants 88:15 says that the spirit and the body of man are the soul. Is that the definition that applies here? If so, what does this verse promise?
  • D&C 4:5: Why does this verse speak of both charity and love? In other scriptures, don’t the two mean the same? Are they distinct things here, or is the Lord repeating the same thing in different ways to emphasize it? What does it mean to have one’s eye single to the glory of God? When is my eye not single to his glory? Compare this qualification with the promise made in Doctrine and Covenants 88:67. What does the word “single” mean in this context? Compare this to Matthew 6:22 (Luke 11:34), where the Lord says that if our eye is single, then our whole body will be filled with light. Does “single” mean the same in both cases? The Greek word translated “single” in the New Testament could also be translated either “healthy” or “pure,” but it is difficult to understand what “pure to the glory of God” or “healthy to the glory of God” might mean. Does that mean that the passage in Matthew is irrelevant to explaining the meaning of this verse? Does Mormon 8:15 give us a definition of what “eye single to the glory of God” means, or does it give us an example of what it means?
  • D&C 4:6: Why do you think the Doctrine and Covenants implicitly refers to these verses in 2 Peter 1:5-9 so often? Look at this comparison of the two lists:
2 Peter D&C 4
faith faith
virtue virtue
knowledge knowledge
temperance temperance
patience patience
godliness brotherly kindness
charity charity
humility
diligence
What does that comparison tell us about the qualifications for the work and about the goal of the work? Do you see any significance in the change of order ("brotherly kindness” and “godliness” are reversed)? Why might “humility” and “diligence” have been added in the Doctrine and Covenants revelation?
Here are some alternate translations of the Greek words of 2 Peter:
virtue = excellence
knowledge = knowledge of what really is
temperance = self-discipline
patience = steadfastness, endurance
brotherly kindness = brotherly love
charity = love, good will.
Are any of these meanings also helpful in understanding the admonition of the Doctrine and Covenants?
  • D&C 4:7: How do you square this verse with the fact that all of us have had the experience of asking and not receiving what we asked for? What does it mean to knock and to have “it” opened? In other words, what is promised and how do we obtain that promise? The word “amen” means something like “so let it be” and signifies agreement. Why does a revelation from the Lord end with that word?

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  • The oldest surviving partial copy of D&C 4 is the one copied by John Whitmer into Revelation Book 1, p. 2-3, presumably during the summer of 1830. The oldest surviving complete copy is ______.
  • D&C 4 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.

Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 4

  • Several sections addressed to Joseph Smith's early supporters share similar language beginning with "A great and marvelous work is about to come forth ..."
  • D&C 4 directed to Joseph Smith Sr. and D&C 11 to Hyrum Smith of Manchester-Palmyra, New York,
  • D&C 6 to Oliver Cowdery at Harmony, Pennsylvania,
  • D&C 12 to Joseph Knight Sr. of Colesville, New York, and
  • D&C 14 to David Whitmer of Fayette, New York.
This language is thus circulated to all four centers of activity in New York-Pennsylvania. But D&C 6:1-6 is repeated in the later sections almost word for word. And D&C 6 is placed closer to the front of the 1835 and 1844 editions of the Doctrine & Covenants than those other sections. So while D&C 4 is now much better known, it appears that the content of D&C 6 likely received greater emphasis in the early days of the Church than did these other sections.

Doctrinal references cited on this page.

Historical references cited on this page.

Other resources.

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D&C 11:1-5

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D&C 11 was given to Hyrum Smith but is addressed to "all who have good desires and have thrust in their sickles to reap." [(D&C 11:27).

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  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 10
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 12

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began translating the Book of Mormon at Harmony, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1829. The Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist about six weeks later on May 15 as Joseph and Oliver continued translating at Harmony. Two weeks later, about the first of June, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony to escape rising persecution and moved to the Whitmer home at Fayette, New York, where they finished translating about the end of June, three months after they began.

Several significant church history events occurred in late May during Joseph and Oliver's last two weeks at Harmony. Incomplete records make it uncertain when many events occurred, but the following events may have occurred in about the following order. While there is room for reasonable disagreement regarding the "perhaps" items on this list, the list as a whole paints a picture of the general circumstances surrounding the receipt of D&C 11 and D&C 12.

• May 15, restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist as recounted in D&C 13, translation perhaps at 3 Ne 11
• perhaps receipt of D&C 10:38-70 instructing Joseph to translate the small plates of Nephi in place of the lost 116 page manuscript
• perhaps restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James and John during a trip between Harmony and Colesville
• May 25, baptism of Samuel Smith at Harmony
• Hyrum Smith visits Harmony from Palmyra, receipt of D&C 11
• Joseph Knight Sr. visits Harmony from Colesville, perhaps bringing provisions, receipt of D&C 12
• first of June, David Whitmer arrives at Harmony to carry Joseph and Oliver in his wagon to Fayette

For a brief overview of D&C 11 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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Verse 5 - I understand what it means to ask and seek, but how do we "knock" to have things opened unto us? Is there any significance that "seek" was omitted in this verse, as well as in Sections 4,6,12 and 14, 2nd Nephi 32:4, 3 Nephi 27:29?

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Previous editions.

  • The oldest surviving copy of D&C 11 is ______.
  • D&C 11 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.

Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 11.

Doctrinal references cited on this page.

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Other resources.

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D&C 11:6-10

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D&C 11 was given to Hyrum Smith but is addressed to "all who have good desires and have thrust in their sickles to reap." [(D&C 11:27).

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  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 10
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 12

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began translating the Book of Mormon at Harmony, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1829. The Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist about six weeks later on May 15 as Joseph and Oliver continued translating at Harmony. Two weeks later, about the first of June, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony to escape rising persecution and moved to the Whitmer home at Fayette, New York, where they finished translating about the end of June, three months after they began.

Several significant church history events occurred in late May during Joseph and Oliver's last two weeks at Harmony. Incomplete records make it uncertain when many events occurred, but the following events may have occurred in about the following order. While there is room for reasonable disagreement regarding the "perhaps" items on this list, the list as a whole paints a picture of the general circumstances surrounding the receipt of D&C 11 and D&C 12.

• May 15, restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist as recounted in D&C 13, translation perhaps at 3 Ne 11
• perhaps receipt of D&C 10:38-70 instructing Joseph to translate the small plates of Nephi in place of the lost 116 page manuscript
• perhaps restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James and John during a trip between Harmony and Colesville
• May 25, baptism of Samuel Smith at Harmony
• Hyrum Smith visits Harmony from Palmyra, receipt of D&C 11
• Joseph Knight Sr. visits Harmony from Colesville, perhaps bringing provisions, receipt of D&C 12
• first of June, David Whitmer arrives at Harmony to carry Joseph and Oliver in his wagon to Fayette

For a brief overview of D&C 11 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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Verse 5 - I understand what it means to ask and seek, but how do we "knock" to have things opened unto us? Is there any significance that "seek" was omitted in this verse, as well as in Sections 4,6,12 and 14, 2nd Nephi 32:4, 3 Nephi 27:29?

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Previous editions.

  • The oldest surviving copy of D&C 11 is ______.
  • D&C 11 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.

Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 11.

Doctrinal references cited on this page.

Historical references cited on this page.

Other resources.

Notes[edit]

Footnotes are not required but are encouraged for factual assertions that average readers cannot easily evaluate for themselves (such as the date of King Solomon’s death or the nuanced definition of a Greek word). In contrast, insights rarely benefit from footnoting, and the focus of this page should always remain on the scriptures themselves rather than what someone has said about them. Links are actively encouraged on all sections of this page, and links to authoritative sources (such as Strong's Bible Concordance or the Joseph Smith Papers) are preferable to footnotes.



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D&C 11:11-15

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D&C 11 was given to Hyrum Smith but is addressed to "all who have good desires and have thrust in their sickles to reap." [(D&C 11:27).

Historical setting[edit]

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  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 10
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 12

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began translating the Book of Mormon at Harmony, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1829. The Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist about six weeks later on May 15 as Joseph and Oliver continued translating at Harmony. Two weeks later, about the first of June, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony to escape rising persecution and moved to the Whitmer home at Fayette, New York, where they finished translating about the end of June, three months after they began.

Several significant church history events occurred in late May during Joseph and Oliver's last two weeks at Harmony. Incomplete records make it uncertain when many events occurred, but the following events may have occurred in about the following order. While there is room for reasonable disagreement regarding the "perhaps" items on this list, the list as a whole paints a picture of the general circumstances surrounding the receipt of D&C 11 and D&C 12.

• May 15, restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist as recounted in D&C 13, translation perhaps at 3 Ne 11
• perhaps receipt of D&C 10:38-70 instructing Joseph to translate the small plates of Nephi in place of the lost 116 page manuscript
• perhaps restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James and John during a trip between Harmony and Colesville
• May 25, baptism of Samuel Smith at Harmony
• Hyrum Smith visits Harmony from Palmyra, receipt of D&C 11
• Joseph Knight Sr. visits Harmony from Colesville, perhaps bringing provisions, receipt of D&C 12
• first of June, David Whitmer arrives at Harmony to carry Joseph and Oliver in his wagon to Fayette

For a brief overview of D&C 11 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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Verse 5 - I understand what it means to ask and seek, but how do we "knock" to have things opened unto us? Is there any significance that "seek" was omitted in this verse, as well as in Sections 4,6,12 and 14, 2nd Nephi 32:4, 3 Nephi 27:29?

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D&C 11 was given to Hyrum Smith but is addressed to "all who have good desires and have thrust in their sickles to reap." [(D&C 11:27).

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  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 10
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 12

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began translating the Book of Mormon at Harmony, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1829. The Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist about six weeks later on May 15 as Joseph and Oliver continued translating at Harmony. Two weeks later, about the first of June, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony to escape rising persecution and moved to the Whitmer home at Fayette, New York, where they finished translating about the end of June, three months after they began.

Several significant church history events occurred in late May during Joseph and Oliver's last two weeks at Harmony. Incomplete records make it uncertain when many events occurred, but the following events may have occurred in about the following order. While there is room for reasonable disagreement regarding the "perhaps" items on this list, the list as a whole paints a picture of the general circumstances surrounding the receipt of D&C 11 and D&C 12.

• May 15, restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist as recounted in D&C 13, translation perhaps at 3 Ne 11
• perhaps receipt of D&C 10:38-70 instructing Joseph to translate the small plates of Nephi in place of the lost 116 page manuscript
• perhaps restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James and John during a trip between Harmony and Colesville
• May 25, baptism of Samuel Smith at Harmony
• Hyrum Smith visits Harmony from Palmyra, receipt of D&C 11
• Joseph Knight Sr. visits Harmony from Colesville, perhaps bringing provisions, receipt of D&C 12
• first of June, David Whitmer arrives at Harmony to carry Joseph and Oliver in his wagon to Fayette

For a brief overview of D&C 11 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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Verse 5 - I understand what it means to ask and seek, but how do we "knock" to have things opened unto us? Is there any significance that "seek" was omitted in this verse, as well as in Sections 4,6,12 and 14, 2nd Nephi 32:4, 3 Nephi 27:29?

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D&C 11 was given to Hyrum Smith but is addressed to "all who have good desires and have thrust in their sickles to reap." [(D&C 11:27).

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  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 10
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 12

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began translating the Book of Mormon at Harmony, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1829. The Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist about six weeks later on May 15 as Joseph and Oliver continued translating at Harmony. Two weeks later, about the first of June, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony to escape rising persecution and moved to the Whitmer home at Fayette, New York, where they finished translating about the end of June, three months after they began.

Several significant church history events occurred in late May during Joseph and Oliver's last two weeks at Harmony. Incomplete records make it uncertain when many events occurred, but the following events may have occurred in about the following order. While there is room for reasonable disagreement regarding the "perhaps" items on this list, the list as a whole paints a picture of the general circumstances surrounding the receipt of D&C 11 and D&C 12.

• May 15, restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist as recounted in D&C 13, translation perhaps at 3 Ne 11
• perhaps receipt of D&C 10:38-70 instructing Joseph to translate the small plates of Nephi in place of the lost 116 page manuscript
• perhaps restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James and John during a trip between Harmony and Colesville
• May 25, baptism of Samuel Smith at Harmony
• Hyrum Smith visits Harmony from Palmyra, receipt of D&C 11
• Joseph Knight Sr. visits Harmony from Colesville, perhaps bringing provisions, receipt of D&C 12
• first of June, David Whitmer arrives at Harmony to carry Joseph and Oliver in his wagon to Fayette

For a brief overview of D&C 11 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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Verse 5 - I understand what it means to ask and seek, but how do we "knock" to have things opened unto us? Is there any significance that "seek" was omitted in this verse, as well as in Sections 4,6,12 and 14, 2nd Nephi 32:4, 3 Nephi 27:29?

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Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 11.

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D&C 11 was given to Hyrum Smith but is addressed to "all who have good desires and have thrust in their sickles to reap." [(D&C 11:27).

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  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 10
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 12

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began translating the Book of Mormon at Harmony, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1829. The Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist about six weeks later on May 15 as Joseph and Oliver continued translating at Harmony. Two weeks later, about the first of June, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony to escape rising persecution and moved to the Whitmer home at Fayette, New York, where they finished translating about the end of June, three months after they began.

Several significant church history events occurred in late May during Joseph and Oliver's last two weeks at Harmony. Incomplete records make it uncertain when many events occurred, but the following events may have occurred in about the following order. While there is room for reasonable disagreement regarding the "perhaps" items on this list, the list as a whole paints a picture of the general circumstances surrounding the receipt of D&C 11 and D&C 12.

• May 15, restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist as recounted in D&C 13, translation perhaps at 3 Ne 11
• perhaps receipt of D&C 10:38-70 instructing Joseph to translate the small plates of Nephi in place of the lost 116 page manuscript
• perhaps restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James and John during a trip between Harmony and Colesville
• May 25, baptism of Samuel Smith at Harmony
• Hyrum Smith visits Harmony from Palmyra, receipt of D&C 11
• Joseph Knight Sr. visits Harmony from Colesville, perhaps bringing provisions, receipt of D&C 12
• first of June, David Whitmer arrives at Harmony to carry Joseph and Oliver in his wagon to Fayette

For a brief overview of D&C 11 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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Verse 5 - I understand what it means to ask and seek, but how do we "knock" to have things opened unto us? Is there any significance that "seek" was omitted in this verse, as well as in Sections 4,6,12 and 14, 2nd Nephi 32:4, 3 Nephi 27:29?

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Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 11.

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Other resources.

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  • D&C 12 was given to Joseph Knight Sr. but is addressed to "all those who have desires to bring forth and to establish this work." (D&C 12:7).

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  • Received: late May 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 11
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 14

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery began translating the Book of Mormon at Harmony, Pennsylvania on April 7, 1829. The Aaronic Priesthood was restored by John the Baptist about six weeks later on May 15 as Joseph and Oliver continued translating at Harmony. Two weeks later, about the first of June, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony to escape rising persecution and moved to the Whitmer home at Fayette, New York, where they finished translating about the end of June, three months after they began.

Several significant church history events occurred in late May during Joseph and Oliver's last two weeks at Harmony. Incomplete records make it uncertain when many events occurred, but the following events may have occurred in about the following order. While there is room for reasonable disagreement regarding the "perhaps" items on this list, the list as a whole paints a picture of the general circumstances surrounding the receipt of D&C 11 and D&C 12.

• May 15, restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist as recounted in D&C 13, translation perhaps at 3 Ne 11
• perhaps receipt of D&C 10:38-70 instructing Joseph to translate the small plates of Nephi in place of the lost 116 page manuscript
• perhaps restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood by Peter, James and John during a trip between Harmony and Colesville
• May 25, baptism of Samuel Smith at Harmony
• Hyrum Smith visits Harmony from Palmyra, receipt of D&C 11
• Joseph Knight Sr. visits Harmony from Colesville, perhaps bringing provisions, receipt of D&C 12
• first of June, David Whitmer arrives at Harmony to carry Joseph and Oliver in his wagon to Fayette

For a brief overview of D&C 12 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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  • Received: June 1829 at Fayette, New York
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 12
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 15

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery spent April and May 1829 translating at Harmony, Pennsylvania. But as persecution there intensified, Oliver wrote to David Whitmer requesting that he take Joseph and Oliver to the house of David's father at Fayette, New York to finish the translation. David Whitmer did so about the first of June, and the translation was completed at Fayette about the end of June 1829.

In the beginning of June, [David Whitmer], a son of Peter Whitmer [Sr.] of Fayette, Seneca, Co, NY, with whom I had formed an acquaintance shortly after commencing the translation, came to the place where we were living with a carriage to take us to his father's residence, there to remain until we should finish the work. He proposed to gratuitously give us our board and the assistance of one of his brothers to write, as well as his own when convenient. Having need of such timely aid, and being informed that the people of the neighborhood were anxious to enquire into these things, we accepted the invitation and accompanied him home [from Harmony to Fayette] where we remained until the translation was completed and [the] copyright secured.
In the meantime, David, John, and Peter Whitmer Jr., sons of Peter, became our zealous friends and assistants in the work. And being very anxious to know the will of the Lord concerning them, after much solicitation I inquired of the Lord through the Urim and Thummin and received the following revelations [D&C 14-16]

(Manuscript History of the Church, Vol. A-1, p. 40-41).

For a brief overview of D&C 14-16 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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  • D&C 14, D&C 15, and D&C 16 were all received under the same circumstances in June 1829 and were directed to the three Whitmer brothers who played the most prominent role in bringing forth the Book of Mormon: David, John and Peter Jr.
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D&C 14:6-11

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  • Received: June 1829 at Fayette, New York
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  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 15

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery spent April and May 1829 translating at Harmony, Pennsylvania. But as persecution there intensified, Oliver wrote to David Whitmer requesting that he take Joseph and Oliver to the house of David's father at Fayette, New York to finish the translation. David Whitmer did so about the first of June, and the translation was completed at Fayette about the end of June 1829.

In the beginning of June, [David Whitmer], a son of Peter Whitmer [Sr.] of Fayette, Seneca, Co, NY, with whom I had formed an acquaintance shortly after commencing the translation, came to the place where we were living with a carriage to take us to his father's residence, there to remain until we should finish the work. He proposed to gratuitously give us our board and the assistance of one of his brothers to write, as well as his own when convenient. Having need of such timely aid, and being informed that the people of the neighborhood were anxious to enquire into these things, we accepted the invitation and accompanied him home [from Harmony to Fayette] where we remained until the translation was completed and [the] copyright secured.
In the meantime, David, John, and Peter Whitmer Jr., sons of Peter, became our zealous friends and assistants in the work. And being very anxious to know the will of the Lord concerning them, after much solicitation I inquired of the Lord through the Urim and Thummin and received the following revelations [D&C 14-16]

(Manuscript History of the Church, Vol. A-1, p. 40-41).

For a brief overview of D&C 14-16 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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D&C 15:1-6

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  • Received: June 1829 at Fayette, New York
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 14
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 18

The historical setting of D&C 15 and D&C 16 is the same as, and is therefore discussed with, D&C 14.

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  • D&C 14, D&C 15, and D&C 16 were all received under the same circumstances in June 1829 and were directed to the three Whitmer brothers who played the most prominent role in bringing forth the Book of Mormon: David, John and Peter Jr.
  • D&C 30 contains a second set of three revelations to these same three brothers in late September 1830.

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D&C 18:6-10

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  • D&C 18 is directed at first to Oliver Cowdery, then jointly to Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, and also to the Twelve who will be selected.

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  • Received: June 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 16
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 17

Oliver Cowdery began serving as Joseph Smith's scribe for the Book of Mormon translation on April 7, 1829. About the end of May, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony because of rising persecution to stay with the Whitmer family at Fayette, arriving probably not earlier than June 3. On June 14 Oliver Cowdery wrote a letter from Fayette to ____ at Manchester-Palmyra in which he quoted portions of D&C 18. The Book of Mormon translation was then completed about the end of June.

Little is known about the circumstances under which D&C 18 was received except that it was received at Fayette during June 3-14 while the Book of Mormon translation was progressing rapidly at the Whitmer home.

For a brief overview of D&C 18 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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• to Oliver (1-8)
• to Oliver & David: worth of souls is great, so preach (9-25)
• Twelve will be sought out (26-30)
• duties of the Twelve (31-36)
• Three Witnesses will select the Twelve (37-40)
• to Oliver & David: worth of souls is great, so preach (41-45)

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  • D&C 18:20: What does it mean to "Contend against no church," in verse 20?

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  • D&C 18:10-14, 21-25 is paraphrased in a letter from Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith dated 14 June 1829, so it is likely that the content of at least those verses is soon known to many of the Saints at Manchester-Palmyra.[1]
  • D&C 18 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.

Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 18.

  • D&C 18 and D&C 19 can be read as a pair in which D&C 18 to two of the Three Witnesses emphasizes the joy available through mercy, while D&C 19 to the other Witness emphasizes the dread of justice. In addition, D&C 18:10-18 provides the clearest statement of why missionaries preach, and D&C 18:21-22, 41-45 provides the most detailed instruction so far regarding what they are to preach: repentance, baptism and endurance to the end. D&C 19:21-22, 30-31 likewise instructs Martin Harris, the other of the Three Witnesses, to preach only faith, repentance, and baptism by water and the Holy Ghost, to not preach new doctrines, and to not contend.

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Other resources.

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  1. Letter from Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith (14 Jun 1829). Reprinted in Cook, Lyndon W. The Revelations of Joseph Smith, 29. Provo, Utah: Seventy's Mission Bookstore, 1981.

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D&C 18:11-15

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  • D&C 18 is directed at first to Oliver Cowdery, then jointly to Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, and also to the Twelve who will be selected.

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  • Received: June 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 16
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 17

Oliver Cowdery began serving as Joseph Smith's scribe for the Book of Mormon translation on April 7, 1829. About the end of May, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony because of rising persecution to stay with the Whitmer family at Fayette, arriving probably not earlier than June 3. On June 14 Oliver Cowdery wrote a letter from Fayette to ____ at Manchester-Palmyra in which he quoted portions of D&C 18. The Book of Mormon translation was then completed about the end of June.

Little is known about the circumstances under which D&C 18 was received except that it was received at Fayette during June 3-14 while the Book of Mormon translation was progressing rapidly at the Whitmer home.

For a brief overview of D&C 18 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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D&C 18 can be outlined as follows:

• to Oliver (1-8)
• to Oliver & David: worth of souls is great, so preach (9-25)
• Twelve will be sought out (26-30)
• duties of the Twelve (31-36)
• Three Witnesses will select the Twelve (37-40)
• to Oliver & David: worth of souls is great, so preach (41-45)

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  • D&C 18:20: What does it mean to "Contend against no church," in verse 20?

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  • D&C 18:10-14, 21-25 is paraphrased in a letter from Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith dated 14 June 1829, so it is likely that the content of at least those verses is soon known to many of the Saints at Manchester-Palmyra.[1]
  • D&C 18 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.

Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 18.

  • D&C 18 and D&C 19 can be read as a pair in which D&C 18 to two of the Three Witnesses emphasizes the joy available through mercy, while D&C 19 to the other Witness emphasizes the dread of justice. In addition, D&C 18:10-18 provides the clearest statement of why missionaries preach, and D&C 18:21-22, 41-45 provides the most detailed instruction so far regarding what they are to preach: repentance, baptism and endurance to the end. D&C 19:21-22, 30-31 likewise instructs Martin Harris, the other of the Three Witnesses, to preach only faith, repentance, and baptism by water and the Holy Ghost, to not preach new doctrines, and to not contend.

Doctrinal references cited on this page.

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Other resources.

Notes[edit]

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  1. Letter from Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith (14 Jun 1829). Reprinted in Cook, Lyndon W. The Revelations of Joseph Smith, 29. Provo, Utah: Seventy's Mission Bookstore, 1981.

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D&C 18:16-20

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  • D&C 18 is directed at first to Oliver Cowdery, then jointly to Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, and also to the Twelve who will be selected.

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  • Received: June 1829 at Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • Prior section in chronological order: D&C 16
  • Next section in chronological order: D&C 17

Oliver Cowdery began serving as Joseph Smith's scribe for the Book of Mormon translation on April 7, 1829. About the end of May, Joseph and Oliver left Harmony because of rising persecution to stay with the Whitmer family at Fayette, arriving probably not earlier than June 3. On June 14 Oliver Cowdery wrote a letter from Fayette to ____ at Manchester-Palmyra in which he quoted portions of D&C 18. The Book of Mormon translation was then completed about the end of June.

Little is known about the circumstances under which D&C 18 was received except that it was received at Fayette during June 3-14 while the Book of Mormon translation was progressing rapidly at the Whitmer home.

For a brief overview of D&C 18 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 3 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 5.

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D&C 18 can be outlined as follows:

• to Oliver (1-8)
• to Oliver & David: worth of souls is great, so preach (9-25)
• Twelve will be sought out (26-30)
• duties of the Twelve (31-36)
• Three Witnesses will select the Twelve (37-40)
• to Oliver & David: worth of souls is great, so preach (41-45)

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  • D&C 18:20: What does it mean to "Contend against no church," in verse 20?

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  • D&C 18:10-14, 21-25 is paraphrased in a letter from Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith dated 14 June 1829, so it is likely that the content of at least those verses is soon known to many of the Saints at Manchester-Palmyra.[1]
  • D&C 18 was first published in the 1833 Book of Commandments, the earliest edition of what we now call the Doctrine & Covenants.

Related passages that interpret or shed light on D&C 18.

  • D&C 18 and D&C 19 can be read as a pair in which D&C 18 to two of the Three Witnesses emphasizes the joy available through mercy, while D&C 19 to the other Witness emphasizes the dread of justice. In addition, D&C 18:10-18 provides the clearest statement of why missionaries preach, and D&C 18:21-22, 41-45 provides the most detailed instruction so far regarding what they are to preach: repentance, baptism and endurance to the end. D&C 19:21-22, 30-31 likewise instructs Martin Harris, the other of the Three Witnesses, to preach only faith, repentance, and baptism by water and the Holy Ghost, to not preach new doctrines, and to not contend.

Doctrinal references cited on this page.

Historical references cited on this page.

Other resources.

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  1. Letter from Oliver Cowdery to Hyrum Smith (14 Jun 1829). Reprinted in Cook, Lyndon W. The Revelations of Joseph Smith, 29. Provo, Utah: Seventy's Mission Bookstore, 1981.

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D&C 31:1-5

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  • Received:
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For a brief overview of D&C 31 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 6 or Church History in the Fulness of Times, chapter 7.

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  • D&C 33:3-4. If the field is white, in other words, ripe for harvest (verse 3) how can it also be that the vineyard has become completely corrupted (verse 4)?
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  • D&C 33:3-4. If the field is white, in other words, ripe for harvest (verse 3) how can it also be that the vineyard has become completely corrupted (verse 4)?
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Relationship to Section 42. The relationship of Verses 42:11-17 to the rest of Section 42 is discussed at D&C 42.

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Message. Themes, symbols, and doctrinal points emphasized in Verses 42:11-17 include:

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  • D&C 42:12. Verse 12 is directed to the “elders, priests, and teachers.” Since verse 11 right before it is directed to the missionary effort of preaching the gospel, it is tempting to read verses 12-17 as simply talking about the same issue. However, it is important to note that D&C 20 and D&C 84 clearly state that teachers, one of the three groups addressed in verse 12, are to stay with the church and not travel. D&C 20 also explains that all three offices have a responsibility to teach in church meetings. Since at least one of the offices addressed in verse 12 is not assigned any missionary duties, and all three offices do have a responsibility to teach in their church meetings, it is possible at least to read verse 12 as dealing with teaching specifically in church meeting settings. With this setting in mind, verse 12 explains that their sermons should teach the “principles of the gospel” - faith, repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost - with the Bible and Book of Mormon as the source.
  • D&C 42:13. Verse 13 commands them to observe the “covenants and church articles.” This was a phrase commonly used to refer to section 20 of the Doctrine and Covenants, which recorded the duties these of elders, priests, and teachers. One of these duties listed in D&C 20 was to “conduct the meetings as [...] led by the Holy Ghost.” The remainder of verse 13 echoes this commandment by directing them to teach “as they shall be directed by the Spirit.”
  • D&C 42:14. Verse 14 continues the theme and explains this process further: “And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith.” Faith is necessary, as is the process of asking. Yet, verse 14 opens up the possibility that even with this the Spirit might not come. “If ye receive not the Spirit,” it says, “ye shall not teach.”
  • D&C 42:14: Not teach. There are several ways of interpreting this direction to "not teach." One reading is to assume that if one does not have enough faith to receive the Spirit, then one should not teach until that faith is present. A second reading suggests that like the Saints mentioned in D&C 50, it is possible to mistake other powerful influences as being the Spirit. To avoid this, a teacher ought to pray for the power to teach and see if it is granted. Then one can know that the power being sought is of God (for example, it might be inappropriate to share a personal story or a phrase from a patriarchal blessing, even though the teacher knows it would draw the attention of the class. Praying first and receiving the Spirit would enable the teacher to proceed without concern). A third possible interpretation is that a teacher should be open to the Spirit directing them to do something other than teaching - perhaps spending the time praying, singing, exhorting, or conducting a conversation with class members (see Moroni 6:9).

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  • D&C 42:14. When do we know that we should not teach?
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  • D&C 42:14, 16. What is the difference between teaching by the Spirit and speaking by the Comforter?

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  • A paper titled: "'To Teach or Not to Teach': Three Possible Interpretations of D&C 42:12-14" presented at the Embracing the Law seminar conference, is available in podcast form at mormontheologyseminar.org[1]
  • Blog post[2] analyzing verses 12-14 and applying this to teaching Young Womens
  • See discussion on these verses by participants in a Mormon Theology Seminar project at Embracingthelaw.wordpress.com [3]

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  • D&C 52:2. Why is it important that the people of the Church are "a remnant of Jacob"?
  • D&C 52:2. To what covenant are they heirs?
  • D&C 52:11-16. Is the pattern that the Lord sets forth in verse 14 useful for Latter-day Saints today? In other words, is this section principally of historical interest, or is there something here that we can liken unto us?
What is the pattern? Is this a fair summary: If someone has a contrite spirit and obeys God's ordinances (Does this mean they are baptized, married in the temple, etc.?), then he is of God. He that has God's power brings forth fruits; he that does not bring forth fruits, is not of God? (verses 17 and 18). It is fairly easy to judge whether someone obeys God's ordinances, but much harder to judge whether that person has a contrite spirit. How would we do this?
Further, when would it be appropriate to employ this "pattern?" Verse 14 suggests that we need to judge according to the pattern so that we are not deceived, because Satan is abroad in the land. But counterbalanced against this counsel is the fact that we are not supposed to judge unrighteous judgment. Also, we have been taught not to be critical and find fault with our leaders. So, it seems that we would not employ this pattern to decide when our leaders are leading us astray. Consider: "Well, I just don't think Bishop So and So has a contrite spirit" seems obviously wrong. As does: "Well, hometeaching hasn't improved at all in the Elder's Quorum. Brother Smith isn't bringing forth fruit as Elder's Quorum president, he must not be of God.
Verses fifteen and sixteen suggest that the pattern allows us to judge those we hear praying or speaking. But when do we need to discern whether someone is deceiving us in the way that they are praying? Perhaps these verses relate more specifically to events and struggles the Saints had during Joseph Smith's era. The need to discern whether a speaker seeks to deceive us (see verse 16) is more clear. Can we flip the pattern around and conclude that he whose language is not meek or doesn't edify is not of God?
  • D&C 52:43. The Lord said "I ... will hasten the city in its time." What does that mean?
  • D&C 52:43. Given the promise that the Lord will "hasten the city," and similar promises, what do you make of the fact that the city of Zion was not established in Missouri?
  • D&C 52:43. What does it mean to be crowned with joy and with rejoicing?
  • D&C 52:43. What does that crowning have to do with the gathering of Israel and the establishment of the City of Zion?

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  • D&C 75:28. "every man who is obliged to provide for his own family," what does obliged mean here? Is this to be understood as a moral obligation? did the word obliged imply the same sense of being forced to do something in 1832 as it does today? There is probably in the final analysis not too much to read into here, but I find the phrasing interesting. Is it that the forceful "obliged" is used so that men with callings in the church cannot use their family duties as an excuse to not labor in the church? Because the (indirectly given) imperative after the phrase is dual, that one should let him provide, and let him labor in the church.

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  • D&C 75:28. "every man who is obliged to provide for his own family," what does obliged mean here? Is this to be understood as a moral obligation? did the word obliged imply the same sense of being forced to do something in 1832 as it does today? There is probably in the final analysis not too much to read into here, but I find the phrasing interesting. Is it that the forceful "obliged" is used so that men with callings in the church cannot use their family duties as an excuse to not labor in the church? Because the (indirectly given) imperative after the phrase is dual, that one should let him provide, and let him labor in the church.

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  • D&C 75:28. "every man who is obliged to provide for his own family," what does obliged mean here? Is this to be understood as a moral obligation? did the word obliged imply the same sense of being forced to do something in 1832 as it does today? There is probably in the final analysis not too much to read into here, but I find the phrasing interesting. Is it that the forceful "obliged" is used so that men with callings in the church cannot use their family duties as an excuse to not labor in the church? Because the (indirectly given) imperative after the phrase is dual, that one should let him provide, and let him labor in the church.

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  • D&C 75:21. Is it alright to find this verse a bit odd, if not comical? Is the first statement given as a command, or as a prophecy? Why would condemning and judging a house at the day of judgment bring joy and gladness? What might be learned from this, as I see it, strange verse?
  • D&C 75:28. "every man who is obliged to provide for his own family," what does obliged mean here? Is this to be understood as a moral obligation? did the word obliged imply the same sense of being forced to do something in 1832 as it does today? There is probably in the final analysis not too much to read into here, but I find the phrasing interesting. Is it that the forceful "obliged" is used so that men with callings in the church cannot use their family duties as an excuse to not labor in the church? Because the (indirectly given) imperative after the phrase is dual, that one should let him provide, and let him labor in the church.

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  • D&C 75:21. Is it alright to find this verse a bit odd, if not comical? Is the first statement given as a command, or as a prophecy? Why would condemning and judging a house at the day of judgment bring joy and gladness? What might be learned from this, as I see it, strange verse?
  • D&C 75:28. "every man who is obliged to provide for his own family," what does obliged mean here? Is this to be understood as a moral obligation? did the word obliged imply the same sense of being forced to do something in 1832 as it does today? There is probably in the final analysis not too much to read into here, but I find the phrasing interesting. Is it that the forceful "obliged" is used so that men with callings in the church cannot use their family duties as an excuse to not labor in the church? Because the (indirectly given) imperative after the phrase is dual, that one should let him provide, and let him labor in the church.

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Previous editions.

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  • D&C 75 was first published in __.
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  • Changes to the text of D&C 75:

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