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The Church was more than a year away from being formally organized when the Prophet Joseph Smith in February 1829 received a revelation declaring that “a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.”

Known to us today as Doctrine and Covenants 4, the revelation was initially directed toward the Prophet’s father. However, it is clear from the wording that the message is addressed not just to any one individual but to all “who embark in the service of God,” commanding them to serve Him with all of their “heart, might, mind and strength.”

That the revelation is a part of our scriptural canon is indication enough that it has just as much force, efficacy, urgency and relevance to us who are living today as it did when it was first given.

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