A fascinating new study manual released by the Church gives more context to our Church history as well as the revelations given to prophets in the early days of the Church.
In 2017, adult and youth members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will study the Doctrine and Covenants as part of the Church’s Sunday School curriculum. Stories behind sections of the Doctrine and Covenants have been released by the Church as a resource for the study of a book that Mormons regard as scripture. “Revelations in Context,” a series of narratives written by the Church History Department, includes insights behind the revelations, mostly given to Church founder Joseph Smith.
Elder J. Devn Cornish of the Seventy said, “Gone are the days when the history of the Church is just interesting. Gone are the days when it is only important. In our day, the history of the Church is urgent.”
“Our history can either be used as a weapon against the faith of our members or as a bulwark to build and protect their faith,” continued Elder Cornish, who serves as assistant executive director of the Church History Department.