FHE: Revelation

Conference Talk:

For more information on this topic read "Finding Strength in Challenging Times!," by Allan F. Packer, Ensign, May 2009, 17-19

Thought:

These are the days when prophecies are being fulfilled. We live in the dispensation of the fulness of times. . . . We need to be acquainted with the promptings of the Holy Ghost. . . . These promptings become the foundation of our testimonies.

(Allan F. Packer, "Finding Strength in Challenging Times!," Ensign, May 2009, 17-19.)

Song:

"The Ninth Article of Faith," Children's Songbook, p. 128.

Scripture:

God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now.

(Doctrine and Covenants 121:26)

Stories:

While Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon worked on translating the Bible, they pondered the words of the Savior about the resurrection in John 5. They received a marvelous vision now recorded as section 76. (See section heading.) Philo Dibble was present during the vision and later wrote, "During the time that Joseph and Sidney were in the spirit and saw the heavens open, there were other men in the room, perhaps twelve, among whom I was one. . . . I saw the glory and felt the power, but did not see the vision. . . . Joseph sat firmly and calmly all the time in the midst of a magnificent glory, but Sidney sat limp and pale, apparently as limber as a rag, observing which Joseph remarked, smilingly, 'Sidney is not used to it as I am.'" (Juvenile Instructor, May 15, 1892, 303-4.)

The Prophet said, "Nothing could be more pleasing to the Saints upon the order of the kingdom of the Lord, than the light which burst upon the world through the foregoing vision [section 76]." (History of the Church, 1:252.)

President Joseph Fielding Smith said, "Section 76 . . . should be treasured by all members of the Church as a priceless heritage. It should strengthen their faith and be to them an incentive to seek the exaltation promised to all who are just and true." (Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:279.)

(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Doctrine and Covenants, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p. 158.)

Mary Elizabeth Rollins Gerald N. Lund

In July 1833 a mob of some five hundred men, angry at the influence of the growing community of Mormons, attacked the printing office of The Evening and the Morning Star, run by W. W. Phelps. Living close by with her uncle, Mary Elizabeth and her sister Caroline saw the mob coming in and turned and ran for shelter. They ducked behind a split rail fence some distance away and watched as the mob demolished not only the press and the type but the very building. They tore the roof off and then tore the walls down. As the two girls, ages fifteen and twelve, huddled there in terror, Mary Elizabeth saw huge stacks of paper being thrown from one of the upper windows. Because she knew W. W. Phelps well, she knew the papers were the Book of Commandments, a collection of revelations sent from Kirtland to be printed. "Caroline," she said, "we must save those." Her twelve-year-old sister replied, "If we do, they will kill us." Mary Elizabeth said, "Nevertheless we must do it." They jumped up, ran to the building, and picked up as many of those sheaves of paper as they could carry. Two men took after them. The girls darted through the fence, ran deep into a cornfield, threw down the papers and themselves on top of them, and began to pray mightily when they heard the men tromping through the cornfield. Eventually the men gave up and left. Thanks to Mary Elizabeth and Caroline Rollins, we now have a few copies of the original Book of Commandments.

(Susette Green, Dlora Dalton, Dawn Anderson, Every Good Thing: Talks from the 1997 BYU Women's Conference, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1998].)

Lesson:

As a family look at the attached pages from The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations. Look at the code on the typeset page to determine whose writing is on the handwritten page. Notice the heading at the top of the page, discuss how important Joseph Smith felt this revelation was. Explain that we now know this revelation as section 76 in the Doctrine and Covenants.

(see Dean C. Jesse, editor, The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, [Salt Lake City: The Church Historian's Press, 2009], p.414-5)

Have your family search D&C 76:6-10 and look for twelve things the Lord promises to those who serve Him in truth and righteousness to the end. Encourage them to mark and number them in their scriptures. They should find the following:

1. "Great shall be their reward." 2. "Eternal shall be their glory." 3. "To them will I reveal all mysteries." 4. "Make known unto them the good pleasure of my will." 5. "The wonders of eternity shall they know." 6. "Things to come will I show them." 7. "Their wisdom shall be great." 8. "Their understanding [shall] reach to heaven." 9. "Before them the wisdom of the wise shall perish." 10. "The understanding of the prudent shall come to naught." 11. "By my Spirit will I enlighten them." 12. "By my power will I make known unto them the secrets of my will."

Ask family members why they think the Lord is willing to make such promises.

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(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Doctrine and Covenants, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p. 158.)

Activity:

Blindfold one person and give them a paper with a stick figure drawn on it. Instruct them to draw clothes on the stick figure. Give everyone a turn at creating blindfold art. Discuss how difficult it is without being able to see where you are drawing. Explain that the church without revelation is comparable to drawing blindfolded. We need revelation to do the things the Lord would have us do.

Refreshment Chewy Chex Mix

This treat is a hit with all ages.

  • 8 cups Rice Chex (or the Chex cereal of your choice)
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 6 cups miniature marshmallows
Combine Chex, coconut, almonds, and noodles in a large bowl. Melt butter over medium heat; blend in marshmallows and stir until melted. Pour over cereal mixture; spread on waxed paper to cool. Store in an airtight container or individual plastic bags. Makes about 10 cups.

(Julie Badger Jensen, Essential Mormon Cookbook, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p. 130.)

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