For lesson 34, the text is section 136, Brigham Young’s one contribution to our scriptures. This revelation is often celebrated for the organizational details in the first sixteen verses. I guess that’s okay. The organizational ideas seem good to me, and I heartily approve of the section’s concern for the well-being of the poor during the migration to Utah. The one note of ambivalence I have regarding this material is that the revelation was more or less redundant, as these organizational principles had largely already been adopted before the Saints even arrived at Winter Quarters. I guess the message is something like: do what you’re doing, only more so?
The D&C manual runs into a kind of genre divide when Joseph Smith dies; there is no longer a constant series of canonized revelations with which to partner a discussion of church history. Some lessons, such as 34, have a directly relevant section to take advantage of, while others, like 35, do not. Both lessons are really built around extra-canonical materials, which makes my project awkward: I’m only talking about the canon, but it just isn’t the center of the discussion anymore.
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