Doctrine and Covenants

October 27, 2021 04:16 PM MDT
The Reverend Dr. Andrew Teal—chaplain at Oxford University and personal friend of Elder Holland—gave a powerful forum address at BYU this week. But maybe the most surprising aspect of his message was the sheer amount of uniquely Latter-day Saint scriptures he included in his message.
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October 18, 2021 05:14 PM MDT
This week, as we study the sections of the Doctrine and Covenants that originate in Liberty Jail for Come, Follow Me, we asked an expert to share with us the context of these chapters.
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September 28, 2021 04:12 PM MDT
Both the Church History Library and the historic Beehive House now have exhibits honoring this important and momentous event in Church history.
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By  Emily Abel
March 22, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
After agreeing to speak in sacrament meeting, I flipped through my study journals from the past year looking for inspiration. As I did, I was surprised to see that most of my spiritual impressions were pointing me toward one central message:
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March 04, 2021 07:30 PM MST
Many of this year's Come, Follow Me lessons could be considered history lessons as much as they are teachings of gospel principles. This week's lesson on the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, 1830, is no exception.
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By  LDS Living
December 10, 2020 01:00 PM MST
In 2021, we will start a new year of Come, Follow Me in the Doctrine and Covenants. Whether your children are young or grown, make sure your family has everything you need to dive a little deeper and to learn a little more in your daily study.
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By  Emily Abel
July 27, 2020 07:22 PM MDT
The first Come, Follow Me study manual for 2021 can now be found online at ChurchofJesusChrist.org or in the Gospel Library App under “Come, Follow Me.” The manual for individuals and families is currently posted with other curriculum items to be available digitally by August 31, 2020.
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November 02, 2019 12:17 PM MDT
Joseph Fielding Smith changed John Bytheway's life in five words when he said, "We read scriptures too fast." Check out these five "sermons in a sentence" from the scriptures that could change your life, too!
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March 02, 2019 01:57 PM MST
Typically you don’t think of the scriptures as a “how-to” manual when it comes to being single. But some of the best advice I’ve heard about being single and dating comes from the Doctrine and Covenants.
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August 08, 2018 09:11 AM MDT
The scriptures can speak to us personally in times of trial, anguish, and even joy. Whenever we read the scriptures, we can feel and experience first hand the truth that these are words written for His children. These are words written to help guide us in our lives. These are words written especially for us.
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July 19, 2018 03:00 PM MDT
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May 15, 2018 12:46 PM MDT
For most of the thirty-nine years Samuel King [president of the Sudoeste District of the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission] spent as an administrator of a large meat-packing plant [in Montevideo, Uruguay], he was a staunch member of the Church of England. . . .
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September 16, 2017 02:58 PM MDT
My whole life, I’ve heard D&C 18:10-16 in relation to missionary work. “And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!” (D&C 18:16).
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By  LDS Living
August 11, 2017 06:21 PM MDT
It's amazing what emerging technology has helped us accomplish in just the past few decades. From thousands of digital books stored on our phones to seeing and chatting with people half a world away in real time, technology continues to make everyday tasks easier.
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July 06, 2017 01:41 PM MDT
Author's Note: I am always interested in feedback and grateful for suggestions about improving these lessons. If you have suggestions or comments, my email is tedgibbons@yahoo.com. Thanks. TLG
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July 05, 2017 07:29 PM MDT
Satan is laboring mightily to impede the progress of the Kingdom. If you had been assigned by him to decide where to attack in order to lessen the power of the Church, where would you focus your efforts? Which doctrines or organizations would you be most determined to undermine? Elder Boyd K. Packer named the number one target on Lucifer’s hit list.
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July 03, 2017 05:11 PM MDT
A careful consideration of the scriptural record will provide several accounts of members of the covenant people serving in positions of civil significance. Daniel and his three friends were political figures in Babylon (Daniel 2:48,49). Mordecai and his niece Esther were a part of the king’s court in Persia (see Esther 2; Esther 8:2). Joseph became prime minister of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh in all the land (Genesis 41:39-41). Ezra Taft Benson served in the cabinet of President Eisenhower. Joseph Smith served as a city Mayor of Nauvoo, and he campaigned for President of the United States. There are other examples. They all clearly demonstrate the interest of the Lord and his servants in the way his children are governed.
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June 30, 2017 07:17 PM MDT
I have in my files a Gary Larson cartoon showing a man lying in bed having a dream. In the dream he sees knights clothed in iron armor and wielding iron swords and engaged in fierce combat. But this man—the man who is dreaming—is also in the battle, holding a wooden sword, a garbage can lid rather than a shield, and dressed in his birthday suit. The caption for the cartoon is: COMMON MEDIEVAL NIGHTMARE.
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June 30, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
One of the great realities of the restoration is the fact of communication between this planet and the eternal worlds. Beginning with the vision in the grove and continuing on through the intervening years to this very day, we see evidence of continuous communication between God and his children. We have seen it in the unfolding of the revelations in the D&C and in the unfolding of the latter-day organization of the Kingdom of God on earth. President James E. Faust said:
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June 19, 2017 06:55 PM MDT
We are to gather Israel. One of the great purposes of our global missionary effort is to gather Israel from the nations of the earth.
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June 15, 2017 08:34 PM MDT
Several years ago as I was about to depart for work, a call came from my bishop. His oldest son had disappeared. The boy had eaten breakfast and dressed for elementary school, but when his mother was ready to drive him and his sisters to school he could not be found. They thought perhaps he had walked. His mother transported her daughters and then made a search. The boy was not at school. It was at this point that calls went out to the police and to several ward members. I delayed my departure for work and along with several dozen others, commenced an intensive search of the neighborhood. After a few hours, his mother found him, curled up on the floor of his closet with the door closed. He was fast asleep.
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June 14, 2017 07:37 PM MDT
President Heber J. Grant told a wonderful story about work for the dead:
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June 12, 2017 01:32 PM MDT
On a trip to the Middle East several years ago, a close friend and his wife determined to save money by collecting rocks instead of purchasing souvenirs. At every significant location in Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Greece they picked up stones and labeled them with a date and a location. They were stored in an elderly suitcase brought along for just that purpose. The bag was the provocation for considerable humor during the three weeks of our trip. It grew increasingly ponderous as the days passed. The memorial stones seemed to grow correspondingly smaller.
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June 08, 2017 06:10 PM MDT
Over the past 50 years, it has been a great joy for me to listen to the words of the Lord’s servants. I am particularly gratified to listen to the man we sustain as the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. I felt his power.
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June 06, 2017 01:25 PM MDT
Neighbors who lived near my home in a small Arizona town suffered the misfortune of having the foundation of their home crack. The displacement left three- and four-inch gaps between the bricks of the west and north walls. It was a preventable calamity. Everyone knew that the soil was sandy and that the foundation, in order to remain secure, had to rest on bedrock. But in an effort to cut costs and save time, the owner and contractor agreed to shortcuts which led to disaster.
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May 23, 2017 07:46 PM MDT
Six houses that belonged to my ancestors still stand in Nauvoo; nice brick and frame homes, with lawns and gardens and trees and carriage houses. I can hardly imagine the stretching and commitment necessary for their owners to gather up a wagon load of non-perishable goods, sweep the floor a final time, and follow the prophet of God across the Mississippi and into the setting sun. My own home is large and lovely, with a wrought iron fence and roses and fruit trees and a garden. My children grew up here. My grandchildren identify this as the ancestral home. I wonder how I would respond if circumstances and revelation were to require an uprooting and transplanting . . .
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March 27, 2017 04:53 PM MDT
Talk about an extended warranty! When we pay the price to have a marriage performed in the temple of the Lord, we come face to face and soul to soul with the actual meaning of the word endless. When I bought my printer from Office Max, I also purchased a plan to give me two years of protection in case the thing went south on me. Any significant investment of money creates a desire in us to enjoy some permanence. We are often willing to spend a little more to ensure that what we have labored and paid for will last a while.
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March 27, 2017 03:56 PM MDT
Joseph Smith, speaking of the work of redemption for the dead called that work the “. . . most glorious of all subjects belonging to the everlasting gospel . . .” (D&C 128:17). Why? What is there about this work that would cause the prophet to place its importance above any other subject belonging to the restoration of the gospel?
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March 27, 2017 02:19 PM MDT
Five houses are still standing where ancestors of my children lived in Nauvoo in the days following the Missouri exodus. For a time, that beautiful Mississippi community must have seemed a heavenly gift. Once the swamps were drained the site became a truly attractive place. In addition, the Illinoisans were receptive and helpful. Converts arrived by the hundreds. Doctrinal growth added structure to the restoration. Joseph seemed to become more prophetic and powerful than he had been before. The Nauvoo years preceding the martyrdom provided a season of rest and rejoicing for the beleaguered Saints of the Most High.
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March 24, 2017 06:38 PM MDT
I have been in the jail at Carthage, Illinois, many times. On a recent visit I had my picture taken next to the statue of Joseph and Hyrum with the jail in the background. On another occasion, I visited Liberty Jail. I knelt by the cutaway comer of the missing wall and a kind guide took a photo showing the upper and lower levels, the prophet Joseph at his small table, and the great squared stones of the wall. As always, I was moved by the witness of suffering and solitude and sacrifice that seemed to seep from the very walls. But I also sensed that the restriction of Joseph’s body gave his spirit increased capacity to soar. In 2009, I wrote some words in my journal about my feelings:
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March 24, 2017 04:00 PM MDT
Zion is a place, but it is much more than that. The truth is that Zion is a place only because things must be located someplace. Unless it is filled with Zion people, it is something else. Contemplate the following comment:
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March 14, 2017 02:20 PM MDT
The phrase “every member a missionary” became common during the administration of President David O. McKay. Of that requirement, he said,
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March 07, 2017 09:19 PM MST
On Sunday, March 18, 1958, my father ordained me a deacon. I received a letter from him that morning, and I kept it for many years. The paper itself has now disappeared, but the memory lingers. Among other things, my father told me that day that the president of the United States would never have as much power as I would soon have, unless he repented and joined the Church. Those simple words made a profound impression on my young mind. Somehow it was communicated to me that I would be authorized to act in the name of and in the place of God.
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February 13, 2017 06:25 PM MST
On December 27, 1833, Joseph Smith received the revelation now incorporated in the D&C as section 88. In part, the revelation instructed the Prophet in
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February 01, 2017 09:45 PM MST
Among other things, the Word of Wisdom is evidence that the relationship between our bodies and our spirits is both intimate and significant. The repeated scriptural counsel about caring for and protecting our bodies—counsel given from Old Testament times to the dispensation of the fulness of times—must in part tell us that damaging our bodies will also damage or spirits.
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February 01, 2017 07:27 PM MST
A Chicago editor bragged that he could edit the entire New Testament into one paragraph. This is his offering: “He was born. He lived. He died. He’s coming back, and he’s not very happy.” Of course, He is coming back, and however far away that remarkable day might be, it closer now than it was yesterday. The purpose of this lesson is to give some instruction in recognizing the signs of His coming, and to give encouragement about being prepared when it happens, for, as Elder Maxwell said,
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January 30, 2017 08:31 PM MST
The revelation in D&C 76, which we often call The Vision, seems to be a series of six visions. They are:
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January 30, 2017 07:00 PM MST
Hugh Nibley gave an interesting insight into the plan of salvation as he reported and commented on a gospel conversation between the Apostle Peter and Clement, one of the early Christians:
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January 30, 2017 05:41 PM MST
Over the past several years I have witnessed the dedication of several temples. I suspect that many of you have also. Our wonder and awe were renewed at what is happening in the world. When my oldest child was 4, he could name by sight every temple built in this dispensation, including the Nauvoo and Kirtland Temples. Now there are probably less than five people in the Church who could accomplish such a feat. I have a painting in my office that shows 55 temples in one frame! I think that painting included all the temples in the world when a junior in high school painted it to pay for his mission. And we are not done yet. Brigham Young expressed an interesting insight about this in a talk given many years ago.
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January 30, 2017 03:46 PM MST
Take a look at 3 Nephi 24 and 25. The Lord quoted two chapters from Malachi to the Nephites so that they could be included in the Nephite scriptures for the sake of future generations:
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January 23, 2017 03:59 PM MST
A friend once commented that whoever said the Sabbath was a day of rest was not a Mormon. His tongue was firmly in his cheek when he said it, but he was not wide of the mark by very much. We who have the placed the Gospel of Christ at the center of our lives know that completing Sabbath assignments and duties can be labor—work—of the most demanding kind. But when the Lord set apart a day of the week as a day of rest, he seems to have done so with the intent that we should rest from all our weekly labors (D&C 59:10), and from the work that demands our attention on the non-Sabbath days.
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January 19, 2017 09:57 PM MST
Consider this quote from Brigham Young on the necessity of the gifts of the Spirit in the Church:
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January 19, 2017 08:18 PM MST
Imagine that you are a father or mother and that you have twin sons whom you love equally because they both try to obey you and serve you with equal diligence. Because they are so faithful you are going to do something very nice for them on their birthday. You give son #1 a brand new McLaren F-1 and son #2 a tricycle. Son #1 also gets a new Armani suit, and son #2 gets a loin cloth. You also give son #1 stock options in a successful company, and son #2 a piggy bank containing a few coins. For dinner, you give son #1 a turkey dinner and son #2 a turnip. What is wrong with the way you are treating your two sons? Turn to D&C 38: 26, 27.
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January 19, 2017 07:20 PM MST
Amos wrote of a time when the world would experience a famine.
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January 19, 2017 04:45 PM MST
A small tent, held in place by a tent peg (or stake) on each corner could be easily flattened or remodeled. But if the tent were larger and secured with almost 3,200 stakes (as of the end of 2015), it would be almost impossible to move. This is the image Isaiah used to describe the Church and Kingdom in the last days.
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January 18, 2017 08:21 PM MST
Part of the information sent to prospective missionaries is a list of needed clothing, supplies, and incidentals. The Missionary Department is appropriately concerned that missionaries arrive in the field properly equipped for the service they are expected to render. I remember receiving my list in 1965 and I have been with my eight missionary children as they received theirs. My children have generally requested a new suitcase, although we have convinced most of them that such an expenditure is not necessary. We have a nice selection available. Then the shopping begins, as they scour the city for the things they will require for the time of their service in Santiago or New York or Las Palmas or San Salvador or Salvador or Carlsbad or Añasco or White River. My bank account has ached with the abuse it has taken. My Mastercard has been swiped so many times it nearly set my pants on fire.
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January 18, 2017 02:14 PM MST
There is an economy in revelation. The Lord does not seem to waste anything, including His words, and expects that His disciples will be of the same inclination. Thus we need not expect that He will reveal things to us personally that He has already revealed to others and that are available in the standard works or the words of the living prophets.
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January 11, 2017 08:55 PM MST
Close behind the organization of the Church in the meridian of time came the apostasy, accompanied by a diversification of beliefs that would lead ultimately to thousands of different Christian denominations. Every doctrinal disagreement seemed to be a cause for reorganization: perhaps the only cause. In any religious organization where doctrine does not matter, or where there is unity of opinion about the doctrine, splinter groups are not likely to break off from the main body. But thousands had broken off and now, on the 6th of April of 1830, the time had finally come for the Lord to put things right and to restore “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth . . .” (D&C 1:30).
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January 09, 2017 06:59 PM MST
It would be a mistake to over-simplify the restoration and purposes of the priesthood, but perhaps an analogy will help us understand what is happening.
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January 06, 2017 06:09 PM MST
Every journey begins somewhere, with a step, a thought, a desire, a commitment. The journey back into the presence of God, for mortals, begins with four first steps we call them the first principles and ordinances. There are others to follow how many we have no idea. Joseph Smith said:
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January 06, 2017 04:42 PM MST
The scriptures mention a multitude of different ways in which the Spirit can communicate with us. Many of these are in the D&C, but other volumes of the standard works also teach rich and rewarding lessons on this topic. In this lesson, I will try to give an overview of the many passages from the scriptures that suggest the different forms that inspiration and revelation can take.
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December 05, 2016 08:46 PM MST
I have sent six sons and one daughter on missions. For some reason, (probably because my wife hates it) it has always been my responsibility to write to them. I have done this faithfully every week, and have, at last count written about 700 letters to my children. All of these letters are evidence of my love, and almost all of them have contained doctrinal lessons intended to teach the gospel and to assist my children in dealing with the challenges and opportunities of their missions. Many times, I have responded to questions they have asked in their own epistles.
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December 05, 2016 06:52 PM MST
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.
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December 02, 2016 08:15 PM MST
JS–H 1:27–65; D&C 3, 5, 10, 17; 20:5–15; 84:54–62
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December 01, 2016 10:37 PM MST
Joseph Smith–History 1:1–26
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December 01, 2016 11:29 AM MST
If the major purpose of all scripture is to bear testimony of Christ, (and I believe it is) then the Doctrine and Covenants makes a remarkable contribution to that testimony. With few exceptions, everything that the Doctrine and Covenants teaches us about the Savior is taught in the actual words of the Savior. Almost all scripture is in some way about Christ. But the Doctrine and Covenants is by Christ. The words are His words. The voice is His voice. Most of the information in the Doctrine and Covenants is given in the first person singular by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
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November 30, 2016 10:00 PM MST
Introductory Material; D&C 1
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June 11, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
Future missionaries, their parents, and their leaders are inundated with information about preparing for, entering, and serving in the mission field. With all of that information, deciding what to start with can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are five simple things that your missionary can do to focus on what’s most important as they prepare to serve:
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