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Week 43: Doctrine and Covenants 121‒123

Week 43: Doctrine and Covenants 121‒123

The years 1838 and 1839 were excruciatingly difficult for members of the Church in Missouri. When the persecution against them mounted, they made pleas to leaders in the civil government to protect them in their civil rights. But the rights guaranteed in the...

Week 42: Doctrine and Covenants 115‒120

Week 42: Doctrine and Covenants 115‒120

Because of persecution and other difficulties in Ohio, the Prophet Joseph Smith and other Church members were compelled in early 1838 to flee to Missouri, which became the Church's new headquarters. There Joseph Smith received several revelations between April 26 and...

Week 41: Doctrine and Covenants 111‒114

Week 41: Doctrine and Covenants 111‒114

The revelations that are now sections 111 through 114 of the Doctrine and Covenants were received from August 1836 to April 1838, a period in which the maturing Church faced hosts of problems. These revelations gave comfort and counsel to Church leaders and members...

Week 40: Doctrine and Covenants 109‒110

Week 40: Doctrine and Covenants 109‒110

The first temple of the Church was supposed to be built in Zion, Jackson County, Missouri, the center place for the gathering of the Saints and the planned site of the New Jerusalem. But mobs drove out the Saints before it could be completed. A second temple planned...

Week 39: Doctrine and Covenants 106‒108

Week 39: Doctrine and Covenants 106‒108

As the Church grew and matured, it faced the perpetual challenge of growth: finding and training good leaders. After the march of the Camp of Israel, the Lord called members of that group to serve in two new leadership bodies, the Quorum of the Twelve and the Seventy....

Week 38: Doctrine and Covenants 102‒105

Week 38: Doctrine and Covenants 102‒105

As the Church approached its fourth birthday, it had grown a great deal both in terms of size and complexity. Doctrine and Covenants sections 102 through 105 illustrate that complexity. They include organizational minutes for a high council, a revelation to organize...

Week 37: Doctrine and Covenants 98‒101

Week 37: Doctrine and Covenants 98‒101

With one exception, Doctrine and Covenants sections 98 to 101 cover from August 6 to mid-December 1833, a turbulent period in Church history. This period saw the Saints in Jackson County attacked; their bishop publicly kidnapped, beaten, tarred, and feathered; the...

Week 36: Doctrine and Covenants 94‒97

Week 36: Doctrine and Covenants 94‒97

The summer of 1833 was a busy time for the new Church and its members. Sections 94‒97 of the Doctrine and Covenants embody four of six revelations the Prophet Joseph Smith received during that busy summer. The revelations are not arranged in chronological order but...

Week 35: Doctrine and Covenants 93

Week 35: Doctrine and Covenants 93

The revelation that is now section 93 of the Doctrine and Covenants is one of the most fascinating and revolutionary of all received by Joseph Smith. It reveals characteristics of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ that had been lost through the centuries. It...

Week 34: Doctrine and Covenants 89‒92

Week 34: Doctrine and Covenants 89‒92

Between February 27 and March 15, 1833, Joseph Smith received the revelations that now make up sections 89 through 92 of the Doctrine and Covenants. Section 89 includes the Lord's health code known as the Word of Wisdom. Sections 90 through 92 deal with the First...

Week 33: Doctrine and Covenants 88

Week 33: Doctrine and Covenants 88

Section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants combines two revelations, the first received on December 27 and 28, 1832, and the second on January 3, 1833, both in Kirtland, Ohio. Coming as they did after the revelation on war, they helped to advocate peace in difficult...

Week 32: Doctrine and Covenants 85‒87

Week 32: Doctrine and Covenants 85‒87

Doctrine and Covenants sections 85‒87, which date to the last two months of 1832, arose during the course of Joseph Smith's life as he went about fulfilling his duties as prophet. Section 85 came while he was writing a letter. Section 86 came as he was translating the...