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Week 19: Doctrine and Covenants 46–48

Week 19: Doctrine and Covenants 46–48

In the three days that followed the revelation now known as section 45 of the Doctrine and Covenants, three additional revelations came to bless the new Church and its members. The three additional revelations taught the Saints about spiritual gifts, called a Church...

Week 18: Doctrine and Covenants 45

Week 18: Doctrine and Covenants 45

Historical Background The publication of the Book of Mormon, the movement of the Saints from New York, and the gathering of the Saints to Ohio attracted newspaper attention and generated hosts of rumors, many of them negative. While battling these rumors, Church...

Week 17: Doctrine and Covenants 41–44

Week 17: Doctrine and Covenants 41–44

The previous Come, Follow Me lesson focused on Doctrine and Covenants 37–40, a flurry of revelations received between December 30, 1830, and January 6, 1831. After that, nearly a month passed before Joseph Smith received the revelation that is now section 41 of the...

Week 16: Doctrine and Covenants 37–40

Week 16: Doctrine and Covenants 37–40

When Oliver Cowdery and his companions went on their mission to the Lamanites, they hoped to convert Native peoples they might meet. Although the mission did not succeed in the way they expected, it proved to be greatly successful in another way, leading to a change...

Week 15: Doctrine and Covenants 30‒36

Week 15: Doctrine and Covenants 30‒36

In the latter part of 1830, the Church of Christ was only months old. It had a simple leadership structure, multiple branches (churches), and a set of articles and covenants to guide it. It was now ready to grow rapidly. To fuel this growth, it needed a strong...

Week 14: Easter

Week 14: Easter

This week's Come, Follow Me lesson shifts from the usual focus on specific sections of the Doctrine and Covenants and concentrates instead on the subject of Easter. It suggests, "As you prepare to commemorate the Savior's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, ponder how...

Week 13: Doctrine and Covenants 29

Week 13: Doctrine and Covenants 29

In September 1830, just five months after the Church of Christ was organized, Church members were studying the Bible, Book of Mormon, and manuscript copies of Joseph Smith's revelations, when they had access to them. Isaiah 52:8 and related passages in the Book of...

Week 12: Doctrine and Covenants 27–28

Week 12: Doctrine and Covenants 27–28

This week's Come, Follow Me lesson looks at sections 27 and 28 of the Doctrine and Covenants, which provide further direction to the fledgling Church of Christ on a host of matters ranging from sacramental emblems and the Second Coming through priesthood restoration,...

Week 11: Doctrine and Covenants 23–26

Week 11: Doctrine and Covenants 23–26

After the Church of Christ was formally organized on April 6, 1830, the Lord gave a series of revelations for the new church and its members. The topics of these revelations included personal guidance of the type that might be given today in setting apart and...

Week 10: Doctrine and Covenants 20–22

Week 10: Doctrine and Covenants 20–22

One reason Joseph Smith went into the grove in 1820 was to ask the Lord which church to join. The Lord told Joseph to "join none of them" (Joseph Smith—History 1:19). In a March 1829 revelation, the Lord promised that "if the People of this Generation harden not their...

Week 9: Doctrine and Covenants 18‒19

Week 9: Doctrine and Covenants 18‒19

At the end of June 1829, the translation of the Book of Mormon was coming to an end, and the time had arrived to find a publisher for the volume. The publication of the Book of Mormon would precede the organization of the Church and lay a foundation for it. Doctrine...

Week 8: Doctrine and Covenants 14‒17

Week 8: Doctrine and Covenants 14‒17

Sometimes even when we're doing the right things, life gets hard. Joseph and Oliver, with support from Emma and Joseph's brother Samuel, were managing to push the Book of Mormon translation process along at a breathtaking rate. But growing opposition from Emma's...