Covenants have everything to do with family, both creating our families here on earth and receiving assurance of their continuity in eternity. But the process of making and keeping those covenants can be accompanied with loneliness and loss, as both Phebe Woodruff and Ruth can attest.
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Quite naturally, most readers of the Book of Mormon probably assume that its modern printed English editions contain the same text that Joseph Smith originally dictated to his scribes in 1828-1829. And they’re not far wrong. But, in fact, even the first edition of the Book of Mormon (published in 1830) ended up with a considerable number of changes.
Orson F. Whitney had apparently been a rather indifferent and casual Latter-day Saint until his unexpected call to serve as a missionary. And, by his own acknowledgment, even after his arrival in the field, he was more interested in writing than in ministering. But this incident plainly had a transformative effect upon him.
There has been much discussion over the years about determining the exact date of the restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood. In the broadest range, every evidence points to the fact that this sacred event took place sometime between Friday, May 15, 1829 and August of 1830. Specific evidence, however, points to a much narrower field.
Eternity is something we look forward to at some long-distant future date, but what do the promises of eternity mean for us this very day? This was a question compellingly asked and illustrated by the life of Wilford Woodruff.
A pandemic. Conflict in Europe. Financial insecurity. Racial injustice. These aren’t just challenges of the last few years. Early Saints experienced similar challenges and they are discussed in the latest installment of the "Saints" book series.