When you read Doctrine and Covenants Sections 49 and 50, it helps to have the rest of the story. Why should you care about Leman Copley or the Shakers and what’s this talk about false spirits? We will have some fun and give you the context today.
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“We must remember that to every man [or woman] is given a gift by the Spirit of God. It is our right and responsibility to accept our gifts and to share them. God’s gifts and powers are available to all of us.” Each of us has at least one spiritual gift. Some people have many, but the Prophet Joseph Smith had them all. We will learn about them today.
As Parley P. Pratt, Oliver Cowdery, Ziba Peterson, and Peter Whitmer Jr. left Kirtland and moved on to other fields of labor, they left over one hundred converts. Many of these new believers had been attracted to the restored gospel by the promise of marvelous manifestations of the Spirit, especially those they knew about from studying the New Testament.
Although section 45 contains alarming prophecies of conditions prior to the coming of the Lord, it is filled with reassurance for those who keep their covenants. For them, all the promises connected with those covenants will be fulfilled. Let’s examine the promises to the faithful and the consequences for those who choose to reject the covenants of the Lord.
The Second Coming is a topic of endless interest to us, especially in light of the worldwide pandemic we are still battling and the social unrest that is truly troubling. The prophet has spoken often of preparing for the Second Coming of the Lord, so let’s turn to Section 45 to learn about this transcendent event and the harrowing events that precede it.
We live in a time when the Church of Jesus Christ has been well established and we are used to talking in terms of large numbers, but in the era we are talking about today, none of these things were yet a reality. When Joseph and Emma arrived in Kirtland, Ohio in February, 1831, the successful missionary efforts of Parley P. Pratt and his companions had just doubled the entire membership of the Church to about 250 people!
Come, Follow Me for Sunday School: “If Ye Are Not One, Ye Are Not Mine”, Doctrine and Covenants 37-40
Who wouldn’t move in exchange for the riches of eternity or the chance to make temple covenants? If a move would help you become more righteous and virtuous, it would be worth it right? But the saints in 1830, couldn’t fully see or understand. So, how do we make better decisions even when we can’t see the end from the beginning?