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Title: Doctrine and Covenants 60-64


1
Doctrine and Covenants 60-64
2
  • Have you ever been asked to share your talent,
    but the fear of man kept you from accepting the
    invitation?
  • Why?
  • Was it the fear of failure?
  • Doctrine and Covenants 602-3, 13

3
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6013
  • Thou shalt not idle away thy time
  • The Lord cannot steer a parked car!
  • We are guided as we are going about the Lords
    business.
  • I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand
    the things which I should do, Nevertheless I went
    forth (1 Nephi 46-7).

4
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6014
  • Thou shalt speedily return, not in haste.
  • Get up and move, but do not move so quickly that
    you are too busy to teach people the gospel.

5
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6015
  • Dusting off of feet
  • The cleansing of their feet either by washing
    or wiping off the dust, would be recorded in
    heaven as a testimony against the wicked. The
    act, however, was not to be performed in the
    presence of the offenders. Lest thou provoke
    them, but in secret, and wash thy feet, as a
    testimony against them in the day of judgment.
    The missionaries of the Church who faithfully
    perform their duty are under the obligation of
    leaving their testimony with all with whom they
    come in contact in their work. This testimony
    will stand as a witness against those who reject
    the message, at the judgment (C.H. M.R.
    1223).

6
DC 61
  • The canoe in which the Prophet and Sidney were
    riding ran into a log and they were bobbing in
    the river. The canoe capsized and the occupants
    almost drowned. With this near tragedy, the
    party of eleven decided to encamp (Cook,
    Revelations, 96).
  • Brother Phelps, in open vision by daylight, saw
    the destroyer in his most horrible power, ride
    upon the face of the waters others heard the
    noise, but did not see the vision.

7
  • It Mattereth Not Unto Me
  • DC 6122
  • No answer is likely to come to a person who
    seeks guidance in choosing between two
    alternatives that are equally acceptable to the
    Lord, explained Elder Dallin H. Oaks.
  • Thus, there are times when we can serve
    productively in two different fields of labor.
    Either answer is right. Similarly, the Spirit of
    the Lord is not likely to give us revelations on
    matters that are trivial. Such as should we
    construct canoes or purchase them for their
    return to Ohio.

8
  • I once heard a young woman in a testimony
    meeting praise the spirituality of her husband,
    indicating that he submitted every question to
    the Lord.
  • She told how he accompanied her shopping and
    would not even choose between different brands of
    canned vegetables without making his selection a
    matter of prayer.
  • That strikes me as improper. I believe the Lord
    expects us to use the intelligence and experience
    He has given us to make these kind of choices.
  • When a member asked the Prophet Joseph Smith for
    advice on a particular matter, the Prophet
    stated
  • It is a great thing to inquire at the hands of
    God, or to come into His presence and we feel
    fearful to approach Him on subjects that are of
    little or no consequence (HC, 1 339, DC
    6122).

9
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6127
  • Power to Command the Waters
  • LeGrand Richards shared an example of one in the
    latter days who had power given to him over the
    waters
  • You will recall that in the early days of the
    gathering of the Saints it was considered as good
    as an insurance policy when a company of
    Latter-day Saints embarked on a vessel crossing
    the Atlantic.
  • I recall reading in my Grandfathers diary of a
    time when the boat upon which he was sailing was
    in great jeopardy, so much so that the captain of
    the boat came to him and

10
  • pleaded with him to intercede with the Lord in
    behalf of the boat and her passengers and
    Grandfather, remembering that he had been
    promised that he should have power over the
    elements, walked out on the deck of the boat and
    raise his hands to high heaven and rebuked the
    sea and the waves, and they were immediately
    calmed, and the appreciation of the captain of
    the boat was so great that he offered him the use
    of his private quarters during the balance of the
    journey (C.R., April 1941, 84).
  • In all of these instances the priesthood bearer
    followed the Master, who rebuked the wind and
    the sea (Matthew 826).

11
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6134
  • They Shall Rid Their Garments
  • The sins of the wicked symbolically stain the
    garment of the priesthood bearer who does not
    warn the wicked to repent (Ezekiel 3 16-21).
  • President John Taylor Emphasized to the elders
    that they must serve with all their heart, might,
    mind and strength or God will hold you
    responsible for those whom you might have saved
    had you done your duty. And it is for us to
    attend to these things, that we may secure the
    smiles and approbation of God (JD, 2 23).

12
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6136
  • I Have Not Forsaken You
  • Tribulation is not evidence that the Lord has
    abandoned his people!
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6138-39
  • Anyone who tries to give an exact date is a
    false teacher (HC, 6254).

13
  • Doctrine and Covenants 621
  • The Savior knows our weaknesses and how to help
    us overcome them!
  • Doctrine and Covenants 623
  • The ministry on earth has its effect beyond the
    veil as well as on the other side.
  • Effective missionary work has a redemptive
    effect for the missionary as well as the convert
    (James 520, DC 4).

14
  • It is not unusual to have a missionary say, How
    can I bear testimony until I get one? How can I
    testify that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ,
    and that the gospel is true? If I do not have
    such a testimony, would that not be dishonest?
    (Elder Boyd K. Packer, The Candles of the Lord,
    address given at a seminar for new mission
    presidents, 25 June 1982).

15
  • Oh if I could teach you this one principle. A
    testimony is to be found in the bearing of it!
    Somewhere in your quest for spiritual knowledge,
    there is that leap of faith, as the
    philosophers call it (Elder Boyd K. Packer, The
    Candle of the Lord, address given at a seminar
    for new mission presidents, 25 June 1982).

16
  • It is the moment when you have gone to the edge
    of the light and stepped into the darkness to
    discover that the way is lighted ahead for just a
    footstep or two. The spirit of man, is as the
    scripture says, indeed the candle of the Lord
    (Proverbs 2027)
  • It is one thing to receive a witness from what
    you have read or what another has said and that
    is a necessary beginning. It is quite another to
    have the Spirit confirm to you in your bosom that
    what you have testified is true (Elder Boyd K.
    Packer, The Candle of the Lord, address given at
    a seminar for new mission presidents, 25 June
    1982).

17
  • Can you not see that it will be supplied as you
    share it? As you give that which you have, there
    is a replacement, with increase (Elder Packer).
  • At your meeting you should begin at the top of
    the roll and call upon as many members as there
    is time for to bear their testimonies and at the
    next meeting begin where you left off and call
    upon others, so that all shall take part and get
    into the practice of standing up and saying
    something (Junius F. Wells, Historic Sketch, June
    1925, 715).

18
  • Many may think they havent any testimony to
    bear, but get them to stand up and they will find
    the Lord will give them utterance to many truths
    they had not thought of before. More people have
    obtained a testimony while standing up trying to
    bear it than down on their knees praying for it
    (Junius F. Wells, Historic Sketch, June 1925,
    715)

19
  • Doctrine and Covenants 63
  • Wilford Woodruff recounted that in April 1834,
    Joseph Smith told a group of priesthood leaders,
    you dont know more concerning the destiny of
    this church and Kingdom than a babe upon its
    mothers lap. You dont comprehend it Its only
    a little handful of priesthood here tonight, but
    this church will fill North and South America, it
    will fill the world (C.R., April, 1898, 57).

20
  • George A. Smith said, You could see persons
    rise up and ask, What sign will you show us that
    we may be made to believe?
  • I recollect a Cambellite preacher who came to
    Joseph Smith, I think his name was Hayden. He
    came in and made himself known to Joseph, and
    said that he had come a considerable distance to
    be convinced of the truth. Why, said he, Mr.
    Smith, I want to know the truth, and when I am
    convinced, I will spend all my talents and time
    in defending and spreading the doctrines of your
    religion, and I will give you to understand that
    to convince me is equivalent to convincing all my
    society, amounting to several hundreds.

21
  • Well, Joseph commenced laying before him the
    coming forth of the work, and the first
    principles of the Gospel, when Mr. Hayden
    exclaimed, O this is not the evidence I want,
    the evidence that I wish to have is a notable
    miracle I want to see some powerful
    manifestation of the power of God, I want to see
    a notable miracle performed and if you perform
    such a one, then I will believe with all my heart
    and soul, and will exert all my power and all my
    extensive influence to convince others and if
    you will not perform a miracle of this kind, then
    I am your worst and bitterest enemy.

22
  • Well, said Joseph,. what will you have done?
    Will you be struck blind, or dumb? Will you be
    paralyzed, or will you have one hand withered?
    Take your choice, choose which you please, and in
    the name of the Lord Jesus Christ it shall be
    done.
  • That is not the kind of miracle I want, said
    the preacher. Then sir, replied Joseph, I can
    perform none, I am not going to bring any trouble
    upon any body else, sir, to convince you.

23
  • I will tell you what you make me think of the
    very first person who asked a sign of the Savior,
    for it is written, in the New Testament, that
    Satan came to the Savior in the desert, when he
    was hungry with forty days fasting, and said,
    If you be the Son of God, command these stones
    to be made bread. And now, said Joseph, the
    children of the devil and his servants have been
    asking for signs ever since and when the people
    in that day continued asking him for signs to
    prove the truth of the Gospel which he preached,
    the Savior replied, it is a wicked and an
    adulterous generation that seeketh a sign (JD,
    2326-27).

24
  • Doctrine and Covenants 637-11
  • We will find what we seek!
  • He that seeketh a sign is an adulterous person,
    and that principle is eternal, undeviating, and
    firm as the pillars of heaven for whenever you
    see a man seeking after a sign, you may set it
    down that he is an adulterous man (Teachings,
    155-57).

25
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6316
  • They Shall Deny the Faith
  • The most bitter opponents of the Church and the
    Gospel many times have been proved to be immoral
    and leading unclean lives (Smith, Church History
    and Modern Revelation, 1230).
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6317
  • Whosoever Loveth and Maketh a Lie
  • Some sins cannot be separated, declared Elder
    Bruce R. McConkie they are inseparably welded
    together. There never was a sign seeker who was
    not an adulterer, just as there never was an
    adulterer who was not also a liar (DNTC, 1277).

26
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6334
  • All flesh is subject to suffer, many of the
    righteous shall fall to prey to disease and yet
    be saved.
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6349-51
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6354
  • Until That Hour There Will Be Foolish Virgins
    Among the Wise
  • The Church will have members numbered among both
    the righteous and the wicked until the Lord
    returns in glory.

27
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6357
  • In Meekness, To Warn Sinners to Repentance
  • Avoid contentions and vain disputes with men of
    corrupt minds, who do not desire to know the
    truth. Remember that it is a day of warning, and
    not a day of many words. If they receive not
    your testimony in one place, flee to another,
    remembering to cast no reflections, nor throw out
    any bitter sayings. If you do your duty, it will
    be just as well with you, as though all men
    embraced the gospel (Teachings, 43).
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6361-64
  • Power of His name!

28
  • Doctrine and Covenants 64
  • Ezra Booth returned from his mission to
    Missouri, discontented with imperfections he had
    observed in the conduct of the Prophet Joseph
    Smith during their sojourn together in the land
    of Zion. Booth accused the Prophet of lightness
    and levity, a proneness to jesting and joking,
    and a temper easily irritated (Roberts,
    Comprehensive HC, 1266).
  • In July 1833, when a mob destroyed the printing
    press in Missouri to prevent the publication of
    the Book of Commandments, a few copies of what
    had been printed were salvaged. They included
    this section down to the verse that reads, For,
    verily I say that the rebellious are not of the
    blood of Ephraim (DC 6436).

29
  • Doctrine and Covenants 646
  • I will give you one of the Keys of the
    mysteries of the Kingdom, said the Prophet
    Joseph Smith. It is an eternal principle, that
    has existed with God from all eternity That a
    man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault
    with the Church, saying that they are out of the
    way, while he himself is righteous, then know
    assuredly, that that man is in the high road to
    apostasy and if he does not repent, will
    apostatize, as God lives (Teachings, 156-57).

30
  • Doctrine and Covenants 647
  • Sinned Unto Death
  • It appears that there are some special
    circumstances under which adultery, in this
    sense, is also a sin unto death, as witness the
    prophets declaration
  • If a man commit adultery, he cannot receive the
    celestial kingdom of God. Even if he is saved in
    any kingdom, it cannot be the Celestial Kingdom
    (Smith, HC, 681).

31
  • Doctrine and Covenants 648-9
  • Leave it Alone John
  • President Boyd K. Packer use the following
    illustration
  • There are spiritual disorders and spiritual
    diseases that can cause intense suffering.
  • If you suffer from worry, from grief or shame
    or jealousy or disappointment or envy, from
    self-recrimination or self-justification,
    consider this lesson taught to me many years ago
    by a patriarch. He was as saintly a man as I have
    ever known. He was steady and serene, with a deep
    spiritual strength than many drew upon.

32
  • He knew just how to minister to others who were
    suffering. On a number of occasions I was present
    when he gave blessings to those who were sick or
    who were otherwise afflicted. His was a life of
    service, both to the Church and to his community
  • He grew up in a little community with a desire
    to make something of himself. He struggled to get
    an education.
  • He married his sweetheart, and presently
    everything was just right. He was well employed,
    with a bright future. They were deeply in love,
    and she was expecting their first child.

33
  • The night the baby was to be born, there were
    complications. The only doctor was somewhere in
    the countryside tending to the sick.
  • After many hours of labor, the condition of the
    mother-to-be became desperate.
  • Finally the doctor was located. In the
    emergency, he acted quickly and soon had things
    in order. The baby was born and the crisis, it
    appeared, was over.
  • Some days later, the young mother died from the
    very infection that the doctor had been treating
    at another home that night Everything was not
    right now everything was all wrong. He had lost
    his wife. He had no way to tend both the baby and
    his work.

34
  • As the weeks wore on, his grief festered.
  • That doctor should not be allowed to practice,
    he would say. He brought that infection to my
    wife. If he had been careful, she would be alive
    today.
  • He thought of little else, and in his
    bitterness, he became threatening. Today, no
    doubt, he would have been pressed by many others
    to file a malpractice suit. And there are lawyers
    who would see in his pitiable condition only one
    ingredient money!
  • But that was another day, and one night a
    knock came at his door. A little girl said
    simply, Daddy wants you to come over. He wants
    to talk to you.

35
  • Daddy was the stake president. A grieving
    heartbroken young man went to see his spiritual
    leader.
  • This spiritual shepherded had been watching his
    flock and had something to say to him.
  • The counsel from that wise servant was simply,
    John, leave it alone. Nothing you do about it
    will bring her back. Anything you do will make it
    worse. John, leave it alone.
  • My friend told me then that this had been his
    trial his Gethsemane. How could he leave it
    alone? Right was right! A terrible wrong had been
    committed and somebody must pay for it. It was a
    clear case.

36
  • But he struggled in agony to get hold of
    himself. And finally, he determined that whatever
    else the issue were, he should be obedient.
  • Obedience is powerful spiritual medicine. It
    comes to being a cure-all.
  • He determined to follow the counsel of that
    wise spiritual leader. He would leave it alone.
  • Then he told me, I was an old man before I
    understood! It was not until I was an old man
    that I could finally see a poor country doctor
    overworked, underpaid, run ragged from patient to
    patient, with little medicine, no hospital, few
    instruments, struggling to save lives, and
    succeeding for the most part.

37
  • He had come in a moment of crisis, when two
    lives hung in the balance, and had acted without
    delay.
  • I was an old man, he repeated, before I
    finally understood! I would have ruined my life,
    he said, and the lives of others.
  • Many times he had thanked the Lord on his knees
    for a wise spiritual leader who counseled simply,
    John, leave it alone (Balm of Gilead, 17-18).

38
  • Doctrine and Covenants 649-11
  • But not only our eternal salvation depends upon
    our willingness and capacity to forgive wrongs
    committed against us. Our joy and satisfaction in
    this life, and our true freedom, depend upon our
    doing so. When Christ bade us turn the other
    check, walk the second mile, give our cloak to
    him who takes our coat, was it to be chiefly out
    of consideration for the bully, the brute, the
    thief? Or was it to relieve the one aggrieved of
    the destructive burden that resentment and anger
    lay upon us?
  • Paul wrote to the Romans that nothing shall be
    able to separate us from the love of God, which
    in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 839) (Marion
    G. Hanks, C.R. Oct, 1973).

39
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6423
  • A day for the tithing of my people
  • This is what it means, if I read it correctly a
    man who ignores the express command of the Lord,
    by failing to pay his tithing, it means that the
    Spirit of the Lord will withdraw from him it
    means that the power of the priesthood will
    withdraw from that man, if he continues in the
    spirit of neglect to do his duty. He will drift
    away into darkness, gradually but surely, until
    finally (mark you) he will lift up his eyes among
    the wicked. That is where he will finally land
    and then when the destruction comes and when the
    burning comes he will be among the wicked and
    will be destroyed while those who observe the
    law will be found among the righteous, and they
    will be preserved. There is a God in heaven, and
    He had promised to shield and protect them. I
    tell you there is a day of burning, a day of
    destruction coming upon the wicked. And where
    will we be? Will we be with the wicked, or with
    the righteous? (Elder Rudger Clawson, C.R. Oct.
    1931, 59).

40
  • Doctrine and Covenants 6423
  • Now it is Called Today Until The Coming of the
    Son of Man
  • We leave the past behind us the future is in
    the hands of God only the present, or today,
    is given to us to act upon.

41
  • The first reference to tithing in the
    revelations of the Restoration does not carry the
    same meaning we have given that principle in our
    day.
  • This revelation was given while the Church was
    living the law of consecration and thus is being
    used in the broad and general sense of giving
    liberally, of sacrificing without counting the
    cost. The Law of tithing as practiced today
    wasnt given until 1838.

42
  • The Necessity of Forgiving
  • President Heber J. Grant was ordained an Apostle
    when he was twenty-six years old. While he was
    still quite a young man, a very prominent man who
    had been excommunicated many years before was
    asking to be reinstated in the Church. John
    Taylor was President of the Church then, and he
    referred the matter to the Quorum of the Twelve
    Apostles.

43
  • After hearing all the testimonies, five voted in
    favor of reinstatement and seven against. The
    next year the matter came up again, and eight
    voted in favor and four against. The next year
    all but Elder Grant voted in favor of
    reinstatement. When President Taylor asked him
    about it. Elder Grant said he knew the man had
    lied to Apostles in the first place, and he had
    voted according to his convictions. President
    Taylor told Elder Grant to stay with his
    convictions as long as he felt that way.

44
  • Elder Grant went home for lunch, and when he
    opened the scriptures to read, the book fell open
    to this passage
  • Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to
    forgive one another for he that forgiveth not
    his brother his trespasses standeth condemned
    before the Lord for there remaineth in him the
    greater sin.
  • I, the Lord, will forgive who I will forgive,
    but of you it is required to forgive all men
    (DC 649-11).

45
  • As he closed the book Elder Grant said, If the
    devil applies for baptism and claims that he has
    repented, I will baptize him.
  • President Taylor was very pleased when Elder
    Grant told him that he had changed his mind. He
    asked the young Apostle how he felt then in
    comparison to how he had felt when he left the
    office an hour before. Elder Grant replied that
    he felt much happier and that he really hoped the
    Lord would forgive the man. President Taylor
    pointed out that the difference in his feelings
    was the difference between the spirit of
    bitterness and the spirit of forgiveness.
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