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Sunday, February 14, 2021

Stand as a Witness

 


Today as we consider Doctrine and Covenants 14–17 Think about the doctrine and events. How will you be inspired to stand as a witness of the things taught?

History and Background

This section is a revelation given by the Prophet Joseph Smith to David Whitmer. Who is David Whitmer? He was one of the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon after meeting and becoming well acquainted with Joseph in 1828-29. He was baptized by the Prophet in June 1829 and very soon after was blessed with seeing the plates of the Book of Mormon. He was a charter member of the church established April 6 1830 and ordained a high priest on Oct 25, 1831. He moved to Jackson County Missouri and served as president of the high council in clay county later being sustained as president of the Saints in Missouri. However in 1838, he fell into apostasy and was excommunicated, yet, he continued to live in Missouri for the rest of his life never denying his testimony of the Book of Mormon. He died in 1888.

When learning about this man it is important to remember that The Lord chose Three Witnesses who would see the Book of Mormon gold plates so they could “testify to the truth of the book and the things therein” (2 Nephi 27:12). One of these witnesses was David Whitmer.

David heard about the gold plates while visiting Oliver Cowdery, who was acting as scribe as Joseph Smith translated. Oliver later wrote to David, asking if he and Joseph could stay with him and finish the translation. David traveled 300 miles (483 km) to Pennsylvania to bring Joseph and Oliver to his parents’ home in New York. David’s interest grew as he watched Joseph translate the Book of Mormon. Eventually, along with Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris, David was shown the plates by an angel and heard the voice of God command them to testify of what they had seen.

David left the Church a few years later and never returned, but he never denied his testimony. Near the end of his life, David wrote: “I have never at any time denied that testimony or any part thereof, which has so long since been published with [the Book of Mormon], as one of the three witnesses. Those who know me best will know that I have always adhered to that testimony. And that no man may be misled or doubt my present views in regard to the same, I do again affirm the truth of all of my statements, as then made and published” (An Address to All Believers in Christ [1887], 8–9). (Liahona February 2021)

Part One: Doctrine and Covenants 14–16 The Lord invites us to participate in His work.

To better understand how these sections relate to us and to see how the Lord invites each of us to participate in His work, a history of these sections and the Whitmer family is helpful as these three sections are from the Lord to David, Peter, and

What do you know about the Whitmer family?

The Whitmer Family.: Of the Book of Mormon’s eleven witnesses, seven were Whitmers by blood or marriage. The Book of Mormon translation was finished at the Whitmer home in Fayette; near it the Three Witnesses saw Moroni and the plates; there the organization of the Church and early New York conferences were held; half of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants from the New York period were received there, a record unequaled by any other dwelling in the state. Joseph Smith’s family had carried the first burden in inquiry and persecution in the gospel’s restoration, but the Whitmers were the family that nourished the Church. (The Whitmers: A Family That Nourished the Church Ensign 1979)

Back in New York, Oliver’s friend David Whitmer was eager to learn more about Joseph’s work. Though David lived in Fayette, about thirty miles from Manchester, he and Oliver had become friends while Oliver was teaching school and living with the Smiths. They often talked about the gold plates, and when Oliver moved to Harmony, he promised to write to David about the translation.

Letters started arriving a short time later. Oliver wrote that Joseph knew details about his life that no one could have known except by revelation from God. He described the Lord’s words to Joseph and the translation of the record. In one letter, Oliver shared a few lines of the translation, testifying of its truthfulness.

Another letter informed David that it was God’s will for him to bring his team and wagon to Harmony to help Joseph, Emma, and Oliver move to the Whitmer home in Fayette, where they would finish the translation. People in Harmony had become less welcoming to the Smiths. Some men had even threatened to attack them, and had it not been for the influence of Emma’s family, they might have been seriously hurt.

David shared Oliver’s letters with his parents and siblings, who agreed to welcome Joseph, Emma, and Oliver into their home. The Whitmers were descendants of German-speaking settlers in the area and had a reputation for hard work and piety. Their farm was close enough to the Smith home for a visit but far enough away to keep thieves from disturbing them.

David wanted to go to Harmony immediately, but his father reminded him that he had two days of heavy work to do before he could leave. It was planting season, and David needed to plow twenty acres and enrich the soil with plaster of paris to help their wheat grow. His father said he ought to pray first to learn if it was absolutely necessary to leave now. David took his father’s advice, and as he prayed, he felt the Spirit tell him to finish his work at home before going to Harmony.

The next morning, David walked out to the fields and saw rows of dark furrows in ground that had been unplowed the evening before. Exploring the fields further, he saw that about six acres had been plowed overnight, and the plow was waiting for him in the last furrow, ready for him to finish the job. David’s father was astonished when he learned what had happened. “There must be an overruling hand in this,” he said, “and I think you had better go down to Pennsylvania as soon as your plaster of paris is sown.”

David worked hard to plow the remaining fields and prepare the soil for a successful planting. When he finished, he hitched his wagon to a strong team of horses and set out for Harmony earlier than expected. (Saints Vol 1: 68-69)

How do these facts help us better understand the Lord’s counsel to the Whitmers in sections 14–16? (click the link to read or see below)

Section 14 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to David Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June 1829. The Whitmer family had become greatly interested in the translating of the Book of Mormon. The Prophet established his residence at the home of Peter Whitmer Sr., where he dwelt until the work of translation was carried to completion and the copyright on the forthcoming book was secured. Three of the Whitmer sons, each having received a testimony as to the genuineness of the work, became deeply concerned over the matter of their individual duty. This revelation and the two following (sections 15 and 16) were given in answer to an inquiry through the Urim and Thummim. David Whitmer later became one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

aA great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.

Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.

Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.

Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.

Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will aknock it shall be opened unto you.

Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things.

And, if you akeep my commandments and bendure to the end you shall have ceternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.

And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith abelieving, you shall receive the bHoly Ghost, which cgiveth utterance, that you may stand as a dwitness of the things of which you shall both ehear and see, and also that you may declare frepentance unto this generation.

Behold, I am aJesus Christ, the bSon of the cliving God, who dcreated the heavens and the eearth, a flight which cannot be hid in gdarkness;

10 Wherefore, I must bring forth the afulness of my bgospel from the cGentiles unto the house of Israel.

11 And behold, thou art David, and thou art called to assist; which thing if ye do, and are faithful, ye shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be your reward. Amen.

Section 15 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to John Whitmer, at Fayette, New York, June 1829. The message is intimately and impressively personal in that the Lord tells of what was known only to John Whitmer and Himself. John Whitmer later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

Hearken, my servant John, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.

For behold, I speak unto you with asharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the bearth.

And I will atell you that which no man bknoweth save me and thee alone—

For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.

Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments.

And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to adeclare brepentance unto this people, that you may bring csouls unto me, that you may drest with them in the ekingdom of my fFather. Amen.

SECTION 16 Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Peter Whitmer Jr., at Fayette, New York, June 1829. Peter Whitmer Jr. later became one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

1–2, The Lord’s arm is over all the earth; 3–6, To preach the gospel and save souls is the thing of most worth.

aHearken, my servant Peter, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and your Redeemer.

For behold, I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine arm is over all the earth.

And I will tell you that which no man knoweth save me and thee alone—

For many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.

Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and for speaking my words which I have given unto you according to my commandments.

And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.

What do you learn about the work of the Lord from the following passages? Doctrine and Covenants 14:114:2–414:5, 814:6–714:9–1115:6.

14:1: aA great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men

The first five verses of this blessing are almost word for word as the blessings given to Oliver Cowdrey in Section 6. The Lord uses in these verses adjectives "great and marvelous" to refer to His work. The church which is the Lord's work is great and marvelous and was about to come forth.

14:2–4: Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.

Behold, the field is white already to harvest; therefore, whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God.

Yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God.

The word God is quick, it is living and not dead. It is powerful it is a force like electricity. Like a sword, it pierces and cuts and penetrates to the core of each of us. It is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The symbol of the field white and ready to harvest represents the people of the earth who are ready to head the gospel. This is like a harvest to the Lord, in the same way, a farmer or Lord of the harvest would gather what has been grown.

14:5, 8; Therefore, if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you will aknock it shall be opened unto you.

Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things.

And, if you akeep my commandments and bendure to the end you shall have ceternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.

And it shall come to pass, that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith abelieving, you shall receive the bHoly Ghost, which cgiveth utterance, that you may stand as a dwitness of the things of which you shall both ehear and see, and also that you may declare frepentance unto this generation.

When we read ask and you will receive and knock and it shall be opened we are taught that by having the faith to ask the Lord what he expects of us and to give us counsel we will receive. As it has been shown the Whitmer's wanted to know thus they asked and these revelations are what they received. Further, the Lord promised David Whitmer that if the commandments were kept and if he would endure to the end he should have eternal life He was commanded to help to assist with the Lord's work and would be given the blessing of being a witness of those things which they would see and hear, all of which was promised based on faithfulness. David is specifically promised that he would be a witness in a special way.

In order for David Whitmer or any of God’s children to have eternal life they must endure to the end, that is, remain faithful throughout their mortal probation. The Lord counseled David Whitmer to ask in faith and to be believing so that he would receive the Holy Ghost and also that he might see, hear, and know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. David’s faith was sufficient, and he became one of the three special witnesses of the Book of Mormon. (Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual)

What does it mean to endure to the end and why is it important? The importance of enduring to the end was explained by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin (1917–2008) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: “Some think of enduring to the end as simply suffering through challenges. It is so much more than that—it is the process of coming unto Christ and being perfected in Him. …“Enduring to the end is the doctrine of continuing on the path leading to eternal life after one has entered into the path through faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the Holy Ghost. Enduring to the end requires our whole heart. …“Enduring to the end means that we have planted our lives firmly on gospel soil, staying in the mainstream of the Church, humbly serving our fellow men, living Christlike lives, and keeping our covenants” (“Press On,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2004, 101).

What is the definition of eternal life and what did it mean for David Whitmer and for us? Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–1985) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained what eternal life is and why it is considered to be the greatest gift we can receive from God: “Eternal life is the name of the kind of life which God lives and is therefore ‘the greatest of all the gifts of God’ (D&C 14:7); and because those who gain it become like God, they are one with him. “Exaltation consists of an inheritance in the highest heaven of the celestial world, where alone the family unit continues and where each recipient gains for himself an eternal family unit, patterned after the family of God our Heavenly Father, so that every exalted person lives the kind of life which God lives and is therefore one with him. …“Thus, to be saved, to gain exaltation, to inherit eternal life, all mean to be one with God, to live as he lives, to think as he thinks, to act as he acts, to possess the same glory, the same power, the same might and dominion that he possesses” (The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ [1978], 130).

Read Doctrine and Covenants 15–16, looking for how much the Lord values the work of saving souls.

14:9–11; Behold, I am aJesus Christ, the bSon of the cliving God, who dcreated the heavens and the eearth, a flight which cannot be hid in gdarkness;

10 Wherefore, I must bring forth the afulness of my bgospel from the cGentiles unto the house of Israel.

11 And behold, thou art David, and thou art called to assist; which thing if ye do, and are faithful, ye shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally, and great shall be your reward. Amen.

The Lord presents himself here as the Son of God who created all things. The Fullness of the Gospel must be brought to the house of Israel. This is the work that began with the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon. David Whitmer was called to assist given the promise that if he would do so, he would be blessed temporally and spiritually.

President Wilford Woodruff, speaking in a day when there were few Jewish converts to the Church, said: “We are all Gentiles. The Latter-day Saints are all Gentiles in a national capacity. The Gospel came to us among the Gentiles. We are not Jews, and the
Gentile nations have got to hear the Gospel first. The whole Christian world have got to hear the Gospel, and when they reject it, the law will be bound and the testimony sealed, and it will turn to the house of Israel. Up to the present day we have been called to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles, and we have had to do it. For the last time we have been warning the world, and we have been engaged in that work for forty-five years.”
(In Journal of Discourses, 18:1)

How have you seen the Lord’s words in Doctrine and Covenants 15:6 and 16:6 fulfilled in your lives?

15:6: And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to adeclare brepentance unto this people, that you may bring csouls unto me, that you may drest with them in the ekingdom of my fFather. Amen.

16:6: Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments in all things.

In the revelations recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 15–16, the Lord blessed John and Peter Whitmer for having shared God’s words with others. They learned that declaring repentance and bringing souls to Jesus Christ is the most worthwhile thing that they could do. Elder M. Russell Ballard explained one of the reasons why bringing souls unto Christ is of such great importance: “Don’t ever forget, brothers and sisters, that you and I have in our possession the very points of doctrine that will bring people to the Lord. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ has within it the power to bring deep and abiding happiness to the human soul—something that will be valued and cherished for the rest of time and for all eternity. We are not just trying to get people to join our Church; we are sharing with them the fulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. But as powerful as our message is, it cannot be imposed or forced upon people. It can only be shared—heart to heart, soul to soul, spirit to spirit—by being good neighbors and by caring and showing love” (“The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2003, 40).

What do we learn from these sections that can help us prepare to share the gospel?

What will you do to assist in the Lord’s harvest?

Part Two: Doctrine and Covenants 17 We can remain true to what we know, even if others reject us.

In March 1829, the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith that He would permit three servants to view the Book of Mormon plates and to thereby become witnesses who would bear testimony to the world  D&C 5:11–15. Later, while finishing the translation of the small plates near the end of his work on the Book of Mormon, Joseph was again reminded of the Lord’s plan to appoint three witnesses to view the plates 2 Nephi 27:12–14Ether 5:2–4. The Prophet Joseph Smith recorded, “Almost immediately after we had made this discovery, it occurred to Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and … Martin Harris (who had [come] to enquire after our progress in the work) that they would have me enquire of the Lord, to know if they might not obtain of him [the privilege] to be these three special witnesses; and finally they became so very solicitous, and [urged] me so much, that at length I complied, and through the Urim and Thummim, I obtained of the Lord for them the following Revelation [D&C 17]” (in The Joseph Smith Papers, Histories, Volume 1: Joseph Smith Histories, 1832–1844, ed. Karen Lynn Davidson and others [2012], 314; spelling standardized).

Doctrine and Covenants 17:

Behold, I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word, which if you do with full purpose of heart, you shall have a aview of the bplates, and also of the cbreastplate, the dsword of Laban, the eUrim and Thummim, which were given to the fbrother of Jared upon the mount, when he talked with the Lord gface to face, and the hmiraculous directors which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the borders of the iRed Sea.

And it is by your faith that you shall obtain a view of them, even by that faith which was had by the prophets of old.

And after that you have obtained faith, and have seen them with your eyes, you shall atestify of them, by the power of God;

And this you shall do that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., may not be destroyed, that I may bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men in this work.

And ye shall testify that you have seen them, even as my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., has seen them; for it is by my power that he has seen them, and it is because he had faith.

And he has translated the abook, even that bpart which I have commanded him, and as your Lord and your God liveth it is true.

Wherefore, you have received the same power, and the same faith, and the same gift like unto him;

And if you do these last acommandments of mine, which I have given you, the bgates of hell shall not prevail against you; for my cgrace is sufficient for you, and you shall be dlifted up at the last day.

And I, Jesus Christ, your aLord and your God, have spoken it unto you, that I might bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men. Amen.

Why did the Lord provide witnesses of the Book of Mormon? The Three Witnesses fulfilled an important law established by the Lord. Elder Bruce R. McConkie pointed out that “whenever the Lord has established a dispensation by revealing his gospel and by conferring priesthood and keys upon men, he has acted in accordance with the law of witnesses which he himself ordained. This law is: ‘In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.’ (2 Cor. 13:1; Deut. 17:6; 19:15; Matt. 18:15–16; John 8:12–29.) “Never does one man stand alone in establishing a new dispensation of revealed truth, or in carrying the burden of such a message and warning to the world. In every dispensation, from Adam to the present, two or more witnesses have always joined their testimonies, thus leaving their hearers without excuse in the day of judgment should the testimony be rejected.” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 436.)

Even if we have not seen angels or handled the gold plates, we can still bear witness of the Book of Mormon. What do you find in section 17 (including the section heading) that you feel applies to you?

If someone asked why we believe the Book of Mormon is true, what would we say?

President Ezra Taft Benson gave the following invitation to Church members in 1988: “The Book of Mormon is the instrument that God designed to ‘sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out [His] elect.’ (Moses 7:62.) This sacred volume of scripture needs to become more central in our preaching, our teaching, and our missionary work. “… In this age of the electronic media and the mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way. “We have the Book of Mormon, we have the members, we have the missionaries, we have the resources, and the world has the need. The time is now! “My beloved brothers and sisters, we hardly fathom the power of the Book of Mormon, nor the divine role it must play, nor the extent to which it must be moved” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson [2014], 143–44).

What do we learn from the experiences of other witnesses of the Book of Mormon? The Testimony of Eight Witnesses (Click the link to read)

As recorded in the Book of Mormon, the Lord prophesied that besides Joseph Smith and the Three Witnesses, “there is none other which shall view [the book], save it be a few according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his word unto the children of men” (2 Nephi 27:13; see also verse 12). This refers to the Eight Witnesses who both saw and handled the golden plates. In all, there were 12 eyewitnesses of the Book of Mormon plates (Joseph Smith, the Three Witnesses, and the Eight Witnesses) who were given the commandment to declare their witness to the world. Additional individuals felt the plates, when the plates were covered by a cloth, or felt their weight in a cloth sack. Mary Whitmer, the wife of Peter Whitmer Sr., had a remarkable experience during this time. She and her husband carried the increased burden of hosting the Smiths and Oliver Cowdery in their home while the Prophet completed the translation of the Book of Mormon. Their son, David, remembered that although his mother did not complain, she felt overwhelmed. “David later related what happened one day as his mother went to the barn to milk the cows: ‘She was met out near the yard by the same old man [seen earlier by David] (judging by her description of him) who said to her: “You have been very faithful and diligent in your labors, but you are tired because of the increase of your toil; it is proper therefore that you should receive a witness that your faith may be strengthened.” Thereupon he showed her the plates’” (Church History in the Fulness of Times [Church Educational System manual, 2000], 57–58).

The testimony of the Three Witnesses is given in the preface to the Book of Mormon. Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris never faltered in bearing testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. As history attests, however, they did falter in other Church-related areas. David Whitmer left the Church and never came back. Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris both left the Church but were eventually rebaptized and died in full fellowship. But even while they were out of the Church, all three continued to bear solemn witness of the reality of their experience on that day. They undoubtedly felt the weight of the Lord’s warning to them to keep his commandments or the gates of hell would prevail against them.

Francis W. Kirkham wrote about Oliver Cowdery’s death that “in the year 1878, David Whitmer said to Elders Orson Pratt and Joseph F. Smith concerning his departure: ‘Oliver died the happiest man I ever saw. After shaking hands with the family and kissing his wife and daughter, he said,
“Now I lay me down for the last time; I am going to my Savior”; and he died immediately, with a smile on his face.’” (New Witness for Christ, 1:248.) The Richmond Democrat carried the following account of David Whitmer: “On Sunday evening, at 5:30 (Jan. 22, 1888), Mr. Whitmer called his family and some friends to his bedside, and addressing himself to the attending physician, said: ‘Dr. Buchanan, I want you to say whether or not I am in my right mind before I give my dying testimony.’ The doctor answered: ‘Yes, you are in your right mind, for I have just had a conversation with you.’ He then addressed himself to all around his bedside in these words: ‘Now you must all be faithful in Christ. I want to say to you all, the Bible and the record of the Nephites (Book of Mormon) is true, so you can say that you have heard me bear my testimony on my death-bed. All be faithful in Christ, and your reward will be according to your works. God bless you all. My trust is in Christ forever, worlds without end. Amen.’
 (In Jenson, Biographical Encyclopedia, 1:270.)

The last testimony of Martin Harris was given to Elder William Harrison Homer, who was with him at the time of his death. Elder Homer recorded: “The next day, July 10, 1875, marked the end. It was in the evening. It was milking time, and Martin Harris, Jr., and his wife, Nancy Homer Harris, had gone out to milk and to do the evening’s chores. In the house with the stricken man were left my mother, Eliza Williamson Homer, and myself, who had had so interesting a day with Martin Harris at Kirtland. I stood by the bedside holding the patient’s right hand and my mother at the foot of the bed, Martin Harris had been unconscious for a number of days. When we first entered the room the old gentleman appeared to be sleeping. He soon woke up and asked for a drink of water. I put my arm under the old gentleman, raised him, and my mother held the glass to his lips. He drank freely, then he looked up at me and recognized me. He said, ‘I know you. You are my friend.’ He said, ‘Yes, I did see the plates on which the Book of Mormon was written; I did see the angel; I did hear the voice of God; and I do know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet of God, holding the keys of the Holy Priesthood.’ This was the end. Martin Harris, divinely-chosen witness of the work of God, relaxed, gave up my hand. He lay back on his pillow Section 17 33 (Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual)

How does this teach us that we can remain true even when rejected by others?

Conclusion


What do we learn from the history, the background and the doctrine of these sections of the Doctrine and Covenants? In all of our study, in all of our quests, in all of our wishes and desires, it is important to remember that if we keep God's commandments and endure to the end we will receive eternal life. Our efforts to bring Jesus Christ to others are of great worth to us and God truly does know us personally. If we faithfully assist the Lord in His work, he will bless us spiritually and temporally and after we obtain a witness for ourselves, though it may not be as those we read about, we still have a great responsibility to testify of it. Jesus Christ Himself testified of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, thus our responsibility is surely great to also testify. 

Resources

Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual

Doctrine and Covenants Seminary Manual

Liahona Magazine

Ensign

Conference Reports

Journal of Discoures

History of the Chruch

Church History in the Fulness of Times

Teachings of the Presidents of the Church

The Joseph Smith Papers

Mormon Doctrine

The Promised Messiah

Doctrine and Covenants Commentary Hyrum M Smith and Janne M Sjodahl

A Companion to Your Study of the Doctrine and Covenants Vol 1 Daniel Ludlow

A companion to Your Study of the Doctrine and Covenants Vol 2 Daniel Ludlow



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