Scripture Blog

This weblog is my personal online scripture journal. I try to read the scriptures each morning as I exercise on my cross-trainer. It has a great impact on my life and my testimony of the Savior and his restored church. The journal is really for my own benefit but I have set it up as a web log in hopes to benefit anyone else that may be interested. "For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost..." 1 Nephi 10:19

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

D&C 75

After William E. McLellin did not faithfully complete his mission to the East, the Lord said to him -

"...verily I say unto my servant William E. McLellin, I revoke the commission which I gave unto him to go unto the eastern countries;
7 And I give unto him a new commission and a new commandment, in the which I, the Lord, chasten him for the murmurings of his heart;
8 And he sinned; nevertheless, I forgive him and say unto him again, Go ye into the south countries."  (Doctrine and Covenants 75:6–8)

I find it interesting that the Lord does not necessarily immediately forsake us abut continues to forgive and love us giving us opportunities to repent and try again.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

D&C 72

As the Lord begins His instructions on the duty of purposes of Bishops, He teaches -

"...for it is required of the Lord, at the hand of every steward, to render an account of his stewardship, both in time and in eternity.
4 For he who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for him of my Father."  (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 72:3 - 4)

As much as we are promised blessings as we keep the commandments, it is also important to understand that we are stewards of blessings and responsibilities and will have to account for such.

Monday, November 13, 2017

D&C 70

To be really able to live the law of consecration or celestial law. the Savior explains -

"...inasmuch as they receive more than is needful for their necessities and their wants, it shall be given into my storehouse;
8 And the benefits shall be consecrated unto the inhabitants of Zion, and unto their generations, inasmuch as they become heirs according to the laws of the kingdom.
9 Behold, this is what the Lord requires of every man in his stewardship, even as I, the Lord, have appointed or shall hereafter appoint unto any man.
10 And behold, none are exempt from this law who belong to the church of the living God..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 70:7–10)

Obviously, this is a personal decision and should not be judged by others.

Friday, November 10, 2017

D&C 68

The Lord said -

"...inasmuch as parents have children in Zion, or in any of her stakes which are organized, that teach them not to understand the doctrine of repentance, faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands, when eight years old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents."  (Doctrine and Covenants 68:25)

I specific note that the word "sin" is singular suggesting to me the sin of the obligation to teach our children truth.  We must remember that our 2nd Article of Faith is that man will be punished for their own sins.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

D&C 67

What the Lord said to some brethren in conference, I consider to be to all -

"Behold and hearken, O ye elders of my church, who have assembled yourselves together, whose prayers I have heard, and whose hearts I know, and whose desires have come up before me"   (Doctrine and Covenants 67:1)

With that, He also said -

"Ye endeavored to believe that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verily I say unto you there were fears in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive."  (Doctrine and Covenants 67:3)

I don't have any idea what this blessing was, but it does suggest that "fears in our hearts" may limit our faith.

What I found instructive to me is -

"...verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fears, and humble yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the veil shall be rent and you shall see me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual."  (Doctrine and Covenants 67:10)

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

D&C 64

The Lord establishes -

"Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 64:34)

And adds -

"Wherefore, as ye are agents, ye are on the Lord’s errand; and whatever ye do according to the will of the Lord is the Lord’s business."  (Doctrine and Covenants 64:29)

Being on the Lord's errand, I hope I am always doing all things according to His will.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

D&C 64

The Savior declared -

"...verily I say unto you, I, the Lord, forgive sins unto those who confess their sins before me and ask forgiveness, who have not sinned unto death."  (Doctrine and Covenants 64:7)

I was struck this morning with the words "confess their sins before me".  As we wonder if it is necessary to confess all sins to ecclesiastical leaders, I feels it is only necessary with "serious" sins.

Monday, November 06, 2017

D&C 63

The Lord warned the saints -

"Wherefore, let all men beware how they take my name in their lips—
62 For behold, verily I say, that many there be who are under this condemnation, who use the name of the Lord, and use it in vain, having not authority."  (Doctrine and Covenants 63:61–62)

In my mind, there are multiple ways to take the name of the Lord in vain.  One being in making sacred covenants in the name of the Lord and then not honoring those covenants.  Elder James E. Talmage explained several ways in that we might take the name of the Lord in vain -

“1. We may take the name of God in vain by profane speech.
“2. We take it in vain when we swear falsely, not being true to our oaths and promises.
“3. We take it in vain in a blas-phemous sense when we presume to speak in that name without authority.
“4. And we take his name in vain whenever we wilfully do aught [anything] that is in defiance of his commandments, since we have taken his name upon ourselves.” (In Conference Report, October 1931, page 53.)

In this same revelation, the Savior declares -

"For this is a day of warning, and not a day of many words. For I, the Lord, am not to be mocked in the last days."  (Doctrine and Covenants 63:58)

We mock him as we fail to keep our covenants.

Friday, November 03, 2017

D&C 63

I find it interesting that the Lord told the saints -

"...let all the moneys which can be spared, it mattereth not unto me whether it be little or much, be sent up unto the land of Zion, unto them whom I have appointed to receive."  (Doctrine and Covenants 63:40)

And in the case of Newel K. Whitney -

"...let him impart all the money which he can impart, to be sent up unto the land of Zion.
44 Behold, these things are in his own hands, let him do according to wisdom."  (Doctrine and Covenants 63:43–44)

Other than tithing, it is obvious that the Lord allows us to decide in wisdom how we might consecrate personal funds to the Lord.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

D&C 62

In my mind, speaking of justification, the Lord said as the Prophet was returning to Kirtland-

"Behold, and hearken, O ye elders of my church, saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, your advocate, who knoweth the weakness of man and how to succor them who are tempted."  (Doctrine and Covenants 62:1)

And then as the Prophet returned to Kirtland, speaking of many that -

"...have turned away from my commandments and have not kept them."   (Doctrine and Covenants 63:13)

...the Lord said -

 "...behold, I, the Lord, say unto you that ye are not justified, because these things are among you."  (Doctrine and Covenants 63:19)

The Lord and His Spirit will not extend grace or His power to those that will not strive to keep the commandments.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

D&C 61

I understand that as the Prophet Joseph Smith and a group of elders began their return to Kirtland from Missouri, that there arose contention among the brethren.  This seems apparent as the Lord said -

"I, the Lord, was angry with you yesterday, but today mine anger is turned away."  (Doctrine and Covenants 61:20)

It appears their differences were reconciled.  This becomes apparent as the revelation began -

"Behold, verily thus saith the Lord unto you, O ye elders of my church, who are assembled upon this spot, whose sins are now forgiven you, for I, the Lord, forgive sins, and am merciful unto those who confess their sins with humble hearts..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 61:2)

A great lesson is learned that the Lord is angered when we allow contention amongst one another.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

D&C 60

As one ponders the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ and the law of sanctification, the Lord declared -

"...I am able to make you holy..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 60:7)

Clearly, the "power of Christ unto salvation".

Monday, October 30, 2017

D&C 59

In what may be in reference to Polly Knight, the Lord says to all -

"Behold, blessed, saith the Lord, are they who have come up unto this land with an eye single to my glory, according to my commandments.
2 For those that live shall inherit the earth, and those that die shall rest from all their labors, and their works shall follow them; and they shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father, which I have prepared for them."  (Doctrine and Covenants 59:1–2)

"Come up unto this land" could also mean Zion or her stakes.  Righteous works will always follow them.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

D&C 58

There is much "anti-Mormon" that suggest that the Church is not true because some prophesies were not fulfilled.  Of such, the Lord explained -

"Who am I, saith the Lord, that have promised and have not fulfilled?
32 I command and men obey not; I revoke and they receive not the blessing.
33 Then they say in their hearts: This is not the work of the Lord, for his promises are not fulfilled. But wo unto such, for their reward lurketh beneath, and not from above."  (Doctrine and Covenants 58:31–33)

Those authors should beware.

Monday, October 23, 2017

D&C 58

Some have wondered why the Lord revealed the land or center place of Zion to later have the land abandoned for a period.  In my mind, He reveals that answer with -

"Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation.
4 For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand."  (Doctrine and Covenants 58:3–4)

Adding -

"Remember this, which I tell you before, that you may lay it to heart, and receive that which is to follow.
6 Behold, verily I say unto you, for this cause I have sent you—that you might be obedient, and that your hearts might be prepared to bear testimony of the things which are to come;
7 And also that you might be honored in laying the foundation, and in bearing record of the land upon which the Zion of God shall stand..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 58:5–7)

I sense that even though the Lord knew what would happened for a time period with Zion,  He wanted the saints to understand that it was from this center that the great work in the last days would progress.

Friday, October 20, 2017

D&C 54

Recently, I was having a discussion with some family members concerning some relatives and friends that had abandoned the sacred covenants they had made.  This morning I couldn't help but ponder the words of the Savior concerning such -

" the covenant which they made unto me has been broken, even so it has become void and of none effect.
5 And wo to him by whom this offense cometh, for it had been better for him that he had been drowned in the depth of the sea."  (Doctrine and Covenants 54:4–5)

Adding -

"Hearken, O ye people who profess my name, saith the Lord your God; for behold, mine anger is kindled against the rebellious, and they shall know mine arm and mine indignation, in the day of visitation and of wrath upon the nations.
2 And he that will not take up his cross and follow me, and keep my commandments, the same shall not be saved.
3 Behold, I, the Lord, command; and he that will not obey shall be cut off in mine own due time, after I have commanded and the commandment is broken.
4 Wherefore I, the Lord, command and revoke, as it seemeth me good; and all this to be answered upon the heads of the rebellious, saith the Lord."  (Doctrine and Covenants 56:1–4)

Obviously, turning therefrom the covenants that one has made has great consequence...but His arm of mercy is still extended if they will but repent and return.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

D&C 53

In answer to Sidney Gilbert's desire to concerning his "calling and election in the Church", the Lord tells him -

"Take upon you mine ordination, even that of an elder, to preach faith and repentance and remission of sins, according to my word, and the reception of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands;
4 And also to be an agent unto this church in the place which shall be appointed by the bishop, according to commandments which shall be given hereafter."  (Doctrine and Covenants 53:3–4)

What I find interesting is the follow up answer -

"Behold, these are the first ordinances which you shall receive; and the residue shall be made known in a time to come, according to your labor in my vineyard."  (Doctrine and Covenants 53:6)

Obviously, there was more he would be called to do but it would be dependent upon his labor in the vineyard, or in other words, his works and faithfulness.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

D&C 52

As the Lord declares that he will give unto a "a pattern in all things", in regards to teaching the gospel, he instructs -

"...let them journey from thence preaching the word by the way, saying none other things than that which the prophets and apostles have written, and that which is taught them by the Comforter through the prayer of faith."  (Doctrine and Covenants 52:9)

"...according to the revelations and truths which I have given you."  (Doctrine and Covenants 52:17)

"...declaring none other things than the prophets and apostles, that which they have seen and heard and most assuredly believe,"  (Doctrine and Covenants 52:36)

I becomes clear that the Lord wants us to teach that which is in scripture and modern day apostles and prophets.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

D&C 51

Recently I attended a Sunday School class where the teacher read an early contract of inheritance with the law of consecration.  Even though it was an actual agreement it suggested an inheritance to be more rented retaining Church ownership.  The discussion proceeded suggesting that this was the law of consecration.

This was new for Bishop Edward Partridge as he strived to learn his duty.  But we learn with more instruction -

"Wherefore, let my servant Edward Partridge, and those whom he has chosen, in whom I am well pleased, appoint unto this people their portions, every man equal according to his family, according to his circumstances and his wants and needs.
4 And let my servant Edward Partridge, when he shall appoint a man his portion, give unto him a writing that shall secure unto him his portion, that he shall hold it, even this right and this inheritance in the church, until he transgresses and is not accounted worthy by the voice of the church, according to the laws and covenants of the church, to belong to the church.
5 And if he shall transgress and is not accounted worthy to belong to the church, he shall not have power to claim that portion which he has consecrated unto the bishop for the poor and needy of my church; therefore, he shall not retain the gift, but shall only have claim on that portion that is deeded unto him.
6 And thus all things shall be made sure, according to the laws of the land."  (Doctrine and Covenants 51:3–6)

Obviously, that which was given by the Church as an inheritance came in "writing" that is "deeded unto him" "according to the laws of the Land".  An integral part of the law of consecration is personal ownership of property.

Monday, October 16, 2017

D&C 50

The Savior teaches doctrine concerning calls to serve -

"He that is ordained of God and sent forth, the same is appointed to be the greatest, notwithstanding he is the least and the servant of all."  (Doctrine and Covenants 50:26)

He then teaches the consequence and blessing of being the least (humble) and servant to all -

"Wherefore, he is possessor of all things; for all things are subject unto him, both in heaven and on the earth, the life and the light, the Spirit and the power, sent forth by the will of the Father through Jesus Christ, his Son.
28 But no man is possessor of all things except he be purified and cleansed from all sin.
29 And if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done."  (Doctrine and Covenants 50:27–29)

In my mind, everything in modern revelation seems so logical.

Monday, October 09, 2017

D&C 50

During the Savior's ministry, it is clear that what He condemned was hypocrisy.  In the early days of the Church, He again emphasized -

"Behold, I, the Lord, have looked upon you, and have seen abominations in the church that profess my name.
5 But blessed are they who are faithful and endure, whether in life or in death, for they shall inherit eternal life.
6 But wo unto them that are deceivers and hypocrites, for, thus saith the Lord, I will bring them to judgment.
7 Behold, verily I say unto you, there are hypocrites among you, who have deceived some, which has given the adversary power; but behold such shall be reclaimed;
8 But the hypocrites shall be detected and shall be cut off, either in life or in death, even as I will; and wo unto them who are cut off from my church, for the same are overcome of the world."  (Doctrine and Covenants 50:4–8)

Obviously, in verse 7, hypocrites can have great affect in offending those whose testimony is still developing.

Friday, October 06, 2017

D&C 49

As we look forward to the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we are told -

"Wherefore, be not deceived, but continue in steadfastness, looking forth for the heavens to be shaken, and the earth to tremble and to reel to and fro as a drunken man, and for the valleys to be exalted, and for the mountains to be made low, and for the rough places to become smooth—and all this when the angel shall sound his trumpet."  (Doctrine and Covenants 49:23)

In my mind, this will be a test of faith.  But also with these signs -

"Zion shall flourish upon the hills and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall be assembled together unto the place which I have appointed."  (Doctrine and Covenants 49:25)

I believe that to be stakes of Zion.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

D&C 47

Historical records suggest that John Whitmer wasn't necessarily thrilled with the call -

"And again, I say unto you that it shall be appointed unto him to keep the church record and history continually; for Oliver Cowdery I have appointed to another office."  (Doctrine and Covenants 47:3)

Just as it is today, where we are continually called for a period of service and then released, this was the case with Oliver Cowdery.  We too may not be thrilled with a calling, but we should strive to faithfully magnify that call until released and another called.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

D&C 46

When it comes to testimony, I find it interesting that a gift of the Spirit is -

"To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.
14 To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful."  (Doctrine and Covenants 46:13–14)

Yet at the same time, the Lord encourages -

"...that ye may not be deceived seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 46:8)

In my mind then , we should all seek the gift of the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

D&C 46

One of the gifts of the Spirit is -

" is given by the Holy Ghost to some to know the diversities of operations, whether they be of God, that the manifestations of the Spirit may be given to every man to profit withal."  (Doctrine and Covenants 46:16)

Elder Marion G. Romney explained -

“By the statement in the revelation on spiritual gifts, ‘. . . it is given by the Holy Ghost to some to know the diversities of operations, whether they be of God, . . . and to others the discerning of spirits,’ it appears that there are some apparently supernatural manifestations which are not worked by the power of the Holy Ghost. The truth is there are many which are not. The world today is full of counterfeits. It has always been so. Away back in the days of Moses, when Aaron’s rod became a serpent, then Pharaoh’s wise men, sorcerers and magicians ‘. . . cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents. . . .’ (Ex. 7:11-12.) Isaiah warned against seeking ‘. . . unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: . . .’ (Isa. 8:19.)

“The Saints were cautioned by the Lord to walk uprightly before him, doing all things with prayer and thanksgiving, that they might ‘. . . not be seduced by evil spirits, or doctrines of devils, or the commandments of men; . . .’ (D&C 47:7.)

“These citations not only sustain the proposition that there are counterfeits to the gifts of the Spirit, but they also suggest the origin of the counterfeits. However, we are not required to rely alone upon their implications, plain as they are, for the Lord states specifically that some of the counterfeits ‘. . . are of men, and others of devils.’ [D&C 46:7.]

“Some of these counterfeits are crude and easily detected, but others closely simulate true manifestations of the spirit. Consequently, people are confused and deceived by them. Without a key [such as the gift of knowing “the diversities of operations”], one cannot distinguish between the genuine and the counterfeit.” (In Conference Report, April 1956, pages 70-71.)

Obviously, Satan possesses the power and ability to perform counterfeits to these gifts.  We need to be careful.

Monday, October 02, 2017

D&C 45

As the Savior closes out His revelation concerning the signs of the times, He said -

"And it shall come to pass among the wicked, that every man that will not take his sword against his neighbor must needs flee unto Zion for safety.
69 And there shall be gathered unto it out of every nation under heaven; and it shall be the only people that shall not be at war one with another.
70 And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand."  (Doctrine and Covenants 45:68–70)

Though our first impressions may be of a physical war...which it may, I couldn't help this morning to think of it as a spiritual war much like the pre-mortal war in heaven.  Safety will only come as we flee wickedness and live according to the laws of Zion.

Friday, September 29, 2017

D&C 45

This morning I read concerning -

"...they that knew no law shall have part in the first resurrection; and it shall be tolerable for them."  (Doctrine and Covenants 45:54)

We know from the Prophet's vision of the three degrees of glory where -

"...we saw the terrestrial world, and behold and lo, these are they who are of the terrestrial, whose glory differs from that of the church of the Firstborn who have received the fulness of the Father, even as that of the moon differs from the sun in the firmament.
72 Behold, these are they who died without law..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:71–72)

I confess I have struggled with these verses in the past where I interpreted "knew no law" was of no fault of the individual.  But this morning a different thought came to me.  Suddenly, I felt "knew no law" was because of an individual's choice.  We are constantly being counseled to study the scriptures, read the Book of Mormon every day, attend Church.  It is herein where we learn of the doctrines and law of the kingdom.

In the 32nd Chapter of Alma, Alma taught how one learns and experiments upon the word, or doctrines and laws of God.  He then explains how one comes to "know laws" are of God.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

D&C 45

Concerning the Jews in the last days, the Savior said -

"...when that day shall come, shall a remnant be scattered among all nations;
25 But they shall be gathered again; but they shall remain until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled."  (Doctrine and Covenants 45:24–25)

These prophesies are clearly coming to fruition.  No question we are in the times of the Gentiles as the gospel is being preached to all nations.  Though many Jews are gathered, the gospel will eventually be preached to them.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

D&C 45

Supporting the doctrine of justification and sanctification the Lord taught that -

"...unto as many as received me gave I power to do many miracles, and to become the sons of God; and even unto them that believed on my name gave I power to obtain eternal life."  (Doctrine and Covenants 45:8)

It is by His power or power of the atonement that we are justified or become.  Because of His divine power, He adds -

"Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him—
4 Saying: Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;
5 Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life."  (Doctrine and Covenants 45:3–5)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

D&C 44

As general conference approaches this weekend, the Lord promised concerning such conferences -

"And it shall come to pass, that inasmuch as they are faithful, and exercise faith in me, I will pour out my Spirit upon them in the day that they assemble themselves together.
3 And it shall come to pass that they shall go forth into the regions round about, and preach repentance unto the people.
4 And many shall be converted, insomuch that ye shall obtain power to organize yourselves according to the laws of man;
5 That your enemies may not have power over you; that you may be preserved in all things; that you may be enabled to keep my laws; that every bond may be broken wherewith the enemy seeketh to destroy my people."  (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 44:2 - 5)

I underlined some of those promises.

Monday, September 25, 2017

D&C 43

For those that think Chirst has become some sort of mysterious entity, the Savior declares -

"For if I, who am a man, do lift up my voice and call upon you to repent, and ye hate me, what will ye say when the day cometh when the thunders shall utter their voices from the ends of the earth, speaking to the ears of all that live, saying—Repent, and prepare for the great day of the Lord?"  (Doctrine and Covenants 43:21)

He is an exalted man of which we desire to become.