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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

D&C 127

The Prophet writes in the Nauvoo Era not lone before his martyrdom -

"For I am about to restore many things to the earth, pertaining to the priesthood, saith the Lord of Hosts."  (Doctrine and Covenants 127:8)

It was the latter days of the restitution of all things.

Monday, March 19, 2018

D&C 124

Some of the saints believe that if they can just get married and sealed in the temple, that all is done.

Of temple covenants and ordinances, the Lord said that if they -

" not do the things that I say, I will not perform the oath which I make unto you, neither fulfil the promises which ye expect at my hands, saith the Lord.
48 For instead of blessings, ye, by your own works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgments upon your own heads, by your follies, and by all your abominations, which you practice before me, saith the Lord."  (Doctrine and Covenants 124:47–48)

For the Lord has declared that He will not be mocked.

Friday, March 16, 2018

D&C 124

Concerning temple ordinances and covenants, the Lord said -

"there is not a place found on earth that he may come to and restore again that which was lost unto you, or which he hath taken away, even the fulness of the priesthood."  (Doctrine and Covenants 124:28)

 "For therein are the keys of the holy priesthood ordained, that you may receive honor and glory."  (Doctrine and Covenants 124:34)

"And verily I say unto you, let this house be built unto my name, that I may reveal mine ordinances therein unto my people;
41 For I deign to reveal unto my church things which have been kept hid from before the foundation of the world, things that pertain to the dispensation of the fulness of times."  (Doctrine and Covenants 124:40–41)

Obviously, there was yet to revealed ordinances and covenants essential to exaltation.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Letter in Libery Jail

In the letter I mentioned yesterday of the Prophets letter written in Liberty Jail, the Prophet testifies -

"...Truth is “Mormonism.” God is the author of it. He is our shield. It is by Him we received our birth. It was by His voice that we were called to a dispensation of His Gospel in the beginning of the fullness of times. It was by Him we received the Book of Mormon..."

And -

“We say that God is true; that the Constitution of the United States is true; that the Bible is true; that the Book of Mormon is true; that the Book of Covenants is true; that Christ is true; that the ministering angels sent forth from God are true, and that we know that we have an house not made with hands eternal in the heavens, whose builder and maker is God..."

How can one dispute this as a humble prophet is imprisoned in Liberty Jail.

I also noticed another comment -

“We have reason to believe that many things were introduced among the Saints before God had signified the times; and notwithstanding the principles and plans may have been good, yet aspiring men, or in other words, men who had not the substance of godliness about them, perhaps undertook to handle edged tools. Children, you know, are fond of tools, while they are not yet able to use them."

Even though we are promised the restitution of all thing in this last dispensation by the Prophet Joseph Smith, obviously, we were not necessarily prepared to live such.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Letter to the Saints in Libery Jail

In the letter penned by the Prophet Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail, there is one quote that I think could have been canonized -

"Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity—thou must commune with God. How much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God, than the vain imaginations of the human heart! None but fools will trifle with the souls of men."

In very simple terms, we must be taught by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

D&C 123

The Prophet wrote -

"For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—"  (Doctrine and Covenants 123:12)

Suggesting to me that there are many that preach what they consider to be truth but are ignorant of the full truth.

Friday, March 09, 2018

D&C 121

I forgot to blog yesterday.

One major theme I sensed in this great revelation was the promise of knowledge.  Not worldly knowledge the knowledge of God wherein the Lord states -

"God shall give unto you knowledge by his Holy Spirit, yea, by the unspeakable gift of the Holy Ghost, that has not been revealed since the world was until now;
27 Which our forefathers have awaited with anxious expectation to be revealed in the last times, which their minds were pointed to by the angels, as held in reserve for the fulness of their glory..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 121:26–27)

Adding -

"A time to come in the which nothing shall be withheld, whether there be one God or many gods, they shall be manifest.
29 All thrones and dominions, principalities and powers, shall be revealed and set forth upon all who have endured valiantly for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
30 And also, if there be bounds set to the heavens or to the seas, or to the dry land, or to the sun, moon, or stars—
31 All the times of their revolutions, all the appointed days, months, and years, and all the days of their days, months, and years, and all their glories, laws, and set times, shall be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fulness of times—
32 According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest."  (Doctrine and Covenants 121:28–32)

One more thought...the Lord promised the Prophet Joseph in all his persecutions and afflictions -

"...thy God shall stand by thee forever and ever"  (Doctrine and Covenants 122:4)

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

D&C 120

With the introduction of the law of tithing, the instructs -

" shall be disposed of by a council, composed of the First Presidency of my Church, and of the bishop and his council, and by my high council; and by mine own voice unto them, saith the Lord. Even so. Amen."   (Doctrine and Covenants 120:1)

I find it interesting as the Lord includes Himself to be on the committee of disposition of tithing funds.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

D&C 118

The Lord promised the Twelve if they would be faithful in preaching abroad  -

"...if they will do this in all lowliness of heart, in meekness and humility, and long-suffering, I, the Lord, give unto them a promise that I will provide for their families..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 118:3)

I believe those to commit to time consuming callings, the Lord may promise the same.

Monday, March 05, 2018

D&C 117

As we contemplate the covenant of the law of sacrifice, and the words to Newel Whitney, a faithful member of the Church, it brings great meaning as the Lord ask -

"...for what is property unto me? saith the Lord."  (Doctrine and Covenants 117:4)

Newel had been one of the most faithful in Kirtland, Ohio and had spent years building up his business as well as sacrificing much, and yet the Lord added why -

" should covet that which is but the drop, and neglect the more weighty matters?"  (Doctrine and Covenants 117:8)

Newel repented and obeyed by coming quickly to Far West.  I also have spent years preparing for retirement. Would I be willing to do the same if asked.

Friday, March 02, 2018

D&C 115

Several years ago, Terri and I visited some historical sites in the Missouri area.  First, I was very surprised and the cold, dark feeling I felt in Independence (other than the visitor center).  But what surprised me was the powerful warm and special feeling I experienced when we dropped by Far West.  This morning I read the word of the Lord on this area -

"Let the city, Far West, be a holy and consecrated land unto me; and it shall be called most holy, for the ground upon which thou standest is holy."  (Doctrine and Covenants 115:7)

That is what I found.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

D&C 112

Though it is a commonly quoted scripture, the Lord counseled Thomas B. Marsh -

"Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.  (Doctrine and Covenants 112:10)

It suggests to me that things don't always go as one may hope.

Friday, February 23, 2018

D&C 110

Elijah said -

"Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors."  (Doctrine and Covenants 110:16)

I believe it was at this point that priesthood keys that have been given were now had in this last dispensation.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

D&C 109

In the Prophet's dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple, He prayed -

"That when the trump shall sound for the dead, we shall be caught up in the cloud to meet thee, that we may ever be with the Lord..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 109:75)

I have always wondered if I will be alive during the second coming.  But he older I get, the more this verse brings me hope and comfort.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

D&C 109

Obviously, none of us are perfect.  I noticed this morning several references to repentance this morning in the dedication of the Kirtland Temple -

"...when thy people transgress, any of them, they may speedily repent and return unto thee, and find favor in thy sight, and be restored to the blessings which thou hast ordained to be poured out upon those who shall reverence thee in thy house."  (Doctrine and Covenants 109:21)

"O Jehovah, have mercy upon this people, and as all men sin, forgive the transgressions of thy people, and let them be blotted out forever."  (Doctrine and Covenants 109:34)

"...inasmuch as they will repent, thou art gracious and merciful, and wilt turn away thy wrath when thou lookest upon the face of thine Anointed."  (Doctrine and Covenants 109:53)

I believe that in attending the temple, we should do so with a broken heart and contrite spirit.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

D&C 108

As Lyman Sherman was inspired to ask the Prophet for a revelation on his duty, the Lord said -

"...arise up and be more careful henceforth in observing your vows, which you have made and do make, and you shall be blessed with exceeding great blessings."  (Doctrine and Covenants 108:3)

As constant reminder as we partake of the sacrament and also attend the temple.

Monday, February 19, 2018

D&C 107

The lord teaches of those that preside over quorums -

" sit in council with them, and to teach them according to the covenants."  (Doctrine and Covenants 107:89)

This suggests to me that as we are instructed to sit in council and discuss our challenges and responsibilities developing a plan, we are also to teach according to the covenants.  Councils without that end in mind is does not fulfill its purpose.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

D&C 107

I believe the following is to all that preside over quorums, groups, or auxiliaries -

"The decisions of these quorums, or either of them, are to be made in all righteousness, in holiness, and lowliness of heart, meekness and long-suffering, and in faith, and virtue, and knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity;
31 Because the promise is, if these things abound in them they shall not be unfruitful in the knowledge of the Lord."  (Doctrine and Covenants 107:30–31)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

D&C 106

Concerning the law of justifications the Lord promises Warren Cowdery if he humbles himself -

"...I will give him grace and assurance wherewith he may stand..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 106:8)

This enabling power is conditional upon humility.

Monday, February 12, 2018

D&C 105

Sunday, in high priest group, we discussed being a "light unto the world".  The Lord suggested much the same thing as Zions Camp was being disbanded -

"But first let my army become very great, and let it be sanctified before me, that it may become fair as the sun, and clear as the moon, and that her banners may be terrible unto all nations;
32 That the kingdoms of this world may be constrained to acknowledge that the kingdom of Zion is in very deed the kingdom of our God and his Christ; therefore, let us become subject unto her laws ."Doctrine and Covenants 105:31–32)

Thus we will be a light unto the world.

Friday, February 09, 2018

D&C 103

This is a covenant necessary for exaltation where -

"Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake; for whoso layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again.
28 And whoso is not willing to lay down his life for my sake is not my disciple."  (Doctrine and Covenants 103:27–28)

Thursday, February 08, 2018

D&C 103

In my mind, to those that have made covenants with the Lord, He tells them -

"....inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them."  (Doctrine and Covenants 103:8)

A warning to those who have made covenants.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

D&C 102

Unlike courts of the world with defendants and prosecutors, in a disciplinary council -

"The accused, in all cases, has a right to one-half of the council, to prevent insult or injustice."
(Doctrine and Covenants 102:15)

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

D&C 101

I recently read Bill O'Reilly's "Killing England" on the country's fight for independence.  Many men sacrificed their life for liberty.  Of such the Savior said -

"...for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood."  (Doctrine and Covenants 101:80)

Obviously, the Lord has his hand in our independence and constitution.

Monday, February 05, 2018

D&C 101

In a day when everyone is obsessed with their personal appearance, the Lord said -

" not for the body, neither the life of the body; but care for the soul, and for the life of the soul.
38 And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life."  (Doctrine and Covenants 101:37–38)

I sense He is saying, keep an eternal perspective.

Friday, February 02, 2018

D&C 101

The Lord warns the saints -

"For all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified."  (Doctrine and Covenants 101:5)

If we cannot endure to the end but choose to deny the atonement of Jesus Christ, He cannot sanctify us or make us clean.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

D&C 100

As the Lord comforts the Prophet Joseph Smith concerning his family, He comments -

"....for in me there is all power."  (Doctrine and Covenants 100:1)

I believe that.  As LDS, "grace" has  greater meaning  as the Bible Dictionary states -

"It is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, made possible by His atoning sacrifice, that mankind will be raised in immortality, every person receiving his body from the grave in a condition of everlasting life. It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the Atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts."  (Bible Dictionary, Grace)

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

D&C 99

As John Murdock was called on a mission, the Lord tells him -

"...who receiveth you receiveth me..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 99:2)

adding -

" shall have power to declare my word in the demonstration of my Holy Spirit."  (Doctrine and Covenants 99:2)

When we preach by the power of the Holy Ghost, the Holy Ghost carries it to the heart of men.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

D&C 98

To the saints in Missouri, the Lord teaches the doctrine -

"...I have decreed in my heart, saith the Lord, that I will prove you in all things, whether you will abide in my covenant, even unto death, that you may be found worthy.
15 For if ye will not abide in my covenant ye are not worthy of me."  (Doctrine and Covenants 98:14–15)

It becomes that simple, will we keep our covenants unto deaths?  If we do, we are chosen and worthy for eternal life.

Monday, January 29, 2018

D&C 97

The Lord promises those that live in Zion -

"...Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her."  (Doctrine and Covenants 97:25)

If not -

"...I will visit her according to all her works, with sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, with devouring fire."  (Doctrine and Covenants 97:26)

There are conditions to every blessing.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

D&C 96

As the Lord instructed the brethren where the temple and other buildings were to be built, He said -

"...let it be divided into lots, according to wisdom, for the benefit of those who seek inheritances, as it shall be determined in council among you."  (Doctrine and Covenants 96:3)

I find it interesting that the Lord does not make all decisions for us but allows us to sit in council in doing he work of the Lord.