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

Monday, January 15, 2018

D&C 95

To the saints in Kirtland that had not began the construction of the temple, the Lord said -

"...verily I say unto you, that there are many who have been ordained among you, whom I have called but few of them are chosen."  (Doctrine and Covenants 95:5)

In my mind, "chosen" would suggest those that will receive the Lord's promised blessing whatever it may be.

Friday, January 12, 2018

D&C 93

As Sidney Rigdon is again called to journey to preach the gospel, the teaches the brethren -

"...by your prayer of faith with one consent I will uphold him."  (Doctrine and Covenants 93:51)

It is important to understand that the prayers of others can sustain, uphold, and bless others.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

D&C 93

We learn the Lord's definition of intelligence with -

 The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.
(Doctrine and Covenants 93:36)

And -

 "Light and truth forsake that evil one."  (Doctrine and Covenants 93:37)

Thus intelligence, in my mind, is basically following Christ and keeping His commandments or in other words, eternal truths.  Not doing so is basically not being intelligent.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

D&C 93

The Lord does not necessarily say when but that -

"...It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 93:1)

"...for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:68)

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

D&C 90

To establish Zion, the Lord explains -

"...verily I say unto you, that I, the Lord, will contend with Zion, and plead with her strong ones, and chasten her until she overcomes and is clean before me."  (Doctrine and Covenants 90:36)

Obviously, the Lord will continue to work with us to help us live according to the law of the Celestial kingdom or in other words, Zion.

Monday, January 08, 2018

D&C 89

As the Lord introduced the "Word of Wisdom", He said -

"...showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—"  (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 89:2)

Though we know that all things are spiritual, the Lord specifically states that this "Word" was His will concerning our temporal matters.  It continues to provide more reasons, but it struck me this morning that it would effect families temporally.  Recently, another state in the Union legalized marijuana.  I can't help but think what impact this so called liberty will have temporally on families in that state.  We will have to wait to see the impact but in my mind, obviously contrary to the will of God.

Friday, January 05, 2018

D&C 88

So that we individually may receive instruction from the Lord, He instructs -

"See that ye love one another; cease to be covetous; learn to impart one to another as the gospel requires.
124 Cease to be idle; cease to be unclean; cease to find fault one with another; cease to sleep longer than is needful; retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary; arise early, that your bodies and your minds may be invigorated.
125 And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:123–125)

...which in my mind is needful in order to learn the mysteries of godliness.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

D&C 88

The Lord prophesied that the day would come when -

"...all things shall be in commotion; and surely, men’s hearts shall fail them; for fear shall come upon all people."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:91)

Recently, several states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana.  As I read that this morning I couldn't help but think of those that choose to turn to substance abuse for stimulant as their hearts fail them.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

D&C 88

The Lord instructs the early elders of the Church -

"...I give unto you, who are the first laborers in this last kingdom, a commandment that you assemble yourselves together, and organize yourselves, and prepare yourselves, and sanctify yourselves; yea, purify your hearts, and cleanse your hands and your feet before me, that I may make you clean..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:74)

I don't believe that there brethren could actually sanctify themselves, but I believe that the Lord is suggesting that they could strive to purify their hearts and works, and the Lord would sanctify them or make them clean.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

D&C 88

The Lord revealed the purpose of the Holy Ghost saying that -

"This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:4)

It is the Holy Ghost that ministers justification and sanctification for -

"...verily I say unto you, that which is governed by law is also preserved by law and perfected and sanctified by the same.
35 That which breaketh a law, and abideth not by law, but seeketh to become a law unto itself, and willeth to abide in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, cannot be sanctified by law, neither by mercy, justice, nor judgment. Therefore, they must remain filthy still."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:34–35)

For -

"All beings who abide not in those conditions are not justified."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:39)

Friday, December 29, 2017

D&C 88

The Lord teaches what becomes of those sanctified saying that they -

"...are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified, even them of the celestial world."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:2)

Sanctification and celestial glory then in my mind are synonymous.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

D&C 87

In these latter days the Lord instructs -

"Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 87:8)

In my mind, places being plural would suggest our homes, meetinghouses, and temples.  Herein we know the Spirit of the Lord is present.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

D&C 86

I'm returning to my blog after almost two weeks of chest cold or flue.

I have probably mentioned this before, but there are many members that wonder why the Prophet Joseph Smith was required to introduce what some consider modern-day doctrines such as polygamy, united order, etc.  They feel that things would be much better had he not.

But I believe the answer to any and all of these concerns is given in the following -

"Therefore your life and the priesthood have remained, and must needs remain through you and your lineage until the restoration of all things spoken by the mouths of all the holy prophets since the world began."  (Doctrine and Covenants 86:10)

Much like Peter said at the temple, that all things of previous dispensations would be restored in this the dispensation of the fullness of times.  The Lord said it would be so and so it was.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

D&C 84

In a revelation given to several elders, the Savior said -

"...as I said unto mine apostles, even so I say unto you, for you are mine apostles, even God’s high priests; ye are they whom my Father hath given me; ye are my friends..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 84:63)

Knowing that "Ye are my friends" is significant to me in my relationship with the Savior. I can't think of kinder words.  I find this same relationship as I have served with many faithful saints.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

D&C 84

After teaching and providing warnings related to receiving the doctrine of the oath and covenant which belongeth to the priesthood, the Spirit of Christ, reading the Book of Mormon and modern scripture, and keeping His commandments, the Lord then follows -

"That they may bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom; otherwise there remaineth a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon the children of Zion.
59 For shall the children of the kingdom pollute my holy land? Verily, I say unto you, Nay."  (Doctrine and Covenants 84:58–59)

These are some of the conditions to live as or in Zion.  Is it any wonder that the saints were unable to remain in Zion at that time?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

D&C 84

The Lord revealed in modern day that -

"...John, whom God raised up, being filled with the Holy Ghost from his mother’s womb.
28 For he was baptized while he was yet in his childhood, and was ordained by the angel of God at the time he was eight days old unto this power, to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews, and to make straight the way of the Lord before the face of his people, to prepare them for the coming of the Lord, in whose hand is given all power."  (Doctrine and Covenants 84:27–28)

I've heard some say that John received the priesthood at eight days old.  But it is clear that an angel ordained, or blessed and set him apart at that age to overthrow the kingdom of the Jews and prepare for the coming of the Lord.

Monday, December 11, 2017

D&C 83

The Lord said -

"...if they are not faithful they shall not have fellowship in the church; yet they may remain upon their inheritances according to the laws of the land."  (Doctrine and Covenants 83:3)

Another scriptural evidence that properties were owned under the united order.

Friday, December 08, 2017

D&C 82

As we contemplate our responsibility to rescue the less active, the Savior taught -

"...now, verily I say unto you, and this is wisdom, make unto yourselves friends with the mammon of unrighteousness, and they will not destroy you."  (Doctrine and Covenants 82:22)

Thursday, December 07, 2017

D&C 81

As we have recently been instructed for quorum and group meetings to sit in council, the Lord taught (speaking first of the Prophet) -

"...verily I acknowledge him and will bless him, and also thee, inasmuch as thou art faithful in counsel, in the office which I have appointed unto you, in prayer always, vocally and in thy heart, in public and in private, also in thy ministry in proclaiming the gospel in the land of the living, and among thy brethren.
4 And in doing these things thou wilt do the greatest good unto thy fellow beings, and wilt promote the glory of him who is your Lord.
5 Wherefore, be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees.
6 And if thou art faithful unto the end thou shalt have a crown of immortality, and eternal life in the mansions which I have prepared in the house of my Father."  (Doctrine and Covenants 81:3–6)

I believe this applies to high priests as much as it applied to Frederick G. Williams and other counselors.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

D&C 78

The Lord taught the "high priesthood" of His Church -

"For a permanent and everlasting establishment and order unto my church, to advance the cause, which ye have espoused, to the salvation of man, and to the glory of your Father who is in heaven;
5 That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things.
6 For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things;
7 For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you."  (Doctrine and Covenants 78:4–7)

In my mind, the law of consecration is a personal covenant.  The United Order was priesthood administration of the law of consecration.  It must be clear that the word "equality" must be considered as defined in D&C 51:4

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

D&C 77

Being a high priest group leader, I was particularly touched by the answer -

"We are to understand that those who are sealed are high priests, ordained unto the holy order of God, to administer the everlasting gospel; for they are they who are ordained out of every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, by the angels to whom is given power over the nations of the earth, to bring as many as will come to the church of the Firstborn."  (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 77:11)

This is our rescue effort.

This morning I want to add another scripture to my blog.  I have thought much lately about the law of justification, the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ and His grace.  The Lord said to Nephi -

"...because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in word and in deed, in faith and in works..."  (Book of Mormon | Helaman 10:5)

It is the Lord that justifies us, whose grace is an enabling power, even to perfection.

Monday, December 04, 2017

D&C 77

Of the four beasts, being symbolic, the Prophet Joseph Smith explained -

"They are limited to four individual beasts, which were shown to John, to represent the glory of the classes of beings in their destined order or sphere of creation, in the enjoyment of their eternal felicity."  (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 77:3)

In addition to, we learn in modern revelation that -

"This earth, in its sanctified and immortal state, will be made like unto crystal and will be a Urim and Thummim to the inhabitants who dwell thereon, whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom, or all kingdoms of a lower order, will be manifest to those who dwell on it; and this earth will be Christ’s."  (Doctrine and Covenants 130:9)

As I read these, it suggested to me as exalted "Gods" that they will preside over their own kingdoms and posterity which would be lower and in some cases inferior kingdoms.

Friday, December 01, 2017

D&C 76

Of those that will reside in the telestial kingdom, the Lord said -

"...behold, and lo, we saw the glory and the inhabitants of the telestial world, that they were as innumerable as the stars in the firmament of heaven, or as the sand upon the seashore;
110 And heard the voice of the Lord saying: These all shall bow the knee, and every tongue shall confess to him who sits upon the throne forever and ever;
111 For they shall be judged according to their works, and every man shall receive according to his own works, his own dominion, in the mansions which are prepared;
112 And they shall be servants of the Most High; but where God and Christ dwell they cannot come, worlds without end."  (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 76:109 - 112)

To me it sounds more like a reward of love than punishment allowing his own dominion and mansions.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

D&C 76

Of those that will reside in the telestial kingdom, the Lord said -

 "These are they who received not the gospel of Christ, neither the testimony of Jesus."  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:82)

"These are they who are thrust down to hell."  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:84)  (which I believe are those that are in hell in the spirit prison)

"These are they who shall not be redeemed from the devil until the last resurrection, until the Lord, even Christ the Lamb, shall have finished his work."  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:85)

But even so -

"...thus we saw, in the heavenly vision, the glory of the telestial, which surpasses all understanding..."
(Doctrine and Covenants 76:89)

I believe that through all eternity, we will still possess our agency.  The Lord said -

"For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;
17 But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–17)

In my mind, having their agency and thus the capacity to sin, if they will not learn to repent (maybe due to pride) they will continue to suffer for their sins through eternity

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

D&C 76

Having defined much concerning the sons of perdition, the Lord states -

"For all the rest shall be brought forth by the resurrection of the dead, through the triumph and the glory of the Lamb, who was slain, who was in the bosom of the Father before the worlds were made."  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:39)

Adding -

"Wherefore, he saves all except them..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:44)

In my mind, this does not mean that all will be saved "in the kingdom of God", just that they will be saved through His atonement to some level of glory.  It also does not mean that they will not be punished for their sins.  Only those that truly repent will not suffer for their sins.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

D&C 76

In vision, the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon testified -

"...we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son..."  Doctrine and Covenants 76:25)

In my mind, "whom the Father loved", does not mean He doesn't love others.  But even so, loving does not mean merciful.  Elder Russell M. Nelson taught -

“While divine love can be called perfect, infinite, enduring, and universal, it cannot correctly be characterized as unconditional. The word does not appear in the scriptures. On the other hand, many verses affirm that the higher levels of love the Father and the Son feel for each of us—and certain divine blessings stemming from that love—are conditional.

“The resplendent bouquet of God’s love—including eternal life—includes blessings for which we must qualify, not entitlements to be expected unworthily.”  (February 2003 Ensign)

Monday, November 27, 2017

D&C 76

Just a note.  I've haven't written for several days because I was sick and unable to excercises.

As the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon worked on the translation and correction of the Bible, he comments that -

"...this caused us to marvel, for it was given unto us of the Spirit.
19 And while we meditated upon these things, the Lord touched the eyes of our understandings and they were opened..."  (Doctrine and Covenants 76:18–19)

In my mind, the Prophet's description "marvel" suggested that this created questions. It is important to realize that the Spirit can stir our thoughts in terms of questioning.   Which can lead to understanding the mysteries of God.

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.