Sunday, January 4, 2009

Doctrine & Covenants: A Voice of Warning

The Doctrine and Covenants contains the Word of God to us in these days. It is a voice of warning to all people; whether they be Latter-Day Saints, Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, Agnostic, Atheists, etc. The Lord has sent a warning out to each of us in the first section, declaring that this is His work and His word. We would be wise to study it carefully over the course of study this year. President Joseph Fielding Smith stated: "If we will put them into practice, if we will keep the commandments of the Lord, we will know the truth and there shall be no weapon formed against us that shall prosper (see D&C 71:9-11). There shall be no false doctrines, no teaching of men that will deceive us. There are many cults and many false faiths, there are many strange ideas in the world, but if we will search these revelations then we will fortified against errors and we will be made strong." (In Conference Report, Oct. 1931, p. 17)

"All members of the Church are commanded to search and obey these commandments. This is also true of all others. If we fail to do so and remain ignorant of the doctrines, covenants and commandments, the Lord has given us, we shall stand condemned before his throne in the day of judgement when the books are opened. It behooves us to search that we may know the will of the Lord and thus grow in faith, knowledge and wisdom." (Joseph Fielding Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:256.)

I hope and pray that we all make the time to thoroughly study the Doctrine & Covenants this year in our homes. I know that if we are willing to do so, that we will have a greater portion of His Spirit with us, that we will find at the end of the year that we are closer to our Savior.

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