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Come Follow Me 2021: Doctrine and Covenants 109–110
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D&C 109–110

September 27–October 3. “It Is Thy House, a Place of Thy Holiness”

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Watch videos from Gospel scholars and teachers to learn more about these sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. Book of Mormon Central produces weekly videos from Tyler Griffin, Taylor Halverson, John Hilton III, Anthony Sweat, Casey Griffiths, Stephanie Dibb Sorensen and Marianna Richardson. Read commentaries and other resources from KnoWhys, Steven C. Harper, Casey Griffiths, and Susan Easton Black.

Overview

Doctrine and Covenants 109

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Susan Easton Black Insight

Doctrine and Covenants 110

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Daily Reading Plan

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Monday

  • Commentary: Section 109 Context, Steven C. Harper
  • Scripture: D&C 109:1­–13
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 109:1–5.
  • Quote: Truman O. Angell, later named as the architect of the Salt Lake Temple, was commissioned to draw the plans for the building, as shown by the long forgotten drawing recently found.
    Had the project been carried out the structure undoubtedly would have possessed unusual architectural interest, for it had a majesty and beauty all its own, surpassing anything on the frontier in originality and dignity. Truman Angell’s plans show his response to the contemporary Gothic revival, then in its early stages. It was designed to be the repository for the first library brought to Utah in 1851, but owing to the poverty of the people who were just beginning to establish their homes, President Brigham Young prevailed upon his brother Joseph, President of the Seventy, not to build for some years to come. For this reason the edifice was never started. The seventies continued collecting books however, and they soon had a fine library of the modern and ancient classics. From the time of the organization of the First Quorum of Seventy in Kirtland, their duties were pointed out by the Prophet Joseph Smith, and they came to realize that they were to be the teachers, the missionaries of the Church. Sensitive to the words as found in the 109th section of the Doctrine and Covenants:
    . . . Seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom, seek learning even by study and also by faith (D&C 109:7).
    Levi Edgar young, “Seek Ye Diligently,” October 1952 General Conference.
  • Quote: The doors of the temple open to us many experiences. Increasing numbers of family files that our computers help us to compile will soon become a large portion of the work taking place in our temples. They will lead us into involvement in other ordinances where we will have unexpected experiences. If we include our family, friends, or ward members and come as a group to do the work for our ancestry, we will be able to share together a very spiritual and precious few moments. I have seen the impact on converts who come for the first time with friends, bringing a family group sheet and completing the work in the sealing room. We can also be called as ordinance workers for ward and stake excursions, providing involvement that adds greater appreciation of the temple. From the Doctrine and Covenants, section 109, we read: “And … all people who shall enter upon the threshold of the Lord’s house may feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness” (D&C 109:13).
    Gerald E. Melchin, “Decisions,” April 1994 General Conference.

Tuesday

  • Scripture: D&C 109:14–28
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 109:6–21.
  • Quote: I suspect that some of you may be wondering if your gospel learning actually can become home centered and Church supported. Perhaps you are the only member of the Church in your home, or have an unsupportive spouse, or are a single parent, or live alone as a single or divorced Latter-day Saint, and you may have questions about how these principles apply to you. You may be a husband and a wife looking at each other and questioning, “Can we do this?”
    Yes, you can do this! I promise that enabling blessings will flow into and be evident in your life. Doors will open. The light will shine. Your capacity will be increased to persevere diligently and patiently.
    I joyfully witness that compensating blessings will come as we strive to fulfill our individual responsibility to learn and love the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We truly can “be prepared to obtain every needful thing” (D&C 109:15).
    David A. Bednar, “Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing,” April 2019 General Conference.
  • Quote: Preparation also includes qualification for a temple recommend. Our Redeemer requires that His temples be protected from desecration. No unclean thing may enter His hallowed house (See D&C 109:20). Yet anyone is welcome who prepares well. Each person applying for a recommend will be interviewed by a judge in Israel—the bishop—and by a stake president. They hold keys of priesthood authority and the responsibility to help us know when our preparation and timing are appropriate to enter the temple. Their interviews will assess several vital issues. They will ask if we obey the law of tithing, if we keep the Word of Wisdom, and if we sustain the authorities of the Church. They will ask if we are honest, if we are morally clean, and if we honor the power of procreation as a sacred trust from our Creator.
    Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings,” April 2001 General Conference.
  • Quote: Now a little word of warning. There are those who would undermine your ability to call upon the power of God. There are some who would have you doubt yourself and minimize your stellar spiritual capacity as a righteous woman.
    Most certainly, the adversary does not want you to understand the covenant you made at baptism or the profound endowment of knowledge and power you have received or will receive in the temple—the house of the Lord. And Satan certainly does not want you to understand that every time you worthily serve and worship in the temple, you leave armed with God’s power and with His angels having “charge over” you (D&C 109:22).
    Satan and his minions will constantly contrive roadblocks to prevent you from understanding the spiritual gifts with which you have been and can be blessed. Unfortunately, some roadblocks may be the result of another’s misbehavior. It grieves me to think that any of you have felt marginalized or have not been believed by a priesthood leader or have been abused or betrayed by a husband, father, or a supposed friend. I feel deep sorrow that any of you have felt sidelined, disrespected, or misjudged. Such offenses have no place in the kingdom of God.
    Russell M. Nelson, “Spiritual Treasures,” October 2019 General Conference.

Wednesday

  • Scripture: D&C 109:29–42
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 109:22–33.
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 109:34–42.
  • Quote: A lack of deep personal prayer and deep genuine worship also erodes our faith, and we may “faint in the day of trouble” (D&C 109:38).
    Much of any weariness is attributable to carrying the heavy natural man. Unlike others we might carry, the natural man is heavy, and he is not our brother!
    Neal A. Maxwell, “Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds,” April 1991 General Conference.
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Thursday

  • Scripture: D&C 109:43–53
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 109:43–53.
  • Quote: The practice of Church members is to kneel in family prayer each morning and evening, plus having daily personal prayers and blessings on our food. President Monson said, “As we offer unto the Lord our family and our personal prayers, let us do so with faith and trust in Him.” And so, in praying for temporal and spiritual blessings, we should all plead, as did Jesus in the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy will be done” (D&C 109:44; Matt. 26:42).
    Russell M. Nelson, “Lessons from the Lord’s Prayers,” April 2009 General Conference.
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Friday

  • Scripture: D&C 109:54–67
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 109:54–58.
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 109:59–67.
  • Quote: Peace must be a triumph of principles. Selfishness and lack of patience seem to block the way. We cry out today with urgency, “Have mercy, O Lord, upon all the nations of the earth; have mercy upon the rulers of our land; may those principles, which were so honorably and nobly defended, namely, the Constitution of our land, by our fathers, be established forever” (D&C 109:54). The respected Winston Churchill once said, “The day will come when … victorious nations will plan and build in justice and freedom a house of many mansions, where there will be room for all.”
    We would pray earnestly today that all leaders of nations, large and small, free or oppressed, would know: “And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace” (D&C 88:125).
    Marvin J. Ashton, “Peace—A Triumph of Principles,” October 1985 General Conference.
  • Quote: In this dark and cloudy day (D&C 109:61), when, like the leaves of the forest, many sad tears are falling, we can go to the holy scriptures, those wells of salvation, and draw from them peace and comfort which only Jesus Christ and his prophets can give.
    The Apostle Paul eloquently declared:
    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God (Heb.12:2).
    How wonderful it is to have a finisher of our faith. There are many beginners in this world, but there are few finishers.
    Charles A. Callis, “Heirs of the Promises,” April 1945 General Conference.

Saturday

Sunday

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D&C 109:76–80

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