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Doctrine and Covenants 45
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- Commentary: Section 45 Context, Steven C. Harper
- Scripture: D&C 45:1–10
- Commentary: “Foolish Stories Were Published” - Insight Into D&C 45, Susan Easton Black
- Scripture: D&C 45:11–21
- Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 45:11–15.
- KnoWhy 318: What Did the Early Saints Learn about the Second Coming from the Book of Mormon?
- Scripture: D&C 45:22–33
Quote: In March of 1831, less than a year after the organization of the Church, the Prophet Joseph Smith received from the Lord a comforting and encouraging assurance confirmatory of the predictions which had been made centuries before, which reads as follows:
“And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel”.
That light, my brethren and sisters and friends, has come to the world. It is the light of revelation, and through revelation has come the true interpretation of the Christ, his mission, and his gospel. All men of all nations embraced within the family of the Eternal Father are entitled by his decree to receive the light and to receive an understanding of the true, revealed order of the kingdom of God. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, established under the direction of the Father and the Son, is the custodian of the revealed principles of the restored gospel and the authority to administer its ordinances under divine commission. I am aware that by many this will be regarded as an extreme and presumptuous statement. We make it only because we are constrained by the revelations so to do. I assure you it would be much easier to attempt to win a reputation for tolerance by modifying and ameliorating our position. If we did so, we and our message would be of little value to our brothers and sisters in the world, and we should be untrue to our commission.
Stephen L. Richards, “Hunger for Religion,” October 1958 General Conference.
Quote: The Prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation that establishes how we may know today which voices to listen to—what standards to follow. In this revelation, our time, or generation, was referred to as a time when men would “see an overflowing scourge” and “a desolating sickness [would] cover the land.”
The Lord then gave the standard of safety that will protect faithful followers. He said, “But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved.”
The Brethren of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are disciples who stand in holy places. They are not moved or swayed by changing times from what has been established as true in all prior generations. The standards of the Church are firm and true. They are for your safety and eternal security. When you commit to live them, you are measured against time-proven standards that are approved by God.
Earl C. Tingey, “For the Strength of Youth,” April 2004 General Conference.
- Scripture: D&C 45:34–46
- Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 45:24–38.
- Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 45:39–47.
- Scripture: D&C 45:47–53
- Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 45:48–53.
- Video: Be Not Troubled - John Hilton III (D&C 45)
- Scripture: D&C 45:54–65
- Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 45:54–59.
- Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 45:60–62.
- Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 45:63–65.
Doctrine and Covenants 45
Steven C. Harper, “Section 45,” Doctrine and Covenants Contexts (Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2021), 102–103.
Susan Easton Black, ““Foolish Stories Were Published” - Insight Into D&C 45,” in Restoration Voices Volume 2: Insights and Stories of the Doctrine and Covenants (Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2021).
Elizabeth Maki, “Joseph Smith's Bible Translation,” Revelations in Context: The Stories Behind the Sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2016.
Book of Mormon Central. “What Did the Early Saints Learn about the Second Coming from the Book of Mormon? (3 Nephi 29:2).” KnoWhy 318 (May 26, 2017).
Kent P. Jackson, "Joseph Smith’s Cooperstown Bible: The Historical Context of the Bible Used in the Joseph Smith Translation," BYU Studies Quarterly 40, no. 1 (2001): 41–70.
Thomas A. Wayment Paul W. Lambert, “The Nature of the Pen and Pencil Markings in the New Testament of Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible,” BYU Studies Quarterly 42, no. 2 (2008): 87–106.
Robert L. Millet, “The Second Coming of Christ: Questions and Answers,” in Sperry Symposium Classics: The Doctrine and Covenants, ed. Craig K. Manscill (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004), 202–220.
Gerald N. Lund, “Jesus Christ: Second Coming of Jesus Christ,” in Encyclopedia of Mormonism (New York, New York: Macmillan, 1992).
“Holy Places,” Saints, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018), 1:163–164.
“Gathering of Israel,” Church History Topics.
“Prophecies of Joseph Smith,” Church History Topics.
“Zion/New Jerusalem,” Church History Topics.
Sharon Anderson, “The Voice of Conference,” in The Glory of the Son (Orem, UT: Time-Lines Etc., 2019), 68.
Book of Mormon Central, “Why Do the Prophets Speak of Multiple Jerusalems? (Ether 13:3-6),” KnoWhy 247 (December 7, 2016).
Book of Mormon Central, “What Do Nephi and Isaiah Say about the End Times? (2 Nephi 23:6),” KnoWhy 46 (March 3, 2016).
Sharon Anderson, “Latter-day Gathering,” in The Glory of the Son (Orem, UT: Time-Lines Etc., 2019), 58.