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Come Follow Me 2021: Doctrine and Covenants 84

D&C 84

July 26–August 1. “The Power of Godliness”

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  • Quote: Every woman and every man who makes covenants with God and keeps those covenants, and who participates worthily in priesthood ordinances, has direct access to the power of God.
    Russel M. Nelson, "Spiritual Treasures," October 2019 General Conference.




  • Scripture: D&C 84:73–91
  • Commentary: Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, Doctrine and Covenants 84:77–91.
  • Quote: How I admire men, women, and children who know how to work! How the Lord loves the laborer! He said, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,” and “The laborer is worthy of his hire.” He also gave a promise: “Thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you.” Those who are unafraid to roll up their sleeves and lose themselves in the pursuit of worthwhile goals are a blessing to their families, communities, nations, and to the Church.
    The Lord doesn’t expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn’t (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can—that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be.
    Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Two Principles for Any Economy," October 2009 General Conference.
  • Quote: The way to optimism as we go forward was given by the Lord: “Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.” President Monson told us how to do that. We are to ponder and apply the Book of Mormon and the words of prophets. Pray always. Be believing. Serve the Lord with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. We are to pray with all the energy of our hearts for the gift of charity, the pure love of Christ. And above all, we are to be consistent and persistent in following prophetic counsel.
    When the way is difficult, we can rely on the Lord’s promise—the promise President Monson has reminded us of when he has often quoted these words of the Savior: “Whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”
    Henry B. Eyring, "Fear Not to Do Good," October 2017 General Conference.




Doctrine and Covenants 84

Steven C. Harper, “Section 84,” Doctrine and Covenants Contexts (Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2021), 202–204.

Susan Easton Black, “Revelation on Priesthood - Insight Into D&C 84,” Restoration Voices Volume 2: Insights and Stories of the Doctrine and Covenants (Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2021).

Lisa Olsen Tait, “‘I Quit Other Business’: Early Missionaries,” 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.

Farley, S. Brent, “The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood (D&C 84),” in Sperry Symposium Classics: The Doctrine and Covenants, ed. Craig K. Manscill (Provo and Salt Lake City: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, and Deseret Book 2004), 221–233.

Mark Hamstead, “On Being the Sons of Moses and Aaron: Another Look at Interpreting the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 29 (2018): 1–20.

Brian C. Hales, “Dissenters: Portraying the Church as Wrong So They can be Right Without It,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 10 (2014): 77–121.

Holy Places,” Saints, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018), 1:159–164.

Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood,” Church History Topics.

Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood,” Church History Topics.

Richard Dilworth Rust, “’How long can rolling waters remain impure?’: Literary Aspects of the Doctrine and Covenants,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 27 (2017): 67–83.

D&C 84:2–5

Book of Mormon Central. “Where Did Joseph Smith Get His Ideas about the Physical and Spiritual Gathering of Israel? (2 Nephi 21:11).” KnoWhy 290 (March 22, 2017).

D&C 84:14

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Alma Talk about Melchizedek? (Alma 13:14),” KnoWhy 120 (June 13, 2016).

D&C 84:18–20

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Nephi Want to Know the Mysteries of God? (1 Nephi 2:16),” KnoWhy 442 (June 19, 2018).

D&C 84:26

Book of Mormon Central, “What Does Mormon Teach Us about Ministering as Angels? (Moroni 7:29),” KnoWhy 425 (April 17, 2018).

D&C 84:31

A Keith Thompson, “Joseph Smith and the Doctrine of Sealing,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 21 (2016): 1–21.

D&C 84:33–34

Book of Mormon Central, “How Can We Receive the Blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant? (2 Nephi 20:25),” KnoWhy 408 (February 15, 2018).

D&C 84:57

Book of Mormon Central. “What Role Does the Book of Mormon Play in Missionary Work? (2 Nephi 30:3).” KnoWhy 288 (March 17, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Should We Read the Book of Mormon Daily? (2 Nephi 4:15),” KnoWhy 368 (September 28, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “How Did President Gordon B. Hinckley Emphasize the Importance of the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 2:8),” KnoWhy 294 (March 31, 2017).