The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 1310 pages and is available in Paperback format.

For the official Church websites, please visit or As a result, they could not—and would not—prevent the states from violating the First Amendment rights of Mormons to practice their faith. Willard Richards writes in his history that Joseph was "busily engaged" in November in making "preparations for the School for the Elders, wherein they might be more perfectly instructed in the great things of God. 36 Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac; nevertheless, it was written: Thou shalt not kill. The Doctrine and Covenants reports that a special city is to be built there under God’s command, a new Zion. 26 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if a man marry a wife according to my word, and they are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise, according to mine appointment, and he or she shall commit any sin or transgression of the new and everlasting covenant whatever, and all manner of blasphemies, and if they commit no murder wherein they shed innocent blood, yet they shall come forth in the first resurrection, and enter into their exaltation; but they shall be destroyed in the flesh, and shall be delivered unto the buffetings of Satan unto the day of redemption, saith the Lord God. 9 Will I accept of an offering, saith the Lord, that is not made in my name? 65 Therefore, it shall be lawful in me, if she receive not this law, for him to receive all things whatsoever I, the Lord his God, will give unto him, because she did not believe and administer unto him according to my word; and she then becomes the transgressor; and he is exempt from the law of Sarah, who administered unto Abraham according to the law when I commanded Abraham to take Hagar to wife.

22 For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me.

The authorship of the Lectures on Faith is not entirely known. Joseph Smith was then in Kirtland, Ohio, and, although he knew a little of the problems the Missouri Mormons faced, he did not know the full extent of it until he received revelation concerning it. 30 Abraham received promises concerning his seed, and of the fruit of his loins—from whose loins ye are, namely, my servant Joseph—which were to continue so long as they were in the world; and as touching Abraham and his seed, out of the world they should continue; both in the world and out of the world should they continue as innumerable as the stars; or, if ye were to count the sand upon the seashore ye could not number them. God said He had allowed it to be established to protect the rights of all people according to just and holy principles and that people had a right to freedom, which was why no one should be in bondage to another. 47 And again, verily I say, whomsoever you bless I will bless, and whomsoever you curse I will curse, saith the Lord; for I, the Lord, am thy God. 5 And that law of the land which is constitutional, supporting that principle of freedom in maintaining rights and privileges, belongs to all mankind, and is justifiable before me. The Doctrine and Covenants is a book of modern revelations given to prophets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are often called Mormons. Joseph Smith Chronology, which presents Joseph's life in a sequence, with sources, created by BYU Studies. By December of that year, the Mormons had been driven from their homes and had their crops and possessions destroyed.

[1], The Lectures were included as the "doctrine" portion of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants (the revelations comprised the "covenants" portion). In Section 98, God said that the Constitutional laws of the land that support freedom belong to all mankind and that they are justifiable before God. If there is an effort by the Church to hide or suppress them in any way, then they are not hiding them very well. 6 And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God. [5] This is in contrast to the remaining pages of the original Doctrine and Covenants which are officially recognized as divine revelation given specifically to the church. 59 Verily, if a man be called of my Father, as was Aaron, by mine own voice, and by the voice of him that sent me, and I have endowed him with the keys of the power of this priesthood, if he do anything in my name, and according to my law and by my word, he will not commit sin, and I will justify him. 21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory. 52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph, and who are virtuous and pure before me; and those who are not pure, and have said they were pure, shall be destroyed, saith the Lord God. To them, the United States played a sacred role in their faith. Copyright © 1997-2020 by The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Doctrine and Covenants contains revelations that came to Joseph Smith and others as a result of specific questions put to God. We hope BYU Studies will benefit your teaching and personal study of the Doctrine and Covenants in 2017. 44 And if she hath not committed adultery, but is innocent and hath not broken her vow, and she knoweth it, and I reveal it unto you, my servant Joseph, then shall you have power, by the power of my Holy Priesthood, to take her and give her unto him that hath not committed adultery but hath been faithful; for he shall be made ruler over many.

In Section 101, the Lord warned them that some of their trials were allowed because some were disobeying God. They are also available in English and Spanish. Scholarship seems to indicate that the lectures were mostly written by Sidney Rigdon with some oversight of Joseph Smith.

51 Verily, I say unto you: A commandment I give unto mine handmaid, Emma Smith, your wife, whom I have given unto you, that she stay herself and partake not of that which I commanded you to offer unto her; for I did it, saith the Lord, to prove you all, as I did Abraham, and that I might require an offering at your hand, by covenant and sacrifice. 8 I, the Lord God, make you free, therefore ye are free indeed; and the law also maketh you free. Joseph Smith, and they’re considered inspired by God, the very words of God. History of the Church 5:501-7. The revelation addressed the issue of the Constitution, and the natural longing of those persecuted to take revenge on their attackers., Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 33 But if ye enter not into my law ye cannot receive the promise of my Father, which he made unto Abraham.

Missed the FairMormon 2020 Conference? 34 God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. This website is not owned by or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes called the Mormon or LDS Church). "[8] The 1990 republication of the Lectures signals the desire of some LDS scholars to stimulate interest in their historical and doctrinal significance for the Church. 17 For these angels did not abide my law; therefore, they cannot be enlarged, but remain separately and singly, without exaltation, in their saved condition, to all eternity; and from henceforth are not gods, but are angels of God forever and ever. No portion of this site may be reproduced without the express written consent of The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, Inc. Any opinions expressed, implied, or included in or with the goods and services offered by FairMormon are solely those of FairMormon and not those of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1902, the material reproduced in the Doctrine and Covenants was removed. 25 Broad is the gate, and wide the way that leadeth to the deaths; and many there are that go in thereat, because they receive me not, neither do they abide in my law. 60 Let no one, therefore, set on my servant Joseph; for I will justify him; for he shall do the sacrifice which I require at his hands for his transgressions, saith the Lord your God. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them. However, the BoM fails all tests.

This led to intense persecutions and even to murder and the government did not stop it. 39 David's wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore he hath fallen from his exaltation, and received his portion; and he shall not inherit them out of the world, for I gave them unto another, saith the Lord. While the Lectures on Faith were at one time included in the Doctrine and Covenants, they were subsequently removed from the 1921 edition (along with other items; for more information see D&C Textual Changes) that were not considered official revelation and binding doctrine by the church. In Section 98, the Lord tells the people that their trials will all be for their good in the long run, helping them to learn and to grow. Two other documents, Vision of the Celestial Kingdom and Vision of the Redemption of the Dead , [5] were added to the Pearl of Great Price in 1976 and moved to the LDS Church edition of the Doctrine and Covenants (sections 137 and 138) in 1979. 43 And if her husband be with another woman, and he was under a vow, he hath broken his vow and hath committed adultery. That committee consisted of Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, and Frederick G. Williams. 32 Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham; enter ye into my law and ye shall be saved. He also explained His role in the Constitution of the United States. To see citations to the critical sources for these claims, click here.

He explains to them how to approach the laws of the land, which were not always constitutional. The nation had not been chosen randomly.

16 Therefore, when they are out of the world they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are appointed angels in heaven, which angels are ministering servants, to minister for those who are worthy of a far more, and an exceeding, and an eternal weight of glory. The religion began in the early 1800s, a time when the federal government did not have the power to force states to obey the Constitution. 12 I am the Lord thy God; and I give unto you this commandment—that no man shall come unto the Father but by me or by my word, which is my law, saith the Lord. But if she will not abide this commandment she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord; for I am the Lord thy God, and will destroy her if she abide not in my law. Mormons struggled to maintain their right to the free practice of religion. 5 For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were instituted from before the foundation of the world.

The Church said that they were removed because they had never been presented to or accepted by the membership as being anything other than theological lectures or lessons. 20 Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. 45 For I have conferred upon you the keys and power of the priesthood, wherein I restore all things, and make known unto you all things in due time.

Recent authorship studies ascribe the wording of the lectures "mainly to Sidney Rigdon," with Joseph Smith substantially involved, and others perhaps having some influence. 31 This promise is yours also, because ye are of Abraham, and the promise was made unto Abraham; and by this law is the continuation of the works of my Father, wherein he glorifieth himself.

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