Friday, June 11, 2010

Introduction to the Doctrine & Covenants

You always hear the Introduction to the Book of Mormon quoted, especially the "most correct of any book" and the "keystone of our religion" parts.

I don't remember the last time I heard someone quote from the Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants (officially titled "Explanatory Introduction"; Click here to read it in full). Since I've reread it recently, I've included some parts that impressed me.
(And I'll be legit and say, "Underlines added.")

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"Although most of the sections are directed to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the messages, warnings, and exhortations are for the benefit of all mankind, and contain an invitation to all people everywhere to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ, speaking to them for their temporal well-being and their everlasting salvation."

"These sacred revelations were received in answer to prayer, in times of need, and came out of real-life situations involving real people."

"In the revelations ... the testimony that is given of Jesus Christ--his divinity, his majesty, his perfection, his love, and his redeeming power--makes this book of great value to the human family and of more worth than the riches of the whole earth."

The Explanatory Introduction also lists some of the doctrines of the gospel that are set forth in the D&C:
  • nature of the Godhead
  • origin of man
  • reality of Satan
  • purpose of mortality
  • necessity for obedience
  • need for repentance
  • workings of the Holy Spirit
  • ordinances and performances that pertain to salvation
  • destiny of the earth
  • future conditions of man after the resurrection and the judgment
  • eternity of the marriage relationship
  • eternal nature of the family

And from the Testimony of the Twelve Apostles to the Truth of the Book of Doctrine and Covenants (I didn't even realize there was such a thing!):

"We, therefore, feel willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face of the earth, that the Lord has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost shed forth upon us, that these commandments were given by inspiration of God, and are profitable for all men and are verily true."

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The doctrines expounded upon in these sacred revelations have touched my life to the core in ways that I don't think I have fully appreciated throughout my life.

Happy Friday. :)

2 comments:

Linda said...

You make me want to jump back into the D&C again. Who is your prof?

Becca said...

Mmmm hmmmm!