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CONTEXT: In the summer of 1831, Joseph Smith was overseeing the dedication of Independence, Missouri. During the Prophet’s absence, some Church members.

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2 CONTEXT: In the summer of 1831, Joseph Smith was overseeing the dedication of Independence, Missouri. During the Prophet’s absence, some Church members in Ohio turned away from the Lord’s commandments and committed serious sins. The Prophet Joseph Smith returned to Kirtland on August 27, and on August 30, he received the revelation recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 63.


4 Doctrine and Covenants 63: FAITH

5 I want to be a millionaire vs I am a millionaire I am humble vs people feel that you are humble I play a lot of spots vs I watch a lot of sports I hear you vs I am listening to you I studied that vs I learned that I hope vs I believe I am a human being vs I am a human doing How can calling ourselves the people of the Lord be different from being the people of the Lord? Doctrine and Covenants 63:1

6 Doctrine and Covenants 63:6-9 – another way to say “let the unbelieving hold their lips.”? Ezra Booth was a Methodist preacher in Ohio. He traveled to Kirtland with John and Alice Johnson to meet the Prophet. Mrs. Johnson suffered from rheumatism, which had caused pain, swelling, and stiffness in her arm. When she first met Joseph Smith, she had not been able to raise her hand to her head for about two years. “The conversation turned on the subject of supernatural gifts, such as were conferred in the days of the apostles. Some one said, ‘Here is Mrs. Johnson with a lame arm; has God given any power to man now on the earth to cure her?’ [Joseph] Smith rose, and walking across the room, taking Mrs. Johnson by the hand, said in the most solemn and impressive manner: ‘Woman, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I command thee to be whole,’ and immediately left the room. … Mrs. Johnson at once lifted [her arm] up with ease, and on her return home the next day she was able to do her washing without difficulty or pain ” (in History of the Church, 1:215–16).

7 Doctrine and Covenants 63: LUST

8 D&C 63:16 (16-20) Exodus 16- Manna story John 6 - What is manna? Numbers 11:4-8 Lust vs desire? Numbers 11:31-34

9 Never do anything that could lead to sexual transgression. Treat others with respect, not as objects used to satisfy lustful and selfish desires. Before marriage, do not participate in passionate kissing, lie on top of another person, or touch the private, sacred parts of another person’s body, with or without clothing. Do not do anything else that arouses sexual feelings. Do not arouse those emotions in your own body. Pay attention to the promptings of the Spirit so that you can be clean and virtuous. The Spirit of the Lord will withdraw from one who is in sexual transgression.

10 Avoid situations that invite increased temptation, such as late-night or overnight activities away from home or activities where there is a lack of adult supervision. Do not participate in discussions or any media that arouse sexual feelings. Do not participate in any type of pornography. The Spirit can help you know when you are at risk and give you the strength to remove yourself from the situation.

11 Opposite of lust? Hint: It’s not love D&C 121:45-46 Three things that charity creates

12 “Separate yourself from people, materials, and circumstances that will harm you. … “… If a TV show is indecent, turn it off. If a movie is crude, walk out. If an improper relationship is developing, sever it. Many of these influences, at least initially, may not technically be evil, but they can blunt our judgment, dull our spirituality, and lead to something that could be evil. … “… Replace lewd thoughts with hopeful images and joyful memories; picture the faces of those who love you and would be shattered if you let them down. … Whatever thoughts you have, make sure they are welcome in your heart by invitation only. … “Cultivate and be where the Spirit of the Lord is. Make sure that includes your own home or apartment, dictating the kind of art, music, and literature you keep there” (“Place No More for the Enemy of My Soul,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 45, 46).

13 Mormon Message “Watch Your Step”

14 Mormon Message “Watch Your Step”

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16 Doctrine and Covenants 63: The Second Coming

17 __1. During the wars in the last days, wicked people will destroy one another. (See D&C 63:32–33.)D&C 63:32–33 __2. The righteous Saints will easily escape all the destruction of the last days. (See D&C 63:34.)D&C 63:34 __3. When Jesus Christ comes again, He will destroy any wicked people who are still on the earth. (See D&C 63:34.)D&C 63:34 __4. Those who are faithful will eventually overcome all the challenges of this life. (See D&C 63:47–48.)D&C 63:47–48 __5. Righteous people who die before the Second Coming will be resurrected when the Savior comes to the earth. (See D&C 63:49.)D&C 63:49 __6. Righteous people who are living on the earth at the time of the Second Coming will never die. (See D&C 63:50–51.)D&C 63:50–51

18 Doctrine and Covenants 63:47–48 Doctrine and Covenants 63:47–48 Formulate an “if–then” statement.

19 Doctrine and Covenants 63: PRIDE

20 How might a person be tempted to respond with pride or arrogance in each situation: 1. You are invited to bear your testimony in front of many other youth at a large youth conference. 2. Some of the individuals in your quorum or a Young Women class complain about the activities you helped to plan. 3. You are a talented singer, and you have been asked to sing a song in sacrament meeting.

21 Sidney Rigdon received an important assignment from the Lord but responded with pride. The Lord commanded him to “write a description of the land of Zion, and a statement of the will of God, as it shall be made known by the Spirit unto him” (D&C 58:50). This written description would help Saints who lived far away from Independence, Missouri, to know what the land was like (photography was not available at that time). It would also help inspire Saints to donate money for the purchase of the land. Doctrine and Covenants 63:55–56

22 Doctrine and Covenants 63: The Name of the Lord

23 Doctrine and Covenants 63:59–64. - how the Lord wants us to use His name What are some other things that “come from above” and are sacred? How can we make sure we speak about them “with care”?

24 “At St. Mark’s Hospital in Salt Lake City [President Spencer W. Kimball] was put under total anaesthesia and operated on, then wheeled on a table back toward his room. Still drugged, Spencer sensed his table stop by an elevator and heard the orderly, angry at something, profaning the Lord’s name. Half-conscious, he pleaded with labored sounds: ‘Please don’t say that. I love Him more than anything in this world. Please.’ An absolute silence. Then the orderly answered softly: ‘I shouldn’t have said that. I’m sorry’” (Edward L. Kimball and Andrew E. Kimball Jr., Spencer W. Kimball: Twelfth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [1977], 264).


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