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1 The Law Doctrine and Covenants 42

2 Joseph Smith Arrives in Kirtland “About the first of February, 1831, a sleigh containing four persons drove through the streets of Kirtland and drew up in front of the store of Gilbert and Whitney. The Prophet Joseph Smith alighted, and springing up the steps walked into the store and proclaimed, ‘Newel K. Whitney! Thou art the man!’, extending his hand cordially, as if to an old and familiar acquaintance. ‘You have the advantage of me,’ replied the merchant, as he mechanically took the proffered hand, ‘I could not call you by name as you have me.’ ‘I am Joseph the Prophet,’ said Joseph, smiling. ‘You’ve prayed me here, now what do you want of me?’ The Prophet … while in the east had seen the Whitneys, in vision, praying for his coming to Kirtland.” History of the Church, 1:

3 Receiving D&C 41 & 42  In December 1830 the Lord had commanded the Saints to move to Ohio where they would receive His law (D&C 37:3; D&C 38:32).  On February 4, 1831, three days after arriving in Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph received D&C 41 instructing the Prophet and other Church leaders to pray to receive His law.  The law is received in two parts:  D&C 42:1-72 on February 9, in the presence of 12 elders  D&C 42:73-93 on February 23

4 Preface… D&C 42:61 Have you ever broken a law?

5 How do you feel about laws…  Restriction  Blessing  Burden  Annoyance  Gift  Reward

6 "Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God. But we cannot keep all the commandments without first knowing them, and we cannot expect to know all unless we comply with or keep those we have already received" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 255–56).

7 The Law You will receive one law. Become a ‘legal expert’ in that area. Use the verses listed in D&C 42 and lds.org and the Indexes for other information. You will be asked a series of questions about your law, so be prepared to answer correctly and accurately.

8  Law of Teaching 4 ‑ 17  Law of Morality 18 ‑ 29  (6 subcategories)  Law of Consecration 30 ‑ 42  Law of Healing 43 ‑ 52  Law of Revelation 61 ‑ 68  Law of Offenses 79, 80-83,  (3 subcategories) THE LAW: D&C 42

9 Law of Teaching D&C 42:7-17 What should be our source for teaching? What role does the Holy Ghost have in gospel teaching?

10 “The scriptures say, ‘The Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach’ (D&C 42:14). This teaches not just that you won’t teach or that you can’t teach or that it will be pretty shoddy teaching. No, it is stronger than that: ‘Ye shall not teach.’ (“Teaching, Preaching, Healing,” Ensign, Jan. 2003, 41). Be sure to mark D&C 42:17

11 Law of Teaching President Thomas S. Monson: “Young men, I admonish you to prepare for service as a missionary. Keep yourselves clean and pure and worthy to represent the Lord. Maintain your health and strength. Study the scriptures. (“As We Meet Together Again”Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 5–6).

12 Law of Morality D&C 42:18-29 D&C 42:18–19 (killing); D&C 42:20 (stealing); D&C 42:21 (lying); D&C 42:22–23 (lusting); D&C 42:24–26 (adultery); D&C 42:27 (speaking evil of others)

13 The Law of Consecration D&C 42:29-42 “The basic principle and the justification for the law of consecration ‘is that everything we have belongs to the Lord’; therefore, the Lord may call upon us for any and all of the property which we have, because it belongs to Him. … ” J. Reuben Clark, Jr., in Conference Report, Oct.1942, p. 55)” (M arion G. Romney, “Living the Principles of the Law of Consecration,” Ensign, Feb. 1979, 3). What is the Law of Consecration?

14 The Law of Consecration D&C 42:29-42 MARK EACH WORD/VERSE: We consecrate all to the Church (see D&C 42:31). We receive a stewardship (see D&C 42:32). We give surplus (see D&C 42:33). WHAT IS THE RESULT? Needs and wants amply supplied (see D&C 42:33).

15 Taxes Capitalism Man works hard (No free lunch!) Meets his Needs Surplus! (more Than he needs Right now) Government Sick, poor, widowed Wealth My Treasure

16 Returns back to the Lord What he didn’t need Law of Consecration Man uses the Lord’s resources Receives “Sufficient for his Needs” Surplus! (more than he needs right now) Bishop’s Storehouse Sick, poor, widowed

17 The Law of Consecration D&C 42:42 What happens if you are lazy? Be sure to mark D&C 42:42

18 The Law of Consecration D&C 42:29-42 Where is the Bishop’s Storehouse? What is the Bishop’s Storehouse?

19 “The Lord’s storehouse exists in each ward. The bishop is the agent of the storehouse. Guided by inspiration from the Lord, he distributes the Saints’ offerings to the poor and needy. He is assisted by priesthood quorums and the Relief Society.” (Church Handbook of Instructions, Book 2: Priesthood and Auxiliary Leaders [1998], 256).

20 President Thomas S. Monson : “The Lord’s storehouse includes the time, talents, skills, compassion, consecrated material, and financial means of faithful Church members. These resources are available to the bishop in assisting those in need” (“Guiding Principles of Personal and Family Welfare,” Ensign, Sept. 1986, 5).Guiding Principles of Personal and Family Welfare

21 The Law of Consecration D&C 42:29-42 What are some ways in which someone around you might be in need (besides financially)? What time, talents, and means do you have that you could use to help those who are in need? When have you been blessed by someone else who has given up time, talents, or means to help you?

22 Laws of … Law of Teaching Law of Morality Law of Consecration Law of Healing vs43 ‑ 52 Law of Revelation vs61 ‑ 68 Law of Offenses vs74-87 Yesterday Today

23 Law of Healing Have you ever prayed for someone that wasn’t healed?

24 Law of Healing According to verse 44, will every sick person who receives a priesthood blessing be healed? According to verse 48, what is the major factor that determines the outcome of a priesthood blessing? Why won’t everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ be healed? D&C 42: Be sure to mark D&C 42:44,48

25 Law of Healing “Latter-day Saints believe in applying the best available scientific knowledge and techniques. We use nutrition, exercise, and other practices to preserve health, and we enlist the help of healing practitioners, such as physicians and surgeons, to restore health. “In emergencies, prayers and blessings come first. Most often we pursue all efforts simultaneously” (Elder Oaks, “Healing the Sick,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 47). D&C 42: 43-53

26 Law of Healing Restate vs 46 into your own words Be sure to mark D&C 42:46 D&C 42: 43-53

27 Law of Healing “To some, the saying that ‘those who die in the Lord shall not taste of death’ has been a hard saying. They have seen good faithful men and women suffer days and months before they were taken. “But the Lord does not say they shall not suffer pain of body, but that they shall be free from the anguish…Death to them will be sweet in that they will realize that they are worthy before the Lord” (Church History and Modern Revelation, 2 vols. [1953], 1:186). (See also Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, 2nd ed. [Church Educational System manual, 2001], 85.) D&C 42: 43-53

28 Law of Revelation D&C 42: Be sure to mark D&C 42:61,65

29 Law of Offenses D&C 42: Killing (79) Fornication and adultery (80-83) Stealing and lying (84-87)

30 Law of Offenses D&C 42: How do you think resolving offenses appropriately might bless a family? A ward? A group of friends?

31 23 Now, I speak unto you concerning your families—if men will smite you, or your families, once, and ye bear it patiently and revile not against them, neither seek revenge, ye shall be rewarded; 25 And again, if your enemy shall smite you the second time, and you revile not against your enemy, and bear it patiently, your reward shall be an a hundredfold. 26 And again, if he shall smite you the third time, and ye bear it patiently, your reward shall be doubled unto you four-fold; 29 And then, if he shall come upon you or your children, or your children’s children unto the third and fourth generation, I have delivered thine enemy into thine hands; 30 And then if thou wilt spare him, thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness; and also thy children and thy children’s children unto the third and fourth generation. CROSS REFERENCE: D&C 98:23-30

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33 155 children in three generations

34 780 children in 4 generations

35 Mormon Message “Watch Your Step”

36  Law of Teaching  Law of Morality  Law of Consecration  Law of Healing  Law of Scriptures  Law of Revelation  Law of Offenses Which law do you need to work on?

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