Come Follow Me Insights (Doctrine and Covenants 64-66, Jun 14—20)

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This week's episode dives into the healing power of forgiveness and love. Join with Taylor and Tyler as they unpack these powerful sections of scripture. __________________________________________________ Download our free scripture study tool: Sign up for our weekly emails to receive notifications and more Come, Follow Me resources: __________________________________________________ 0:00 Joseph Smith has returned to Kirtland. It was a time of discouragement when nothing is getting done well 1:45 D&C 64: 1-5 When there is a lot to be concerned with, we can turn to God to receive direction and focus. In these verses we see the compassion, forgiveness, and mercy of God. 5:12 God is pleased with Joseph even though he makes errors. There are some who left the church because of Joseph’s weakness. God forgives us of our errors. We need to forgive each other. 12:47 Verses 6-8 Some criticized Joseph without cause. This continues today. We deny the power of the Atonement when we hold others hostage for past mistakes. Disciples of old were sorely chastened for not forgiving one another. 17:11 Verses 9-10 We are required to forgive all men but it may take time to work through the process. We become more like Christ as we move toward the goal of forgiving others. 22:02 Sins of terrible abuse hurt deeply. The victim needs the healing, reassuring love of the Savior. The power of Jesus Christ’s infinite atonement is available to victims of abuse. 23:01 Forgive and forget is not scriptural or doctrinal. Forgiveness is an act of faith. We may have many moments to act in faith as memories of the pain come back to the surface. 26:20 Word study: forgive means completely give away. Trespass means to step over a border. What pain are you willing to completely give away? It is also an act of faith to forgive ourselves. 31:04 Verses 23-24 “Now it is called today”. “Today” is now until the 2nd Coming. We demonstrate our covenant that “He will be our God and we will be His people” through sacrifice and obedience. 37:21 Verses 33-34 “Be not weary in well doing” Whether we are asked to forgive, pay tithing, or make other sacrifices, all invitations are opportunities to become more consecrated to God. 38:20 Tyler shares a missionary story about a gift of bread. 46:05 D&C 65. Joseph is working on the translation of the Bible and comes to The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6. Section 65 is designated as a prayer with several Biblical cross references (CR). Verse 1 – CR with Isaiah 40: 1-3 (a voice of comfort and preparing for the way of the Lord); Verse 2 – CR with Daniel 2 (the stone cut out of the mountain without hands); Verse 3 – CR with Matthew 25 (make ready for the Bridegroom); Verse 7 – CR with Matthew 6:13 (The Lord’s Prayer). 52:55 D&C 66. Revelation to William McClellin. Joseph’s ability to provide revelation for William’s private questions left a deep impression on his soul. 54:55 What were William McClellin’s questions? The following likely questions have been proposed (1) How does this Church fit into the purposes of God in the world? And how does it relate to other religions? See verse 2. (2) What is my spiritual standing? See verse 3. (3) What is my role in the church? See verses 5-8; (4) Will I be able to have the Savior’s healing power in my life? See verse 9. (5) How can I escape the temptations of adultery and other sins that have burdened me? See verses 9,10,12. 59:29 Conclusion: Invitation to “be not weary in well doing for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great”. Try a little harder to be more like Jesus today. Timestamps courtesy of Tammy Hulse __________________________________________________ This channel may make use of copyrighted material, the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. This constitutes a 'FAIR USE' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. #BookofMormonCentral #ComeFollowMeInsights #SpreadLightAndGoodness

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I'm taylor and i'm tyler this is book of mormon central's come follow me insights today doctrine and covenants section 64 through 66. so as we begin this particular section 64 keep in mind that fairly recently joseph smith and that whole group of missionaries has returned to kirtland from missouri and there seems to be a lot weighing on joseph's mind we don't Have a lot of historical context for 64 for what was going on and why it was given it's almost as if joseph is having a little moment of perhaps feeling a little bit overwhelmed or a little bit frustrated with with the way things have turned out and that they're not flowing a little more smoothly and so you pick up this this section With this perspective of has there ever been a time in your life where you've looked around at all of the things that you're working on and all the things that you're doing in life and have you ever felt discouraged because it seems like nothing is going extremely well nothing is just flowing well it feels like you're doing a whole bunch of things part way but nothing is getting really well done Perhaps that might be some of this human discouragement that is going on with some of these early church leaders feeling like ugh what do we do how do we how do we get things going more smoothly because there's there are a lot of problems in kirtland and in missouri at this time so look at verse 1 behold thus saith the lord your god unto you o ye elders of my church hearken ye and Hear and receive my will concerning you i love this concept that when you've got a million things to to be concerned about or to be to be working on it's nice when you can go to the lord and get the the short list from him of that which he wants you to focus on that which needs your attention right here right now rather than being overwhelmed with the enormity of All the different responsibilities that that maybe are weighing down on you or making you feel guilty because you're not doing them perfectly look at verse two for verily i say unto you i will that ye should overcome the world wherefore i will have compassion upon you i love this idea of of god saying don't have your focus be on that which is Earthly or worldly that which is drawing your attention here i'm going to have compassion on you i'm going to give you an opportunity to move forward and help you organize things look at verse 3 there are those among you who have sinned but verily i say for this once for my own glory and for the salvation of souls i have forgiven you your sins Notice the source of forgiveness it comes from god i have forgiven you your sins okay i will be merciful unto you for i have given unto you the kingdom now that theme is going to come up again when we get to section 65 so hold that thought you could circle the word the kingdom i have given unto you this kingdom of god is now on the earth it's been given Verse 5 and the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom shall not be taken from my servant joseph smith jr through the means i have appointed while he liveth in as much as he obeyeth mine ordinances there are people in kirtland right here in early september of 1831 who are very very frustrated with joseph they're they're Calling him a fallen prophet they're saying he's taking too much power to himself ezra booth is probably leading that charge at this particular juncture but you'll notice that the lord makes it very clear that it's him who gave those keys to joseph and as long as joseph obeyeth his ordinances god is going to keep those keys with joseph god called Him and if he's going to be released it's going to be god that releases him not a public opinion vote not a in our world today not a social media campaign that's going to say yeah we think we're smarter now than than the prophet so to speak it doesn't work that way in in the history of time gnawing in modern times and god is pleased with his servant joseph What's interesting there are times even here god says joseph you've sinned and we often the the problem is some people thought well if joseph smith made mistakes that must mean he's a fallen prophet and therefore he's got to be removed and god's like hey i understand that i gave a fallen human keys and responsibility and guess what i expect that there will be times when Things get messed up and that's what the whole plan salvation is about is forgiveness and again for some context listen to the people who are causing problems in the church the apostasy norman brown leaves the church after his horse had died on the way down to missouri to zion and back he's like i'm just done my horse is gone i'm just done with the kingdom of god Uh joseph wakefield he leaves the church after he sees joseph smith playing with some kids and his feeling is like a man of god a prophet of god who that's just not prophetic activity i tell you what seeing joseph come down from upstairs doing revelatory work and then come down and romp around the plague or the front room with the children Causes him to say he can't be a prophet and for me that would just touch my heart because what would jesus probably say suffer the little children to come unto me you nailed it we got simon's writer some sections ago he leaves a church because his name gets misspelled in fact when i was making notes today i misspelled his name and i forgot there's a d right there Ezra booth again is one of the most vociferous and vocal opponents and then you have all the well all the problems that had happened at the morley farm where they're trying to live the communal order and also with lehman copley who had reneged in his willingness to offer his farm for people to live together there's just a lot going on and and here we are we're less than a year And a half into the the church and there's just all this contention and misunderstanding and i love what god is doing here he's saying hey look i'm in charge i understand that my children will sometimes make mistakes sometimes we'll see that they'll trespass against one another and this never ever goes away it's always always available we sometimes think it isn't and we turn our back and Act like i can't be forgiven because we have failed to turn the source of forgiveness so this is actually one of my favorite sections i probably say that a lot about a lot of the doctrine covenants is so incessant that it's insistent that we can be forgiven and that we should forgive one another isn't it interesting as you go through that list taylor to to consider Consider our own lives today as we as we live in the 21st century how often do you sometimes pay too much attention to these negative horizontal voices that tell you you messed up you're not good enough you'll never be good enough or the adversary's voice in our mind that discourages us and makes us feel like it i'll never i'll never measure up i'll never be good enough I don't know that just because joseph smith was called to be a prophet or because we have modern prophets in in our current day i don't know that they get a free pass on on having to figure out how to overcome and filter out those negative voices that come to them either from the horizontal sources or from the devil but isn't it amazing that we have this source that we can Look to to say you know i'm not perfect you know my limitations when you called me to this and i just want to do thy work i want to build up thy kingdom but no i am not perfect help me to know what to do in order to to not be this pessimist and focus on all these really negative things but acknowledge the fact that we're not Perfect but move forward anyway that's a it's a struggle for everybody and pointing out again the the humanness of joseph smith um we do not have a doctrine of prophetic infallibility in the church meaning we do not have a doctrine where we believe that our prophets are perfect and yet too many of us think they are perfect And so when we see them possibly making a mistake or actually just being human or perhaps our fellow saints we're like wait a second if that saint if that prophet made a mistake the church must not be true i remember as a missionary out teaching and struggling with this issue where so an investigator said i really cannot listen to your message anymore because i Know some of the members and here's some things that i saw them do that were wrong that's that that that argument i find it so ironic the example i think we've used before in here is taylor would you ever go into a second grade classroom while they're working on their math worksheets and walk up and down the rows and look at these math worksheets for The second graders and notice all the mistakes they're making and then walk out of the room and and report to me tyler math math is bad math is evil math is broken and i'd say what are you talking about you say let me show you all the mistakes that were made in there that i witnessed i saw it they were terrible brothers and sisters math isn't broken because second graders have a hard time Applying mathematical principles perfectly with every single problem they run into the gospel of jesus christ and the church of jesus christ they're not broken or they're not bad because members of the church aren't perfect at applying those principles that are taught that are that are given in every situation and in every problem we're working on At any given time regardless of our calling the person who bases their testimony on the truthfulness of the gospel based on how much they agree with their bishop or their state president or their relief society president or their ministering sister or all the way up the line to the prophet himself brothers and sisters i don't think the scriptures tell us to have Faith in people they tell us to have faith in god the father and his son jesus christ that's the list and then from there they give us the kingdom and now we have to wrestle with mortal imperfection and fallibility and not base our testimony on on how well somebody does according to our to the dictates of our conscience in in governing the affairs of the kingdom and i just love this principle because there's going to be messi Messiness in life we all we bump into each other and there there's friction i mean that's actually part of the plan so that we can learn and grow and this makes it possible that everything that happens here that's less than ideal can actually all be overcome and i love the invitation that's so persistent here god's saying i will forgive and i invite All of you to forgive it's just a beautiful message so so let's carry it through look at verse six there are those who have sought occasion against him without cause so so god's making this very clear there are sometimes people who have tried to slander joseph smith and drag him down without cause This is happening in 1831. well guess what it's also happening in the 21st century where people are slandering him and seeking occasion against joseph and against other church leaders without cause it's a it's an amazing thing when i hear people say certain things about joseph in a slanderous way when i feel so spiritually immature in Comparison to joseph that i could never ever point a finger of accusation at him without first taking a serious look in the mirror at which point there's no i don't want to start slandering people in in the historical past when they're not here to defend themselves when they're not here to give me context when when i've got a limited view of what they said and did and i'm judging Them or condemning them based on that view and adding to that also they've grown and developed and sure maybe they made a mistake but for us to hold them hostage so that's the past mistake it's like we were sent down here to learn in part from our mistakes and if we're not allowing people to move on from their mistakes we're actually denying the atonement of Jesus christ and denying the power of god and i don't want to the word adversary actually the word satan means to be an adversary that's what the hebrew word means i don't want to be a satan an adversary who stands in the way of people's progress by saying uh you made that mistake and you're forever bound to it now as a human i sometimes do that And so i have fallen victim to this where i am sometimes on the outside pointing at people and i find myself deeply appreciative when i become aware of my own feelings and how i'm bothering other people that god can forgive me and i can get forgiveness from other people and i should forgive myself good now look at verse seven nevertheless He has sinned but verily i send you i the lord forgives sins unto those who confess their sins before me and ask forgiveness who have not sinned unto death so he gives this very clear statement that this is what he does he forgives sins there are many people who feel like repentance is this this deep heavy sorrowful painful thing When when you read the scriptures you get this sense from a heavenly perspective that this is one of the greatest attributes of god as his mercy and his willingness and ability to be able to forgive us and let the past die so to speak let it let it fade into the past and let us move forward and grow as taylor was talking about This idea of learning from those mistakes and moving on and not being held hostage to that past experience look at verse eight he gives you a little insight into those original twelve apostles back in the new testament my disciples in days of old sought occasion against one another and forgave not one another in their hearts and for this evil they were afflicted and sorely Chastened you'll remember that one occasion where peter comes to him and says lord how oft do i have to forgive my brother till seven times and the lord looked at him and said no peter you need to forgive your brother 70 times seven which by the way um seven is perfection and ten is like completion and it's like it's a perfection of perfections a Perfection of completion so he's basically saying thoroughly and totally some of us like to multiply like oh i can do the math on that grab my calculator okay 490 times yeah whatever the number is and like i'm gonna do now do tick marks okay that person's got to 489 490 i'm done and actually it's not about the number it's about the fullness and the totality of Forgiveness as god does for us love it now the famous verse 9 this this verse is astounding in its its potential to change our life wherefore i say unto you that ye ought to forgive one another for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the lord for there remaineth in him the greater sin let's pause there for a minute let's make something a couple of things Very clear here jesus didn't say you have to forgive right here right now everybody he didn't he didn't put a time stamp on this he gave a commandment that we we ought to forgive one another of any trespass but the implication here is that for some of you that means you've been hurt very deeply and it it's okay if you work with the lord through the Process of time through a forgiveness process where where your heart can change and for some of you it'll happen in an instant for some of you it'll take a day some of you will take a week some of you might take a year or ten the point is you're working towards this goal what is the goal brothers and sisters the end goal isn't forgiveness The end goal is to become more like christ more like god who is a very forgiving and merciful being especially when you don't deserve it that's the whole point of that parable that jesus is going to tell to peter right after he asked that question the parable of the ten thousand talents which by the way this won't get you into heaven but the word ten thousand in the Greek is mortios which the king james translators put into the english 10 000 the reality is is the way jesus told the parable was this man owed a myriad of talents which to the greek perspective is the biggest number you can imagine well i guess in 1611 when they were translating the bible ten thousand was The biggest number they could imagine because that's what they keep putting in for every time murdias appears in the greek text his point being brothers and sisters the debt that we have incurred from god is equivalent to a murias a myriad a myriad of talents which is incalculably huge this debt and god is willing to forgive us all that Debt and now he's saying you need to forgive your brother of that hundred pence debt that he has incurred from you lest you hold the greater sin stop and think about that for a minute the greater sin how could it be a greater sin if i say no i'm not going to forgive you what you did to me was too bad because now i'm not just denying a forgiveness or a letting go of of some Past mistake what i'm actually doing is i'm denying god's mercy and power and goodness not just in that person's life but in my life stop and think about it brothers and sisters when you when you are carrying a fence deep in your soul or in your heart how is that hurting the person who offended you it's not it's hurting me if taylor does something to me and i hold on to it in An angry um unforgiving way it's causing it becomes a canker or a cancer if you will in my soul not in his the minute i can drop that burden at the feet of the savior and say i don't want to carry this anymore then he gets to own it look what he says verse 10 i the lord will forgive whom i will forgive But of you it is required to forgive most people right oh wait i think i read that wrong it is required to forgive all men that's a hundred percent brothers and sisters the greater sin would be me saying no your badness is bigger than christ's goodness your offense your sin is stronger than christ's infinite atonement That's what i'm saying in essence when i refuse to forgive now i have to be really careful and sensitive here because there there have been terrible abuses and terrible sins committed against many of you who might be watching this and it hurts it's painful that's the point is to allow jesus's infinite atonement to start that healing process with you who have Been on the receiving end of those sins and i have been hurt by them you need the infinite atonement and the mercy and the merits and the grace of the redeemer just as much as anybody who has sinned needs the merits and the mercy and the grace and that and that purifying cleansing power of his atonement you need that comforting and that Reassuring love to to take the place of that that angry and bitter feeling that has settled into your soul let's talk about this a bit further because all of us have been hurt in our lives uh the first principle i'd like to talk about actually it's not really a principle um you may have heard this phrase in your life forgive and forget this actually is not a Scriptural or a doctrinal phrase now i'm not suggesting that we don't forget what's happened but i am suggesting that if you have been hurt by somebody or something it may be difficult to forget in moments of you not trying those painful memories might return and we don't need to burden ourselves to believe that we are bad if these Thoughts and the reminder of pain comes back in our lives i mean our bodies are designed to remember pain because it keeps us safe from experience those things again so if you feel burdened by this idea i encourage you to think about what god has suggested and what god teaches that his love is sufficient for all and any moment where you are remembering pain You can reach out to god and again this is not a doctrinal principle this is not in scriptures let me actually add to this that forgiveness is an act of faith let me say that again forgiveness is an act of faith isn't that interesting when i verbalize and say act of faith you may not know whether i'm saying active faith or act of faith it turns out forgiveness is Both every time you have an opportunity to forgive somebody it is an act of faith and in some cases the pain and hurt that we've experienced is so deep and so painful that we have to have many moments of acts of faith which become active that every time we act on faith to forgive somebody we're doing an act of faith another principle here In the gospel there are two key principles there's repentance and as we've mentioned forgiveness repentance allows you to heal from things that you've done wrong hurts that you've caused yourself or possibly to others repentance allows you to access the atonement of jesus christ for pain that you have caused forgiveness Allows you to access the atonement of jesus christ for pain other people have caused you isn't that beautiful so pain happens sometimes we pass out pain to others and sometimes we receive pain repentance allows us to access the atonement of god so that we can overcome the pain we have caused others forgiveness allows us to overcome the Pain others have caused us and receive that through the atonement of jesus christ so as we think about this power of forgiveness we can think about its connection to repentance and then finally i want to just talk about these two other words that we have seen in these passages actually let's talk again about forgiveness forgiveness literally means To completely give away what pain are you willing to give away bad memories hurt anger frustration bad thoughts god also completely gives away everything bad that we've done when he forgives us then finally let's talk about this word trespass so this verse here what talks about how we should be forgiving the trespasses of Others the word trespass literally means to step over a border and sometimes we inadvertently strip step over boundaries or borders when we didn't know that there was a boundary or border there and it may offend somebody it may hurt somebody even if it was unintentional and sometimes people do that to us we have personal borders we've set up in Our lives and we don't always advertise them to everybody and if somebody crosses over one of our boundaries or borders we might feel offended or hurt or bothered and this is our opportunity to try to be more like god by forgiving people sometimes though we do trespass we go over boundaries or borders intentionally and we may intentionally hurt people and We intentionally do things that actually cause them pain and trauma and people sometimes do that to us it is a natural consequence of living in this fallen world so that we can actually learn how to be more like god it gives us the opportunity to thoroughly give away the anger the hurt the frustration the pain so as you think about these verses you Might consider are there trespasses that i've committed against others where i need to seek forgiveness or have people trust to pass against me unwittingly or willingly and i need to actively work to let go of that and every time that pain is reminded every time i'm reminded of that pain do i need to work to let go of that and Turn it over to god and to let him heal the pain that's happened so to summarize forgiveness is one of those means that god has given us to not just connect more completely with heaven but to actually change and to become more like that god who gave us life and the savior who is who is nurturing our our new life our new birth and Is so willing to forgive us and i want to be more like him consequently next time somebody offends you look at that as an opportunity or perhaps an invitation to now practice act in faith this act of faith to become more like jesus and by the way a quick clarifying notes this is any discussion we have on the principle of forgiveness is not A an invitation for you to um set yourself up for failure or to encourage or allow any kind of of abuse or or horrible situations to continue because you somehow think that that's now a christ-like way to live is to just let people do whatever they want um to to hurt you or others around you that is not the case so again the command is to forgive the command is not to facilitate Um hurt or or abuse so that that's to be applied in your own individual situations that you may find yourself and i would also say before we move on isn't it ironic that for most of us i guess i should just speak for me instead of including you in this as well the hardest person on the planet to apply this principle to happens to be that person staring at me in the mirror And i think the same rule applies in this commandment of forgiveness to the person in the mirror as it does to everybody around you that we've got to be willing it's an act of faith to look in the mirror and say you knew better but you did it anyway but i'll forgive you which then allows the lord to forgive us if we if we forsake and we move forward and we keep striving we keep Trying to become more like him it's very powerful let's jump over to a new concept verse 23 behold now it is called today until the coming of the son of man you'll notice how god uses the word today in the doctrine and covenants here is where he gives you the definition behold now it is called today until the Coming of the son of man he's saying it's always going to be called today until you get the second coming so that's why section 64 is going to tell you that the second coming is tomorrow because until that happens it's today brothers and sisters in looking at in looking at time as it unfolds you have the past you have the present and you have the Future i love the fact that in the gospel of jesus christ we're invited to look to the past learn from the past prepare for the future but act in the present live act in faith make your decisions become who you need to become today because that's the present that's that's the gift i like in english How you're living in the present because today is a gift it's the the musical the music man that president thomas s monson quoted in general conference uh years ago where the the main character in that musical said something along the lines of when you stack up enough tomorrows and you focus so much on tomorrow Then the day will come that you'll look back and realize you have a whole bunch of empty yesterdays because you're overlooking what you can do right here right now because you're just living for all of these these dreams and hopes and aspirations for the future rather than looking around what you have today so in that context look at verse 23 Behold now it is called today until the coming of the son of man and verily it is a day of sacrifice and a day for the tithing of my people for the he that is tithe shall not be burned at his coming i love this we often refer to to this um verse right here 23 as the the fire insurance policy that the lord gives us that at his second coming those who are burned will be Those who haven't tithed now some of you would wonder why would god attach tithing to that particular promise it's also important to note here that in section 64's historical context and setting they weren't living the same law of tithing as we are today where you pay one-tenth of your increase that law isn't going to come until A few years later right now this tithing law would be focused on consecration but they're calling it tithing if you look in the book of malachi which is the very very last book of the christian old testament if you look at chapter 3 that's this chapter where he talks about tithing will a man rob god that famous passage you'll notice That the verse right before the famous tithing verses come eight nine and ten the verse right before malachi three verse seven look at this even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from mine ordinances and have not kept them return unto me and i will return unto you saith the lord of hosts but you say wherein shall we return and then he talks about tithing are you noticing that god is inviting His people i will be your god you will be my people but people you live in a world that really really values money and what money can do for you and what money does to you and if you're not careful money will become your god in in one way or another and i want to be your god so return to me how do you return to me in the payment of tithing that's Interesting and if you pay your tithing you sacrifice this in the day of my coming you won't be burned well why won't you be burned because the world hasn't become your god you're not you're not worshiping the idols of the world god is your god and one of the ways that he helps us establish that not just in our mind and in our heart but in our whole Life our whole approach is in us being willing to sacrifice a little teeny portion of our income to him to say i love thee more than i love this money now look down at verse 24. for after today cometh the burning this is speaking after the manner of the lord for verily i say tomorrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be a stubble and i will burn them up For i am the lord of hosts and i will not spare any that remain in babylon hmm do you think there might be some implications to people in kirtland in 1831 who have said no actually i'm not going to consecrate what i promised to consecrate my property i love my property in my house and my money more than i than i love this commitment that i've made to god and they they've reneged on that Covenantal promise that they've made and he says verse 25 wherefore if you believe me you will labor while it is called today you'll you'll sacrifice you'll work while it is today look around you there are lots of things you can do today now shift clear down to verse 33 wherefore be not weary in well-doing for ye are laying the foundation of a great work and out of small things proceedeth that Which is great behold the lord requireth the heart and a willing mind and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of zion in the last days brothers and sisters whether it's forgiveness whether it's tithing whether it's being anxiously engaged in doing the best you can and striving to keep the covenants that You've made and keep the commandments of god these are all invitations for us to become more fully consecrated to god to become more like jesus himself who was the ultimate example of what it means to be consecrated to god the father in in his life let me just share one little mission story with you To teach this principle elder bauer and i were serving in toledo uh parana down in brazil a southern state down in brazil let me tell you about zhuang and his family that lived in that ward in toledo they they lived in a fairly modest house most most people in north america would would not have appreciated living in this kind of a house He had many children four or five children and they weren't exactly rich and juan had a brother who wasn't a member of the church and he invited elder bauer and and me over to his house to teach this brother of his they both worked at the same place they worked for the city there in in their water treatment plant i believe we arrived To teach that discussion and his brother wasn't there and juan told us that things weren't going well at work that he and his brother both had been hired fairly recently and things were going poorly and he was likely to be he thought he was going to get laid off as well as his brother and he says his brother had gotten called in last minute to go to work and so he Wasn't able to come to this missionary lesson so elder bauer and i shared a brief scriptural message with the family because that's what presidentia oliveira had asked us to do with every visit and we said a prayer and got up to leave and i don't remember what's what thought we shared i don't remember much but as we got up to leave Juan nodded to his wife who went into the kitchen and came back with a grocery sack and he handed it to us i opened up the grocery sack and inside are two freshly baked loaves of bread they smelled so good and then i looked at the children here's his wife holding a little baby and she had two little children hugging her either side of her her legs and they were looking at this uh bag of Bread and then i looked closely at them and i realized something juan is a very large man very very large very strong and i looked at his children and i realized they look skinny they look hungry and they were looking very hungrily at this bag and my heart broke in that moment here's this family who's worried about his job worrying about providing for the needs Of the family and they're now giving two loaves of bread to missionaries who just the day before i think was p day and we had gone shopping and had plenty of food i didn't want to be rude but i said to zhuang oh thank you so much for this offering and elder bauer and i uh tried to give the bread back but juan shook his head And then i started to pray heavenly father please help juan to understand and i had a flash of brilliance i said i got it why don't we all sit down together and cut this bread up and eat it all together i thought that was a great idea juan didn't think that was a great idea he stepped forward and here we are with this This bag outstretched and he put his hand over mine did i mention that he's a really large man and he said elder griffin please take the bread and i'm sitting here praying help him to understand help him to understand and then he said something i'll never forget he said my family needs the blessings of the lord Now more than we've ever needed them before will you please take the bread and then all of a sudden my prayer got answered on my own head i understood and in that moment i said i we would be honored to take this bread on one condition that you'll let us offer one more prayer for your family at which point we knelt down and poured Out our heart to heaven in behalf of this this incredibly faithful and good family who was acting in faith later that evening when we were at home in in our apartment uh we were settling things down and i needed a little snack so i went and i got one of those loaves of bread out and i cut off a couple pieces and i put some some Butter and jam on it and i took a bite and i paused and i said wow this bread tastes really good i've eaten a lot of bread in my life but that particular bread on that particular day tasted especially good and then young elder griffin realized something of course it tastes good because that bread had a secret ingredient it was infused with faith Of this this incredible couple who had who are so willing to give and to sacrifice for the lord and there's something miraculous that happens when human beings in a fallen world are able to do what it says in verse 34 behold the lord requireth the heart and a willing mind when we're verse 33 not weary in well-doing we lay the foundation of a great work And out of small things even two loaves of freshly made bread proceedeth that which is great um brothers and sisters whatever situation you're you're in if you look around and figure out how could you more fully apply this principle of be not worrying well doing because that's what jesus did his entire life in in perfect proportions how can we now do these small and simple things that Are infused with our our actions of faith that will cause great things to be brought to pass i love that perspective now jump down to 41 for behold i say unto you that zion shall flourish and the glory of the lord shall be upon her lest we get caught up in the the negative or pessimistic ideas and opinions that maybe swirl around the world we live in the promises sure zion will flourish Verse 42 and she shall be an enzyme unto the people and there shall come unto her out of every nation under heaven and the day shall come notice these aren't perhaps this might happen there's a good chance that this is going to occur he's saying no it shall it shall it will happen when the nations of the earth shall tremble because of her and shall fear because of her terrible ones The lord hath spoken it amen we don't need to guess or wonder who's going to win in the in the ultimate battle between heaven and the forces of the devil and the forces of darkness we already know what's going to happen now shift down to section 65. section 65 is given at a time when joseph is still working his way through the translation Process of the bible according to steve stephen harper he's somewhere near the end of matthew or the beginning part of mark the gospel of mark it's interesting because in this section we're calling back to matthew chapter 6 the lord's prayer which is this beautiful pattern that jesus has given us for how to address god the father and joseph actually Considers or designates this revelation as a prayer section 65 and so it's it's going to have these lofty um gratitude and petition kinds of of elements to it look at verse one hearken and lo a voice as of one sent down from on high who is mighty and powerful whose going forth is unto the ends of the earth yea whose voice is unto men prepare ye The way of the lord make his paths straight brothers and sisters this entire section six verses is going to take you on a biblical journey it's a tour through multiple passages throughout the entire bible so the the tour so to speak begins in isaiah chapter 40 which is a highly significant chapter because isaiah 40 is the transition chapter Between those first 39 chapters where god is talking about the punishment and the negative consequences that come from breaking his covenant with him and then 40-66 is is the section of hope where god is coming back and re-establishing the covenant with people who previously had broken it section 40 begins that let me forgive you let me work with you even though you don't deserve it That's one of the beautiful attributes of god's goodness is his ability to to grant this kind of goodness especially when we don't fully deserve it look at section 4 isaiah chapter 40 verse 1. look at the very first phrase comfort ye comfore ye my people saith your god did you see the covenant you're my people I'm your god and a god will comfort his people and that's what he starts with speak he comfortably to jerusalem and cry unto her that her warfare is accomplished that her iniquity is pardoned for she hath received of the lord's hand double for all her sins it's time to now be clean and to move forward the voice of him verse three now this is your tie To section 65 the voice of him that cries in the wilderness prepare ye the way of the lord make straight in the desert a highway for our god that whole notion is going to then get repeated in matthew chapter 3 with john the baptist that's that's that's what he's doing he's preparing the way of the lord crying repentance telling the people to make his path straight for his coming That's all tied in here in verse one now look at verse two the keys of the kingdom of god are committed unto man on the earth from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth as the stone which is cut out of the mountains without hands shall roll forth until it has filled the whole earth now we're going to the prophecy in daniel chapter 2 verse 44 and 45 this this stone cut out of the mountain Without hands rolling forth look at verse 3 yea a voice crying prepare you the way the lord prepare ye for prepare you the supper of the lamb make ready for the bridegroom now we're into some of the the illusions and the the allegories in matthew 25 and other examples of where the the bride is the bridegroom is coming and we're The bride and we've got to be prepared for that second coming pray unto the lord call upon his holy name make known his wonderful works among the people call upon the lord you'll notice he's continually inviting us to turn to him not to turn to others for our guidance and our direction call upon him that his kingdom may go forth upon the earth that the inhabitants thereof may Receive it and be prepared for the days to come in which the son of man shall come down in heaven did you notice the preposition there the son of man shall come down in heaven not come down from heaven he'll come down in heaven as if he's bringing a portion of heaven with him when he comes look at the distinction clothed in the Brightness of his glory to meet the kingdom of god which is set up on the earth we talked last time about the kingdom of god in heaven the kingdom of god on earth and he's trying to make this really really difficult planet on which we live he's trying to turn it into an outpost of heaven verse six wherefore may the kingdom of god go forth That the kingdom of heaven may come that's what we do with all these efforts we've been talking about so far is creating an environment where the kingdom of heaven can return to the earth for that second coming now listen to this prayer here at the end that thou o god mayest be glorified in heaven so on earth that thine enemies may be subdued For thine is the honor power and glory forever and ever amen giving that connection back to the lord's prayer in matthew 6 that he begins our father which art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done that that's what jesus taught us in our prayers that we should be asking god for and that's what our prophets And apostles and the leaders of our church today are asking us to do is to prepare the world for the coming of the kingdom of god the kingdom of heaven to join the kingdom of god on the earth which is the bride the the church now we shift over to section 66. historically william e mcclellan has an amazing story to tell he he's a very recent convert he lost his wife and his infant child Fairly recently felt lost then he heard some preaching uh about the book of mormon and david whitmer's testimony really got his attention and hiram smith ends up baptizing william mcclellan and then they make the journey up to kirtland he met joseph like four three or four days before this revelation is given brand new convert new in town and he's Just excited to go he's ready to go in the gospel and before coming to joseph he he records in his journal that he had petitioned god for five specific questions that he had that he wanted answered but he didn't tell joseph what those were and then he comes to joseph and he says What do i need to do others have come to you for revelations i want a revelation what do i need to do now he never divulged what those five questions were but what he does tell us later on in life is that every one of those five questions were specifically answered in this revelation and it left this indelible impression on william mcclellan's soul even to the point where keep in mind William mcclellan is going to leave the church he's going to become kind of a bitter enemy of the church during one phase in particular there in missouri but he never goes back on what happened here and he says there's no way joseph came up with this on his own joseph was a prophet so his his reasons for leaving the church are different but he never goes back on what happened here Couple scholars jan ships and jack welch have carefully reviewed the records of william mcclellan and also section 66 and they propose what might be likely the five questions that william had and here they are so how does this church that's just been organized fit into uh the purposes of god in the world and how does it relate to other religions And here's what the answer is from verse two verily i say unto you blessed are you for receiving my everlasting covenant even the fullness of my gospel sent forth unto the children of men that they might have life and be made partakers of the glories which are to be revealed in the last days as it was written by the prophets and apostles in the days of old Another question number second question what is my spiritual standing let's look at verse 3 for an answer verily i say unto you my servant william that you are clean but not all repent therefore of those things which are not pleasing in my sight saith the lord for the lord will show them unto you every week the sacrament is a renewal of the baptismal covenant you're clean and maybe god's saying but Not all right you're going to live your next week and you're probably going to make mistakes but guess what i the lord have power to heal you come back to the sacrificial table of sacrament and declare your sins declare your loyalty to me and i'll forgive you and isn't it beautiful that the The not all clause gets to find how look at the second half of verse 3 repent therefore of those things which are not pleasing in my sight saith the lord for the lord will show them unto you we don't look to the world to figure out what i need to work on next he says i'll show them to you i'll show you the areas where you're not clean yet and i'm going to give them to you in bite-sized chunks You can do this the covenant path is is doable because he's going to give you the next step that's it he's not going to give you the next 100 miles he'll give you the next step and i will show them unto you i just i love verse 3. yeah these are these are great verses question three what is my role in the church so william has left behind his former life he he used to be a school teacher he's now left where he He's now left where he had been has moved to kirtland what's his next step verses five through eight help to answer that behold verily i say unto you that it is my will that you should proclaim my gospel from land to land and from city to city yey in those regions round about where it has not been proclaimed question four will mcclellan has personally seen the healing power of God through the power of the priesthood he saw that he saw that from hiram smith and so he wonders will i be able to have that power verse 9 lay your hands upon the sick and they shall recover return not till i the lord shall send you be patient in affliction ask and ye shall receive Knock and it shall be opened unto you and then the last question how can i escape the temptations of adultery and other sins that have burdened me and it seems that verses 9 10 and 12 seem to answer this let's take a look at verse 10 seek not to be cumbered right seek to avoid temptation forsake all unrighteousness commit not adultery a temptation which With which thou has been troubled down to verse 12 continue in these things even unto the end and you shall have a crown of eternal life at the right hand of the father who is full of grace and truth and the section concludes with verily thus saith the lord your god your redeemer even jesus christ amen now personal revelation to us today is Unlikely to get canonized in scripture for eons of time that other people can read but i love that god took the time to answer the very specific questions of a seeking saint and the same is true today wherever you're at you have questions you can talk to god and he can reveal to you through the holy spirit or through other means what those answers are and he will Declare to you as he did to william thus saith the lord your god your redeemer even jesus christ he can give you the truth so to conclude today our invitation to all of us is to be not weary in well-doing for ye are laying the foundation of a great work and out of small things proceedeth that which is great sometimes it's easy to get overwhelmed with the enormity Of of the the tasks that lie around us and in front of us but i love the fact that he says don't don't be weary don't don't be overwhelmed just do those small and simple things infuse those offerings that you make with faith and uh out of those those small efforts that we make today today this is this is the day we have to work Today then great things will be brought to pass brothers and sisters to finish i love the words of that beautiful primary song i'm trying to be like jesus in all that i do and say may the lord bless all of us to try a little harder to be a little more like jesus today and we leave that with you in the name of jesus christ amen [Music] you

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