Doctrine and Covenants 18-19: “The Worth of Souls Is Great” (February 22-28)

People have infinite value. We may take others for granted at times, but God always recognizes their true worth, and He wants us to learn to see it too.

Shortly after learning for themselves of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the Three Witnesses received specific assignments:

But in the process of making both of these assignments, the Savior took the opportunity to teach them the importance of every child of God.

  • “Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God,” he said to Oliver and David. “Wherefore…how great shall be your joy…if you should bring…souls unto me” (Doctrine and Covenants 18:10-16).
  • To Martin, the Lord emphasized the terrible price He was willing to pay on our behalf: “I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent;… which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-19).

Here are seven principles I have learned from these sections, together with relevant Book of Mormon passages and blog posts:

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