Doctrine and Covenants 30-36: “You Are Called to Preach My Gospel” (April 5-11)

Detail from “Go into the Wilderness” by Robert T. Barrett

A successful businessman who built bridges and dams, a laborer in a type foundry (which produced typefaces for printing presses), a self-employed hatmaker, and a popular preacher—these were among the people who were called to serve in the newly organized church between October and December of 1830. What did they have in common? A willingness to follow the voice of the Lord and the courage to share their convictions.

“Open your mouths and they shall be filled,” the Lord instructed Ezra Thayer and Northrup Sweet (Doctrine and Covenants 33:8). “Lift up your voice and spare not,” He said to Orson Pratt (Doctrine and Covenants 34:10). And to Sidney Rigdon, He explained, “I call upon the weak things of the world, those who are unlearned and despised, to thresh the nations by the power of my Spirit” (Doctrine and Covenants 35:13).

They were called to serve in different places and in different ways, but they were all being stretched: they all had to exercise faith to fulfill these new assignments. For example:

The revelations in which these early church leaders received these callings contain many principles which are applicable to us. Here are some of those principles, together with links to some relevant blog posts:

If we are willing to open our mouths, the Lord will help us know what to say.

Doctrine and Covenants 31:3, 33:8-11, 34:10, 36:3

The Lord will be with us as we do His work.

Doctrine and Covenants 30:11, 32:3, 35:8

We are preparing the world for the Savior’s return.

Doctrine and Covenants 33:18, 34:7, 35:27, 36:8

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