Doctrine and Covenants 45: “The Promises…Shall Be Fulfilled” (April 26-May 2)

Detail from “Parable of the Ten Virgins,”
 by Dan Burr

How can we prepare for the Savior’s return to the earth?

During His mortal ministry, Jesus provided some guidance to His disciples. As recorded in Matthew 24-25, Mark 13, and Luke 21, He foretold wars and rumors of wars, false prophets, and natural disasters preceding His glorious return. Like a careful observer who can detect the seasons by the state of a fig tree, His disciples would recognize these disruptive events for what they are: signs that the Savior’s return is drawing closer. To those who are prepared, like the five wise virgins from the parable, His return will be a joyful occasion.

In March of 1831, Joseph Smith received a revelation in which the Lord repeated and elaborated on the guidance He had given anciently. Doctrine and Covenants 45 can be divided into four sections:

  1. The Savior introduces Himself as our Creator, our Advocate, and our Advisor (verses 1-15).
  2. He describes the events which will occur before His return, drawing heavily on Matthew 24-25 and Zechariah 12-14 (verses 16-59).
  3. He commands Joseph Smith to begin translating the New Testament (verses 60-62). (Joseph had previously been focused on translating the Old Testament. See Revelations in Context: Joseph Smith’s Bible Translation.)
  4. He commands members of the church to gather and establish Zion (verses 63-75).

Here are some blog posts relating to themes in this revelation:

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