Doctrine and Covenants 49-50: “That Which Is of God Is Light” (May 10-16)

Campfire at Dawn, by Richard G. Scott. See Elder Gerritt W. Gong’s discussion of this painting in “Our Campfire of Faith,” General Conference, October 2018

God wants us to receive light. He wants to help us recognize truth and overcome false beliefs.

In May, 1831, the Lord said to Leman Copley, a recent convert to the church: “Be not deceived, but continue in steadfastness” (Doctrine and Covenants 49:23). He corrected some inaccurate beliefs, and then promised to help Leman grow in understanding. “I will be in your midst,” He promised, “and you shall not be confounded” (Doctrine and Covenants 49:27).

Two days later, the Lord spoke to the elders of the church. They had allowed false spirits to deceive them, He said, but He was willing to reason with them to help them better understand. He taught them how to recognize truth: It edifies, enlightens and brings joy. It builds unity. It comes iteratively—as we accept and apply truth, we receive more (Doctrine and Covenants 50:21-25).

Mormon taught his people that they could distinguish truth from error with the help of the Spirit of the Lord. They could recognize this spirit because it “inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him” (Moroni 7:13).

Here are some things I have learned about the process of gaining spiritual knowledge, together with some relevant blog posts:

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