Doctrine and Covenants 81-83: Where “Much Is Given Much Is Required” (July 19-25)

Portrait of Frederick G. Williams, unknown artist, circa 1836, Church History Library, Salt Lake City, as displayed on josephsmithpapers.org

81 – Frederick G. Williams becomes a counselor to Joseph Smith

The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has two counselors. Together, they form the First Presidency of the Church.

In March 1832, Jesse Gause was called to serve as a counselor in the First Presidency. A year later, he was replaced by Frederick G. Williams. This revelation, addressed first to Brother Gause and then to Brother Williams, explained the Lord’s expectations of a member of the First Presidency. Most significant to me is the instruction, borrowed from Isaiah, to “succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees” (Doctrine and Covenants 81:5). (See Isaiah 35:3.)

Blog posts relating to this revelation:

82 – More instructions about the United Firm

In March 1832, the Lord instructed church leaders to organize themselves more fully to care for the poor and the needy among them. (See Doctrine and Covenants 78.) The following month, the Lord provided additional information to help them in this effort. Here are some of the principles taught in this revelation, together with relevant blog posts:

Where much is given, much is required (Doctrine and Covenants 82:3, Luke 12:48):

Commandments are actually instructions to help us live successfully (Doctrine and Covenants 82:8-9):

God always keeps His promises (Doctrine and Covenants 82:10):

83 – Welfare principles

A few days later, the Lord clarified an important principle: Members of the Church should look first to their families for financial support. The Church is available to help when family is unable to do so, including for widows and orphans.

Here are some blog posts about financial management and caring for the needy:

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