Doctrine and Covenants 85-87: “Stand Ye in Holy Places” (August 2-8)

Between November and December 1832, Joseph Smith received specific revelation about multiple topics:

  • CHURCH ADMINISTRATION (Doctrine and Covenants 85): How to manage inheritances for church members who refused to consecrate their properties. The Lord answered the question while clarifying the duties of the clerk, including the responsibility for accurate record-keeping.
  • SCRIPTURAL INTERPRETATION (Doctrine and Covenants 86): The meaning of the parable of the wheat and tares. (See Matthew 13:24-30.) The Lord explained the meaning of the symbols in the parable, and then related those symbols to us. It is important for us to be patient. Many injustices won’t be resolved until later.
  • POLITICAL TURMOIL (Doctrine and Covenants 87): What to do about the Nullification Crisis, a standoff between the state of South Carolina and the federal government of the United States which dominated headlines at the time. The Lord explained that war would come but reiterated the principle that His disciples should “stand…in holy places, and be not moved.”

Here are some blog posts relating to some of the major themes of these sections:

Record-keeping

Patience

Holy Places

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