Doctrine and Covenants 94-97: “For the Salvation of Zion” (August 3 – September 5)

How do you build a house for God? As imperfect mortals, it seems presumptuous to build a dwelling place for the Creator of the Universe. Yet that is what the Lord commanded a small group of believers to do in the city of Kirtland, Ohio in 1833.

In a series of revelations received in June and August of 1833, the Lord explained how to approach this project. Here is a summary of the content of those revelations, in chronological order:

  • June 1: The Lord chastens them for not taking seriously enough His prior command to establish this house. (See Doctrine and Covenants 88:119.) He explains that, within this house, He intends to endow them “with power from on high.” He tells them not to build it “after the manner of the world,” but “after the manner which I shall show unto three of you” (Doctrine and Covenants 95)
  • June 4: The Lord explains how to manage the property (known as the “French farm“) where they would build His house. Newell K. Whitney, the bishop of the church in Kirtland, was to manage the allocation of the property. John Johnson was also called upon to help ensure that the property was paid for, so that they could construct the building (Doctrine and Covenants 96).
  • August 2: The Lord instructed church members to construct several buildings around his house, including a building for the presidency of the church, a printing press, and homes for several church leaders (Doctrine and Covenants 94).
  • August 2: The Lord instructs church members in Jackson County, Missouri to sacrifice in order to quickly build a house for Him. He promises that He will come if they build the house and keep it holy. He defines Zion as “the pure in heart” (Doctrine and Covenants 97).

Here are some of the major themes in these revelations, with related blog posts:

“Build a house unto me” (Doctrine and Covenants 97:15)

“Every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command” (Doctrine and Covenants 97:8)

“Whom I love I also chasten” (Doctrine and Covenants 95:1)

  • God’s correction is evidence of His love for us: Chastened.

“This is Zion: THE PURE IN HEART” (Doctrine and Covenants 97:21)

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