Doctrine and Covenants 129-132: “When We Obtain Any Blessing from God, It Is by Obedience” (November 8-14)

In 1843, William Clayton, who served as secretary to Joseph Smith, recorded a number of truths taught by Joseph in a variety of settings. Some of his notes are now part of the Doctrine and Covenants:

  • Instructions Joseph gave to Parley P. Pratt about how to distinguish heavenly visitors from Satan and his angels (Doctrine and Covenants 129).
  • Teachings about the nature of God, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, and the Celestial Kingdom given in a sermon at a conference in Ramus, Illinois (Doctrine and Covenants 130).
  • Statements on the importance of marriage and knowledge and the nature of spirits, given in several settings including the home of Benjamin and Melissa Johnson at Ramus, Illinois (Doctrine and Covenants 131).
  • A revelation on marriage dictated to Clayton in an office in Joseph’s red brick store (Doctrine and Covenants 132).

(See Matthew McBride, “Our Hearts Rejoiced to Hear Him Speak” and Jed Woodworth, “Mercy Thompson and the Revelation on Marriage,” Revelations in Context.)

Here are some lessons I’ve learned from these sections of the Doctrine and Covenants, with relevant blog posts:

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