Oct 11 2016 Doctrine & Covenants Class 6 by Rebekah Ellsworth

 Notes on “Restoration of the Priesthood

Clearly, acting with divine authority requires more than mere social contract. It cannot be generated by theological training or a commission from the congregation. No, in the authorized work of God there has to be power greater than that already possessed by the people in the pews or in the streets or in the seminaries—a fact that many honest religious seekers had known and openly acknowledged for generations leading up to the Restoration.”  – Jeffrey R. Holland, “Our Most Distinguishing Feature,” Ensign, May 2005

President Joseph F. Smith defined the priesthood as “the power of God delegated to man by which man can act in the earth for the salvation of the human family, … by which [men] may speak the will of God as if the angels were here to speak it themselves; by which men are empowered to bind on earth and it shall be bound in heaven, and to loose on earth and it shall be loosed in heaven.” President Smith added, “[The priesthood] is sacred, and it must be held sacred by the people.”  – President Thomas S. Monson, Priesthood-A Sacred Gift

“As pertaining to eternity, priesthood is the eternal power and authority of Deity by which all things exist; by which they are created, governed, and controlled; by which the universe and worlds without number have come rolling into existence; by which the great plan of creation, redemption, and exaltation operates throughout immensity. It is the power of God.

“As pertaining to man’s existence on this earth, priesthood is the power and authority of God delegated to man on earth to act in all things for the salvation of men. It is the power by which the gospel is preached; by which the ordinances of salvation are performed so that they will be binding on earth and in heaven; by which men are sealed up unto eternal life…and by which in due course the Lord will govern the nations of the earth and all that pertains to them.”  – Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 594

“…the priesthood of God, with its keys, its ordinances, its divine origin and ability to bind in heaven what is bound on earth, is as indispensable to the true Church of God as it is unique to it and that without it there would be no Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”  – Jeffrey R. Holland, “Our Most Distinguishing Feature,” Ensign, May 2005

Scriptural Pearls

D&C 13:1 – Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood
D&C 84:33-39 – Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood
D&C 84:57 – Remember the Book of Mormon
D&C 84:85 – Treasure up the words of life
D&C 84:88 – Right hand, left, and angels round about

 Ponder

How does the Priesthood relate to the Atonement?

Sept 20 2016 Doctrine & Covenants Class 3 by Bekah Ellsworth

The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon JS-History 1:27-67

Sections 3, 10

□    Neal A. Maxwell, “By the Gift and Power of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1997, 36-41

□    “Book of Mormon Translation,” Gospel Topics, lds.org/topics

□    “Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon and Restoration of the Priesthood,” chapter 5 in Church History in the Fullness of Times Student Manual, 2nd ed. (CES manual, 2003), 52-66

Scriptural pearls
D&C 3:1, 3 – the work of God is not frustrated
D&C 3:7 – fear not man more than God

“Why do we not have more disclosure concerning the process of translation of the Book of Mormon? Perhaps the full process was not disclosed because we would not be ready to understand it, even if given. Perhaps, too, the Lord wanted to leave the Book of Mormon in the realm of faith, though it is drenched with intrinsic evidence. After all, Christ instructed Mormon, who was reviewing the Savior’s own teachings among the Nephites, not to record all of them on the plates because “I will try the faith of my people” (3 Ne. 26:11). Perhaps the details of translation are withheld also because we are intended to immerse ourselves in the substance of the book rather than becoming unduly concerned with the process by which we received it.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “By the Gift and Power of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1997

“The Book of Mormon is like a vast mansion, with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings. My tour of it has never been completed. Some rooms I have yet to enter, and there are more felicitous fireplaces waiting to warm me. Even the rooms I have glimpsed contain further furnishings and rich detail yet to be savored. There are panels inlaid with incredible insights, and design and décor dating from Eden. There are even sumptuous banquet tables painstakingly prepared by predecessors which await all of us. Yet we as church members sometimes behave like hurried tourists scarcely entering beyond the entry hall. May we come to feel, as a whole people, beckoned beyond the entry hall. May we go inside far enough to hear clearly the whispered truths from those who have slumbered – which whisperings will awaken in us individually a life of discipleship as never before.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Great Answers to the Great Question,” FARMS Symposium Address, 10/86