Melanie Stroud

Episode 22 Doctrine and Covenants 60–62 “All Flesh Is in Mine Hand”

This episode is about how to be a better missionary!

Doctrine and Covenants 60–62

“All Flesh Is in Mine Hand”In June 1831, Joseph Smith held a conference with the elders of the Church in Kirtland. There, the Lord organized some of the elders into companionships and sent them to Jackson County, Missouri, with this charge: “Preach by the way” (Doctrine and Covenants 52:10). Many of the elders did so diligently, but others did not. So when the time came to travel back to Kirtland, the Lord said, “With some [elders] I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man” (Doctrine and Covenants 60:2). Many of us can feel sympathy for these elders—we may also feel hesitant to open our mouths and share the gospel. Maybe we too are impeded by the “fear of man.” Maybe we doubt our worthiness or abilities. Whatever our reasons, the Lord “knoweth the weakness of man and how to succor [us]” (Doctrine and Covenants 62:1). Scattered throughout these revelations to early missionaries are reassurances that can help us overcome our fears about sharing the gospel—or other fears we might be facing: “I, the Lord, rule in the heavens above.” “I am able to make you holy.” “All flesh is in mine hand.” And “be of good cheer, little children; for I am in your midst.” (Doctrine and Covenants 60:4, 7; 61:6, 36.)

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6 thoughts on “Episode 22 Doctrine and Covenants 60–62 “All Flesh Is in Mine Hand””

  1. Cassandra Beutler

    Dear Friend (I like calling you that since you feel that way to me),

    This podcast reminded me of a special cousin of mine and I wanted to share with you her example of how to do missionary work. She is actually the wife of my cousin but I consider her like a cousin.

    Willow Walsh-Hughes is a convert to the church. She developed Stiff Person Syndrome, a genetic and neurological disorder. The last couple years of her life she lived in her basement in so much pain and she couldn’t move easily. A few weeks before her death her husband had a construction worker working in their home. Willow crawled up the stairs on her hands and knees and took him a copy of the Book of Mormon. All she said was “Read this. It will change your life.” This man came to her funeral a newly baptized member of the church.

    There are many things about this story that I love but I have never forgotten how simply she put it “Read this. It will change your life.” There’s nothing difficult saying that while giving someone a copy of the book.


    1. Melanie Wellman

      What a beautiful story! We have to excuses to not share the Book of Mormon with others now, do we?! Thanks so much for sharing that story with me.

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