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Episode 30 Doctrine and Covenants 88 Part 2 and 89–92 “A Principle with Promise”

Doctrine and Covenants 88 Part 2 and 89–92 “A Principle with Promise”

This episode is the second half of last weeks lesson and this week’s lesson about the word of wisdom and sustaining the first presidency.  I’m not lying.  That’s what the lesson was about.  

From the manual for part 2

Doctrine and Covenants 89

In the School of the Prophets, the Prophet Joseph Smith taught the elders of Israel about building God’s kingdom on earth. They discussed spiritual truths, prayed together, fasted, and prepared to preach the gospel. But there was something about the atmosphere that might seem odd to us today, and it didn’t seem right to Emma Smith either. During t he meetings, the men smoked and chewed tobacco, which wasn’t unusual for the time, but it stained the wood floors black and left a strong odor in the air. Emma shared her concerns with Joseph, and Joseph asked the Lord. The result was a revelation that went far beyond smoke and tobacco stains. It gave the Saints, for generations to come, “a principle with promise”—promises of physical health, “wisdom,” and “great treasures of knowledge” (Doctrine and Covenants 89:3, 19).

See also Saints, 1:166–68.

“… the submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar. The many other things we “give,” brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, then we are really giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give!”

“Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father”

Neal A. Maxwell

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – Alan Jackson
Seek Learning By Faith – Elder David A Bednar
Letter I referred to about the Vaccine
The Power of Sustaining Faith – Elder Henry B Eyring

Synonyms for Sustain

Including this video just for those who missed it the first time around.

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5 thoughts on “Episode 30 Doctrine and Covenants 88 Part 2 and 89–92 “A Principle with Promise””

  1. So here is a fun fact that corroborates what you have been testifying about. I have been substituting in Primary as the chorister this summer and I am teaching music this Sunday so I looked in Come Follow Me For Primary to see which song was suggested for this week and you will never believe what it is………ready, FOLLOW THE PROPHET!!!!!! I agree with you that none of this is coincidence, these lessons have been planned for years, then this week this song is part of the lesson. The last verse goes like this. “Now we have a world where people are confused, if you don’t believe it go and watch the news. We can get direction all along the way, if we heed the prophets follow what they say”. Isn’t that amazing. I have watched as things have unfolded over the last few years and have been shocked by the increasing animosity and anger that is out there. I do think that that is Satan’s greatest tool because if he can keep us angry it will keep us from feeling the spirit. I’m so glad you are willing to spend so much time and energy in teaching the truths found in the gospel. I love your beautiful spirit.

  2. Melanie,
    I love your podcast!
    I appreciate what you said about the vaccine. I have always tried to follow the prophet, so when I saw the picture of him rolling up his sleeve to get the vaccine., I knew I had to.We have been promised that Heavenly Father won’t let the prophet lead us astray. So my hope is that we will find the strength to follow our church leaders and place our faith in them. Shine on sweet lady shine on!

  3. Melanie you just brought me out of a 3 day funk! I felt exactly the same as you when the Prophet came out in January assuring us the vaccine is safe. It eased my own worries about getting it when it came my time. I had posted on my Facebook page a few days ago, a Covid vaccine promotional that listed the myths and the truth about the vaccine. I was shocked at the hate I got from it with all their so called facts as to why it is unsafe. I responded with, The prophet, who is a doctor, has stated it is safe and effective and urges us to get it so that’s fact enough for me. I was accused of shaming people and that was unchristian. It was never my intention to shame anybody, especially those that can’t get it due to medical reasons, but nonetheless members that I have known for years made me feel like the worst person ever. I felt like they must have never had any respect for me in the first place if they could just hurl those accusations at me. Yes I did have some that had my back, but I was just so shocked. So thank you for sharing your experience. I feel so much better now that my speaking up didn’t make me unchristlike. Keep up the wonderful work you do, and keep just being honest. Love you!!

  4. Katherine Christensen

    Hi Melanie,
    Your podcasts really lift me as I go about my day. I also am ADD so maybe that is why I resonate with you and your style of teaching. Thank you for continuing your efforts.

    I have some random comments, that might be food for thought, not necessarily going with this podcast.

    Facebook heavily censors comments concerning COVID…only pro and hate are allowed. They are part of the reason we feel so divided. That is all we are allowed to see…and we escalate.

    D&C 89 It is interesting to think of bread being the staff of life when you think of a staff as being a shepherd’s tool to assist. Once I thought of bread being an assist when needed, it all made a lot more sense to me. (My take is to eat a lot of vegetables, especially greens, some fruit, a little beans or meat and bread when I need more calories.)

    A thought about a room swept and clean after getting a devil out…Maybe it is an empty room…looking to fill it…maybe a lesson is to fill our thoughts and time with good so that there is no room for evil.

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