Understanding the Scriptures
|Follies(v. 1)||Foolish acts|
|Instrumentality(v. 2)||Influence, efforts|
|Expedient(v. 3)||Appropriate, desirable|
|Form acquaintance(v. 3)||Make friends, establish good relationships|
|Tarry(vv. 7–8)||Wait, stay|
|Signalized(v. 8)||Made known, indicated|
|This place you may obtain by hire(v. 9)||You can rent this place|
Doctrine and Covenants 111:2—What Treasure Did the Lord Have in Salem for the Church?
The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith and the men who accompanied him to Salem, Massachusetts, that the treasure there would be the souls they could bring to Christ. Five years later, in 1841, Erastus Snow (who was later called to be an Apostle) was given a copy of the revelation inDoctrine and Covenants 111and sent on a mission to Salem. Hyrum Smith told him that it was time for the revelation to be fulfilled. Brother Snow stayed there for more than a year and baptized more than 100 converts.
Doctrine and Covenants 111:9–10—How Does Inquiring After the “Ancient Inhabitants and Founders” of Salem Relate to “More Treasure” in the City?
Another treasure available in Salem, Massachusetts, was the records of Essex County, where one could “inquire diligently concerning the more ancient inhabitants and founders of this city” (D&C 111:9). Many ancestors of the early Church members had resided in Salem—including the first ancestor of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s to come to America. As a young boy, Joseph Smith had lived in Salem for a short time with his uncle Jesse Smith when Joseph was recovering from his leg operation. His mother, Lucy Mack Smith, recorded that after the operation “Joseph immediately commenced getting better, and from this onward, continued to mend until he became strong and healthy. When he had so far recovered as to be able to travel, he went with his uncle, Jesse Smith, to Salem, for the benefit of his health, hoping the sea-breezes would be of service to him, and in this he was not disappointed” (History of Joseph Smith,58).
The importance of having these records was later made known when the Lord revealed the doctrines concerning work for the dead.
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 111.
How Do You Think He Felt?
How might the Prophet Joseph Smith have felt about himself and about the Lord as he considered what the Lord said inDoctrine and Covenants 111?
What Are the Lessons?
Write about some important lessons we can learn fromDoctrine and Covenants 111and the events leading up to it and after it ( also the introduction toD&C 111in this study guide and the “Understanding the Scriptures” section).
Give an Example
Give an example of what you think the Lord asked His servants to do in the first part ofDoctrine and Covenants 111:11.
What might that mean for you?