Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 53:4—“An Agent unto This Church”
Sidney Gilbert was a partner to Newel K. Whitney in operating a store in Kirtland, Ohio. InDoctrine and Covenants 53, he was called by the Lord to be an agent for the Church, or to make business transactions for the Church. “Sidney Gilbert was an able business man. … The Lord was about to gather His Saints in a new locality, even in Missouri, and they needed men like Sidney Gilbert to transact business for them. Business talents, when consecrated to the service of mankind, are just as good and necessary as so-called spiritual gifts. It is only when they are used to serve the purposes of selfishness and greed that they become a snare and a curse. In the service of the Lord they are a blessing. As an agent he could help in building up the Church” (Smith and Sjodahl,Doctrine and Covenants Commentary,313).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 53.
Use Your Talents to Help Build the Kingdom
The Lord called Sidney Gilbert to be a businessman for the Church, but what did He say he must do to qualify himself for this calling?
What difference do you think following that counsel would have on the way he did business?
Think about a talent you have. How could you use your talent to bless the Lord’s kingdom?