03681_000_009Adapted from Doctrine and Covenants Stories (PBIC037A)(See D&C 87:1–3; History of the Church, 1:301.)
1 Many people were being baptized into the Church, and the gospel made them happy. But the Saints worried about things that were happening in other lands.
2 There were earthquakes and epidemics of cholera and the plague, and many people were dying.
3 Sad things were also happening in the United States. People in some states quarreled with people in other states.
4 On Christmas day, 1832, Joseph Smith received a revelation on war.
5 The Lord told the Prophet Joseph Smith that there would be a war between the Southern States and the Northern States.
6 Later there would be wars in all nations.
7 Joseph was sad to learn that there would be wars. He knew that if people obeyed God’s commandments, they would not fight each other.