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    “Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.” D&C 1:37

    “The book of revelations, now to be printed, … show[s] that the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom of our Savior are again entrusted to man; and the riches of eternity [are] within the compass of those who are willing to live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

    Joseph Smith
    History of the Church, volume 1, page 235

    “The book of Doctrine and Covenants is given for the Latter-day Saints expressly for their everyday walk and actions.”

    Brigham Young
    Journal of Discourses, volume 16, page 188

    “I say to my brethren that the book of Doctrine and Covenants contains some of the most glorious principles ever revealed to the world, some that have been revealed in greater fulness than they were ever revealed before to the world.”

    Joseph F. Smith
    Gospel Doctrine, page 45

    “The Book of Mormon is the ‘keystone’ of our religion, and the Doctrine and Covenants is the capstone, with continuing latter-day revelation. The Lord has placed His stamp of approval on both the keystone and the capstone.”

    Ezra Taft Benson
    Ensign, May 1987, page 83

    “This title which the Lord gave when they got out this edition—let me refer to the title page: ‘The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’—is very significant and tells the story of what this book actually is. It contains the doctrine of the Church; it contains the covenants the Lord will make with the Church, if we are willing to receive them.”

    Joseph Fielding Smith
    Doctrines of Salvation, volume 3, page 198

    “The Doctrine and Covenants is full of splendid things with which we ought to be familiar. But you can read this book through and through, and learn it off by heart, and it won’t do you a particle of good unless you put into practice the teachings. …

    “I wish that I had the ability to impress upon the Latter-day Saints the necessity of searching the commandments of God … contained in the Doctrine and Covenants. If we as a people would live up to those wonderful revelations that have come to us, we would be a bright and shining light to all the world.”

    Heber J. Grant
    Gospel Standards, pages 39, 42–43