“Search These Commandments”

“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).

“This year the entire Church membership is studying the Doctrine and Covenants. Its remarkable and inspiring message is being taught and pondered in many languages and in a hundred nations across the earth. It is a glorious book full of words of heavenly wisdom. It contains the word of God to us of this generation.”

Gordon B. Hinckley (“‘The Order and Will of God,’” Tambuli, August 1989, 2)

“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 (1899–1994) (“The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants,” Ensign, May 1987, 83)

“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. … 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 (1856–1945) (Gospel Standards, compiled by G. Homer Durham [1941], 39, 43)

“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 (1838–1918) (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph F. Smith [1998], 44)

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

Brigham Young (1801–77) (Teaching of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 120)

“The book of revelations … 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 (1805–44) (History of the Church, 1:235)

[illustrations] Paintings by William F. Whitaker, Knud Edsberg, Charles J. Fox, Albert E. Salzbrenner, George M. Ottinger, and Alvin Gittins