Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 28
|Borders by the Lamanites(v. 9)||The boundary between the United States and the Indian Territory (,maps 5–6 in the back of your triple combination)|
|Common consent(v. 13)||Collective approval ( the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forD&C 26:2, p. 38).|
Doctrine and Covenants 28:1–3—Who Has the Right to Receive Revelation for the Church?
In a 1913 declaration entitled “A Warning Voice,” the First Presidency—Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Charles W. Penrose—explained:
“From the days of Hiram Page (Doc. and Cov., Sec. 28), at different periods there have been manifestations from delusive spirits to members of the Church. Sometimes these have come to the men and women who because of transgression became easy prey to the Arch-Deceiver. At other times people who pride themselves on their strict observance of the rules and ordinances and ceremonies of the Church are led astray by false spirits, who exercise an influence so imitative of that which proceeds from a Divine source that even these persons, who think they are ‘the very elect,’ find it difficult to discern the essential difference. Satan himself has transformed himself to be apparently ‘an angel of light.’
“When visions, dreams, tongues, prophecy, impressions or any extraordinary gift or inspiration, convey something out of harmony with the accepted revelations of the Church or contrary to the decisions of its constituted authorities, Latter-day Saints may know that it is not of God, no matter how plausible it may appear. Also, they should understand that directions for the guidance of the Church will come, by revelation, through the head. All faithful members are entitled to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for themselves, their families, and for those over whom they are appointed and ordained to preside. But anything at discord with that which comes from God through the head of the Church is not to be received as authoritative or reliable” (Improvement Era,Sept. 1913, 1148).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 28.
Who Receives Revelation for the Church?
Read the section heading toDoctrine and Covenants 28and verses 1–7, 11–13. Then answer the following questions: