Doctrine and Covenants 114: Revelation to David W. Patten

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 130–131


It is an exciting moment when a family member opens a mission call from the prophet. InDoctrine and Covenants 114, Elder David W. Patten, a member of the Quorum of theTwelve Apostles, received a call to serve. Unfortunately, Elder Patten never served that mission. Six months after he received the call, he was killed in the battle of Crooked River, October 25, 1838. Earlier, Elder Patten had “made known to the Prophet that he had asked the Lord to let him die the death of a martyr, at which the Prophet, greatly moved, expressed extreme sorrow, ‘for,’ said he to [Elder Patten], ‘when a man of your faith asks the Lord for anything, he generally gets it’” (Lycurgus A. Wilson,Life of David W. Patten: The First Apostolic Martyr[1900], 67).

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 114

Disposition(v. 1)Arrangement to sell or have things cared for 
Merchandise(v. 1)Belongings 
Planted(v. 2)Placed, positioned 
Bishopric(v. 2)Calling of administrative responsibility 

Doctrine and Covenants 114:2—“Others Shall Be Planted in Their Stead”

At the time of this revelation, many Church members were criticizing the Prophet Joseph Smith and had fallen away from the Church because of persecution. Some of them were Church leaders. InDoctrine and Covenants 114:2, the Lord said that these men would be replaced. Time has shown that those who apostatize cannot stop the Lord’s work from progressing. The Lord will appoint others to replace those who do not do what they are called to do to help in the unfolding kingdom of God. God’s work will be accomplished!

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 114.

Activity A iconExplain What Was Done

InDoctrine and Covenants 114:1, the Lord asked Elder David W. Patten to “make a disposition of his merchandise.” Explain what you think would be involved in fulfilling this request. What do missionaries do before their missions today that is like what Elder Patten was asked to do?

Activity B iconWhat Would You Say?

Suppose you are friends with a 17-year-old priest in your ward. He told you that he does not think he will accept a call to serve a mission. Use what you learned inDoctrine and Covenants 114and elsewhere and write what you might say to him about why he should reconsider his decision.