Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 114
|Disposition(v. 1)||Arrangement to sell or have things cared for|
|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.
Explain 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?
What 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.