Doctrine and Covenants 48: Buying Land in Kirkland

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 58–59


Church members continued to gather to the Kirtland, Ohio, area in response to the revelation given in December 1830 (D&C 37; alsoD&C 38). The leaders knew, however, that Kirtland was not the place of Zion. On the other hand, they did not yet know where Zion would be. How long should members plan to be in Kirtland? Would they be there a short time before moving on to Zion?Doctrine and Covenants 48was received in response to the Prophet Joseph Smith’s questions on these matters. This revelation is one of many examples in the scriptures showing that the Lord gives counsel in temporal matters and that temporal matters often affect spiritual matters.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 48

Mode of procedure(section heading)Planned method 
Procuring(section heading)Obtaining, buying 
Your places of abode(v. 1)Your homes 
Suitable to your circumstances(v. 1)Best for your needs 
Impart(v. 2)Give, share 
Eastern brethren(v. 2)Church members coming from New York and Pennsylvania to Ohio 
Commencement(v. 6)Beginning 

Doctrine and Covenants 48:6—The Gathering Takes Place under the Direction of the First Presidency

We need not be deceived regarding the gathering of the Saints or the building of Zion in the latter days. As President Harold B. Lee said: “The Lord has clearly placed the responsibility for directing the work of gathering in the hands of the leaders of the Church, to whom He will reveal His will where and when such gatherings would take place in the future. … [Church members] should not be disturbed in their feelings until such instruction is given to them as it is revealed by the Lord to the proper authority” (Ye Are the Light of the World[1974], 167).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 48.

Activity A iconFind the Answers

ReadDoctrine and Covenants 48heading, 1–6 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What did the Lord say that indicated the final gathering place for the Saints would not be Kirtland, Ohio?

  2. 2.

    What did the Lord tell the Saints to do?

  3. 3.

    What would they use their money for?

  4. 4.

    What did the Lord say the Saints could decide for themselves, or “as meth them good” (v. 3)? ( alsoD&C 58:26–29;62:4–5).