Understanding the Scriptures
|Celibate(section heading)||To never marry or have sexual relations|
|Reason with them(v. 4)||Explain the truth in a way that makes sense to them|
|Listed(v. 6)||Desired or chose|
|Exalted(vv. 10, 23)||Put in a high place|
|Answer the end of its creation(v. 16)||Accomplish the purposes for which it was created|
|Measure(v. 17)||Full number or amount|
|Abstain from(v. 18)||Avoid eating|
|Flourish(vv. 24–25)||Be blessed, prosper|
|Rearward(v. 27)||Protection from behind|
|Confounded(v. 27)||Put to shame, confused|
Doctrine and Covenants 49:8—Who Are the “Holy Men”?
President Joseph Fielding Smith said that the “holy men” spoken of inDoctrine and Covenants 49:8“are translated persons such as John the Revelator and the Three Nephites, who do not belong to this generation and yet are in the flesh in the earth performing a special ministry until the coming of Jesus Christ” (Church History and Modern Revelation,1:209).
Doctrine and Covenants 49:24–25—Prophecies We Can Being Fulfilled
The Shakers believed that the Second Coming had already occurred.Doctrine and Covenants 49:24–25spoke of two prophecies that were yet to be fulfilled before the Second Coming. At the time this revelation was given, there was little evidence for the fulfillment of either prophecy. In our day, however, we have n Zion flourish in the hills and mountains of the western United States and millions of Lamanites come into the Church and flourish.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 49.
Correct the False Doctrine
Divide a page in your notebook into two columns. In one column, list the Shaker beliefs explained in the section heading toDoctrine and Covenants 49. In the second column, list whatDoctrine and Covenants 49teaches that corrects each Shaker belief in your first list.
For one of those Shaker beliefs, find a scripture from the Bible that corrects the incorrect doctrine. Write it as a cross-reference next to the explanation you wrote in the second column.
What difference do you think it makes to understand the correct doctrines explained in this revelation? In other words, why does it matter what you believe? In your answer, use an example from a doctrine the Lord explained inDoctrine and Covenants 49and explain how it might affect the way you live now and in eternity.