Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 57
|Varied(section heading)||Different kinds|
|Contemplating(section heading)||Thinking about|
|Consecrated(v. 1)||Dedicated, designated as holy|
|Tract(vv. 4–5)||Piece of land|
Doctrine and Covenants 57:3–4—Purchasing the Center Place
“The city of Independence is situated in one of the most attractive and healthful parts of Missouri. … It is an old town. It was laid out in 1827, but in 1831 it was only a village. It is now a suburb of Kansas City” (Smith and Sjodahl,Doctrine and Covenants Commentary,331).
Doctrine and Covenants 57:4—“The Line Running Directly between Jew and Gentile”
The western border of the state of Missouri was part of the border of the organized United States at the time the revelation in section 57 was given. The land west of Missouri was Indian Territory. The Indians (or Lamanites) are called “Jews” here because they are direct descendants of the house of Israel. The term “Gentile” refers to the white settlers of Missouri (D&C 19:27). By Book of Mormon standards, America is considered a Gentile nation. ( maps 5–6 in the back of your triple combination.)
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 57.
What Should Be at the Center?
List the three questions the Prophet Joseph Smith asked the Lord that are mentioned in the heading toDoctrine and Covenants 57.
Review verses 1–5 and explain which question the Prophet received an answer to and write what the answer was.
What can we learn from this about what is necessary and important in establishing and building up Zion in our day?
How to Conduct a Business
There are certain temporal (earthly or material) matters that need to be taken care of in order for Zion to be established. Consequently, much ofDoctrine and Covenants 57has to do with various temporal assignments given to men to help lay the foundation of Zion. The counsel given, however, might apply to anyone who would operate a business acceptable in the sight of the Lord. Read the counsel the Lord gave Sidney Gilbert (vv. 6, 8–10), Bishop Edward Partridge (v. 7), William W. Phelps (vv. 11–12), and Oliver Cowdery (v. 13). From this counsel, write in your notebook at least four important principles regarding how to conduct a business and explain how we might apply those principles today.