InDoctrine and Covenants 61
, received at their encampment at McIlwaine’s Bend, the Prophet Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, and Oliver Cowdery “were directed to journey by land speedily to Kirtland, while the others were instructed to proceed with the canoes.“On the day following this division, the 13th of August, Joseph met several elders who were on their way to Independence. A meeting was held in which joy abounded [and the revelation in section 62 was received]. After this the elders parted, the Prophet and his two companions continuing their journey and the others advancing toward the land of Zion.“It was on the 27th day of August, 1831, that the Prophet and Sidney and Oliver reached Kirtland. During their eventful absence they had enjoyed the Spirit of inspiration to a great extent and had witnessed many manifestations of God’s power. Their faith had been strengthened, and the purposes of the Almighty had been made more clear to their comprehension. They had also gained greater knowledge of the effort which Satan was making to hide the light from the eyes of mankind” (George Q. Cannon,Life of Joseph Smith the Prophet ,
123–24).As you studyDoctrine and Covenants 62
, look for why sharing your testimony with others is such a great thing. It may surprise you to learn who listens to those testimonies and the effect sharing your testimony has in your life.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 62.
Give Your Opinion
InDoctrine and Covenants 62:3, the Lord spoke about the importance of sharing our testimonies of the gospel. In your notebook, rewrite that verse in your own words and give your opinion as to why those things happen when we share our testimony with others.
“It Mattereth Not unto Me”
In previous sections of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord used the phrase “it mattereth not unto me” (D&C 60:5;61:22;62:5). ReadDoctrine and Covenants 62:5–8and explain what you think the Lord meant when He said that and what He expects us to do when He does not provide specific instructions.