Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 66—William E. McLellin
William McLellin was living in Paris, Illinois, when he heard the message of the restored gospel from Harvey Whitlock and David Whitmer. He closed his school of 30–40 students and left for Independence, Missouri. He was baptized by Hyrum Smith on August 20, 1831. He was excommunicated from the Church in 1838 for apostasy.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 66.
Find an Example
Doctrine and Covenants 66contains encouraging promises to William E. McLellin, as well as words of correction and warning.
In your notebook, write an example of a promise and an example of correction in this revelation. Give the verse numbers where you found them.
How is this revelation similar to a patriarchal blessing we might receive today?
ReadJacob 4:7andEther 12:27along withDoctrine and Covenants 66:3. From what you learn in those verses, why did the Lord tell Brother McLellin what was “not pleasing” in his life when he went to the Lord for counsel? (Consider writingJacob 4:7andEther 12:27as cross-references in the margin next toD&C 66:3; note thatJacob 4:7is in a footnote toD&C 66:3.)