Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 96
|Expedient(vv. 1, 5–6, 8)||Appropriate, desirable|
|Mine order, the order(vv. 4, 8)||The united order ( the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forD&C 92:1, p. 105)|
|Subduing(v. 5)||Humbling, making soft or teachable|
Doctrine and Covenants 96Heading—French Farm
Doctrine and Covenants 96:2—Newel K. Whitney to Take Charge of the Land
Newel K. Whitney was the bishop in Kirtland, Ohio. As previously revealed (D&C 42; 51; 72), the bishop was responsible for temporal matters in the Church. Consequently, he was given the responsibility for the land upon which the temple was to be built. This is also an important reminder to us today—the scriptures, teachings of the prophets, and the Church handbooks often contain ways to resolve problems we face in administering the Church.
Doctrine and Covenants 96:6–9—John Johnson
John Johnson lived in Hiram, Ohio, when he first met the Prophet Joseph Smith and joined the Church. The Prophet Joseph and his family lived with the Johnsons for a time. It was in the Johnson home that the revelation inDoctrine and Covenants 76was received. InDoctrine and Covenants 96, the Lord gave Brother Johnson an assignment to take care of the Peter French hotel and set up the Church’s printing operations there. When the united order was disbanded, the hotel was given to Brother Johnson and it was known as “Johnson’s Inn.”
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 96.
What and Why
InDoctrine and Covenants 96:1, the Lord said it was “expedient” to make the stake in Kirtland strong.
Based on the Lord’s counsel inDoctrine and Covenants 96, what do you think would make the Kirtland stake strong?
For each suggestion you listed, note why you think it would make the stake stronger.
The Value of the Scriptures
According toDoctrine and Covenants 96:5, what effect can the Lord’s word have on people?
Using your Topical Guide, find two other important effects the scriptures can have on people. Write the effects and their scripture references in your notebook. You may want to write the references next toDoctrine and Covenants 96:5in your scriptures.