Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 99:4—“Cleanse Your Feet”
the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forDoctrine and Covenants 24:15(p. 36).
Doctrine and Covenants 99:6—Provide for Your Children before Leaving
“In 1832 [John Murdock] sent his three oldest children to Bishop Partridge in Missouri with some means for their support. Joseph [Smith] kept Julia, whose twin brother (Joseph) died in the Hiram persecutions in March, 1832. Bro. Murdock sold his property, and sent some of the money obtained thereby to Bishop Partridge in Missouri for the support of his children and he also gave some to Brother Joseph. Thus he was prepared to preach the gospel” (Andrew Jenson,Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia,4 vols. [1901–36], 2:363).
President Ezra Taft Benson told about when his father, George T. Benson, with a wife and seven children, received a mission call:
“We gathered around the old sofa in the living room, and Father told us about his mission call. Then Mother said: ‘We’re proud to know that Father is considered worthy to go on a mission. We’re crying a bit because it means two years of separation.’ …
“And so Father went on his mission. Though at the time I did not fully comprehend the depths of my father’s commitment, I understand better now that his willing acceptance of this call was evidence of his great faith” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 60; orEnsign,Nov. 1986, 46).
The Church does not ask men to leave their wives and children and serve missions today. We can, however, encourage and support grandparents as they accept mission calls and leave family behind to serve the Lord. In doing so, we may receive the same blessings Church members enjoyed in previous generations.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or activities B and C as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 99.
Conduct an Interview
Ask a missionary or a returned missionary questions about what it is like to declare the word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit, as mentioned inDoctrine and Covenants 99:2. Write down the answers. This can give you insight into verse 2.
Use Other Scriptures to Clarify
Apply It to Today
The Lord asked John Murdock to leave his family and serve a mission. What sacrifices do missionaries today make in order to serve?
Why did Brother Murdock and why do missionaries today make these sacrifices?