Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 85
|Extract(section heading)||Small part taken out|
|Inheritances(section heading,vv. 1–3, 7, 11)||Property deeded to an individual under the law of consecration|
|Transpire(v. 1)||Happen, occur|
|Apostates(v. 2)||Those who leave the Church, deny their testimony of the gospel, and fight against the Brethren|
|Is contrary to(v. 3)||Goes against, opposite|
|Enrolled(vv. 3, 7)||Listed, recorded|
|Pierceth(v. 6)||Penetrates, affects deeply|
|Scepter(v. 7)||Rod or staff of authority (in this case it is symbolic)|
|Asunder(v. 9)||Into pieces|
Doctrine and Covenants 85:5, 7, 11—“One Mighty and Strong”
Doctrine and Covenants 85:7notes that if Bishop Partridge did not repent and do things the Lord’s way, the Lord would send “one mighty and strong” to do the duties he should have done. Bishop Partridge did repent, and thus there was no need for “one mighty and strong” to be called to replace him.
Doctrine and Covenants 85:7—“The Book of the Law of God”
President Joseph F. Smith said that the book of the law of God “refers directly to the law of tithing. …
“Some people may not care very much whether their names are recorded or not, but this comes from ignorance of the consequences. If their names are not recorded … they will be cut off from the ordinances of the house of God” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1899, 42). Attending tithing settlement is one way to have your name recorded on the tithing records.
Doctrine and Covenants 85:8—What Does It Mean to “Steady the Ark”?
The ark referred to in the phrase “steady the ark” was the ark of the covenant, which rested in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, or temple, of Israel. The ark had a seat on it, and it represented the place where God dwelt among the Israelites. In2 Samuel 6:6–7(also1 Chronicles 13:9–12) is the account of a man named Uzzah walking beside the cart carrying the ark of the covenant. The cart went over a bump and the ark started to tip. Uzzah reached out to steady the ark and was struck dead. The phrase “steady the ark” has come to refer to those who lack faith in the Lord and His servants and instead do things based on their own wisdom.
Doctrine and Covenants 85:9—What is the Book of Remembrance?
Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained:
“Adam kept a written account of his faithful descendants in which he recorded their faith and works, their righteousness and devotion, their revelations and visions, and their adherence to the revealed plan of salvation. To signify the importance of honoring our worthy ancestors and of hearkening to the great truths revealed to them, Adam called his record abook of remembrance.It was prepared ‘according to the pattern given by the finger of God.’ (Moses 6:4–6, 46.)
“Similar records have been kept by the saints in all ages. (Mal. 3:16–17;3 Ne. 24:15–16.) Many of our present scriptures have come down to us because they were first written by prophets who were following Adam’s pattern of keeping a book of remembrance. The Church keeps similar records today (D. & C. 85) and urges its members to keep their own personal and family books of remembrance” (Mormon Doctrine,100).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 85.
What Difference Does It Make?
How might what you learn from this revelation affect the way you fulfilled a calling as a secretary or clerk in the Church?
Give an Example
After readingDoctrine and Covenants 85and the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forDoctrine and Covenants 85:8, write a short example of how a person your age might be tempted to “steady the ark” in our day.
Based on what you have learned by reading inDoctrine and Covenants 85and in the Old Testament regarding the idea of steadying the ark, what counsel would you give to someone who ms to be an “ark steadier”?
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