Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class Doctrine and Covenants Sections 4, 11
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KJV 2 Peter 1:5
10 NRSV 2 Peter 1:5
And beside this, giving all diligence, addto your faith virtue; and to virtueknowledge;
For this very reason, you must make everyeffort to support your faith with goodness,and goodness with knowledge,
And to knowledge temperance; and totemperance patience; and to patiencegodliness;
and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurancewith godliness,
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and tobrotherly kindness charity.
and godliness with mutual affection, andmutual affection with love.
For if these things be in you, and abound,they make you that ye shall neither bebarren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For if these things are yours and areincreasing among you, they keep you frombeing ineffective and unfruitful in theknowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
But he that lacketh these things is blind,and cannot see afar off, and hath forgottenthat he was purged from his old sins.
For anyone who lacks these things is short-sighted and blind, and is forgetful of thecleansing of past sins.Wherefore the rather, brethren, givediligence to make your calling and electionsure: for if ye do these things, ye shallnever fall.Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all themore eager to confirm your call andelection, for if you do this, you will neverstumble.
Because Christ has provided us everything pertaining to ―life and godliness‖ (2 Peter
1:3), we must develop the disciplines associated with virtue (2 Peter 1:5
7). If we
seek and attain these virtues, our ―calling and election‖ will be ―made sure,‖ and we will enter into the Lord‘s kingdom (2 Peter 1:10–
Joseph Smith‘s revelation adds one additional virtue not mentioned in Peter‘s letter:
As we‘ve discussed in the last two lessons, this quality was essential for
Joseph and his associates as they began the work of the Restoration.
About 28 May 1829
. Joseph Smith‘s older brother, Hyrum, came to
Harmony to visit Joseph and Oliver Cowdery.
He became very enthusiastic about the translation of the Book of Mormon, andasked if he could make copies of the manuscript and being preaching and teachingfrom it in the surrounding area. b)
With slight variations, the text of D&C 6:1
9, a revelation received a month earlier forOliver Cowdery, is the same as 11:1
9, directed to Hyrum.i)
Also D&C 6:1
6, to Oliver Cowdery, is the same as 12:1
6, a revelation to JosephKnight, Sr.ii)
5, to Oliver, is the same as 14:1
5, to David Whitmer.iii)
Further, D&C 6:6 is very similar to 14:6, and 4:1 is very similar to the opening versesof all these subsequent revelations (6:1, 11:1, 12:1, and 14:1).iv)
we to make of this? Is this a ―divine form letter,‖ implying a less
-than-personal concern for the recipients?
Hyrum‘s visit to Harmony was after his brother Samuel‘s visit and baptism on 25 May 1829.
History of the Church
). Joseph and Oliver began their move from Harmony to Fayette, New York
on 30 May 1829, which would mean that Hyrum‘s visit—
and the revelation in D&C 11
would have taken place between 26 and29 May,
Section 13 and the restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. Elden Watson dates it 28 May, one day before D&C 12.