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Doctrine and Covenants 84:43-61
Transcript of Doctrine and Covenants 84:43-61
Study the Scriptures Daily
Daily scripture study will increase your faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. It will also help you understand the plan of salvation. President Howard W. Hunter taught, “It is certain that one who studies the scriptures every day accomplishes far more than one who devotes considerable time one day and then lets days go by before continuing” (“Reading the Scriptures,” Ensign, Nov. 1979, 64).
On September 22 and 23, 1832, the Prophet Joseph Smith received the revelation recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 84. In this revelation the Lord taught the Saints the importance of giving heed to the word of God and chastened them for treating the Book of Mormon and former commandments lightly.
The Light of Christ is "an influence for good in the lives of all people...In the scriptures, the Light of Christ is sometimes called the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ,or the Light of Life
“The Light of Christ should not be confused with the Holy Ghost. It is not a personage, as the Holy Ghost is. Its influence leads people to find the true gospel, be baptized, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference , 96).
President Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught that the Light of Christ is within each person, and “regardless of whether this inner light, this knowledge of right and wrong, is called the Light of Christ, moral sense, or conscience, it can direct us to moderate our actions—unless, that is, we subdue it or silence it” (“The Light of Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Apr. 2005, 8–9).
D&C:54-56 Look for two reasons the Church members minds had been become darkened.
President Ezra Taft Benson:
“Do eternal consequences rest upon our response to [the Book of Mormon]? Yes, either to our blessing or to our condemnation.
“Every Latter-day Saint should make the study of this book a lifetime pursuit. Otherwise, he is placing his soul in jeopardy and neglecting that which could give spiritual and intellectual unity to his whole life. There is a difference between a convert who is built on the rock of Christ through the Book of Mormon and stays hold of that iron rod, and one who does not” (“The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God,” Ensign, May 1975, 65; see also “The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God,” Ensign, Jan. 1988, 5).
“If the early Saints were rebuked for treating the Book of Mormon lightly, are we under any less condemnation if we do the same? …
“Let us not remain under condemnation, with its scourge and judgment, by treating lightly this great and marvelous gift the Lord has given to us. Rather, let us win the promises associated with treasuring it up in our hearts” (“The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 4–5, 7).