In this episode we finish off the Doctrine and Covenants with the three sections that were written after Joseph’s death. Trigger alert: these posthumous sections contradict previous scripture!
Having already covered D&C 132 in episodes 10 and 11, we are joined this week by Kathy Bence to get a female perspective. If you’d like to get more of Kathy’s thoughts on the subject, visit https://www.nonsensicalpolygamyrestored.com
Sections 129 through 131 were not revelations, nor even writings of Joseph. They are notes others took while Joseph was having discussions with them. Joseph never reviewed these nor published them. In 1876, Brigham added them to the Doctrine and Covenants, contradicting previous revelations, until 1920 when a committee removed the Lectures on Faith from the D&C. We compare the doctrines found in these sections to the rest of the scriptures.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
2 Corinthians 6:16
1 John 3:2
These three sections were extracted by Brigham Young in the 1870s from a much longer letter that Joseph wrote from Liberty Jail in 1839. While presented to the church as revelations, many are Joseph’s thoughts, and the most “prophetic” language describe a few passages as the whisperings of the spirit of inspiration. Several things that were left out are also revealing. We cover them all in this episode.
The last two sections of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants were not revelations, but rather were statements of policy and belief. One has been disavowed as a non-scriptural usurpation that was surreptitiously added to the scriptural canon, whereas the other is exalted to the status of revelation and eternal doctrine. We also cover a vision Oliver recorded about the future mission of Joseph.
In this episode we review the first two lectures that were delivered in the school of the elders. Joseph considered these to contain the important elements of the doctrine of Christ and they remained in our scriptures until 1920. Today they contain false doctrines that will get you excommunicated.
Although an 1829 revelation spoke about calling twelve men as apostles, it wasn’t until 1835 that they were called. We discuss the aspostolic commission they were given and how that differs from what the men that call themselves apostles today say and do. We then review the first half of D&C 107.
We start with a conference in September 1834 that commissions Joseph, Oliver, Sidney, and Frederick to arrange the items of doctrine of Jesus Christ, which arrangement would become the Lectures on Faith. We then discuss section 106 before covering the covenant of tithing that Joseph and Oliver enter into in November 1834. We conclude by discussing the significant organizational changes that happened on December 5 and 6.
Joseph joins an expedition back to Independence and then receives a revelation detailing what the church needs to do before Zion can be redeemed. Included in that is the calling of 15 people to return to Kirtland to receive an endowment of power.
Section 104 provides instructions on how to dismantle the United Firm as a collective endeavor while continuing operations of the mercantile and literary firms. In it the Lord says the covenant was broken through covetousness and feigned words.
A couple weeks later, on May 3, a conference removed the name of Christ from the church and made it instead The Church of the Latter Day Saints.
3 Nephi 27:3-8