This week we are studying the D&C 29 Come Follow Me Lesson. We are focusing on the Second Coming, end time prophecy and the signs of the times, the ongoing creation and how we are endowed with His power by degree.
Here is what you have to look forward to this week:
The Second Coming
His Good Will
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This revelation addressed the interest of some early church members in a Book of Mormon prophecy that described the physical gathering of God’s chosen people in America. The Book of Mormon explained that during Christ’s ministry in the Americas he prophesied that his chosen people would establish a sacred city, the New Jerusalem. According to the prophecies, “the remnant of Jacob,” which early church members identified as the American Indians, “and also, as many of the house of Israel as shall come” were to build this sacred city and gather to it, assisted by Gentiles who embraced the book’s message. Christ further prophesied that when the progeny of the people described in the Book of Mormon were taught “this Gospel” again, Zion would be established among them.
Excerpt from Joseph Smith Papers D&C 29
We tend to think of creation as something that happened at the beginning, but section 29 (and Moses 1) speak of creation as a process still very much underway. We are being created in God’s image, accountable agents who choose to obey the laws of God and are being endowed with his power by degrees. Note how verses 30–33 outline this creation process in abstract terms. First we are created spiritually and then our spirit bodies are clothed in temporal bodies at birth. That is the first phase of God’s creative work. Then fallen, temporal bodies are raised to become spirit filled, gloriously resurrected in God’s image. That culminates his work of creating us in his image. That is his work and his glory (Moses 1).
a poem by George MacDonald
I do not know thy final will,
It is too good for me to know:
Thou willest that I mercy show,
That I take heed and do no ill,
That I the needy warm and fill,
Nor stones at any sinner throw;
But I know not thy final will–
It is too good for me to know.
I know thy love unspeakable–
For love’s sake able to send woe!
To find thine own thou lost didst go,
And wouldst for men thy blood yet spill!–
How should I know thy final will,
Godwise too good for me to know!
We love the different perspective we gain about the creation with this week’s Come, Follow Me study of D&C 29. It’s gearing us up for Easter, which we are beyond excited about. We hope you join us this Easter holiday by following us on Instagram @dontmissthisstudy and signing up for our newsletter.
See you next week!