This week we will be studying the D&C 45 Come Follow Me Lesson. This is a section focused on the Second Coming and the signs of the times. This section was given to the Saints of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in our dispensation, but speaks of the Saints in Jerusalem and also the Saints of the city of Enoch. It is a discourse on preparing for the New Jerusalem as well as preparing for the Second Coming.
Here is what you have to look forward to this week:
Be not troubled.
A desolating sickness.
Great Things await you.
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Joseph Smith dictated this revelation, which Revelation Book 1 titles a “prophecy,” sometime around 7 March 1831, during a period when, according to Joseph Smith’s history, “many false reports, lies, and fo[o]lish stories were published in the newspapers, and circulated in every direction, to prevent people from investigating the work, or embracing the faith.” Joseph Smith’s history reported that the revelation was the “joy of the saints who had to struggle against every thing that prejudice and wickedness could invent.”
Excerpt from Joseph Smith Papers D&C 45
“Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.”
“The era in which we live is the fulness of times spoken of in the scriptures, when God has brought together all of the elements of previous dispensations. From the day that He and His Beloved Son manifested themselves to the boy Joseph, there has been a tremendous cascade of enlightenment poured out upon the world. The hearts of men have turned to their fathers in fulfillment of the words of Malachi. The vision of Joel has been fulfilled wherein he declared:”
“Section 45 laces together the dispensations of Enoch, the Savior and his apostles, and the fulness of times. Overwhelming wickedness and pending calamities are common themes in each. Always the outnumbered righteous seek safety, peace, and refuge. They seek Zion. Section 45 gives coherence to the past, present, and future. We see in it the Lord’s plans and purposes being accomplished. Without it the world might seem like a violent, purposeless mess.
With it we need not be troubled, for we can see that Zion rises in contrast to the world and that calamities portend the fulfillment of Christ’s promises.”
We hope you enjoyed studying the D&C 45 Come Follow Me Lesson with us this week. We love to see your comments and how you participate in the discussions. Our hopes are to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Doctrine and Covenants give us the amazing history and witness of how the Lord worked in the early Saints’ lives and how He works in our lives today. Follow us on Instagram @dontmissthisstudy to keep studying with us!