After Much Tribulation Cometh the Blessings Come Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants

After Much Tribulation Cometh the Blessings D&C 102-105

All throughout the scriptures I see examples of people having to prove their allegiance to the Lord by living through sometimes unimaginable tests. The hardest thing about these trials of faith is the step that is required into the darkness.  That first act of trust, when there is so much unknown. The willingness to sacrifice when you don't know the outcome.
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Be Still and Know That I Am God Come Follow Me D&C 98-101

Be Still and Know That I Am God Doctrine & Covenants 98-101

An interesting thing to realize as you read these parts of church history is that these mobs that were doing the persecuting were, many times, not strangers. These were their neighbors, some of whom they had probably done business with at one time. In some cases, like in Kirtland, these were former members of the church--people that at one time had called the people they were now persecuting "brother".
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For the Salvation of Zion D&C 94-97 Come Follow Me

For the Salvation of Zion - Doctrine and Covenants 94-97

The one thing that I noticed as I was reading this week's lesson, For the Salvation of Zion, is that there are a lot of IFs here.  The Lord has so many blessings in store for us, but there are always requirements for us to qualify for them.
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A Principle With Promise D&C 89-92 Come Follow Me

A Principle With Promise Doctrine and Covenants 89-92

A funny thing happened as I was reading the sections in this lesson.  I got an answer that I didn't know I needed to a question I didn't know I had. It's always funny when the Spirit works that way.  Section 89 really is a principle with a promise, and I learned that this week.
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Establish A House of God D&C 88

Establish... A House of God Doctrine & Covenants 88

This lesson is so chuck full of valuable things we can learn it's almost impossible to know where to start! From establishing a house of God and being commanded to build the first temple, to understanding the Creation and the three degrees of glory, to starting the School of the Prophets...
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Stand Ye in Holy Places D&C 85-87 Come Follow Me

Stand Ye in Holy Places D&C 85-87

The scripture in the Doctrine and Covenants that counsels us to "stand ye in holy places and be not moved" is probably one of the most well known and often quoted verses.  We see it quoted with pictures of temples, families in their home having family home evening, or sacrament meetings. 

These are all physical locations that represent holy places, but as I was studying this week, and with some of the extra material that I read to go along with it, I started to think of standing in holy places a little differently than I have in the past.

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The Power of Godliness D&C 84 Come Follow Me

The Power of Godliness Doctrine & Covenants 84

There is a lot to learn about "the power of Godliness" and all that it does to prepare us to return to live with Heavenly Father.  The ways that priesthood authority have blessed my life are too numerous to count, and I wouldn't even know where to begin.
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Where Much is Given Much is Required Come Follow Me

Where Much is Given Much is Required D&C 81-83

The blessings that come to me because of the covenants I have made, the truths I have learned, the Priesthood that has blessed my life, and the Spirit that is with me every day remind me that I owe the Lord far more than I can ever repay.  Yes, He requires a lot of me as he asks me to keep His commandments, but it is the least I can do compared with all He has done for me.
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I Will Lead You Along Doctrine and Covenants 77-80

I Will Lead You Along Doctrine & Covenants 77-80

How do I receive personal revelation?  That is the question I was asking myself a lot this week as I studied the Doctrine and Covenants.  Surely the Lord will lead me along, but am I letting Him? While Section 77 and all the things that we can learn about the book of Revelations is exciting and helpful, the bigger message I received, for me personally, is how it is possible to understand the scriptures for myself if I just ask.

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Great Shall Be Their Reward and Eternal Shall Be Their Glory D&C 76

Great Shall Be Their Reward and Eternal Shall Be Their Glory D&C 76

Sometimes when I think about eternity and the idea of making it to the Celestial Kingdom, I overwhelm myself.  It seems like it is so complicated, and that being faithful and being an active member of the Church is so complex that I will never be able to do all that is required.
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Come Follow Me D&C 71-75 No Weapon That is Formed Against You Shall Prosper

No Weapon That is Formed Against You Shall Prosper D&C 71-75

Isn't it interesting how the same experiences can change and shape individual people in different ways?  And how our own experience is so tailored to us that we can see through those experiences how the Lord loves and knows us individually?
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Worth the Riches of the Whole Earth D&C 67-70

Worth the Riches of the Whole Earth D&C 67-70

We know that life isn't going to be easy, but sometimes when things are tough it's hard to remember the good in the world and remain cheerful. And that first verse made me wonder if there were blessings that I've missed out on while I sat in a corner wringing my hands about things.
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