Come, Follow Me Week 36
by Cassandra Hedelius
In D&C 88, the Lord instructed Joseph that the School of the Prophets should always begin with a striking demonstration of affection between the participants:
“[L]et the teacher arise, and, with uplifted hands to heaven, yea, even directly, salute his brother or brethren with these words:
“Art thou a brother or brethren? I salute you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, in token or remembrance of the everlasting covenant, in which covenant I receive you to fellowship, in a determination that is fixed, immovable, and unchangeable, to be your friend and brother through the grace of God in the bonds of love, to walk in all the commandments of God blameless, in thanksgiving, forever and ever. Amen.” (D&C 88:132-133)
Unfortunately this recitation wasn’t enough to produce harmony among the brethren, because in D&C 95, received six months later, the Lord told Joseph: “contentions arose in the school of the prophets; which was very grievous unto me, saith your Lord; therefore I sent them forth to be chastened.” (D&C 95:10)
- Question: Is “Zion” associated geographically with only one specific location in the New World: the “New Jerusalem” that is to be built in Missouri?
- Question: Where is Zion located since the Mormons were driven out of Missouri?
- Question: What is the role of the Mormon temple to be built in Independence, Missouri?
- Question: Why does the church spend so much money on temples when children are dying of starvation?