Sunday, July 18, 2021

Question and Answer Session with Joseph Smith (D&C 129-131) QUESTIONS

Discerning Heavenly Messengers and Revelation

READ D&C 129:1-9

What kinds of messengers will be sent from heaven to minister to you and why is it important to know?

Why would Joseph Smith give us this counsel about how to discern where heavenly messengers are hailing from?

What can we know about Church leaders or others who teach you that you should not expect to hear voices or see visions (much less receive a visitation from a heavenly messenger) in answer to your inquiries to God?

Socializing with Gods in Heaven and on Earth


READ D&C 130:1-3

When will the Savior appear?

When Joseph says “we shall see Him as He is”, what is implied?

What does it mean that the same “sociality which exits here will exist there”?

What will “coupling that sociality with eternal glory” mean to our relationships in heaven?

Will the Father and Son really appear to us personally in this life?

When Joseph says that God dwelling in our hearts is a false notion, how does that square with the teaching that the Father’s Spirit is in Christ, and Christ’s Spirit can be in us?



The Nature of Heaven


READ D&C 130:4-9

If God knows all things because they are all present before His eyes (see D&C 38:1-2), and some scriptures speak of “time no longer” (see Revelation 10:6; D&C 88:110), then what is “God’s time”?

What is implied by the statement that “there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who belong or have belonged to it”?

What does it mean that God resides on a “globe like a sea of glass and fire”; was Lucifer lying when he told Adam the garden of Eden was modeled after the world we all had come from?

What does it mean that God’s planet is a great “Urim and Thummim”?

Why are all things pertaining to a lower order manifest to those who will live on the Celestialized Earth?


READ D&C 130:10-11

What is the “white stone” that all who enter the Celestial Kingdom will receive?

What is implied about the fact that the white stone will show to those in the Celestial Kingdom “things pertaining to a higher order of kingdoms”?

What is the meaning of the “new name” or “key word” which is written on the white stone?



The American Civil War Marks the Beginning of the End


READ D&C 130:12-13

Why was the American Civil War the beginning of the “difficulties which will cause much bloodshed previous to the coming” of Christ?


D&C 130:14-17

By 1843, hasn’t Joseph Smith “seen the face of the Son of Man” many times already?  Why does God tell him that he’ll see it if he lives to 85 years old?

Why did Joseph receive the answer he received regarding the second coming of Christ if the Lord knew Joseph would be dead in less than 15 months’ time?



Gaining Light/Knowledge and Eternal Law


D&C 130:18-21

What is a “principle of intelligence”?

Who or what are we to be diligent and obedient to, to gain more intelligence?

Why does having more intelligence give you an advantage in the world to come?

What kind of advantage is being referenced here; if we are to be one, why would we want to have an advantage over someone?

What is the law decreed in heaven that is referenced here?

When it says the law was irrevocably decreed, what is implied?

How does one “attain” to specific intelligence or knowledge or blessings in this life?



The Doctrinal Mistake of Elder Orson Hyde


READ D&C 130:22-23

Why does this verse teach doctrines about the nature of God and the Holy Ghost that are different from those taught by Joseph Smith in Lectures on Faith 5:2 and in various other scriptures (see also Alma 34:34-38; 2 Nephi 4:12; John 14:10, 16-17, 19-20, 23; Acts 7:48; 1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 12:11-14; 2 Corinthians 6:14-16; Ephesians 3:17, 19; D&C 93:17, 35; D&C 88:47-50, 66; 2 Timothy 1:14; 1 John 4:12-16; Hebrews 10:19-20; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18; Helaman 4:24; Jonah 2:4, 7; Psalms 18:6; Mosiah 15:1-5)?

What or who is the Holy Ghost?



Exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom


READ D&C 131:1-4

Why might there be three heavens or degrees of celestial glory?

Why does the highest degree of celestial glory require eternal marriage and what is implied about this level of glory?


READ D&C 131:5-6

What is the “more sure word of prophesy” and how does it differ from making one’s “calling and election sure”?

Why is it called the “more sure word of prophesy” and how does one receive it?

What is “ignorance” and why is it “impossible” for man to be saved in ignorance?



The Nature of Matter


READ D&C 131:7-8

What implications are there to the fact that all spirit is matter?

What must you do to see refined or purified matter – i.e. spirit?

How do these verses help us understand LoF 5:2 regarding the body of the Father?

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