Sections 55 thru 58

Read Doctrine and Covenants sections 55 thru 58

Section 55

The Lord also wants little children to be instructed in His Church (4)

Section 56

We will not retain a remission of our sins if we seek to counsel in our own ways, or have pleasure in unrighteousness (14)

Warnings against wicked rich and wicked poor:  (16-17)

The Lord's promised blessings to the righteous poor (18)

Section 57

Independence, Missouri, identified as the center place of Zion, or the place for the city of New Jerusalem (2-3)

"Numbers 10, 11, and 12 are to be called, House of the Lord, for the Presidency of the High and most Holy Priesthood, after the order of Melchizedek, which was after the order of the Son of God, upon Mount Zion, City of the New Jerusalem.

Numbers 7, 8, and 9, the Sacred Apostolic Repository, for the use of the Bishop.

Numbers 4, 5, and 6, the Holy Evangelical House, for the High Priesthood of the Holy Order of God.

Numbers 1, 2, and 3, the House of the Lord, for the Elders of Zion, an Ensign to the Nations.

Numbers 22, 23, and 24, House of the Lord for the Presidency of the High Priesthood, after the Order of Aaron, a Standard for the People.

Numbers 19, 20, and 21, House of the Lord, the Law of the Kingdom of Heaven, and Messenger to the People; for the Highest Priesthood after the Order of Aaron.

Numbers 16, 17, and 18, House of the Lord for the Teachers in Zion, Messenger to the Church.

Numbers 13, 14, and 15, House of the Lord for the Deacons in Zion, Helps in Government.

Underneath must be written on each house--HOLINESS TO THE LORD."   (History of the Church, Volume 1, Chapter 26, p.359)

. Read President John Taylor's explanation on the meaning of this city (Journal of Discourses, Vol.10, pp.146-148)

Section 58

Blessings come after tribulation, but we can't see it until it happens (3-4)

Bishops are judges in Israel (17-18)

In the kingdom of God, no man is a ruler (20)

The laws of the land are not to be broken (21-22)

It is not appropriate that we are commanded in all things (26-29)

Full forgiveness for the repentant: the Lord promises he will no longer remember (42-43)

Full repentance includes confession and abandonment

"Repentance is a thing that cannot be trifled with every day. Daily transgression and daily repentance is not that which is pleasing in the sight of God."  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.148)
"... the ideal confession is voluntary, not forced. It is induced from within the offender's soul, not sparked by being found out in the sin. Such confession, like the voluntary humility of which Alma spoke (Alma 32:13-16), is a sign of growing repentance. It indicates the sinner's conviction of sin and his desire to abandon the evil practices. The voluntary confession is infinitely more acceptable in the sight of the Lord than is forced admission, lacking humility, [extracted] from an individual by questioning when guilt is evident."  (Pres. Spencer W. Kimball, Miracle of Forgiveness, p.181)

Other practices condemned as sins: (39, 41)

Questions for Review

1. Why did the Lord chasten some rich men? (56:16)

2. Why did the Lord chasten some poor men? (56:17)

3. What did the Lord say about the laws of the land? (58:21-22)

4. Why doesn't the Lord command in all things? (58:26-29)

5. What sign did the Lord give the prophet Joseph Smith to identify whether or not a person has repented of his or her sins? (58:43)

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