Sections 64 thru 67

Read Doctrine and Covenants sections 64 thru 67

Section 64

Unforgiveness is a greater sin (8-11)

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest ...
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings;
It is an attribute of God himself,
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore ...
Though justice be thy plea, consider this:
That in the course of justice none of us
Should see salvation. We do pray for mercy,
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy.
(William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
Baltimore:Penguin Books, 1959, IV,i,182-200, p.104)

Unrepentant persons who avoid confessing their sins (or try to cover them up) have to be dealt with (12-13)

"The bishop is expected to keep confidential the confession of the transgressor, unless he considers the sins serious enough and the repentance slack enough to take the matter before the bishop's court or the high council court. The keeping of full confidence makes it possible for the repentant individual to retain the confidence and win the friendly support of all with whom he associates. If the bishop sees fit to forgive the transgression, that is, to waive penalties, he may wish to keep very close to the sinner for a substantial period to assist and encourage him while the person is overcoming his errors and transforming his life. And at the discretion of the bishop, those who have cleared their transgressions and shared their burdens with their bishop or proper authority, can then move forward in Church activity with freedom and assurance."   (Pres. Spencer W. Kimball, Miracle of Forgiveness, p.334-335)

. Around 1985 Church "courts" were renamed "Disciplinary Councils." The change in name was more than cosmetic; it reflected a reaffirmation of the philosophy behind these councils. Their purpose is not to punish or retaliate against transgressors, but to see that:

(a) the transgressors are brought back into full reconciliation with the Lord, if they so desire, and
(b) that the Church and its name remain spotless in the world

This age is a day of sacrifice and a day for the tithing of the people (23-24)

We are agents engaged in the Lord's business (29)

We should not be not weary in well-doing (33-35)

Historical Note: D&C 64:36 marked the end of the "Book of Commandments" (The title of the first edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, published in Independence, Missouri, in 1833.  That edition was destroyed by a mob.)

Sections 65 & 66

The stone cut out of mountain without hands will fill the earth (65:2)

What could be the difference between "praying unto the Lord" and "calling upon his holy name"? (65:4) 

The fulness of the gospel was sent to the earth so that we might be prepared to the glories of the future (66:2; see also D&C 133:57-59)

Section 67

Fear prevents blessings from being bestowed upon us (3)

The Lord's challenge for those who murmured against the language of the revelations (4-9)

Another promise to see God (10-12)

Questions for Review

1. "I, the Lord, will forgive whom I will forgive, but of you it is required to forgive ............................." (64:10)

2. "And out of small things proceedeth ......................................................" (64:33)

3. Why did the Lord send the fulness of His gospel? (66:2)

4. When some of the early brethren complained about the language of the revelations, what test did the Lord propose to them? (67:heading, 5-8)

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