Section one, verses four and five talk about the voice of warning going to all people “by the mouths my disciples whom I have chosen in these last days.” and no one will keep them from doing so. And I heard somewhere that we are Disciples of Christ and it had me wondering if God was talking about this generation going on missions and spreading the gospel and giving warning to people.
Verse seven says that what God has decreed in this book shall be fulfilled, and that kind of makes me want to further read the Doctrine and Covenants to find out what’s going to happen.
Verses twenty through thirty-three states the purpose of the book… “That faith might increase in the earth; that mine everlasting covenant might be established;” and that the fullness of the gospel might be proclaimed by ordinary people to the entire world including kings and rulers.
God wants everyone to know of his gospel, no matter who you are or what your race and color are. Then it talks of peace being taken away and earth becoming chaotic and I’m going to guess that some people would be pretty scared about that. So I have comfort in what God says that the saints will have divine protection.
Section two talks of performing ordinances for the dead; When verse two says “and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers,” it makes me think of going to the temple to do baptisms for the dead and that we’re not there because we were forced to, but because we want to be there. We want to share with our ancestors the happiness that we have in being members of God’s church, having had our sins washed away and having the Spirit to be with us. It also talks of Elijah bringing the priesthood back to the earth and I’m glad that he did, because if we didn’t have the priesthood we couldn’t perform these temple ordinances for the dead and help bring them to the truth.
Joseph Smith Scripture Mastery report: “And after I had retired to the place where I had previously designed, having looked around me and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began pouring out the desires of my heart to God…”