Revelation and Atonement

D&C 6, 8–9, 11, 18–19

A mild hiatus has meant a nice batch of D&C study materials as I catch up: this week, I have the following lessons recorded and updated in the notes and schedule file:

  • Revelation of Christ, Part 1—As Often as Thou Hast Inquired (D&C 6) [mp3]

  • Revelation of Christ, Part 2—A Knowledge Concerning the Engravings (D&C 8–9) [mp3]

  • Atonement of Christ, Part 1—His Joy in the Soul that Repenteth (D&C 18) [mp3]

  • Atonement of Christ, Part 2—Nevertheless, Glory Be to the Father (D&C 19) [mp3]

For those using the podcast feed, the audio should already be updated next time you sync your app.

Some of the Lord’s most important and poignant statements about revelation and the atonement appear in these revelations. Big takeaways from the discussion and notes—

  • Not all revelation is the same; some forms are exclusive while others are universal.

  • Enlightenment of the mind is the fundamental experience of personal revelation, offered by the Lord to everyone as often as we inquire of him.

  • The great worth of souls is the reason the Lord gives for why he suffered the pains of the atonement.

  • Endless punishment and eternal damnation lasting forever are hyperbolic assumptions we Christians make; they are not unending but rather belong to God, hence their names.

  • The voice of the Lord is heard via reading the words of the Doctrine and Covenants.

  • The apostolic calling described in D&C 18 pertains to “crying repentance” in the attitude and scope of Paul, and isn’t a concentration of priesthood keys as later commentators assumed and retrojected onto this revelation.

There is more to explore in these revelations, for sure. Take a listen or check out the readings and further readings listed in the study notes.

Next week—We’ll close out the second unit on Christ in the early revelations and look ahead to the third unit on the Church of Christ.