So, what in the world am I doing for the D&C 42 conference? And how do I decide something like that??
Here’s another go, anyway!
11 Again I say unto you, that it shall not be given to any one to go forth to preach my gospel, or to build up my church, except he be ordained by some one who has authority, and it is known to the church that he has authority and has been regularly ordained by the heads of the church.
12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
===separation here between “they” “elders” etc and “you”===
14 And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach. (of course, “ye” is plural anyway. So are the elders etc. still included? We’ve just added Joseph too? Or a group that is being addressed?)
15 And all this ye shall observe to do as I have commanded concerning your teaching, until the fulness of my scriptures is given. (This “all” seems to me to include all of 11-15)
16 And as ye shall lift up your voices by the Comforter, ye shall speak and prophesy as seemeth me good;
17 For, behold, the Comforter knoweth all things, and beareth record of the Father and of the Son.
(So do 14-on apply to those preaching the gospel elsewhere? Or is it a direction for Joseph? Or, to the “elders…who have assembled [themselves] together” I suppose?
So, okay, if this is addressing the elders assembled, then I should look at the beginning of D&C 42 again. They are given a “first commandment” to go and preach “in the power of my Spirit.” (First commandment – sounds like a test, or something temporary? Interesting to put something like that in the “law” given to the church!)
I have been interested in the statement that the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel. Hm, and of course what these elders are commanded to do is to go forth, preach, baptize, and cry repentance. Teach the gospel, which we will read in a few verses is in the Book of Mormon. So perhaps those verses are building on this commandment to preach repentance & to baptize.
And as they do this, they build up the church in every region, until they know where to gather into a city and be received as his people. This seems rather “second coming”-ish – the fulfillment of the covenant.
V. 10 sounds like a side note about the calling of bishop, since there are now going to be many areas with church members. V. 11 sounds like it is meant to jump right back to talking about those who are out preaching.
V. 12 again talking about those who are called to preach – this is how they do it, by using the Bible and Book of Mormon.
V. 13 I assume has reference to D&C 20. I suppose I need to go look at that to see how it’s being referred to here. (ie, things to do, things to teach, or both, since it does talk about baptism etc. – does it talk about these central “gospel” thing enough to simply be referring to their mission to cry repentance and to baptize…?)