Relief Society Lesson 9: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

Relief Society Lesson 9: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

The Law of Witnesses

There is a law definitely stated in the scriptures governing testimony and the appointment of witnesses. This law the Lord has always followed in granting new revelation to the people.
-Joseph Fielding Smith

If we had perfect records of all ages, we would find that whenever the Lord has established a dispensation, there has been more than one witness to testify for him.
-Joseph Fielding Smith

2 Corinthians 13:1
In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “we believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God” (Articles of Faith 1:9). This is to say that while there is much we do not yet know, the truths and doctrine we have received have come and will continue to come by divine revelation…It is a process involving both reason and faith for obtaining the mind and will of the Lord.4 At the same time it should be remembered that not every statement made by a Church leader, past or present, necessarily constitutes doctrine. It is commonly understood in the Church that a statement made by one leader on a single occasion often represents a personal, though well-considered, opinion, not meant to be official or binding for the whole Church. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “a prophet [is] a prophet only when he [is] acting as such.”
-D. Todd Christofferson Reference A

Why is the law of witnesses important to the process of revelation?  How can we differentiate between well-considered opinions and doctrines?

Mary Whitmer

A Holy Messenger Shows Mary Whitmer the Gold Plates  Illustration by Michael Priddis, from the book, Dare to be True: A Prophet in Palmyra.

A Holy Messenger Shows Mary Whitmer the Gold Plates Illustration by Michael Priddis, from the book, Dare to be True: A Prophet in Palmyra.

When Joseph Smith first received the gold plates that contained the Book of Mormon, he was not authorized to share them with others. However, the Book of Mormon itself foretold that others would have the opportunity to view the book.

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Too old to hunt eggs?

Too old to hunt eggs?

When I was single and 21, I attended a memorable family Easter egg hunt. I am the oldest female cousin on that side of the family, and my sister (age 20) and next oldest female cousin (age 19) were already married. My older male cousin was a single returned missionary. No one invited any of them to hunt eggs, but everyone kept urging me to join the hunt with the kids. I finally explained that I was too old to hunt eggs, given that I was now of legal drinking age. They were confused. “You don’t drink.”

Not taking my word for it, they turned to my mother, who was known to be a key witness to my birth, to verify whether I had really aged out of the hunt.  ”April is too old,” she confirmed.  Then she added, “She was never any good at finding eggs anyway.”

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Girl Scouts Sans Troop

Girl Scouts Sans Troop

I was never a girl scout but I wanted my daughter to be one.  American Mormon boys enroll in church-sponsored Boy Scouts troops. However, the LDS church does not sponsor Girl Scout troops. To be fair to my children and give them equal opportunities, I wanted to find a way for my daughter to access the Girl Scout experience outside of church.

When I went to the Utah Girl Scouts website and tried to sign up, I received a notice saying that because of the high demand for Girl Scouts in my local area, my daughter would not be able to join a troop.  All troops were full. The Girl Scouts website recommended that I volunteer as a Girl Scout leader, find another adult who is not related to me to be my partner, and recruit at least four other girls my daughter’s age in order to establish a brand new troop.

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No estás sola (You are not alone)

No estás sola (You are not alone)

By Anya Tinajero Vega

Co-founder of Mormonas Feministas. Convert of 19 years. Inquisitor, eternal student and daughter and granddaughter of exceptional women. To question is to live. (English translation included below the Spanish text.)

Por Anya Tinajero Vega

Co-fundadora del Grupo Mormonas Feministas. Conversa a los 19 años. Preguntona, eterna estudiante e hija y nieta de mujeres excepcionales. Cuestionar es vivir.

164646_10101358201580119_8038971004578141439_n“No estás sola hermana”, fue lo que me dijo Joanna Brooks cuando terminé de contarle mi experiencia mientras mi rostro estaba lleno de lágrimas. Hoy, desde México les digo a mis hermanas y hermanos de Ordain Women que no están (estamos) solas ni solos. Caminar con ustedes el sábado a la reunión del Sacerdocio hizo que mi corazón reviviera y creciera una fe inmensa en que las cosas pueden cambiar. No estén tristes, el que nos hayan negado la entrada no debe significar que debemos bajar los brazos y olvidar lo que creemos es justo.

Debo confesarles que me tomó mucho tiempo y romper muchos miedos el decidir ir a caminar junto a ustedes. Tenía mucho miedo y eso es raro en mí. Estoy acostumbrada a marchar en manifestaciones, escuchar críticas hacia mí y mis causas, enfrentar a mis detractores, pero nunca en mi Iglesia. Por eso no me gusta leer y escuchar que lo que hicimos el sábado fue una “manifestación”. Siempre fuimos respetuosas, reverentes y amorosas con todos. Nunca gritamos, no teníamos carteles en contra de la Iglesia, no fuimos groseras, no fuimos irreverentes. Abrazamos con infinita tristeza a la hermana que nos negó la entrada a la reunión de Sacerdocio. Estoy muy orgullosa de todas ustedes y de los hermanos que con mucho amor caminaron y esperaron en la línea con nosotras.

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Young Women Lesson: Personal Revelation

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Morning Prayer by Subhadip Mukherjee

Introduce the doctrine

Invite the young women to list some important decisions they will need to make in the next few years. Write the list on the board.

What is personal revelation? How can personal revelation help with the important decisions we must make?

Learn together

D&C 8:2–3;

2 Yea, behold, I will atell you in your mind and in your bheart, by the cHoly Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart.

3 Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation; behold, this is the spirit by which Moses abrought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground.

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