I really love all three of these videos to supplement my study this past week of the Doctrine and Covenants. That’s the new topic of study for the 2021 Come, Follow Me Sunday School class of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the above video, Hank Smith, John Bytheway, and Anthony Sweat discuss Doctrine and Covenants 1. I love at the 52 minute mark, Dr. Sweat explains what it means in D&C 1:30 when it says that the Church is the only true and living church on the whole face of the earth, which the Lord is “well pleased with, speaking unto the church collectively, not individually–” Dr. Sweat explains that that doesn’t mean the leaders of the Church will never make mistakes. Dr. Sweat explains that “true” means “authorized.” Sometimes that means the leaders are authorized to make mistakes. That’s because the leaders go to Him and propose something, and He lets them do it, and it might be a mistake, so that the leader(s) learn. (Such was the case with Joseph Smith asking to let Martin Harris borrow the manuscript of 116 translated pages from the Book of Mormon.)
The video above is from my old standbys, David and Emily, from the Don’t Miss This Come Follow Me YouTube channel, discussing D&C 1. I love that they emphasize that this revelation is for all people. All people, whether they are members of the Church or not.
Finally, the above two videos are done by my husband’s cousin, Lynne Hilton Wilson. She gives a ton of backstory to the Doctrine and Covenants. Additionally, she answers some hard questions about Joseph Smith, including “Why did it take until 1831 for Joseph Smith to write down his story?” Fascinating! These videos are more for this coming week’s lesson, but are also a great foundation for the whole year’s study. I love her sweet, gentle, yet exciting nature, and all of her graphics and explanations. You can go to the website for her organization here, and get additional study helps for each week’s readings. Enjoy!