“Did You Know?” Liahona, Aug. 2005, 39
August 12, 1850: The first 15 converts to the Church in Copenhagen, Denmark, were baptized by Elder Erastus Snow of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
August 5, 1861: Latter-day Saint missionaries first arrived in the Netherlands.
August 1, 1970: The Ecuador Mission was organized. There are now three missions in Ecuador.
August 24, 1977: President Spencer W. Kimball dedicated Poland for the preaching of the gospel.
Latter-day Saint William Fowler, a convert from England, wrote the lyrics to “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” (Hymns, no. 19). President Joseph F. Smith (1838–1918) noted that the hymn was first sung in a meeting while he was on his mission in England; he served from 1860 to 1863. Brother Fowler set the words to the tune of Caroline Norton’s “The Officer’s Funeral March.” She might be surprised to find that her music written for a fallen soldier now praises the living prophet of God.
The Doctrine and Covenants is full of wonderful revelations that direct how the Church functions and offer us greater insights into the gospel of Jesus Christ. See if you can match some of these well-known revelations with the sections where they are found.
1. Three degrees of glory
a. D&C 4
2. Eternal marriage
b. D&C 20
3. Oath and covenant of the priesthood
c. D&C 25
4. Qualifications for missionary work
d. D&C 76
5. Sacrament prayers
e. D&C 84
6. Call to Emma Smith to compile a hymnal
f. D&C 121
7. John Taylor’s account of the Martyrdom
g. D&C 132
8. Why many are called but few are chosen
h. D&C 135
When you serve in the Church, you have the blessing and the responsibility to call on Heavenly Father for guidance. Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that in your calling “you have access to more than your natural capacities, and you do not work alone. The Lord will magnify what you say and what you do in the eyes of the people you serve. He will send the Holy Ghost to manifest to them that what you spoke was true. What you say and do will carry hope and give direction to people far beyond your natural abilities and your own understanding” (“Rise to Your Call,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 76–77).