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Chapter 18: The Law of the Church: 9 February 1831

“Chapter 18: The Law of the Church: 9 February 1831,” Doctrine and Covenants Stories (2002), 67–69

“Chapter 18,” Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 67–69

Chapter 18

The Law of the Church

9 February 1831

Joseph writing revelation

In Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord gave a very important revelation to Joseph Smith. It is called the law of the Church.

Doctrine and Covenants 42, section heading

man being ordained

The Lord said the Saints should teach the gospel to all people. Men who go on missions should be ordained to the priesthood by leaders of the Church.

missionaries teaching family

Two missionaries should work together. They should teach from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. They should pray to have the Holy Ghost with them. The Holy Ghost would tell them what to teach.

missionary baptizing boy

Missionaries should baptize people who believe the gospel.

Church members greeting

The Lord said members of the Church should obey the Ten Commandments. They should not kill. They should not tell lies. They should not say bad things about other people. They should not do any other bad things.

Saints sharing food

The Saints should share what they have with other people. Sharing with others is like sharing with Jesus.

Saints working

Jesus gave the Saints other commandments. No Saint should think he or she is better than another person. The Saints should be clean. They should work hard.

elders blessing sick girl

The Saints should take care of sick members. Men who have the priesthood should bless the sick. Those who have faith can be healed. They will not die if it is not time for them to die.

man’s spirit leaving his body

Righteous Saints should not be afraid to die. Death is wonderful for righteous people.

Joseph instructing the Saints

Jesus said He would reveal many things to righteous members. These revelations would bring joy. The Lord told the Saints to obey the law of the Church.