“What’s Up?” New Era, May 2005, 34–35
“A testimony begins with the acceptance by faith of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the head of this Church; and the prophet of the Restoration, Joseph Smith.”
—President James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, “Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief,” Ensign, Nov. 2003, 19.
Last month’s general conference had messages for you. See “They Spoke to Us” in the May Ensign and Liahona for talks like these:
See what President Gordon B. Hinckley says about poker, lotteries, and slot machines in “Gambling.”
How can you prepare now for missionary service? Elder M. Russell Ballard gives some suggestions in “One More.”
Find out what it means to be a good friend in Kathleen H. Hughes’s talk, “What Greater Goodness Can We Know: Christlike Friends.”
Why is Joseph Smith so important? President Hinckley explains why in “The Great Things Which God Has Revealed.”
May 1, 1846: The Nauvoo Temple was publicly dedicated, with Elders Orson Hyde and Wilford Woodruff presiding.
May 12, 1912: The first seminary of the Church (above) was approved by the Church Board of Education. It was built near Granite High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.
May 15, 1988: The first stake in West Africa, the Aba Nigeria Stake, was organized.
May 16, 1989: The BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies was dedicated by President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95).
This hymn of praise was written by William W. Phelps (above) for the dedication of the Kirtland Temple in 1836 and has been sung at every temple dedication since. It was sung to the tune of “Now Let Us Rejoice” (Hymns, no. 3) immediately after the Kirtland Temple’s dedicatory prayer. (D&C 109 is the dedicatory prayer.) We don’t know who wrote the tune to which we now sing “The Spirit of God,” but we do know the tune was first published in 1844 in a hymnal used by Latter-day Saint missionaries. (See Hymns, no. 2.)
Want to know more about Church history? The answers are just a click away. Visit www.lds.org to tap into amazing Church history resources and get the facts in a matter of minutes. Just click the Church History link on the home page. You will find information on Church historic sites, complete with maps, photos, driving directions, and information on what there is to see and learn at these locations.
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. John Taylor’s account of the martyrdom
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 109
7. Three degrees of glory
G. D&C 132
8. The dedicatory prayer of the Kirtland Temple
H. D&C 135
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