Doctrine and Covenants 1:38
August 2010

“Doctrine and Covenants 1:38,” New Era, Aug. 2010, 33

Line upon Line

Doctrine and Covenants 1:38

We should heed all of the Lord’s words given through His prophets.

38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.

What I the Lord have spoken

Here are a few things the scriptures teach us about revelation from God:

  • Man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord (see Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; D&C 98:11).

  • “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

  • The Lord will do nothing without revealing His secret to the prophets (see Amos 3:7).

  • God will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept (see 2 Nephi 28:30; D&C 98:12).

  • Whatever God’s servants speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be the voice of the Lord (see D&C 68:4).

My word shall not pass away

Prophecies and blessings spoken by the Lord’s prophets are not always fulfilled at the time or in the manner people expect. Think of some examples of prophecies and blessings that were fulfilled at an unexpected time or in an unexpected way, and write in your journal how this principle can apply in your life.

By mine own voice or by the voice of my servants

I excuse not myself