Week 15: Doctrine and Covenants 37-40

This week’s lesson explains that the early Saints were drawn to the doctrine of the restored gospel, for sure. But they were also excited to accept the invitation to do the “work.” It would seem that for many, that is still true today. A recent study showed that although nearly 1 in 4 Americans no longer affiliates with religion, just 1 in 10 Americans does not believe God exists. It might be explained that the issue is not that an interest in spiritual matters has declined, people still want to be engaged in something meaningful. It just appears organized religion, for many, isn’t filling that need. In light of this, President Nelson’s invitation to be part of the gathering of Israel as discussed in this week’s lesson, would appeal to a deep need many of us have. About the gathering, he said it is “the most important thing taking place on earth today” and “if you choose to, if you want to, you can be a big part of it.”

This call has many ways it can be answered, one is within the walls of our homes. “When your home becomes a personal sanctuary of faith—where the Spirit resides—your home becomes the first line of defense”. We can stand with early saints as we move forward in this work, considering President Harold B. Lee’s timeless reminder that “the most important … work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own homes.”

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