The Turning of Hearts
by Kerry Muhlestein, Ph.D.
Malachi’s promise of Elijah’s return must be of great import, for it is cited in every book of scripture. The version recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, found in Section Two, is a very small paraphrase of what Moroni told Joseph Smith when he first appeared to him. It is also found in the Joseph Smith History account of that visit (JSH 1:38-39). There is a significant difference between how Moroni quoted it to Joseph Smith and how it is preserved in Malachi or the Book of Mormon. That difference has to do with the use of the word “promise.”
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints typically think of the promise that Elijah would come to turn the hearts of the children to the fathers and the fathers to the children as being primarily fulfilled in doing what we typically speak of as family history work. This is true, but it is only part of the picture. As we see more fully what is intended by that prophecy, an increased power can flow from doing our Family History work.
- Foundations of our Faith by Craig C. Christensen
- Joseph Smith: The Profile of a Prophet by Stephen O. Smoot (pdf)
- [The Significance of] Moroni Delivering the Plates on September 22nd
- The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon by Brant Gardner
- Testimony of Garold N. Davis – Joseph Smith Had the Plates, or Did He?
- Joseph Smith’s Visions: His Style and his Record