H. Dean Garrett and Stephen E. Robinson, Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 2001, 6×9.25″ 398 pages.
What can latter-day revelation teach us about the vital doctrines of the restored gospel? How can knowing the history of the early days of the Restoration help us understand the future blessings promised to a worldwide Church?
The second volume of a comprehensive four-volume series, A Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, by Stephen E. Robinson and H. Dean Garrett, provides a verse-by-verse examination of sections 41 through 80.
Although no one but the prophet has the right to declare or define doctrine for the Church and its members (see D&C 43:5-7), learning the historical context often clarifies what is being said. Suddenly, we see familiar verses in a new light and with new insights.
The authors have drawn from countless sources–original diaries, journals, maps, and atlases–to bring to life the history and doctrine of the Doctrine and Covenants in an easy-to-read format. Throughout the detailed studies, in-depth analysis, and perceptive commentary contained in this remarkable book, the authors’ love for the Doctrine and Covenants shines forth.
Here we learn about:
* The circumstances under which the first bishop in the Church was called.
The law of consecration.
The manner in which the sick are to be blessed.
How transgressors are to be disciplined.
What the elders are to proclaim regarding the restoration of the gospel.
The Savior’s role as our advocate with the Father.
How to discern the gifts of the Spirit.
Of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord has declared, “Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled” (D&C 1:37). A Commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants, Volume Two invites us to study more deeply the history and doctrine recorded in this vital book of scripture. It is a commentary that rewards us amply for our efforts.