Seek for Wisdom
Doctrine & Covenants 77-80 | July 12-18
Joseph Smith knew that if he had questions, he could pray and ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance and that if he followed the counsel of the Lord, he and the Church would be blessed.
When Joseph and Sidney Rigdon were reading the book of Revelation, they had questions about the symbolism John used. In Section 77, we can read about their questions and the answers the Lord gave. When Joseph had questions about how to support the Church and care for the poor, he turned to the Lord in prayer. The Lord helped him to know what to do and also taught him that the things we do in our everyday lives help prepare us for eternity.
We can follow the example of Joseph Smith and turn to the Lord for wisdom and guidance.
D&C 77: Revelation given to Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, about March 1832. Joseph Smith’s history states, “In connection with the translation of the Scriptures, I received the following explanation of the Revelation of St. John.”
D&C 78: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland, Ohio, March 1, 1832. On that day, the Prophet and other leaders had assembled to discuss Church business. This revelation originally instructed the Prophet, Sidney Rigdon, and Newel K. Whitney to travel to Missouri and organize the Church’s mercantile and publishing endeavors by creating a “firm” that would oversee these efforts, generating funds for the establishment of Zion and for the benefit of the poor. This firm, known as the United Firm, was organized in April 1832 and disbanded in 1834 (see section 82). Sometime after its dissolution, under the direction of Joseph Smith, the phrase “the affairs of the storehouse for the poor” replaced “mercantile and publishing establishments” in the revelation, and the word “order” replaced the word “firm.”
D&C 79: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, March 12, 1832.
D&C 80: Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Stephen Burnett, at Hiram, Ohio, March 7, 1832.