A Multiplicity of Blessings


In the early years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the Lord gave many instructions and blessings. Eventually, the leaders printed these words in a book now called the Doctrine and Covenants. As we read through this book we can learn and receive instructions for ourselves, just like in section 104.

In section 104 of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord promises a multiplicity of blessings to certain people as they stay faithful. At first glance, this does not seem relevant as the Lord directed the instructions to specific people. Actually, we can still learn from what it says.

Though these words are directed to certain people, we know that He loves all His children. Verse 46 says “And I will multiply blessings upon the house of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., inasmuch as he is faithful, even a multiplicity of blessings.”

First off, from this one verse, we learn at least two things. One, as we stay faithful in following the Lord we can receive a multiplicity of blessings. In simpler terms, as we follow the commandments of God we can receive many blessings. This is not always easy and many men given this promise lost faith. Still, as we try to do our best, we will see them multiply.

Second, staying faithful and receiving blessings does not remove trials, pain, or difficulties. In verse 46, the Lord addressed Joseph Smith Jr. Though Joseph Smith was his prophet and faithful, he went through many trials. He lost children and was falsely accused and thrown in jail. He had to watch his people endure many struggles. Eventually, he lost his life to a mob of men who disagreed with him. Despite these problems, Joseph Smith Jr. stayed faithful and received many blessings, even after death.

Through this one verse in the Doctrine and Covenants, we learn that by staying faithful to the Lord we can receive many blessings. This does not mean we will not experience struggles and trials. Still, with the Lord, we can endure and receive more blessings until we eventually return to Him.

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