D&C 121:1-33

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  • D&C 121:28: One God or Many Gods. The Lord indicates in verse 28 that in these Latter-days it will be revealed "whether there be one God or many gods". That revelation was delivered, at least in part, in verse 32, where we are introduced to the concept of a "Council of the Eternal God of all other gods". Joseph Smith expounded on this concept at length in later sermons, revealing some of the most profound teachings on this subject in the last few months of his life during a "meeting in the Grove east of the Temple on June 16, 1844" (see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370).

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  • D&C 121:11: Hope shall be blasted. What kind of hope is this talking about? Why does God mention this particular form of punishment for the accusers? How is this related to the other forms of punishment and the reasons for that punishment described here and in the following passages? (See also v. 14.)
  • D&C 121:16: Lift up the heel. What does it mean to "lift up the heel against mine anointed"?
  • D&C 121:26: What does "unspeakable gift" mean when talking of the Holy Ghost?
  • D&C 121:28: Has this great outpouring of knowledge already occured? Is it in the process of occurring?
  • D&C 121:28: What must we do as individuals, and as a church, to be ready for or continue to receive this great outpouring of spiritual truth when "nothing will be withheld"?
  • D&C 121:28: What are we to make of the phrase "whether there be one God or many gods"? Why is the phrase tentative? Did Joseph Smith understand at this time whether there was one God or many gods?

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