D&C Lesson 7: First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel

Lesson 7 is now on my blog:


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Gerald (Rameumptom) Smith is a student of the gospel. Joining the Church of Jesus Christ when he was 16, he served a mission in Santa Cruz Bolivia (1978=1980). He is married to Ramona, has 3 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren. Retired Air Force (Aim High!). He has been on the Internet since 1986 when only colleges and military were online. Gerald has defended the gospel since the 1980s, and was on the first Latter-Day Saint email lists, including the late Bill Hamblin's Morm-Ant. Gerald has worked with FairMormon, More Good Foundation, LDS.Net and other pro-LDS online groups. He has blogged on the scriptures for over a decade at his site: Joel's Monastery (joelsmonastery.blogspot.com). He has the following degrees: AAS Computer Management, BS Resource Mgmt, MA Teaching/History. Gerald was the leader for the Tuskegee Alabama group, prior to it becoming a branch. He opened the door for missionary work to African Americans in Montgomery Alabama in the 1980s. He's served in two bishoprics, stake clerk, high council, HP group leader and several other callings over the years. While on his mission, he served as a counselor in a branch Relief Society presidency.

2 thoughts on “D&C Lesson 7: First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel

  1. You created somewhat of a tautology when you said, “Without repentance, we remain stagnant and unable to develop faith in Christ”. This might need a little more explanation. Also, I think you might need to define what you mean by “grace” at the end.

  2. Scott,
    Repentance means change. Refusing to repent means spiritual stagnation. One cannot progress into the heavens without changing oneself. This is exactly what the process of Faith in Christ, Repentance, Ordinances, Holy Ghost is all about. It is a process that changes us.
    The grace that is referenced in D&C 93 refers to spiritual growth and perfections. As we go through the process of changing, God bestows upon us greater spiritual blessings (grace), stronger guidance from the Spirit, perhaps even the 2nd Comforter. Eventually, we become holy, even as Christ is holy.

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