Basic Principles of Orally Communicating the Gospel as Found in the Doctrine and Covenants

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Brigham Young University - Provo

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Benson, Reed Amussen
Brigham Young University - Provo
Doctrine and Covenants; Study and teaching; Oral communication; Religious aspects; Communication; Mormon Studies
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In view of the large lay ministry of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who are called upon to preach and teach the gospel, this study was undertaken to see if the latter-day volume of scripture, the Doctrine and Covenants, revealed basic principles associated with the oral communication of the gospel.These principles became evident through the frequency that they were mentioned and the emphasis they received. They were (1) righteousness, in particular diligence, humility and meekness, prayer and fasting; (2) knowledge; (3) authority; (4) the right means of communicating; (5) the correct message--with the gospel, testimony, and what's expedient being highlighted; (6) the proper manner of delivery; and (7) the spirit of the Lord. Having the spirit of the Lord was stressed in connection with each of the other principles, and they in turn served as essential preludes to the seventh principle.