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The Doctrine and Covenants: The Voice of the Lord By Elder Neal A. Maxwell Of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy If asked which book of scripture provides the most frequent chance to “listen” to the Lord talking, most individuals would at first think of the New Testament. The New Testament is a marvelous collection of the deeds and many of the doctrines of the Messiah. But in the Doctrine and Covenants we receive the voice as well as the word of the Lord. We can almost “hear” him talking. Words like these sink into one’s marrow as well as into one’s mind, for the majesty and power of the Lord are so evident: “Thus saith the Lord your God, even Jesus Christ, the Great I Am, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the same which looked upon the wide expanse of eternity, and all the seraphic hosts of heaven, ) These are enunciatory truths about the coidentity of Jesus and Jehovah, “the Great I Am.” The same words, when Jesus spoke them in the meridian of time, brought forth stones. (See John 8:58-59 .) The Savior’s premortal role is also declared here, a magnificent role noted in his high priestly prayer centuries before. (See John 17:5 .) ) Not only is Jesus’ omniscience asserted, but the reason for his foreknowledge is given: he is not bound by time, and thus “all things are present” before him each moment! “I am the same which spake, and the world was made, and all things came by me. “I am the same which have taken the Zion of Enoch into mine own bosom; and verily, I say, even as many as have believed in my name, for I am Christ, and in mine own name, by the virtue of the blood ) Christ declares and describes his role as Creator of the entire world, and yet cites his saving of a special city! From the opening lines of the Doctrine and Covenants we see a concerned though omnipotent God, Jesus Christ, speaking unto “all men”: “Hearken, O ye people of my church, saith the voice of him who dwells on high, and whose eyes are upon all men; yea, verily I say: Hearken ye people from afar; and ye that are upon the islands of the sea, ) The Lord goes on to declare that there are “none to escape” the “voice of warning … unto all people, by )
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In the last hearken we see a still pleading Lord who concludes with: “Now, therefore, hearken, O ye people of my church; and ye elders listen together; you have received my kingdom. “Be diligent in keeping all my commandments, lest judgments come upon you, and your faith fail you,
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