Doctrine and Covenants 106 to 108 – “To Have the Heavens Opened”

The April 1835 revelation “On Priesthood” (D&C 107) was foundational in organizing the Church and its branches by outlining the responsibilities of Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood offices. It admonishes priesthood holders to be diligent and to seek the privilege of having the heavens opened unto them. 

 

“The Record of the Twelve, 1835: The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles’ Call and 1835 Mission,” Ronald K. Esplin and Sharon E. Nielsen, BYU Studies Quarterly 51, no. 1

In early 1835, twelve men were called to serve as apostles, and in March 1835, Joseph Smith called them to serve a joint mission to the eastern United States. Before they left in May, Joseph presented them with a document titled “On Priesthood,” which later became D&C 107. This document explains the responsibilities of the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthood holders and of the Apostles and other officers. Read about the background of this mission and the documents that tell the day-to-day activities of the apostles’ 1835 mission, proselyting and organizing conferences of many branches.  

“Restoring the Ancient Order,” Joseph F. Darowski and James Goldberg, Revelations in Context
Several revelations, including D&C 107, helped the Saints understand how to harness the power of shared inspiration while dividing up the complex demands of Church administration.

“‘Wrought Upon’ to Seek a Revelation,” Lisa Olsen Tait, Revelations in Context 

This revelation (D&C 108) answered Lyman Sherman’s request that the Lord make known his duty. Sherman was ordained as one of seven presidents of the Seventy. This short article tells of Sherman’s Church service and untimely death. 

“Historical Context and Background of D&C 107,” Steven C. Harper and Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Central 

Part of the revelation “On Priesthood” (D&C 107) was given to Joseph Smith “as he was instructing us,” according to Heber Kimball. The revelation describes priesthood offices and inspires men to live up to their responsibilities and privileges.