Doctrine and Covenants 63 – “That Which Cometh from Above Is Sacred”

When Joseph Smith and others returned to Kirtland in August 1831, the Saints there had many questions. Doctrine and Covenants 63 gave direction about building Zion through funding and property, but more importantly, through obedience and faith.

 

“Historical Context and Background of D&C 63,” Steven C. Harper, Casey Paul Griffiths, and Doctrine and Covenants Central

These brief articles tell what questions were in the minds of the Saints in 1831. Section 63 addresses who should go to Zion, how to manage property and money, how to handle the apostasy of some in Kirtland, and other needs.

“Ezra Booth and Isaac Morley,” Matthew McBride, Revelations in Context

Ezra Booth was disillusioned after going to Missouri and subsequently worked against the Church, but Isaac Morley continued to sacrifice with faith for the rest of his life.

 “’That They Might Come to​ Understanding’: Revelation as Process,” Steven C. Harper, in You Shall Have My Word: Exploring the Text of the Doctrine and Covenants

The revelations that Joseph Smith received were divine, but all communication between Deity and humans is incomplete until it is internalized and acted upon. Revelation is a process that leads to understanding rather than an event in which knowledge is fully disclosed. Section 63 is an example of communication in process.