Doctrine & Covenants 124:15
“And again, verily I say unto you, blessed is my servant…; for I, the Lord, love him because of the integrity of his heart, and because he loveth that which is right before me, saith the Lord.”
After escaping Missouri, the Saints found a place to settle in Illinois. It was a swampy place, but they named it “Nauvoo” which means “beautiful” in Hebrew. They drained the swamps and began to build their city. In a revelation through the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord told the Saints to build a safe, comfortable boarding house for visitors to the city. Although the Saints had been treated poorly, the Lord encouraged them to welcome others into their city.
The Lord also commanded the Saints to build a new temple in Nauvoo. In the temple, the Saints would be able to perform sacred ordinances, such as baptisms for the dead, washings, and anointings.
In this revelation, the Lord also spoke specifically to several individuals, including Hyrum Smith, Joseph’s older brother. The Lord said that He loved them and trusted them because of the integrity of their hearts. He promised them many blessings if they would continue to do the work and receive the counsel of the Lord.
“I love both ancient and modern-day scriptures that use the phrase ‘integrity of heart’ when describing a righteous person’s character. Integrity or the lack of integrity is a fundamental element of one’s character. Men who have ‘integrity of heart’ are men to be trusted—because trust is built on integrity. Being a man of integrity simply means your intentions, as well as your actions, are pure and righteous in all aspects of your life, both in public and in private.” Richard J. Maynes
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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