Doctrine & Covenants 28:13
“For all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith.”
In section 27, Joseph Smith was going to purchase wine for the sacrament. He was stopped by an angel who told him that he should not purchase wine or strong drink from his enemies. Joseph learned that it doesn’t matter what we eat or drink during the sacrament, as long as it is done with an eye single to the glory of God. Currently, we use water and bread when we partake of the sacrament. We also learn in section 27 about the keys of the priesthood that were passed down from prophets of different dispensations, including Elias, Elijah, Peter, James, and John. Each had special keys and gifts given to them, which were given to Joseph Smith. Joseph was reminded to take upon himself the “whole armor of God” to help him fulfill his calling.
In section 28, we learn that “all things must be done in order” in the Church. The prophet is the only one authorized to receive revelation for the entire church. We are each entitled to receive revelation for ourselves, for our families, and for our callings, but we can’t receive revelation for another person’s family or for our leaders, otherwise there would be great confusion. Hirum Page believed he had received revelation for the Church, but his revelations contradicted Joseph’s teachings, and those of the scriptures. Hirum learned that he had been deceived.
“Revelation comes in an orderly way in the Church. We are entitled to personal revelation. However, unless we are set apart to some presiding office, we will not receive revelations concerning what others should do. Revelation in the Church comes to those who have been properly called, sustained, ordained, or set apart. A bishop, for instance, will not receive any revelation concerning a neighboring ward, because that is out of his jurisdiction.” Boyd K. Packer
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