Questions and Answers, between circa 16 and circa 29 March 1838–B [D&C 113:7–10]

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1st. Q. What is ment by the command in Isiah 52d. chap 1st. verse which saith Put on thy strength O and what people had I[sa]iah referance to
A. He had reference to those whome God should call in the last day’s who should hold the power of to bring again zion and the redemption of Israel.
And to put on her strength is to put on the authority of the priesthood which she (zion) has a right to by lineage: Also to return to that power which she had lost
Ques. 2d. What are we to understand by zions loosing herself from the bands of her neck 2d. verse.
A. We are to understand that the scattered remnants are exorted to to return to the Lord from whence they have fal[l]en which if they do the promise of the Lord is that he will speak to them or give them revelation See 6th. 7th. and 8th. verses The bands of her neck are the curses of God upon her or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles. [p. 18]


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    JS asserted that the priesthood and church authority held by the ancient prophets and apostles had been lost in a great apostasy but had been restored to him and that the Church of the Latter Day Saints was “the only true & living Church upon the face of the whole Earth,” with a mission to gather and redeem the house of Israel. (JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 1–2; Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:30]; see also Revelation, 5 Jan. 1831 [D&C 39:11]; and Revelation, ca. Aug. 1835 [D&C 27:5–18].)  

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    Some of JS’s revelations and translations connect priesthood authority to lineal descent. (See Revelation, ca. June 1835 [D&C 68:14–21]; Revelation, 6 Dec. 1832 [D&C 86:8–10]; Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:13–17, 69–76]; and “The Book of Abraham,” Times and Seasons, 1 Mar. 1842, 3:704, 705 [Abraham 1:2, 27].)  

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    JS’s revelations and translations foretell the gathering of Israel and the establishment of Zion. (See, for example, Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 499 [3 Nephi 21:1]; and Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:13].)