The lesson was based on The Lord's Way by Elder Stanley G Ellis from April 2013 General Conference
He describes the calling of the 70.
"Think of it, brothers and sisters—we are not spiritual orphans! We are not alone.
"What are the advantages of having parents—of not being an orphan? We can learn from them, benefit from their experience, avoid pitfalls they warn us about, and understand better because of their perspective. We don’t have to be lost, confused, deceived, or less effective. This is especially true in the case of our Heavenly Father, who has taught us and shown us not just a way but the way."(Elder Stanley)
Heavenly Father takes an active role in each of our lives to try to help us understand his plan for us and help us do things the way that makes us successful.
2 Nephi 32:8
8 And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.
5 ¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
When we prepare we do not fear. When we study, when we pray we will be prepared.
Doctrine and Covenants 135
The first amendment did not apply to the states and city councils back then. The press was destroyed to prevent a riot of the citizens over the contents of the newspaper.
The charge against Joseph was treason, since treason charges do not allow for bail.
If Joseph had not been killed he could've lived many years and continued to lead the church. By him dieing the members of the Church had to find their footing and reach for the Lord without Joseph holding their hands. Had Hyrum lived the Church may have tried to rally around him as their leader. The Church had to rely on the Lord and not the Smiths. This may well be why Emma did not leave Nauvoo. Perhaps the Lord guided her to stay behind. Perhaps, the people that wanted to keep following the Smiths could stay behind as the Church left, without continuing to cling to the Smiths.
23 And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things, because of our weakness in writing; for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing; for thou hast made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them;
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Making a habit of reading the scriptures can be helped by doing it in the same place and at the same time every day.
Some have said that morning is the best time to read the scriptures.
Look for the one liners in the scriptures. The little principles and doctrines that have a punch. Then apply them to your life. Look for how those things apply to you. Determine how you can make yourself better with those one liners.
"Make your scriptures as comfortable as a worn pair of tennis shoes." - Unknown