Revelations of the Restoration by C. Ostler:
The Law of Authority and Teaching
Doctrine and Covenants 42:11-17
42:11 Known to the church . . . regularly ordained. Previous revelation indicated that "no person is to be ordained to any office in this church, where there is a regularly organized branch of the same, without the vote of that church" (D&C 20:65). It is equally important that the person performing the ordinance be known to the Church to have authority. There are no secret ordinations to offices within the Church, nor are there any secrets as to who has been sent to preach the gospel to the world. Such a system is divine and protects the Saints and investigators of the gospel from deception by self- appointed teachers and leaders. This principle protects the Church against the activities of apostate groups who obviously are without the authority to teach the gospel or administer its ordinances, as are the priests and ministers of other faiths.
42:12 Teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Our charge is to teach the principles of the gospel using the scriptures as our primary text. At the time this revelation was given, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price had not yet been compiled or they would have been included with the Bible and the Book of Mormon. There is a spirit and power in teaching from the scriptures that cannot be found in other sources. In the Church today we have a great dependency on dramatic stories to illustrate principles we design to teach. As popular and helpful as such teaching devices are, they do not have the power to expand the mind and bring additional revelation that is found in the scriptures.
In the which is the fulness of the gospel. See commentary on Joseph Smith-History 1:34, page 20.
42:13 The covenants and church articles. Refers to Doctrine and Covenants 20 and 22, which were known by the title "Articles and Covenants of the Church." See commentary on Doctrine and Covenants 20 and 22.
42:14 If ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach. It is the Spirit that carries the message of the gospel teacher to the hearts of the listener. "For when a man speaketh by the power of the Holy Ghost," Nephi taught, "the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men" (2 Nephi 33:1). It naturally follows that teachers must live the gospel, or they cannot enjoy the companionship of the Spirit. The Lord indicated that those who obtain both his word and his Spirit have "the power of God unto the convincing of men" (D&C 11:21). Illustrating this principle, President Brigham Young said: "You have frequently heard me say that I would rather hear an Elder, either here or in the world, speak only five words accompanied by the power of God, and they would do more good than to hear long sermons without the Spirit. That is true, and we know it" (Journal of Discourses, 5:327). Further, he explained, "When a man rises up to speak in the name of the Lord, and is filled with the light, and the intelligence and power which cometh from God, his countenance alone will convey more, to those who are inspired by the same spirit, than can possibly be conveyed, by the words of any language now used by mankind" (Young, Journal of Discourses, 10:353).
42:15 Until the fulness of my scriptures is given. Refers to the translation of the Bible. See commentary on Doctrine and Covenants 42:56-57.
42:17 The Comforter . . . beareth record of the Father and of the Son. See 3 Nephi 11:32-36.
Revelations of the Restoration by C. Ostler:
Revelations and Commandments Come Only Through the One Appointed
Doctrine and Covenants 43:1-7
43:2 Ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church. See commentary on Doctrine and Covenants 42:11.
43:3 None other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations. The words "none other" exclude any pretenders or deceivers that might seek to lead the Saints astray. The Lord avoids confusion in his kingdom by appointing one individual, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints, to receive revelations and commandments for the Church. Even though other members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of Twelve Apostles are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators, they are under the direction of the president of the Church. In his instructions on the priesthood, Joseph Smith explained, "And again, the duty of the President of the office of the High Priesthood is to preside over the whole church, and to be like unto Moses" (D&C 107:91), who was the spokesman for God to ancient Israel. See commentary on Doctrine and Covenants 28:2.
43:4 He shall not have power except to appoint another. At this early date in the Restoration, the Lord made provision to protect his little flock from the deception of false prophets in the event that even Joseph Smith fell into transgression. The law remains that there is but one on the earth who receives commandments and revelations for the Church. Had the responsibility of being the Lord's mouthpiece been taken from the Prophet Joseph Smith, the last authorized act he would be called on to perform would have been to confer the keys of the kingdom on another. See commentary on Doctrine and Covenants 90:3.
43:6 That you may not be deceived. During his mortal ministry the Savior warned his disciples: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matthew 7:15). The sanctimonious cloak of "the kiss of charity" hid the true intentions of Mrs. Hubble. Likewise, over the many years since this revelation was given, others have clothed themselves in apparel of various deceptive colors and styles. Some wear the claim of special manifestations or commissions that authorize them to perpetuate plural marriage. Others attire themselves in beguiling raiment of a commission from Enoch to set up the united order; power to translate the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon; scholarly insight to tell the "true Mormon history;" visions that reveal the feminine identity of the Holy Ghost; keys to gather the Saints to Zion; near- death experiences that make known the previously unrevealed mysteries of the post- mortal spirit world; and a host of other distractions to the true issue at hand. The Lord warned of their deception. Let this simple truth ring in the ears of all Saints: They are deceivers and are not authorized to give commandments or revelations to the Church nor to any individual member who seeks to follow the truth of the restored gospel!
This warning is of special importance to those that live in the latter days. "For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant" (Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:22). Deception can be avoided by following this law as revealed by the Lord to the Church, for "whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived" (Joseph Smith-Matthew 1:37).
43:7 He that is ordained of me shall come in at the gate. "He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold," the Savior taught, "but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep" (John 10:1-2). True servants of the Lord will always be known to the Church, having been called, sustained by the voice of the Church, and properly ordained. See commentary on Doctrine and Covenants 42:11.
The false prophets will take a stand against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the LDS General Authorities. The false prophets will try to create a back door into the Kingdom of God or the Celestial Kingdom. The false prophets will have their Priesthood taken away from them when they are excommunicated from the LDS Church. They are without authority. They are easily identified by anyone who is willing to look, see, and understand these simple principles.