The Doctrine and Covenants: Interpretation

  1. "Behold, thou [Joseph Smith] wast called and chosen to write the Book of Mormon." 24:1

    So Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon. God said so himself!

  2. "All things shall be done by common consent in the church." 26:2

    A democratic church. Seems like a good idea. But it's more a matter of interpretation.

  3. I will send one mighty and strong, holding the scepter of power in his hand. He will be clothed with light, will say eternal words, and his bowels will be a fountain of truth. He'll clean up God's house and distribute by lot the inheritances among church members. 7
  4. This prophecy by Joseph Smith has caused more trouble in the Mormon church than any other, with the possible exception of Section 135 - the prophecy on polygamy and celestial marriage.

    Dozens of church members have claimed to be, or were believed to be by others, the "one mighty and strong" that God said (through his prophet Joseph Smith) would straighten out the church. Most of them were (and are) polygamist Mormon fundamentalists.

    Here's a list of 32 at Wikipedia.

  5. Another angel will say: "The great church, mother of abominations, that made all nations drunk on the wine of her fornication, who sits on many waters. and on islands in the sea is ready to be burned." He'll sound his trump and all nations will hear it. 94
  6. Another angel will sound his trump, saying: "The whore that made all nations drink the wine of her fornication has fallen!" 105
  7. The "great church, the mother of abominations" and "the whore" refer to the Catholic church. See 1 Nephi 13:1-9.