Most people who are not Mormon know about LDS missionaries, but few are aware of the vast LDS Seminary program in which tens of thousands of LDS high school students attend daily religion classes almost every weekday during the school year. Outside Utah and Idaho it is a well kept secret, but it does much to explain the success of the Church in retaining most of its youth as active and participating adults. Each year the curriculum uses a portion of the LDS canon as its course of study and highlights 25 scriptural passages for special emphasis. I'm going to use the 25 D&C scriptures as the basis for a new weekly feature here at DMI, the LDS scripture of the week, to support a sort of informal tour through LDS doctrine.
Here is a list of the 25 scriptures drawn from The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of pronouncements delivered by Joseph Smith, the Mormon founder, to the early Mormons during the period between 1828 and 1844. The text of each scriptural passage can be found without too much trouble here. I'll come back and add links to the (future) weblog posts that discuss each scripture listed below.
D&C 18:10, 15-6
Joseph Smith—History 1:15-20.