“I Will Give Unto the Children of Men Line Upon Line”

K. Douglas Bassett

Isa. 28:10; D&C 98:12; 128:21; refer in this text to Mosiah 4:27

“A testimony is not thrust upon you; a testimony grows. We become taller in testimony like we grow taller in physical stature; we hardly know it happens because it comes by growth… . You cannot force spiritual things… . You can no more force the Spirit to respond than you can force a bean to sprout, or an egg to hatch before its time. You can create a climate to foster growth, nourish, and protect; but you cannot force or compel: you must await the growth. Do not be impatient to gain great spiritual knowledge. Let it grow, help it grow, but do not force it or you will open the way to be misled.” (Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Jan. 1983, p. 53)
“Joseph’s vision of the Father and the Son opened this dispensation. Then came the Restoration of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ with the same organization that existed in the primitive Church, built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets. (see Article of Faith 1:6; Eph. 2:20). Some suppose that the organization was handed to the Prophet Joseph Smith like a set of plans and specifications for a building, with all of the details known at the beginning. But it did not come that way. Rather, it came a piece at a time as the Brethren were ready and as they inquired of God… . It took a generation of asking and receiving before the order of things as we know it today was firmly in place. Each move to perfect that order has come about in response to a need and in answer to prayer. And that process continues in our day.” (Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 6)

Latter-Day Commentary on the Book of Mormon