Topical Guide: C
J.A.W., "Evidences and Reconciliations", Improvement Era, May 1946
(Reprinted from Nov. 1939)
Jubilees 4:31
Killed when his house fell on him.
Basic story of Cain.
The story of Cain. (Joseph Smith Translation of the Genesis account. More detail available.)
Enoch 22:7
Abel, in the spirit world, cries out against Cain, who slew him.
Calling and Election Made Sure
Boyd K. Packer, "What Every Elder Should Know - and Every Sister As Well: A Primer on Principles of Priesthood Government", Ensign, Feb. 1993, p. 7, subheading "Calls to Office", "Let Every Man ..."
We do not refuse a call or ask to be released.
Presiding authorities should not usurp responsibilities of those over whom they preside.
We should not try to go around our file leader.
M. Russell Ballard, "O Be Wise", Oct. Conference, 2006, Sunday Morning Session
Focus on people/principles, not programs.
Be innovative, delegate, eliminate guilt.
Thoughtfully allocate time, energy, income.
Comments on callings for new members.
Clayton M. Christensen, "My Ways Are Not Your Ways", Ensign, Feb. 2007, p. 54
Point 2 - We should not always rely on experienced/skilled members to fulfill important callings.
Point 5 - The less prominent callings are also important. It is not the number of people in our stewardship that counts so much as the number of lives we touch, which needs no calling.
Casting out Devils
Jesus casts out a devil and is accused of doing so by the power of the Devil.
Jesus casts out Legion who/which enters into a herd of swine.
Celestial Kingdom
3 degrees within the celestial kingdom.
Temple marriage necessary to enter into the highest degree.
More detail.
Few find exaltation.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 106-107
Joseph Smith's vision of the Celestial Kingdom. He sees his brother Alvin there and wonders because he was not baptized. "All who have died without a knowledge of this Gospel, who would have received it if they had been permitted to tarry, shall be heirs of the Celestial Kingdom of God..." (Children who die before the age of accountability are also so saved.)
Charitable Giving
A caution to be cautious about who the saints give to. (So that what the Lord has given be not taken and given to those unworthy, hindering the Lord's work.)
Discourse of King Benjamin teaching to give charitably.
Some good comments in response to the question: "In visiting a country where there are many beggars, I felt torn between Christ’s teachings to give to the poor and the idea that I might be doing them more a disservice than a service. When is it appropriate to give to beggars?"
"... he that is idle shall not eat the bread nor wear the garments of the laborer."
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things"
Charity is the "pure love of Christ."
"If ye have not charity ye are nothing, for charity never faileth."
Pray to be filled with chairty.
"except men shall have charity they cannot inherit that place which thou hast prepared"
"if the Gentiles have not charity, because of our weakness, that thou wilt prove them, and take away their talent"
"A new commandment I give unto you ... love one another; ... By this shall men know that ye are my disciples ..."
"This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
Grimm's Fairy Tales, "The Vagabonds"
An interesting tale where an innkeeper is treated poorly for rendering aid to unsavory characters. He swears to not do so again.
Properties of Charity.
Charity is greater than Faith and Hope.
Sexual sins are second most serious kind next to murder.
Whoredoms more serious than pride.
Enoch 14:18
Enoch sees cherubim, in a dream, near the throne of God.
An account of how Chiasmus was first recognized in the Book of Mormon.
Child Abandonment
"... in those days [the latter days] the destitute shall go forth and carry off their children, and they shall abandon them ..."
Child Abuse
"whoso shall offend one of these little ones ... it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck..."
Church Discipline
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 286-288
Views of the church leaders before the Great Apostasy on church discipline.
The need for church discipline and how the slackening thereof contributed to the Great Apostasy.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 75
Elders are not to try members for transgressions and offenses.

This is said to be true of Zion in her unorganized condition. (Uncertain as to what scope that entails for these injunctions.)
Josephus, "Flavius Josephus against Apion", 1.22
Some history of circumcision given.
Circumcision said to have originally only been practiced among the Colchians, Egyptians, and Ethiopians. The Phoenicians adopted the practice from the Egyptians and the Macrones adopted it from the Colchians. The Syrians are said to have partially adopted it from the Egyptians and partially from the Colchians.
City of Enoch
People of Salem sought for the City of Enoch.
Lehi commanded to leave Jerusalem.
Lord prepares a way for commandments to be fulfilled.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 112
"If the Church knew all the commandments, one-half they would condemn through prejudice and ignorance."
Commandments Given then Rescinded
Note 1
Here arises an interesting pattern in the way the Lord deals with his people. Keeping in mind 1 Nephi 3:7, the Lord sometimes gives commandments to his people which they apear to be unable to obey. However, in such cases, it is never because the thing commanded could not be done, but because the people, or many of them, wickedly chose to disobey. Examples of this are poligamy, the United Order, and the commandment to build the temple in Jackson County, Missouri.
Gordon B. Hinckley, "An Unending Conflict, a Victory Assured", Ensign, June 2007
under: "A Call to Commitment"
An account is given of a member who said he didn't want to be closer to Heavenly Father because he wanted to avoid commitment.
We must be commited.
J. Reuben Clark, "Private Ownership under the United Order and the Guarantees of the Constitution", Improvement Era, Nov. 1942
... is not the same as the United Order.
Communism is denounced as anti-Christian, and anti-American. Fighting Communism by "casting aspersions" upon our fellow man is declared to be a disservice to the anti-communist cause. (This would seem to have been proved correct since the excesses of the red scare have resulted in almost complete indifference to the dangers of communism.)

(The best version of this statement I've been able to find is in the form of a comment on a blog. Hence, the citation must necessarily be taken as apocryphal unless a more reliable citation can be found.)
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 120
"'Do the Mormons believe in having all things in common?'
Pres. John Taylor, "The Government of God", pp. 21-22
The Constitution of the United States of America
J. Reuben Clark, "Private Ownership under the United Order and the Guarantees of the Constitution", Improvement Era, Nov. 1942
The Constitution is the "Law of Zion."
How J. Reuben Clark judges a candidate based on this.
A transcript of the Constitution of the United States of America
Transcripts of the Amendments to the Constitution.
Narda Stephens Tims, "An Honored and Invited Guest", Ensign, June 2007
How the spirit of contention almost destroyed her marriage and how her family was saved.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 40-41
When preaching the gospel, "avoid contentions and vain disputes with men of corrupt minds, who do not desire to know the truth."
Elder Gary J. Coleman, Elder John M. Madsen, "New Religion, New Life", Ensign, June 2007
The story of the conversion of Gary Coleman.
Gordon B. Hinckley, "Converts and Young Men", Ensign, May 1997
"Every [convert] needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with 'the good word of God'."
President Hinckley shares a story of a failure he experienced trying to reactivate a man he had baptized.
A rather untraditional conversion story. He's already a Mormon, but is converted to a principle that he needed to live by. Shows how even long time members need to be "converted".
"After receiving the missionary discussions and sincerely praying about his decision, Jim received a strong impression. “The impression was of someone holding in his hand a piece of paper from a university. A voice said to me, ‘Is he holding a diploma, or is he holding a letter of admission?’ That’s when I realized that I had been thinking of baptism as a diploma, whereas, in fact, it was quite the opposite—it was a letter of admission. Once I got that, I thought, ‘OK. Now I can join with a clear conscience. This is my opportunity to continue learning.’ It was the beginning of a journey of learning rather than the conclusion of it.”
Counsellors in Presidencies
President Gordon B. Hinckley, "'In … Counsellors There Is Safety'", Ensign, Nov. 1990
General description of the role of a counsellor in a presidency.
"He is an assistant to his president."
"He does not assume responsibility and move out ahead of his president."
"In presidency meetings, each counselor is free to speak his mind on all issues that come before the presidency. However, it is the prerogative of the president to make the decision, and it is the duty of the counselors to back him in that decision. His decision then becomes their decision, regardless of their previous ideas.

The president, if he is wise, will assign to these chosen assistants particular duties and then leave them free to perform, requiring from them accountability for what happens."
"A counselor is a partner."
The Creation
Philo, On the Creation
Chapter IV-V: World was created as a plan, or model, before it was created physically.

Chapter V: Quotes "one of the ancients" as saying "that the Father and Creator was good; on which account he did not grudge the substance a share of his own excellent nature, since it had nothing good of itself, but was able to become everything." Philo further adds "for the substance was of itself destitute of arrangement, of quality, of animation, of distinctive character, and full of all disorder and confusion; and it received a change and transformation to what is opposite to this condition".
Standard account of the creation.
Moses's account of the Creation.
Abraham's account of the Creation.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 119-120
"'Wherein do you differ from other sects?'
In that we believe the Bible, and all other sects profess to believe their interpretation of the Bible, and their creeds."
Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Symbol of Our Faith", Ensign, April 2005
A good explanation of why we do not use the cross.
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image..."
Enoch prophesies of cross dressing in the last days.
"For ye men shall put on more adornments than a woman ..."
Curse of Canaan
Egyptian Pharaoh couldn't have priesthood because of curse by Noah.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q252, Frag. 1, Col. 2, lines 5-7, "Commentaries on Genesis"
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q254, Frag. 1