A term that refers to a beginning and ending of a gospel epoch or order.1 Dispensations have their bounds. Beforehand, the prophets give, through prophecy, a limit on the things that are to come. When the prophesied events have unfolded and the measure has been met, then one Dispensation comes to an end while another opens.2It is in the order of Heavenly things that God should always send a new Dispensation into the world when men have apostatized from the truth and lost the priesthood….3 Every Dispensation of the Gospel is the “last Dispensation,” until it fails. Then another is sent, and it is the “last,” until it fails. This will continue for so long as man continues to fail.4 When a Dispensation of the Gospel is conferred on mankind through a Dispensation head (like Enoch, Moses, Joseph Smith), then those who live in that Dispensation are obligated to honor the ordinances laid down through the Dispensation head by the Lord. For so long as the ordinances remain unchanged, the ordinances are effective. When, however, the ordinances are changed without the Lord’s approval (the critical question), they are broken. At that point, the cure is for the Lord to bestow a new Dispensation in which a new covenant is made available.5 The Lord sends ministers with a commission to transition from one Dispensation of the Gospel to another.6 A Dispensation is when some lost (or never completed) components of the work need to be dispensed to us, either anew or for the first time.7 When God gives a man a Dispensation from Heaven, there is a labor to be done in His vineyard. The authority to complete the labor is implicit with the assignment given by God. When someone receives a Dispensation and discharges the assignment with honor, he holds the keys, owns the rights, enjoys the honors, and possesses the Dispensation of that assignment to all eternity. A new Dispensation is founded on knowledge from those who went before who “all [declare] their Dispensation, their rights, their keys, their honors, their majesty and glory, and the power of their priesthood; giving line upon line, precept upon precept; here a little, and there a little” to the new Dispensation.8
1 “Joseph Smith Papers 2,” Oct. 4, 2016, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.
2 “3 Nephi 12:46 - 47,” Oct. 17, 2010, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.
3 TPJS, 375.
4 “Miscellaneous,” July 21, 2012, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.
5 “A Question About ‘Seeds of Doubt,’” July 13, 2012, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.
6 “3 Nephi 12:17 - 18,” Oct. 12, 2010, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.
7 “Follow - up Question,” Jan. 3, 2012, www.denversnuffer.com/blog.
8 “The Holy Order,” Oct. 29, 2017, 2, paper.