(September 22, 2013)
Much is made of the similarities between the Sections instructing the Whitmer brothers. But it is overblown, in my opinion. Many of us could use receiving the same instruction, and it is instruction that is generally applicable. If one brother receives the instruction, we are left to think that it is specific to him. If the instruction repeats, we correctly determine that it is instruction of general applicability and we are more likely to know that we each need to follow that instruction.