Covenant 

Summary

A binding agreement between two parties, especially God and man.1 The term covenant was often associated with “commandments,” referring to revelation texts.2 The gospel, as preached by JS—including the need for faith, repentance, baptism, and reception of the Holy Ghost—was sometimes referred to as the “everlasting” or “new & an everlasting” covenant.3 More specifically, the term denoted a foundational document of the church known as the “Articles and Covenants,” or “church Covenants,” which outlined administrative and procedural aspects of the church.4 The phrase “covenant people” was sometimes used to refer to church members or the House of Israel in general, denoting those who had entered into a covenant with the Lord.5 By 1843, a JS revelation referred to the sealing of a husband and wife for eternity as an “everlasting Covenant.”6 See also “Articles and Covenants,” “Commandment,” and “Everlasting Covenant.”