Much of the instruction in Doctrine and Covenants 67–70 has to do with the Saints’ efforts to publish Joseph Smith’s revelations. This could be an opportunity to help the children recognize that in these revelations, now published in the Doctrine and Covenants, we can find the voice of the Lord.
and some of the Saints left Missouri and went back to Kirtland, Ohio
. Soon a special conference was held. The purpose was to talk about printing the revelations the Lord had given to Joseph Smith.
The revelations Joseph had received had been written down, but most Church members did not have copies of them. In the conference, the Saints decided to publish the revelations in a book. The book
would be called the Book of Commandments. Later it was called the Doctrine and Covenants.
Jesus gave Joseph Smith two more revelations for the book. One was for the beginning, and the other was for the end. These revelations help us understand the importance of the book and of the restored gospel.
The Doctrine and Covenants tells everyone that the true Church of Jesus Christ is on the earth again
The Doctrine and Covenants tells about the priesthood
. It also tells men how to use this power.
The Doctrine and Covenants tells about the Book of Mormon
. By reading the Book of Mormon, everyone can know about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Doctrine and Covenants teaches the Saints to share
. Those who share will be filled with the Holy Ghost.
The Doctrine and Covenants teaches the commandments of God
. Saints who obey these commandments can live with Heavenly Father and Jesus forever.
Jesus said all members of the Church should read the Doctrine and Covenants.
The Doctrine and Covenants was finally published in 1835. The Saints thanked Heavenly Father for the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants.
What are the standard works of the Church? How is the Doctrine and Covenants different from the other standard works? Have a child read the third paragraph of the “Explanatory Introduction” to the Doctrine and Covenants. Why do we need all four of the standard works?
Place the Standard Works open books and the pages with the pictures describing each book on the chalkboard.
We need all four of the standard works. Have a child choose a page with the description and place the page on the Standard Work it is describing.
The Bible tells us about prophecies of Jesus Christ and about the Savior’s life and teachings when he was on the earth.
The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and tells us about the Savior’s dealings with the people on the American continent.
The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of revelations from Jesus Christ for the latter days, or our times.
The Pearl of Great Price gives us teachings and testimonies of Jesus Christ from ancient prophets as well as Joseph Smith’s history and testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Ask the following questions as a review:
Which book tells the most about the dealings of the Lord with his people in the Holy Land, beginning with the creation of the earth? (Bible.)
Which book tells about Jesus Christ’s visit to the American continent? (Book of Mormon.)
Which book tells the most about Jesus Christ’s birth and life on earth? (Bible.)
Which book contains a record of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s appearance to Joseph Smith in the Sacred Grove? (Pearl of Great Price.)
Which book contains revelations on how the Church should be established in the latter days, given by Jesus Christ to Joseph Smith? (Doctrine and Covenants.)
How can studying each of the standard works help you learn about Jesus Christ?
When the Lord’s servants speak by the power of the Holy Ghost, their words are the will, mind, word, and voice of the Lord (see verse 4). Knowing this truth can help the children want to listen to and follow their teachings.
Display the scripture
Doctrine and Covenants 68:3–4 on the board with the missing words.
Invite the children to read Doctrine and Covenants 68:3–4 and add the in the missing words
Why is this an important truth to know?
When Oliver Cowdery needed to travel to Missouri, the Lord called John Whitmer, someone who was “true and faithful” (verse 1), to go with him. How can the children be true and faithful like John Whitmer?
When the Lord sent Oliver Cowdery to Missouri, He said that someone “true and faithful” (verse 1) should go with him, so He also sent John Whitmer.
What does it mean to be true and faithful?
How can we make sure we are true and faithful so that the Lord can use us to bless others?
Invite the children to explain to someone at home what the Doctrine and Covenants is, where it came from, and why it is important to them.
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