“O God, Where Art Thou?”
Ideas for Family Scripture Study and Home Evening
“Where Can I Turn for Peace?” Hymns, no. 129
How can we help people “know … where to find” the truth?
The “dungeon” in Liberty Jail was only 14 by 14.5 feet (4.2 by 4.4 meters).
How can you help your family imagine what it would have been like to be confined to a space of that size for four cold months?
You can find other details about the conditions in Liberty Jail in “Chapter 46: Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail” (Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 172–74). You could also read “Voices of the Restoration: Liberty Jail” at the end of this outline or watch a video depiction of Joseph’s time in Liberty Jail in the video Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration (ChurchofJesusChrist.org, beginning at 43:00).
How does this information affect how we feel about the principles in Doctrine and Covenants 121:1–10?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Teaching Stripling Warriors Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
For Brownie Layer:
- 8.5 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 7/8 cup softened butter (1 cup minus 1 1/2 tablespoon butter saved for chocolate ganache)
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups milk
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 1/2 Tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
For Cookie Dough Layer:
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
For Chocolate Ganache:
- 10 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/2 tablespoon butter
To make the brownie layer:
- Preheat oven to 350 F, grease a 9×9 pan and line with baking paper.
- Melt 8.5 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate, then combine with softened butter and stir until it’s smooth.
- In a bowl whisk together 1 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 2 1/2 Tablespoon cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk the eggs and sugar, then add the milk and mix to combine.
- Add melted chocolate mixture and mix until it’s evenly combine, then gradually add dry ingredients.
- Pour into prepared pan and bake about 30-40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out almost clean (do not overbake). Remove from the oven and cool.
To make Cookie Dough Layer:
- Mix the butter with white and brown sugar until it’s light and fluffy, then mix in milk.
- Add in flour a bit at a time until fully incorporated, then stir in chocolate chips with a spoon and spread mixture over cooled brownies.
To make Chocolate Ganache :
- Bring heavy cream and butter just to a boil and pour over chopped chocolate and let sit a few minutes without stirring, then stir until it’s silky.
- Spread over the cookie dough layer ( if you want to keep the ganache shiny then let it cool at room temperature , then refrigerate to set).
- Cut in small pieces because they are very rich!!!
- Doctrine and Covenants 121:34–36, 41–45.
Perhaps an analogy would help your family understand “the powers of heaven.” For example, you could compare God’s power to electrical power; what might prevent an electrical device from receiving power? What does this analogy, along with verses 34–36, 41–45, teach us about how to increase our spiritual power? Maybe family members could share stories from the Savior’s life that exemplify these attributes.
- Doctrine and Covenants 122:7–9.
Perhaps family members would enjoy making small signs that feature phrases from these verses that inspire them. These signs could be displayed in your home. Why is it important to know that “the Son of Man hath descended below” all things?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
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