FROM ELDER NEAL A. MAXWELL'S ARTICLE "THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS": Elder Maxwell begins his article in this manner: "If asked which book of scripture provides the most frequent chance to 'listen' to the Lord talking, most individuals would at first think of the _____________________ [which] is a marvelous collection of the deeds and many of the doctrines of the Messiah." However, Elder Maxwell goes on to say that in another book of scripture one can best listen to the Lord talking. Elder Maxwell says, in this book, " we can almost hear [Christ] talking." Finally, Elder Maxwell gave a reason why he chose the second book instead of the first as the best book to listen to the Lord talking. Please answer the following three questions by selecting the letter below that applies.
Question 1 - What was the book of scripture that Elder Maxwell mentions as the one "most individuals would at first think of" to listen to the Lord talking?
Question 2 - What was the book that Elder Maxwell said one can best listen to the Lord talking? Elder Maxwell said that in this book, "you can almost hear Christ talking."
Question 3 - What was the reason Elder Maxwell gave why he chose the second book?
1) New Testament 2) Doctine and Covenants 3) Because in the Doctrine and Covenants we receive the voice as well as the word of the Lord.
2. What we know as D&C 20 and 22 were known in early church history as "The Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ," and can be considered a type of forerunner of the Doctrine and Covenants. These "Articles and Covenants of the Church of Christ" served as a constitution for the restored Church.
The first volume entitled "Doctine and Covenants" (1835) had a significantly different format than our present D&C . Part 1 consisted of the Lectures on Faith, a series of seven theological lessons, and Part 2 consisted of the revelations.
FROM LARRY E. DAHL'S HANDOUT "COMPILATION OF THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS" In 1981, an edition of the D&C was prepared to help the Latter-day Saints more effectively study the gospel from the scriptures. This was accomplished by adding a unique and extensive footnoting system, a revised index, more complete section headings, maps, and additional canonized revelations such as Sections 137, 138, and Official Declaration 2. Elders Monson, Packer and McConkie played major roles as chairman and committee members.
FROM LARRY E. DAHL'S HANDOUT "COMPILATION OF THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS" In November 1831, a series of four special conferences were held in Ohio to consider the matter of printing a compilation of the revelations received by the Prophet Joseph Smith. During this time, the Lord gave the revelation that is known as the "preface" directing the Saints to publish the revelations to all the inhabitants of the earth. Though chronologically received after D&C 2, 3, 4, etc., this section became the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants because of its content.
REGARDING ELDER RICHARD G. SCOTT'S ARTICLE, "ACQUIRING SPIRITUAL KNOWLEDGE". Please read the following statements, which contain statements made by Elder Richard G. Scott (or statements he quoted from other General Authorities) in his article. If all the statements were in Elder Scott's article, please mark your answer as "True". If one or more of the statements was/were not in the article, please mark "False".
Here is a clue regarding how to answer this question. I will not trick you. If a statement supports Elder Scott's main ideas of the article, it is in the article. If the statement does not support his main ideas, then it is not in the article.
"As you seek for spiritual knowledge, search for principles. Principles are concentrated truth, packaged for application to a wide variety of circumstances. A true principle makes decisions clear even under the most confusing circumstances. Organize the truth into simple statements of principles."
"To acquire spiritual knowledge and to obey it with wisdom, one must in humility seek divine light, exercise faith in Jesus Christ, hearken to his counsel and keep his commandments. As spiritual knowledge unfolds it must be understood, valued, obeyed, remembered, and expanded."
"The greatest achievement mankind can make in this world is to familiarize themselves with divine truth."
Elder Scott quoted President Kimball: "Spiritual knowledge is not available merely for the asking; even prayers are not enough. It takes persistence and dedicaton of one's life. Of all treasures of knowledge, the most vital is the knowledge of God."
"Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in time of need. Spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place (i.e. journal) that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it. That practice enhances the likelihood of your recieving further light and revelation."
D&C 71 We looked carefully at the definition of "mysteries" in our study of D&C 71. Which one of the following answers is farthest from the definition (LEAST CORRECT) of mysteries emphasized in class and in your student manual?
Grand teachings of God such as the location of Kolob, the fact that the place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim, or that the white stone mentioned in Revelations 2:17 will become a Urim and Thummim to each individual who receives one.
D&C 71 Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were given a commandment to go on a mission for "the space of a season," "in the regions round about," "to prepare the way for the commandments and revlations which are to come." They were promised that they would confound their enemies and that their enemies' "shame shall be manifest." What was the historical setting of this revelation, and how were these promises fulfilled?
Two apostates had written a series of apostate latters in a local Ohio newspaper that was causing difficulties for the Church. Sidney Rigdon, representing Joseph Smith and the Church, challenged these two to a debate, and when they did not show up, their shame was manifest and the credence of their letters was undermined.
D&C 71 has a suggestion from the Lord regarding how to increase the portion of the Spirit so you can understand the mysteries of God. Please review the answers below and select the answer that includes all the elements of the Lord's suggestion in D&C 71 and the one additional suggestion we added in our class discussion. Please select the most complete answer.
Question 9 answers
Read the scriptures which contain the mysteres of God. Understand by the Spirit, the only way to understand the mysteries of God. Receive new teachings into your life so you obey them - change your life. The person who receives this counsel shall be given abundant power and the Holy Spirit so they can understand more of God's mysteries. Since the person now has a greater portion of the Spirit, she must read the scriptures again to understand principles that were withheld from her during the last reading.
D&C 76 Regarding the 76th section, Charles W. Penrose stated: "It is full of light; it is full of truth; it is full of glory; it is full of beauty. It portrays the eternal future of all the inhabitants of the earth, dividing them into three grand classes or divisions - celestial, terrestrial, and telestial . . . It shows who will be redeemed and what redemption they will enjoy . . . "
Joseph Fielding Smith stated: "Section 76 of the Doctrine and Covenants, in its sublimity and clearness in relation to the eternal destiny of the human family, has not been surpassed. It should be treasured by all members of the Church as a priceless heritage. It should strengthen their faith and be to them an incentive to seek the exaltation promised to all who are just and true."
However, Brigham Young struggled at first with D&C 76. He wrote: "After all, my [Protestant] traditions were such, that when the Vision came first to me, it was so directly contrary and opposed to my former education, I said, wait a little; I did not reject it, but I could not understand it." In fact, many of the Saints had difficulty accepting "The Vision".
Why? THE SAINTS HAD DIFFICULTY . . .
comprehending that the ultimate destiny of mankind was godhood.
You must first be a son or daughter of Jesus Christ and then a son or daughter of Elohim to enter this kingdom.
They rejected the testimony of Christ, the atonement and the gospel, but they did not deny the Holy Ghost.
They rejected the Savior, the atonement, the gospel and therefore are being taught regarding these principles in spirit prison.
SURPRISINGLY, this kingdom has a glory which surpasses all understanding.
Resurrection yet second death.
Sons of Perdition
Resurrected and gloified AFTER THE MILLENNIUM.
Good men and women ". . . who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus . . . "
" . . . are just men made perfect through Jesus the mediator of the new covenant."
Sins of omission.
Sins of commission
Consecration of self; love and mercy in dealing with one's fellow man.
Liar, cheater, rationalizer of the truth, plagerizer, user of pornography.
When studying the celestial kingdom, the 76th section emphasizes that to become celestial, you have to be a member of two different chruches. Please select the one answer below that IS
NOT TRUE regarding those two churches.
The two churches emphasized in D&C 76 and ALSO OUR CLASS DISCUSSION are the Church of Enoch and the Church of the Firstborn
QUESTION REGARDING THE OBJECTIVES OF OUR CLASS
Is the following statement true or false.
One set of objectives for our class is the following: "To build and strengthen your testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by increasing: A) Reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ. B) Personal understanding of the Prophet Jospeh Smith and his successors. C) Your awe and respect for the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
Listen and Obey
Will hear, may hear Correct
Desire, choice, willingness, tendency, determination, insistence, persistence THEN have permission to , be free to, be able to, have ability to, have power to understand the voice of the Lord.
The solution to the calamity the Lord sees in the world in the Latter-days.
Prophets, the gospel, the Book of Mormon, the only true and living church on the face of the earth.
Though the Lord's motivation for writing D&C 1 seems to be anger, his real motivation is indicated by one of the answers below.
O inhabitants of the earth; I the Lord am willing to make these things known unto all flesh. For I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men shall know . . . that he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven . . . and the day speedily cometh when peace shall be taken from the earth and the devil shall have power. And the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst.
The Lord's audience for the preface and the entire Doctrine and Covenants.
O ye people of my Church . . . ye people from afar . . the voice of the Lord is unto all men and there is none to escape. The rebellious shall be pierced with much sorrow. The voice of warning shall be unto all people.
Old Testament Jehovah
The anger of the Lord is kindled and his sword is bathed in heaven, and it shall fall upon the inhabitants of the earth. The arm of the Lord shall be revealed. The day will come that they who will not hear the voice of the Lord shall be cut off. They walk in their own way and after the image of their own gods, and they shall perish.
In the preface, the Lord is equated to or becomes equal to . . .
A major theme of the Doctrine and Covenants and therefore the Lord uses this word about 90 times to urge the world
TRUE OR FALSE At the beginning of the Restoration, when the Church was first organized (April 6, 1830), Joseph was never really known to the members of he Church as a propphet or seer or revelator as we sustain our prophets now. He was simply sustained as the "First Elder" and was known as "the teacher of the gospel."
The Lord promised the Saints of the 1830's and each one of us that if we receive the words of a prophet as if they were from the Lord's own mouth and if we do all in all patience and faith, we can receive the following promises: 1) Satan will not defeat us or the gates of hell will not prevail against us 2) The Lord will disperse the confusion from before us so we can see life clearly; 3) The Lord will cause the heavens to shower blessings upon us.
One of the things that led to Oliver Cowdery having difficulty with his sustaining of the Prophet Joseph Smith is that in the early commandments and instructions given to the Church (D&C 1 - 65) there is really no clear delineation of who was the main leader of the Church and who was responsible for receiving the commandments and revelations for the Church. Oliver Cowdery was with Joseph during the translation of the Book of Mormon and he also received all the same blessings, miracles, and instructions as did Joseph. This was confusing for Oliver.
D&C 3 Joseph Smith received a scathing rebuke from the Lord because Joseph did not hearken unto the counsel of the Lord regarding the 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript (which he and Martin Harris lost). Note part of the rebuke in the following verse: "Although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts of his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God . . . he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him. " However, not all of the rebuke of Section 3 was for Jospeh. Which of the following verses is NOT specifically directed to Joseph Smith, but IS DIRECTED TO MARTIN HARRIS?
". . . a wicked man who has set at naught the counsels of God, and has broken the most sacred promises which were made before God."
TRUE OR FALSE In D&C 3 and 10, one of the key messages the Lord is communicating to Joseph Smith and to all his disciples is, "You should not have feared man more than God . . . you should have been faithful and God would have extended his arm and supported you against the . . . adversary."
Question 19 answers
D&C 3 TRUE OR FALSE The Lord prepared the solution to the problem of losing the 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript 2,420 years before Martin Harris and Joseph Smith ever lost the pages.
What does the Prophet Enos have to do with D&C 3, 10, the lost 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript and the subsequent traslation of the Small Plates of Nephi? Which of the following
IS NOT CORRECT in relation to Enos?
Enos was the "great prophet" mentioned in D&C 3 who came to Joseph directing him to not retranslate the 116 pages.
D&C 4 Please write the letter of the one answer that IS NOT COMPLETELY TRUE according to D&C 4 and our in-class lesson regarding D&C 4.
Question 22 answers
Section 4 is only a missionary section, with missionaries deriving the significance from its counsel.
Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the moral character of the disciple. To train by instruction, assignment, and exercise in orter to foster growth in the individual
Seeks self-control by applying the discipline. Seeks to become. Dedicated to his/her teacher and that teacher's discipline
Is qualified to teach powerfully and to perform the discipline. Will provide the practical experience as well as the concepts. Key goal is to share all they have
24. In D&C 4, 11, 12, 14 - 16, the Lord taught many of the basic secrets of a successful discipleship to the new disciples that came to Joseph Smith offering to serve, and in reality to each one of us who are or who seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Please review the teachings below, and select the one secret that was NOT taught to the disciples in these sections of the D&C
The Lord emphasized to these disciples that one must touch, and feel, and see before one's witness will be strong enough to be a true disciple. How can one have eternal life and bring others to Christ if they do not "know?"
D&C 5 & 17 Please read D&C 5:7 and choose the comment written below that best matches the verse.
"We have learned that people are not converted by miracles or by examining records. If the Lord had placed the plates where the sholars could examine them, they would have scoffed at them just as much as they do today." (President Joseph Fielding Smith)
D&C 6, 8, 9 What incident in Oliver Cowdery's life, that only he knew about, did Joseph reveal by inspiriation? This revelation therefore acted as another witness that Joseph was a prophet and the translation work was true.
Oliver had inquired of the Lord if the things regarding Joseph and the plates were true.
According to D&C 8, which of the following represents the definiton of the "spirit of revelation?"
The Holy Ghost communicating to mind and heart.
D&C 6, 8, 9 It is evident from the following quotes that the Lord truly wants to give revelation to his children: "God is willing to bestow spiritual gifts upon his children . . . he wants to help His Saints be perfected in the truth. For this purpose He gives spiritual gifts . . . that are necessary for their perfection." (President George Q. Cannon) "The gift of revelation does not belong to one man solely; it belongs to every individual member of the Church." (President Joseph Fielding Smith) "Every member has the right of receiving revelations for themselves, both male and female. It is the right of an indivdual to get revelation to guide himself." (President Brigham Young) "I think our concern is to get personal revelation to know for ourselves what the mind and the will of the Lord is as pertaining to our individual concerns." (Elder Bruce R. McConkie)
If the Lord is so eager to reveal to us, then why would President Joseph Fielding Smith state: "We have a great many members of this Church who have never received a manifestation through the Holy Ghost." PLEASE SELECT THE IDEAS LISTED BELOW THAT WERE PRESENTED IN CLASS ANSWERING THE QUESTION, WHY DO SO MANY SAINTS NOT RECEIVE REVELATION?
All of the above ideas were offered in class answering the question, Why do so many Saints not receive revelation?"
The Prophet Joseph Smith: ". . . the Great Parent of the Universe [who] looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard."
D&C 6:32, 33: ". . . where two or three are gathered together in my name . . . there will I be. Fear not to do good my sons. . ."
Elder Bruce R. McConkie: ". . . the fact is that every person should be a prophet for himself."
Number 11:29: "Would God that all the Lord's people were prophets and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them."
President Spencer W. Kimball: "The Lord will not force himself upon people, and if they do not believe, they will receive no revelation. If they . . . depend upon their own. . .calculations. . .the Lord will leave them to their chosen fate."
D&C 6:5 "If you will ask of me, you shall receive. . ." D&C 8:10 "Remember that without faith you can do nothing, therefore ask in faith."
President Ezra Taft Benson: "We hear the words of the Lord most often by feeling. If we are humble and sensitive, the Lord will prompt us through our feelings."
D&C 9:8: " . . . if it is right, I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you . . ." D&C 11:31: "I will impart unto you my Spirit . . which shall fill your soul with joy."
Elder Dallin H. Oaks: "Study and reason are a means to . . . revelation."
D&C 6:15: "I did enlighten thy mind . . ." D&C 9:8: ". . . study it out in your mind."
D&C 10:3 emphasizes that the Lord restored to Jospeh his gift of translation. At that time, the Lord counseled Jospeh regarding how to overcome the heinous traps of Lucifer in the future. This same counsel is valuable to all of us who are seeking to be disciples of the Lord. Which of the following is
NOT counsel the Lord gave to Jospeh Smith in D&C 10?
Joseph (and each disciple) was told that he was vulnerable to Satan because of his lack of desire to serve and his self-aggrandizement. The Lord counseled that Joseph should be diligent and more self-effacing. "Do ye not remember? Seek humility; be believing and proceed in all diligence my will to perform."
In D&C 10, the Lord mentions the following:
The spiritual gifts of Joseph Smith
His calling as a prophet of God
The work of the restoration of the gospel
The souls of men
The translation of the Book of Mormon
The credibility of the Book of Mormon
D&C 17 Nephi, in 1 Nephi 11:1-6, had a different attitude when he desired to know the things of God than did Martin Harris had when Martin desired to know the things of God. This difference is emphasized in the key concepts of D&C 17. What are the key concepts of D&C 17 that Nephi had and that Martin, at first, did not?
Faith - witness
D&C 17 What is the one concept below that is
NOT true regarding the three witness of the Book of Mormon?
They would deny their loyalty to Joseph Smith and eventually their witness of the Book of Mormon, yet all three would return to full fellowship in the Church.