Understanding the Scriptures
|Be in subjection (v. 1)||Conform, obey, submit|
|Plaiting (v. 3)||Braiding|
|Conversation (vv. 1–2, 16)||Conduct (see JST, 1 Peter 3:1–2, 16)|
|Railing (v. 9)||Scolding, criticizing|
|Just for the unjust (v. 18)||Savior for the sinners|
1 Peter 3:18–20; 4:6—The Mission of Jesus Christ in the Spirit World
On 3 October 1918, President Joseph F. Smith sat pondering these verses from 1 Peter. The eyes of his understanding were opened and he saw the hosts of the dead and was shown how the gospel is preached to those who have died. We have his account of that vision in Doctrine and Covenants 138. It tells us that the Lord visited the spirit world while His body lay in the tomb. He gathered the righteous spirits around Him and organized them into a missionary force. They accepted an assignment to teach the gospel to the spirits in prison.
The work we do in temples provides necessary ordinances for those who accept the gospel in the spirit world. In this way, all of Heavenly Father’s children have an opportunity to accept the gospel and receive all of the essential saving ordinances.
|Lasciviousness (v. 3)||Uncontrolled passions, lust|
|Banquetings (v. 3)||Drinking, carousing, lustfulness|
|Abominable idolatries (v. 3)||Unlawful worship of idols|
|Oracles of God (v. 11)||One who speaks for God (prophets)|
|Reproached (v. 14)||Undeserved rebuke or censure|
|Constraint (v. 2)||Force, pressure, intimidation|
|For filthy lucre (v. 2)||To get gain or money|
|Heritage (v. 3)||What is obtained by lot, birthright|
|Whom resist (v. 9)||Resist him by being|
|Babylon (v. 13)||Figurative for Rome|
|Marcus (v. 13)||Mark, author of the Gospel|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study 1 Peter 3–5.
Make a Comparison
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles declared, “By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).
Read 1 Peter 3:1–12 and identify three principles that relate to the statement above. Write them in your notebook. You may want to discuss with your parents what you learned from this activity and how it might relate to your family.
Teach a Friend about the Spirit World
Imagine that a friend who recently joined the Church is concerned about his or her relatives who died and who never had a chance to hear the gospel and be baptized. Read and cross-reference 1 Peter 3:18–20 and 4:6 with Doctrine and Covenants 138:18–20, 27, 30–32, 57–59. In your notebook, write an outline of what you would teach your friend.
Make a Grocery List
What does it mean to “feed my sheep”?
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