Doctrine and Covenants 15–16

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 44


See the introduction to section 14 (p. 43).

Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For

Additional Resources

  • Church History in the Fulness of Times: Religion 341–43, pp. 56–58.

  • Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, p. 31.

Suggestions for Teaching

Doctrine and Covenants 15:4–6; 16:4–6. Declaring repentance can help God’s children return to Him.

(10–15 minutes)

Write the following sentence on the board, leaving the first word blank: “Repentance is a great blessing, but you should never make yourself sick just so you can try out the remedy” (M. Russell Ballard, in Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 46; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, 36). Invite students to supply the missing word, and write it in the blank. Ask: Why is this message important for people today?

Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 15:6 and identify what the Lord said is of most worth to us. Share the following statement by Elder Orson F. Whitney, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve:

“The obligation of saving souls rests upon every man and woman in this Church … and they cannot get out from under this responsibility on the plea that it belongs only to such and such persons. Did not the Lord say … , ‘Behold, it is a day of warning, and not of many words: Therefore, let every soul that is warned, warn its neighbor?’” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1913, 99; see D&C 63:58; 88:81).

Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 15–16 and discuss the following questions:

  • Why do you think preaching repentance is so important?

  • Who has the responsibility to preach repentance?

  • What can we learn of this revelation from the fact that the Lord used the same words twice?

  • What blessing is promised to those who “declare repentance”? (v. 6).

  • Read Alma 29:1–2, 9–10. What additional blessings come from declaring repentance?