The Lord’s counsel to Ezra Thayre and Northrop Sweet is an example of His foreknowledge and concern for His children. In section 33, the Lord, knowing their hearts and minds, counseled these men to hearken to His words. Northrop Sweet left the Church soon after his baptism and helped form another church that lasted only a short time. Ezra Thayre was chastened and his membership suspended in 1835, but he was later restored to full fellowship. After the death of the Prophet Joseph, he refused to follow the leadership of the Twelve Apostles and again left the Church.
Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For
Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 67–68.
Suggestions for Teaching
Doctrine and Covenants 33:10–15. If we build our lives on the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will overcome Satan’s powers and be saved.
Draw a house in a storm, as in the accompanying illustration, and ask students: How are our trials and temptations like “a mighty storm”? Show students a hand-sized rock. Have them read Doctrine and Covenants 33:10–13 and identify what the rock in these verses symbolizes.