In section 106 the Lord commanded Warren Cowdery to “lift up his voice and warn the people” (v. 2) and praised him for having “separated himself from the crafts of men” (v. 6). In this revelation the Lord warned the Saints:
“The coming of the Lord draweth nigh, and it overtaketh the world as a thief in the night—
“Therefore, gird up your loins, that you may be the children of light” (vv. 4–5).
President N. Eldon Tanner, who was a counselor in the First Presidency, gave similar counsel to the Saints of our day:
“Now, we who hold the priesthood must lead out in setting an example before the world in repenting of our sins, in extending forgiveness to others, and in obeying the commandments of God. We must help the world to prepare for the second coming of our Savior. Let us not be as the people in Noah’s time or as the foolish virgins. They were not prepared, for they knew not when the flood would come nor when the Bridegroom cometh.
“We must prepare now, and as we read in Matthew, ‘Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. … Therefore be ye also ready.’ (Matt. 24:42, 44.)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1977, 66; or Ensign, Nov. 1977, 44–45).
Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For
Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, p. 261.
Suggestions for Teaching
Doctrine and Covenants 106. The Lord’s promised blessings depend on our faithfulness.
Invite a few students to name the person in their school they think is most likely to do the following:
Serve as the leader of your country
Become a famous artist or athlete
Travel around the world
Become independently wealthy
Discuss the following questions:
Why aren’t these things guaranteed to happen?
What do you think most affects what you achieve in life?
What role does the Lord play in what you achieve in life?
Write on the board the headings Commandments and Blessings. Have students study section 106 and find information that fits under each heading. Ask:
Why do you think preaching the gospel is a “high and holy calling”? (v. 3).
What does “gird up your loins” (v. 5) mean? (Prepare, get ready to work.)
How can you prepare yourself for the Lord’s work?
Notice the words “bowed to my scepter” in verse 6. How might this phrase relate to the blessings in verse 8?
What is the significance of the word if in verse 8? How does this principle apply to us?
Read the commentary for Doctrine and Covenants 106:8 in Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325 (p. 261). Testify to your students that the Lord has many blessings in store for each of us, but to receive them we must remain faithful.