Doctrine and Covenants 41

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 75


In December 1830 the Saints were commanded to move to Ohio (see D&C 37:3). By the end of January the Prophet Joseph Smith, his wife, Emma, Sidney Rigdon, and Edward Partridge left New York for Ohio. Most of the New York Saints followed them during the next four or five months. Moving was not easy for the early Saints. Some were reluctant to leave their farms and homes or feared they would lose money or be unable to sell their property. Yet most of the Saints moved.

Church membership may cause equally difficult trials for modern Saints. In section 41 the Lord describes His disciples as anyone who “receiveth my law and doeth it” (D&C 41:5). As Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve said: “Each day we decide the degree of our discipleship. Each day we answer the question, ‘Who’s on the Lord’s side? Who?’” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1992, 57; or Ensign, May 1992, 39).

In Doctrine and Covenants 38:32 the Lord promised the Saints that He would reveal His law when they had moved to Ohio. References to “the law” in section 41 refer to the fulfillment of this prophecy in section 42.

Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For

Note: Prayerfully study each assigned scripture block and consider the principles under this heading before preparing your lessons.

Additional Resources

  • Church History in the Fulness of Times: Religion 341–43, pp. 89–92, 96, 98–99, 120.

  • Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 81–82.

Suggestions for Teaching

Note: Choose from the ideas under this heading, or use some of your own, as you prepare to teach the assigned scripture block.

Doctrine and Covenants 41:1–5. The Lord delights in blessing those who hear and obey His laws; they are His disciples.

(10–15 minutes)

Tell students how the Church was established in Kirtland, Ohio (see the historical background for section 32 in Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, p. 66, paragraphs 2–3). Refer students to the photograph of the Newel K. Whitney and Company Store in the back of their scriptures (no. 7). Tell of the first meeting of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Newel K. Whitney (see Church History in the Fulness of Times, pp. 90–91, paragraphs 2–3 after “Gathering to Ohio Begins”). Explain that nearly half the sections in the Doctrine and Covenants were given to the Prophet in Ohio.


  • What does it mean to delight in something?

  • What activities do you delight in?

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 41:1. According to this verse, what does the Lord delight in?

  • How has the Lord blessed your life?

  • What did you do to invite these blessings?

Write on the board disciple of Christ and have students define the phrase. Read Doctrine and Covenants 41:2–5 and compare the students’ definition with the Lord’s. Share the following statement by President Gordon B. Hinckley:

“There is nothing we can do that is more important than to listen to that which [the Lord] has spoken. If we are His disciples, there cannot be conflict in our hearts. There cannot be jealousy. There cannot be meanness. There cannot be any of those things” (Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley [1997], 243).

Discuss how we can be better disciples of Christ.