Doctrine and Covenants 43

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 80–82


Introduction

Section 43 was one of several revelations given shortly after the Prophet Joseph Smith arrived in Kirtland, Ohio. New members of the Church were sometimes confused about the order and manner in which revelation came to the Church. Some of the early Saints were influenced by claims to revelation by Hiram Page (see D&C 28), a Mrs. Hubble (see D&C 43), and the Shakers (see D&C 49). In each case the Lord corrected His people through His true prophet. These sections affirm that only one person is appointed to receive revelation for the entire Church.

Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For

  • Only the President of the Church receives commandments and revelations for the entire Church. Members help support the prophet through their faith, prayers, and actions (see D&C 43:1–7, 12–14; see also Amos 3:7; D&C 1:38; 28:2–8).

  • God’s servants must teach by the Spirit and warn all people to repent. Prior to His coming in judgment, the Lord will also testify to the people through thunder, lightning, earthquakes, hailstorms, and famines (see D&C 43:7, 15–25; see also D&C 42:12–14; 50:15–22; 88:81–92).

  • The purpose of Church meetings is to instruct and edify one another, to learn God’s laws, and to become sanctified (see D&C 43:8–10; see also Moroni 6:5–9; D&C 46:2).

  • The Millennium is a thousand-year period of peace and righteousness during which Satan will be bound (see D&C 43:18, 26–33; see also Isaiah 65:17–25; 1 Nephi 22:26).

Additional Resources

  • Church History in the Fulness of Times: Religion 341–43, pp. 92–95.

  • Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 87–90.

Suggestions for Teaching

Doctrine and Covenants 43:1–7, 12–14. Only the President of the Church receives revelations and commandments for the entire Church. Members help support the prophet through their faith, prayers, and actions.

(20–25 minutes)

Write on the board the following statement by the Prophet Joseph Smith:

“It is contrary to the economy of God for any member of the Church, or any one, to receive instructions for those in authority, higher than themselves” (History of the Church, 1:338).

Ask students if they can think of any scriptures they have studied that apply to this statement (see D&C 28:1–7; see also D&C 42:11–13). Share with students the historical background for section 43 in Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325 (p. 87). Have them search Doctrine and Covenants 43:1–7, 12–14 and look for answers to the following questions:

  • Who was the Lord’s appointed servant at the time of this revelation? (see vv. 2, 12).

  • Who receives revelation for the Church? (see vv. 3–5).

  • How is the prophet chosen? (He is appointed by God and ordained; see v. 7; see also the introduction to “Succession in the Presidency” [p. 236].)

  • What does “come in at the gate” mean? (He will be sustained publicly and not chosen in secret.)

  • According to verse 6, what blessing do we receive because of this principle?

  • Why is it important not to be deceived?

  • What can we do to support the prophet in the work the Lord has given him? (see vv. 12–13).

  • Who has the Lord appointed as His servant today?

Share the following statement by Elder Harold B. Lee, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve:

“When there is to be anything different from that which the Lord has told us already, he will give it to his prophet, not to [anyone else]. … Do you suppose that while the Lord has his prophet on the earth he is going to take some round-about means of revealing things to his children? That is what he has a prophet for, and when he has something to give to this Church, he will give it to the President” (“The Place of the Living Prophet, Seer, and Revelator,” in Charge to Religious Educators, 2nd ed. [1982], 109).

Doctrine and Covenants 43:8–10. The purpose of Church meetings is to instruct and edify one another, to learn God’s laws, and to become sanctified.

(5–10 minutes)

Ask students what Church meeting they have attended recently that they enjoyed. Ask: What made it enjoyable? Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 43:8–10 and look for answers to the following questions:

  • What did the Lord say we should do when we “assemble together”? (see also D&C 42:12–14).

  • What does the word edify mean? (To build up or strengthen.)

  • What should we teach and discuss in our meetings?

  • What could you do to better receive instruction and edification at the meetings you attend?

  • What blessings does the Lord promise?

  • What does it mean to be “sanctified”? (To be made holy.)

Share the following statement by Elder Gene R. Cook, a member of the Seventy:

“One time a man asked President Spencer W. Kimball, ‘What do you do when you find yourself in a boring sacrament meeting?’ There was silence for a moment and then President Kimball said, ‘I don’t know. I’ve never been in one.’ That’s interesting, isn’t it? That tells me that the real meeting was really between President Kimball and the Lord, in addition to what was happening in sacrament meeting. If you are just in [the meeting], you are in the wrong meeting, and you will miss most of what is said. The same is true of other meetings. If you enter a meeting with your heart prepared to be written upon by the Lord, then that will happen” (in “Learning Gospel Is Lifetime Pursuit,” Church News, Mar. 24, 1990, 10).

Doctrine and Covenants 43:18, 26–33. The Millennium is a thousand-year period of peace and righteousness, during which Satan will be bound.

(15–20 minutes)

Cut out and display several newspaper articles, and ask students:

  • If you could be a newspaper reporter, which of these stories would you most like to report on? Why?

  • What current events most interest you? Why?

  • What event of world history (past, present, or future) would you most like to report on?

  • What event is prophesied in Doctrine and Covenants 43:29?

    Millennium timeline

Draw the accompanying timeline on the board. Have each student read one of the three sets of verses and list what will occur during that time period. Have them share what they found with the class.

Ask: How do you think Satan will be bound during the Millennium? President George Q. Cannon, who was a counselor in the First Presidency, said:

“Satan will be bound by the power of God; but he will be bound also by the determination of the people of God not to listen to him, not to be governed by him” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1897, 65; see also D&C 45:55).

President Cannon explained that after the wicked are destroyed at the coming of Christ:

“The righteous will be left, and because of their righteousness the Lord will have mercy upon them; they, exercising their agency in the right direction, will bring down His blessings upon them to such an extent that Satan will be bound” (Gospel Truth: Discourses and Writings of President George Q. Cannon, ed. Jerreld L. Newquist, 2 vols. [1957], 1:87; see also 1 Nephi 22:26).

Have students compare Doctrine and Covenants 43:20–22 with 1 Nephi 22:16–17 and discuss how we can best prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Invite them to write on a piece of paper ways they can personally prepare for His coming.