Doctrine and Covenants 70

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 120–21


The Prophet Joseph Smith taught some of the early brethren that “the Book of Mormon was … the keystone of our religion” (History of the Church, 4:461). President Ezra Taft Benson added that “the Doctrine and Covenants is the capstone, with continuing latter-day revelation.” He testified that the Lord designed the Book of Mormon to “bring us to Christ,” and the Doctrine and Covenants to “bring us to Christ’s kingdom, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 105, 108; or Ensign, May 1987, 83, 85). President Howard W. Hunter explained, “The Doctrine and Covenants contains the word and will of the Lord as revealed to men and women in this dispensation of time. It is a book of scripture specifically for our day” (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, 55). In section 70, the Lord gave the Prophet Joseph Smith and others stewardship over the revelations that became the Doctrine and Covenants (see vv. 1–5).

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Additional Resources

  • Church History in the Fulness of Times: Religion 341–43, pp. 119–20.

  • Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 149–50.

Suggestions for Teaching

Doctrine and Covenants 70:1–5. The Doctrine and Covenants is a scriptural foundation of the Church in the last days.

(10–15 minutes)

Build a simple pyramid out of building blocks or bricks. Ask students: If this structure represented the Church, what do you think the bottom layer of blocks might represent? After some guessing, tell students that Jesus Christ and the prophets and apostles are the foundation (see Ephesians 2:20). Explain that the Prophet Joseph Smith gave another answer to this question. Have students read the section heading for Doctrine and Covenants 70 to find this answer, and explain that the Doctrine and Covenants is the doctrinal foundation of the Church. Read Doctrine and Covenants 69:1–2; 70:1–5 and ask:

Invite a student to read the historical background for section 70 in Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325 (p. 149). Ask:

  • What evidence is there in this information that the Lord valued the coming forth of the Doctrine and Covenants?

  • What can we do to show the Lord that we value the Doctrine and Covenants?

Doctrine and Covenants 70:12–16. Church leaders who are called to serve the Lord full-time are to have their needs supplied by the Church.

(5–10 minutes)

Ask students who among them has a Church calling. Ask:

  • How much time do you spend each week fulfilling your calling?

  • How much time do you think the Relief Society president and bishop spend on their callings?

  • How much time do you think the prophet spends on his calling?

Divide the following questions among the students. Have them read Doctrine and Covenants 24:3, 7; 70:12–16 and look for answers.

  • How much time did the Lord expect these servants to work? (see D&C 24:7).

  • How did the Lord provide for these servants’ material needs? (see D&C 24:3).

  • What does it mean that “he who is appointed to administer spiritual things … is worthy of his hire”? (D&C 70:12). (Church leaders who are called to serve the Lord full-time should have their needs supplied by the Church.)

  • According to Doctrine and Covenants 70:16, what should be provided for these Church leaders?

Share the following statement by Elder Bruce R. McConkie, who was then a member of the Seventy:

“The ministers of salvation must eat and drink; they must be clothed, marry, raise families, and live as other men do. When all of their time and strength is expended in building up the kingdom, others—happily, those blessed by their ministrations—must supply the just needs and wants of the laborers in the vineyard, for ‘the laborer is worthy of his hire.’ (D. & C. 84:79.) ‘But the laborer in Zion shall labor for Zion; for if they labor for money they shall perish.’ (2 Ne. 26:31.)” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1966–73], 2:351; see also D&C 24:3–9; 42:71–72).