Doctrine and Covenants 75

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 124–25


Introduction

Many revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants were received during conferences of the Church. Section 75 was received at a conference in Amherst, Ohio, and primarily addressed missionary work. Elder Boyd K. Packer said, “We accept the responsibility to preach the gospel to every person on earth. And if the question is asked, ‘You mean you are out to convert the entire world?’ the answer is, ‘Yes. We will try to reach every living soul.’” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1975, 145; or Ensign, Nov. 1975, 97).

Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For

  • Faithful missionaries receive the Lord’s help in their labors and are promised blessings in eternity (see D&C 75:2–22; see also D&C 4).

  • Church members are responsible to help support missionaries and their families (see D&C 75:24–28; see also D&C 31:5).

Additional Resources

  • Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 156–58.

Suggestions for Teaching

Doctrine and Covenants 75:2–22. Faithful missionaries receive the Lord’s help in their labors and are promised blessings in eternity.

(15–20 minutes)

Write several occupations on the board (for example, farmer, builder, doctor, mechanic, assembly line worker, teacher). Ask students:

  • What do you think would be a fair wage for each of these occupations?

  • What occupation would you choose? Why?

  • How do the wages for these occupations compare with the wages of a missionary?

  • How do the wages of the Lord differ from the wages of men?

Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 75:3–22 and make one list of missionary responsibilities and another list of promised blessings. The list of responsibilities might include:

The list of promises might include:

  • You will be laden with many sheaves (see D&C 75:5).

  • You will be crowned with honor and glory (see v. 5).

  • You will have immortality and eternal life (see v. 5).

  • You will be taught by the Comforter (see v. 10).

  • You will have the Lord with you (see vv. 11, 13–14).

  • You will be lifted up at the last day (see vv. 16, 22).

  • You will be filled with joy and gladness (see v. 21).

  • You will overcome all things (see v. 22).

Explain that in section 75, twenty-four men were called on missions. Tell students: Imagine that all of you received mission calls today.

  • How would you feel?

  • In what areas do you feel prepared?

  • What would you like to do to be better prepared?

Share the following statements. Elder Howard W. Hunter, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, said:

“Missionaries of the Church, both young and old, are in the world teaching the principle of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and the other principles of the gospel to all who will hear. This is according to the pattern established by the Master himself as recorded by Mark: ‘And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two.’ (Mark 6:7.) They went forth and bore witness of his divinity in those days, over 1,900 years ago, and devoted ambassadors of today bear the same witness as they go into the world ‘two and two.’” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1975, 58; or Ensign, May 1975, 39).

The Prophet Joseph Smith said:

“No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).

Ask students how it makes them feel to know that they can take part in missionary work. If you have served a mission or have experience with missionary work, share some uplifting experiences and testimonies. Encourage students (young men and those young women who want to) to decide now to prepare to serve a mission.

Doctrine and Covenants 75:24–28. Church members are responsible to help support missionaries and their families.

(10–15 minutes)

Show students the picture of an ancient tent in the student study guide (see the introduction for D&C 82). Ask:

  • What supports this tent from the ground? (Tent poles.)

  • If the tent represents the missionary program of the Church, what might the poles represent? (The members.)

Have students scan Doctrine and Covenants 75:6–17, 30–36 and find how many sets of missionaries the Lord called. Read together verses 24–28, and discuss what members were asked to do to support these missionaries. Share the following statement by President Joseph Fielding Smith, then President of the Quorum of the Twelve:

“The brethren who were called to take these missionary journeys were quite generally poor men in temporal things. It was difficult for them to go out on the Lord’s work and leave their families without support. Yet the call was essential, for the souls of men were at stake and there were those waiting to hear the message who would be a strength to the Church after they received the Gospel. … The commandment therefore was given that suitable places should be provided in which these families could be housed and cared for, and the members of the Church were admonished to ‘open their hearts,’ and assist in this undertaking” (Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:276–77).

Invite students to share ways that members support missionaries and their families today. (These might include finding people the missionaries can teach, praying for the missionaries, visiting the missionaries’ families and asking about them, sending letters of encouragement, and donating money or copies of the Book of Mormon.) List these on the board if desired. President Spencer W. Kimball said, “No greater service can be given to the missionary calling of the Church than to exemplify positive Christian virtues in our lives” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. 1978, 7; or Ensign, Nov. 1978, 6). Encourage students to choose a way to better support the missionaries in their ward. A few days from now, invite a few students to report on what they did.