Doctrine and Covenants 79–80

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 132


Introduction

President Thomas S. Monson said:

“Each priesthood holder … has a calling to serve, to put forth his best efforts in the work assigned to him. No assignment is menial in the work of the Lord, for each has eternal consequences. President John Taylor warned us: ‘If you do not magnify your callings, God will hold you responsible for those whom you might have saved had you done your duty’ [in Journal of Discourses, 20:23]. … If great joy is the reward of saving one soul, then how terrible must be the remorse of those whose timid efforts have allowed a child of God to go unwarned or unaided so that he has to wait till a dependable servant of God comes along” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1992, 70; or Ensign, May 1992, 48).

Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For

  • As we faithfully fill our callings from the Lord, He blesses us with power to succeed (see D&C 79; see also D&C 4).

  • Missionaries declare the gospel throughout the world (see D&C 80; see also Matthew 28:19–20).

Additional Resources

Suggestions for Teaching

Doctrine and Covenants 79–80. Missionaries declare the gospel throughout the world.

(15–20 minutes)

Display a map of the world. Invite students to list places where members of their families, wards, or branches have served missions. Place a marker on the map for each mission mentioned. Read Doctrine and Covenants 80:1 and discuss how well the Church is fulfilling the Lord’s command to preach the gospel to all the world. Ask: How do you think Doctrine and Covenants 80:3 relates to this command?

Have students look at the section headings for Doctrine and Covenants 79–80 and identify who received calls to preach. Invite students to imagine they are going to speak to a group of missionaries today. Have them prepare for the talk by reading these two sections and finding the Lord’s instructions to missionaries. Invite several students to share what they found.

Read the statement by President Thomas S. Monson in the introduction to sections 79–80 above. Encourage students to prepare to serve honorable missions by doing their duty in the Church.