Doctrine and Covenants 82

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Resource Manual, (2001), 133–35


Introduction

Latter-day Saints receive great blessings from the Lord and so have great responsibilities. Elder George Albert Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, stated: “[God] has given us intelligence and wisdom above our fellowmen. A knowledge of pre-existence has been given to the Latter-day Saints; a knowledge that we are here because we kept our first estate, and that we have been given the opportunity of gaining eternal life in the presence of our heavenly Father, by keeping our second estate. We will not be judged as our brothers and sisters of the world are judged, but according to the greater opportunities placed in our keeping” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1906, 47).

Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For

Additional Resources

  • Church History in the Fulness of Times: Religion 341–43, p. 115.

  • Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, pp. 177–79.

Suggestions for Teaching

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Video presentation 12, “An Eye Single to the Glory of God” (2:42), can be used in teaching Doctrine and Covenants 82:19 (see Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Video Guide for teaching suggestions).

Doctrine and Covenants 82 (Scripture Mastery, Doctrine and Covenants 82:3). Our accountability grows as the Lord gives us greater understanding.

(15–20 minutes)

Divide the class into groups of three. Give each group a large piece of paper and a marking pen. Have them list as many of their blessings as they can in two minutes. Display the lists in the front of the classroom.

Read Doctrine and Covenants 82:3–4 and discuss the following questions:

  • Considering our lists, do you think we qualify as people “unto whom much is given”?

  • How do you think the phrase much is required applies to us?

  • Read James 4:17; Alma 29:5. How do these verses relate to Doctrine and Covenants 82:3?

Testify that one of the greatest blessings we have received from the Lord is forgiveness. Briefly recount the Savior’s parable on forgiveness from Matthew 18:23–35. Have students read Matthew 18:33, and ask: What does the Savior expect of those who receive forgiveness from Him? Read Doctrine and Covenants 82:1, and ask: How does this verse support this teaching?

Share information from the commentary for Doctrine and Covenants 82:2 in Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325 (pp. 177–78). Invite students to consider their sins and weaknesses and how important it is that each of us receive the blessing of repentance. Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 82 and list the Lord’s teachings on repentance, forgiveness, and forsaking sin. Read again the first part of verse 3, and discuss how these teachings on repentance and forgiveness can help us live up to what is required of us because of our blessings (see v. 3).

Doctrine and Covenants 82:7. We are commanded to forsake sin. If we sin again after repenting, our former sins return.

(5–10 minutes)

Bring several rocks to class that are all labeled with the same sin (for example, breaking the Word of Wisdom). Tell students a story about an imaginary person who commits this sin. Invent details to embellish your story. Each time the imaginary person commits the sin, pick up a rock, until you are holding several of them. Set all the rocks you are holding aside and ask:

  • What might setting the rocks aside represent? (Repentance.)

  • What happens to our sins when we repent? (The Lord forgives them.)

Read Doctrine and Covenants 82:7 and look for what happens when we sin again. Ask:

  • How many rocks would a person need to pick up if he sins after repenting? (All that you were previously holding plus a new one.)

  • Why do you think our former sins return?

  • What does that teach you about the importance of forsaking sin?

  • How can knowing this doctrine help you avoid sin?

Doctrine and Covenants 82:10 (Scripture Mastery). When we keep our covenants with God, He will give us the blessings He has promised us.

(15–20 minutes)

Display or draw the accompanying pictures on the board, with their definitions.

Have a student read Doctrine and Covenants 82:10. Point out the word bound, and tell students that the drawings on the board represent different definitions of the word bind. Invite students to answer the following questions using the definitions on the board:

  • What does it mean to be bound to God by covenant?

  • What does it mean that God is bound to keep His promises to us?

Discuss students’ responses, and testify that when we keep the covenants we have made with God, He will give us the blessings He has promised us. Making and keeping covenants with God can be a source of power and comfort in our lives. Share the following statement by Elder Henry B. Eyring, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve:

“With every covenant there are great and sure promises from our Heavenly Father. …

“Every covenant with God is an opportunity to draw closer to him. To anyone who reflects for a moment on what they have already felt of the love of God, to have that bond made stronger and that relationship closer is an irresistible offer” (Covenants [CES fireside for college-age young adults, Sept. 6, 1996], 2).