In 1832 the Lord commanded several Church leaders to organize into a “united order.” The purpose of this organization, whose members practiced the law of consecration, was to take care of the physical needs of its members and their families, raise money for the Church, and care for the poor (see D&C 78:3; 82:11–12). In March 1833, soon after Frederick G. Williams was called to be a counselor in the First Presidency, the Lord commanded those in the united order to accept him as a member of that group (see D&C 81 heading; 90:6; 92:1).
The Lord told Frederick G. Williams to be “a lively member” of the order and promised him that if he was “faithful in keeping all former commandments,” he would be “blessed forever” (D&C 92:2). In our day we should be “lively members” of our branches and wards. A lively member is one who is active and committed. Like Frederick G. Williams, if we are faithful and obedient, we will be “blessed forever.”
Some Important Gospel Principles to Look For
Those who accept the Lord’s invitation to become faithful members of His kingdom will be blessed forever (see D&C 92).
Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual: Religion 324–325, p. 216.
Suggestions for Teaching
Doctrine and Covenants 92. Those who accept the Lord’s invitation to become faithful members of His kingdom will be blessed forever.
Share with students the information in the first paragraph of the introduction to Doctrine and Covenants 92 above. Have them read section 92, and ask:
What was the Lord’s counsel to Frederick G. Williams?
What do you think it means to be a “lively member”?
How might “keeping all former commandments” relate to whether we are lively or lifeless members?
Share the following statement by President Howard W. Hunter, who was then Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve:
“We know that this is the true and living church institutionally, but am I a true and living member individually? …
“To answer affirmatively the question, ‘Am I a living member?’ confirms our commitment. It means that we now and always will love God and our neighbors as ourselves. It means our actions will reflect who we are and what we believe. It means that we are every day Christians, walking as Christ would have us walk” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 19; or Ensign, May 1987, 16–17).
Discuss how you can apply the principles in President Hunter’s statement. As part of your discussion, you could do activity A for section 92 in the student study guide.