Doctrine and Covenants 130: Doctrinal Gems

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 147


What questions would you ask the Prophet Joseph Smith if you had an opportunity?Doctrine and Covenants 130is a collection of doctrinal statements given by the Prophet. As you read each statement you may wonder how much more there is to know about the topic.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 130

Sociality(v. 2)Social order 
Sectarian notion(v. 3)Belief of other churches 
Reckoning(v. 4)Calculating 
Commencement(v. 12)Beginning 
Suffice(v. 15)Be enough 
Irrevocably decreed(v. 20)Set and made unchangeable 
Predicated(v. 20–21)Based on 

Doctrine and Covenants 130:8–10—What Is the “Urim and Thummim”?

Urim and Thummim” in the Bible Dictionary (pp. 786–87).

Studying the Scriptures

Do three of the following activities (A–D) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 130.

Activity A iconWrite a Quiz

Doctrine and Covenants 130contains a variety of instructions and answers to questions. Write eight test questions on what you think is important to know, one for each of the following blocks of verses: 1–3, 4–7, 8–9, 10–11, 12–17, 18–19, 20–21, 22–23. Include the answer after each question.

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Doctrine and Covenants 130:18–19

Draw a line down the middle of a page in your notebook. On the left side, draw a picture of a person surrounded by what he or she might find valuable and important in life. On the right side, write or draw a picture of what a person will be able to take with him or her at death. UsingDoctrine and Covenants 130:18–19, write a caption or slogan for your picture that expresses what we ought to be gaining in this life that will still be valuable in the next life.

Activity C Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Doctrine and Covenants 130:20–21

InDoctrine and Covenants 130:20–21, the Prophet Joseph Smith explained that there is a relationship between our obedience to God’s laws and the blessings we receive. Some commandments have very specific promises, such as the promises associated with living the Word of Wisdom (D&C 89). For other commandments the promises are more general (for example, Joshua 1:8). List three other commandments and the blessings that are promised for each one. Indicate whether the promises are specific or more general. If you need help, discuss this with your parents or a Church leader.

Activity D Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Doctrine and Covenants 130:22–23

The truths taught inDoctrine and Covenants 130:22–23may m natural and logical to long-time members of the Church. However, this doctrine is very different from the beliefs of most other Christian churches. List and explain three ways that your life—such as your thoughts, behavior, and prayers—is different because you know what the Godhead is really like.

The Godhead