Understanding the Scriptures
|Discredit(section heading)||Persuade people to disbelieve|
|Abridgment(section heading)||Shortened version|
|Alter, altered(vv. 10–11, 17)||Change|
|Iniquity(vv. 20, 29)||Sin|
|Condemnation(v. 23)||Being declared guilty|
|Contradicted yourself(v. 31)||Written part of the text that does not agree with what you wrote before|
|Generation(vv. 33, 53)||People of this time or age|
|Confound(v. 42)||Humiliate, make ashamed|
|Dissensions(v. 48)||Disagreements, rebellions|
|Wrest(v. 63)||Twist the meaning of|
Doctrine and Covenants 10:6—In What Way Did Martin Harris k to Destroy the Prophet Joseph Smith?
It was not Martin Harris’s intent to destroy the Prophet Joseph Smith, but what happened as a result of the loss of the 116 pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript illustrates what can happen when we “set at naught the counsels of God” (D&C 3:13; also the “Understanding the Scriptures” section for D&C 3:12,
Doctrine and Covenants 10:30–45—The Lord Knows the End from the Beginning
The Lord had prepared a way to prevent Satan from destroying the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon through the loss of the 116 manuscript pages over 2,000 years before. He had instructed the prophet Nephi to make a second set of plates covering the same time period as the manuscript that would be lost. A major difference between the two records is that the lost portion was more of a history, while the duplicate part is more prophetic and sacred (1 Nephi 9:3–6;Words of Mormon 1:1–7).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A and two of the other activities (B–D) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 10.
Scripture Mastery—Doctrine and Covenants 10:5
The wordsatanmeans “adversary” or “opponent,” which describes the devil’s role as an opponent of righteousness. Satan and his servants tempt us to sin, which leads to misery and unhappiness, but the Lord has greater power to help us overcome those temptations.
Satan’s “Cunning Plan” Compared with the Lord’s Wisdom
Divide a page in your notebook into two columns. Label the first “Satan’s Cunning Plan” and the second “The Lord’s Wisdom.”
From your reading ofDoctrine and Covenants 10:6–29, describe in the first column what the Lord said Satan planned to do with the 116 pages stolen from Martin Harris.
From your reading of verses 30–45, describe in the second column what the Lord did to prevent Satan from succeeding.
Be Aware of Satan’s Methods
Review verses 20–24 and explain how Satan gets people to fight against the truth and why he does it.
Study verses 25–29 and describe what Satan told Joseph Smith’s enemies to convince them it was all right to try to destroy the Prophet and the Book of Mormon.
How might groups or individuals try to do the same today?
Prepare a Primary Lesson
Write what you would teach a Primary class of 7-year-old children about the account inDoctrine and Covenants 3and 10 of the lost 116 pages.
Tell about two lessons we can learn from the Prophet Joseph Smith’s experience and show how they can apply to our lives today.