Doctrine and Covenants 12: For Those Who "Assist in This Work"

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 25


Joseph Knight Sr.
Even before the Church was organized, Joseph Knight Sr. desired to assist in the Lord’s work ( the information on Joseph Knight Sr. in “People and Terms in the Doctrine and Covenants,” p. 232). He joined the Church shortly after it was organized. The Prophet Joseph Smith paid tribute to him by saying: “It shall be said of him, by the sons of Zion, while there is one of them remaining, that this man was a faithful man in Israel; therefore his name shall never be forgotten” (History of the Church, 5:124–25).As you readDoctrine and Covenants 12, notice what the Lord said to Joseph Knight Sr. about how he might qualify to more fully assist in the work. Notice also that the Lord said he was speaking to “all those who have desires” like Brother Knight’s (v. 7).

Understanding the Scriptures

For additional help in understandingDoctrine and Covenants 12:1–6, the “Understanding the Scriptures” helps forDoctrine and Covenants 6:1–6and 11:1–6, which are nearly identical.

Doctrine and Covenants 12

Being temperate(v. 8)Having self-control 

Doctrine and Covenants 12:8—“Full of Love”

The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “Love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity, and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God. A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race” (History of the Church,4:227).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 12.

Activity A iconGive an Example

Write about either a person in the scriptures or a Church leader who you think demonstrated one of the qualities the Lord spoke of inDoctrine and Covenants 12:8. Explain how that person demonstrated the quality and how it helped him or her better do the Lord’s work.