Understanding the Scriptures
|Partial seclusion(section heading)||Staying away from places in which there was persecution|
|Sowed(v. 3)||Planted d in|
|Temporally(v. 3)||Materially, physically|
|Voice of a trump(v. 12)||Boldly, clearly|
|Smitten, smite(v. 16)||Punished|
|Go to law with thee(v. 17)||Charge you falsely with crimes|
|Scrip(v. 18)||A traveling bag|
Doctrine and Covenants 24:3, 9—“Magnify Thine Office”
President Thomas S. Monson, a counselor in the First Presidency, said: “What does it mean to magnify a calling? It means to build it up in dignity and importance, to make it honorable and commendable in the eyes of all men, to enlarge and strengthen it, to let the light of heaven shine through it to the view of other men. And how does one magnify a calling? Simply by performing the service that pertains to it. An elder magnifies the ordained calling of an elder by learning what his duties as an elder are and then by doing them. As with an elder, so with a deacon, a teacher, a priest, a bishop, and each who holds office in the priesthood” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986, 49; orEnsign,May 1986, 38–39).
Doctrine and Covenants 24:15—“Casting Off the Dust of Your Feet”
Elder James E. Talmage, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, taught: “To ceremonially shake the dust from one’s feet as a testimony against another was understood by the Jews to symbolize a cessation of fellowship and a renunciation of all responsibility for consequences that might follow. It became an ordinance of accusation and testimony by the Lord’s instructions to His apostles as cited in the text. In the current dispensation, the Lord has similarly directed His authorized servants to so testify against those who wilfully and maliciously oppose the truth when authoritatively presented ( Doc. and Cov. 24:15; 60:15; 75:20; 84:92; 99:4). The responsibility of testifying before the Lord by this accusing symbol is so great that the means may be employed only under unusual and extreme conditions, as the Spirit of the Lord may direct” (Jesus the Christ, 320).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 24.
The Duties of the Prophet
Make two columns in your notebook. Label one “The Prophet” and the other “The Members.” Under the appropriate heading, list the duties of the prophet and the members from what you learn inDoctrine and Covenants 24:5–9.
At the end of the list under “The Prophet,” explain what the prophet does today to fulfill those duties. At the end of the list under “The Members,” explain what you do to fulfill your duties.