Understanding the Scriptures
|Strong drink(v. 3)||Drinks that contain alcohol|
|Gird up your loins(v. 15)||This literally means to tuck your robes into your belt to free the legs for running. It is a symbol for being prepared.|
Doctrine and Covenants 27:5—What Is the “Record of the Stick of Ephraim,” of Which Moroni Holds the “Keys”?
The Lord told the prophet Ezekiel of two books. One was a record “for Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions,” which He called the “stick of Judah” (Ezekiel 37:16, 19). The other was a record “for Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions” (v. 16). The Jews are descendants of Judah and other tribes of the kingdom of Judah ( Bible Dictionary,“Jew,” p. 713), and their record is in the Bible. Lehi and his family were descendants of Joseph who was sold into Egypt, and the record of his descendants, and of those who joined with them, is the Book ofMormon. Moroni was the last prophet and record keeper of the Book of Mormon people and buried the plates in the Hill Cumorah (Joseph Smith—History 1:33–34).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 27.
What Is Important?
Make a List
SearchDoctrine and Covenants 27:5–14and list all who will be in attendance. According to verse 11, who is Michael?
Which verse indicates that many others, including yourself if you are faithful, are also to be there?
Read alsoDoctrine and Covenants 116:1and write where this meeting will be held.
Check Your Armor
ReviewDoctrine and Covenants 27:15–18and do the following:
In your notebook, write two examples of how being obedient to a specific commandment (such as the Word of Wisdom or prayer) is like having a suit of armor.
How would having a suit of armor like the one described in these verses help you to be worthy to attend the great sacrament meeting described in verses 5–14?
Draw a picture illustrating verses 15–18, which you could hang in your room. Be sure to label all parts of the armor.