Doctrine and Covenants 30: David, Peter, and John Whitmer—"Fear Not"

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 41


What do you think it would be like to serve a mission and preach the gospel to strangers? Perhaps you have already experienced sharing the gospel with someone not of our faith. Were you nervous or even a little afraid? InDoctrine and Covenants 30the Whitmer brothers were called to preach the gospel. Look for what the Lord told each one of them about fear.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 30

Expedient(v. 5)Appropriate, desirable 
Be you afflicted in all his afflictions(v. 6)Stay by him and share in all his trials 
Proclaim(v. 9)Declare 

Doctrine and Covenants 30:1–2—“Persuaded by Those Whom I Have Not Commanded”

David Whitmer, along with the rest of his family, had been deceived by the false revelations received by Hiram Page (D&C 28).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 30.

Activity A iconHow Might This Apply to You?

Doctrine and Covenants 30contains the counsel the Lord gave through the Prophet Joseph Smith to David Whitmer (25 years old), Peter Whitmer Jr. (21 years old), and John Whitmer (28 years old). Review this section and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    What did the Lord say to the Whitmers about fear?

  2. 2.

    Read verses 1–2 as if the Lord were speaking to you. What would you want to do to make sure you do not make those mistakes?