Understanding the Scriptures
|Affirmed(section heading)||Testified, declared as true|
|Dividing asunder(v. 1)||Cutting in two|
|Discerner(v. 1)||One who knows|
|Perverse(v. 2)||Stubbornly wicked|
|Priestcrafts(v. 4)||Preaching for praise and personal gain (2 Nephi 26:29)|
|Laden with sheaves(v. 9)||Loaded with bundles of grain or converts (missionary success)|
Doctrine and Covenants 33:17—“Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning”
The lamps, oil, and Bridegroom mentioned inDoctrine and Covenants 33:17refer to the Savior’s parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1–13). In that parable the Lord taught that those who are unprepared (their lamps have gone out) for the coming of the Savior (the Bridegroom) will be shut out of His presence.
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 33.
Illustrate a Verse
The Lord used many word pictures in this revelation. Chooseoneof the images inDoctrine and Covenants 33:3, 6–9, 13, 17and draw a picture that illustrates what the Lord was teaching. Do not simply illustrate what the verse says literally but what it means. Provide an explanation with your illustration, describing what you drew and why.
Apply the Revelation
Explain what you think the Lord meant by His description of the world inDoctrine and Covenants 33:3, 7.
How is that description different from the way the Lord described the world in verses 2 and 4?