Doctrine and Covenants 34: Orson Pratt—"Lift Up Your Voice"

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 45


Orson Pratt became one of the great Apostles of the latter days. Notice what he was told about the Lord and about himself inDoctrine and Covenants 34.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 34

Comprehendeth(v. 2)Understands 
Crooked and perverse(v. 6)Corrupt 
Spare not(v. 10)Do not hold back 

Doctrine and Covenants 34:1—Orson Pratt

Orson Pratt was baptized on September 19, 1830, his 19th birthday, after hearing the gospel message from his older brother Parley P. Pratt. They were both called to be Apostles when the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was organized in 1835. Like his brother, Orson Pratt served many missions for the Church (D&C 34heading, 1–10; 52:26; 75:14; 103:40; 124:127–29; 136:13). He also wrote many books on religious and scientific subjects and was the first pioneer to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley. He was an Apostle for over 45 years, until his death in 1881.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 34.

Activity A iconCompare Two Verses

Read and compareJohn 3:16andDoctrine and Covenants 34:3. Write a paragraph describing what you learn from these verses about the Father and the Son.

Activity B iconWhat Do We Learn about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

2nd coming
  1. 1.

    ReadMark 13:32–37and write what Jesus said aboutwhenandhowthe Second Coming would occur.

  2. 2.

    StudyDoctrine and Covenants 34:6–12and explain what additional insights we gain there about the Second Coming. Be sure to notice and explain the wordssoon, before,andquickly.