Understanding the Scriptures
|Marvelous(v. 1)||Wonderful, divine|
|Embark(v. 2)||Begin, start|
|Sickle(v. 4)||A curved knife for harvesting grain|
|Temperance(v. 6)||Moderation, self-control|
Doctrine and Covenants 4—Joseph Smith’s Father
For more information about Joseph Smith Sr., see “People and Terms in the Doctrine and Covenants” (
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 4.
Find the Answers
In your notebook, answer the following questions from what you learn inDoctrine and Covenants 4:
What is required of those who are called to serve the Lord? (seev. 2).
What blessing is promised to those who serve in that manner? (seevv. 2, 4).
How is the marvelous work like a harvest? (seevv. 1, 4).
How does a person know if he or she has been called to serve? (seev. 3).
What five qualities qualify a person for a call to serve? (seev. 5).
Along with the four virtues listed, what must a servant of the Lord not forget? (seev. 5).
What can you do if you desire to serve but do not have all of the qualifications? (seev. 7).
Test the Promise
Choose one of the qualities mentioned inDoctrine and Covenants 4that you would like to have more fully in your life. Write it on a card and put it where you will see it often. As mentioned inDoctrine and Covenants 4:7, ask Heavenly Father every day to help you develop that quality. Write a paragraph in your personal journal every day for at least one week about your progress in developing that quality.
At the end of the week, write a summary of your experiences in your notebook.