Understanding the Scriptures
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 5.
Explain It to a Friend
Suppose you were discussing the Book of Mormon with a nonmember friend and were asked if the gold plates were in a museum. UseDoctrine and Covenants 5:1–9to explain why the angel Moroni took the plates back after Joseph Smith was finished with the translation.
Write a Definition
Doctrine and Covenants 5:10–16tells of three witnesses who would testify of the truth of the Book of Mormon.
From your study of those verses, write a simple definition of the wordwitnessso that a Primary child could understand why these men were called witnesses.
ReviewDoctrine and Covenants 5:25and “The Testimony of Three Witnesses” in the front of the Book of Mormon. Explain what it means to you to know that these men saw the plates and testified of the truth of the Book of Mormon.
What Will Happen If … ?
InDoctrine and Covenants 5:16–24, the Lord made several promises about what would happen if people do or do not do certain things.
What did the Lord promise those who believe His words? (v. 16).
What did He say would happen if people hardened their hearts and did not repent? (vv. 18–20).
What did the Lord command Joseph Smith to do? What would happen if he obeyed? (vv. 21–22).
What did the Lord command Martin Harris to do? What would happen if he obeyed? (v. 24).