Doctrine and Covenants 100: Missionary Counsel for the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 113–114

It is sometimes difficult for a missionary to leave home, family, and friends. The Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were no different from other missionaries. What did the Lord say to them (and u s) inDoctrine and Covenants 100?

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 100

Effectual(v. 3)Productive 
Confounded(v. 5)Put to shame and silence, humiliated 
Solemnity(v. 7)With dignity, seriousness 
Expounding(v. 11)Explaining, teaching 

Doctrine and Covenants 100:3—“An Effectual Door Shall Be Opened”

One result of the Prophet Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon’s short mission was that “Joseph’s visit gave the work there considerable spark” (Church History in the Fulness of Times,117).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 100.

Activity A iconWrite a Letter

What would you write to encourage a friend serving a mission who wrote you about how much he missed home? What teachings could you use fromDoctrine and Covenants 100:1–8, 12–17in your letter? For each teaching you use, briefly explain how and why you would use it.

Activity B iconDescribe the Differences

InDoctrine and Covenants 100:9–11, the Lord outlined the differences between the Prophet Joseph Smith’s roles and responsibilities and those of Sidney Rigdon. In your notebook, describe those differences.