Doctrine and Covenants 112: The Work of the Twelve Apostles

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 129–130

InDoctrine and Covenants 107:23, 33, 35, the Lord said that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are to be special witnesses of Him and over the preaching of the gospel throughout the world. The first group of missionaries to leave the North American continent were led by Apostles Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde. They arrived in England July 1837 and preached in a church in Preston their first Sunday there—which was also the day the Lord gave the revelation inDoctrine and Covenants 112, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, to Thomas B. Marsh, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In this revelation the Lord again spoke of the importance of the keys and authority of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in directing His work in this dispensation.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 112

Alms(v. 1)Offerings 
Abased(v. 3)Humbled 
Let thy habitation be known in Zion(v. 6)Live in Zion 
Rebuke(v. 9)Call to repentance 
Slanderer(v. 9)Person who tells lies about others 
Perverseness(v. 9)Wickedness, corruption 
Be not partial towards them in love above many others(v. 11)Do not favor them or love them more than you love others 
Effectual(v. 19)Effective, useful, powerful 
Blasphemed(v. 26)Spoke disrespectfully about God and sacred things 
Recompense(v. 34)Payment, reward 

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 112.

Activity A iconList Their Responsibilities

From what you read inDoctrine and Covenants 112, list the responsibilities of (1) the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and (2) the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. For each responsibility, list the verse in which you found it.

Activity B iconIf … , Then …


When the Lord promises a blessing, He explains what we must do to obtain that blessing. Sometimes these are easy to recognize because the Lord specifically says, “If you [do whatever action is important to receive the blessing], then [He describes the blessing that will come].” On other occasions we need to look at the scriptures more carefully to the “if-then” pattern. StudyDoctrine and Covenants 112:3, 10, and 21–22 and, in your own words, write them as three statements explaining “If you … , then He …”

Activity C iconHow Does It Apply?

  1. 1.

    Explain how the principle taught inDoctrine and Covenants 112:20could apply to general conference addresses, messages from the General Authorities in the Church magazines, proclamations from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and theFor the Strength of Youthbooklet.

  2. 2.

    Summarize what the Lord said inDoctrine and Covenants 112:24–26about the latter days.

  3. 3.

    How might the Lord’s teachings in verses 24–26 apply to what He said in verse 30?