Doctrine and Covenants 123: The Importance of Keeping Records

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 140–141


At the final judgment, all mankind will be “judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Revelation 20:12). As you studyDoctrine and Covenants 123, if you can learn about some records that could be used in the judgment and how those records might also be used before the final judgment.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 123

Propriety(v. 1)Correctness, properness 
Affidavits(v. 4)Written testimonies of truth made under oath 
Libelous(vv. 4–5)False and hurtful 
Concatenation of diabolical rascality(v. 5)Collection of wicked lies 
Nefarious and murderous impositions(v. 5)Evil and murderous deeds 
Enjoined on us(v. 6)Required of us 
Imperative(v. 7, 9, 11)Essential 
Riveted(v. 7)Fastened, made immovable 
Futurity(v. 15)The future 
Helm(v. 16)Device for steering a ship 
A ship's helm

“A very large ship is benefited very much by a very small helm in the time of a storm, by keeping workways with the wind and the waves” (D&C 123:16).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 123.

Activity A iconWhat Would You Need to Do?

  1. 1.

    If you had been a member of the Church in 1839, what would you be expected to do to fulfill the Lord’s command inDoctrine and Covenants 123:1–5?

  2. 2.

    From what you learn in verses 5–15, list what you would need to do with the information you had gathered.

  3. 3.

    What records could you keep now that might bless future generations in the Church?