Doctrine and Covenants 56: A Rebuke to Those Who Are Not Humble

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 65–66

Doctrine and Covenants 56continues the counsel given to individuals involved in the controversy in Thompson, Ohio ( the section headings toD&C 51and 54, as well as the introductions in this study guide). The Lord’s counsel in this revelation, however, can apply in many situations—past, present, and future. As you read it, look for the type of actions the Lord identified as displeasing to Him, what He said about the consequences of such actions, and what He said we can do to prevent or repent of these kinds of sins.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 56

Kindled(v. 1)Provoked, stirred up 
Indignation(vv. 1, 16)Righteous anger 
Revoke(vv. 4–6)Cancel 
Canker(v. 16)Pollute, corrupt 
Lamentation(v. 16)Cry of sorrow 
Recompense(v. 19)Fair payment, reward 

Doctrine and Covenants 56:2—How Does a Person “Take Up His Cross”?

In JST,Matthew 16:26we learn: “And now for a man to take up his cross, is to deny himself all ungodliness, and every worldly lust, and keep my commandments.”

Doctrine and Covenants 56:8—Repenting of Pride

President Ezra Taft Benson taught: “The antidote for pride is humility—meekness, submissiveness. … It is the broken heart and contrite spirit” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1989, 6; orEnsign,May 1989, 6). President Benson went on to say that we can “choose to humble ourselves” by:

  1. “Esteeming” (respecting and valuing) others “as ourselves.”

  2. Following counsel from our Church leaders.

  3. “Forgiving those who have offended us.”

  4. “Rendering [giving] selfless service.”

  5. Serving missions and sharing the gospel.

  6. Attending the temple often.

  7. “Confessing and forsaking our sins and being born of God.”

  8. “Putting [God] first in our lives.”

Doctrine and Covenants 56:8—What Was the Former Commandment Given to Ezra Thayre?

The Prophet Joseph Smith had previously counseled Ezra Thayre concerning property that he had consecrated. Apparently he was having second thoughts about giving up part of his land for others. His selfishness prevented him from serving a mission and the opportunity to help dedicate the land of Zion.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 56.

Activity A iconRebellion: Consequences and Cures

  1. 1.

    InDoctrine and Covenants 56, the Lord spoke of the prideful and rebellious actions of certain Church members. He also gave counsel about what would happen to those who were prideful or rebellious. He also counseled them about what they should do to prevent or repent of pride and rebellion. Make a chart similar to the following in your notebook. Fill it in with what the Lord said in verses 1–15. Give the verse where you found each item you list.

    Examples of Pride and Rebellion

    Consequences of Pride and Rebellion

    Solutions for Preventing or Repenting of Pride and Rebellion

  2. 2.

    Write about something you will do because of what you have learned in this activity. Explain why you will do it.

Activity B iconRich or Poor?

  1. 1.

    According toDoctrine and Covenants 56:16, what characteristic does the Lord condemn in the rich? What is the consequence?

  2. 2.

    According to verse 17, what characteristics does the Lord condemn in the poor? What promises did the Lord make in verses 18–20 to the poor who are humble and faithful?

  3. 3.

    Finish the following sentences based on what you learned in these verses:

  1. a.

    “I would not want to be rich if …”

  2. b.

    “I would not mind being poor if …”