Doctrine and Covenants 82: Instructions Related to Establishing Zion

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 93–94

Stakes of zion
We believe that before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the city of Zion will be established in Independence, Missouri. What part will you play in this great event, and how can you prepare to participate? In what ways do we need to improve and change? The counsel of the Lord to the early Church leaders is as important for us as it was for them, because we too must listen carefully and obey in order to be part of the establishment of Zion.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 82

Trespasses(v. 1)Breaking laws or commandments 
Transgressors(v. 4)Lawbreakers, sinners 
Kindleth(v. 6)Is provoked, awakens 
Bind(v. 15)Commit, obligate 
Your successors(v. 20)Those who come after you 
Buffetings of Satan(v. 21)Torments ( also the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forD&C 78:11–12) 

Doctrine and Covenants 82:14—“Zion Must Arise”

The wordZionappears over 200 times in the Bible and the Book of Mormon and almost as many times in the Doctrine Covenants. It is a very important principle related to the last days. The Prophet Joseph Smith was very excited to visit Independence, Missouri, and dedicate it as the land of Zion. He said of Zion: “The building up of Zion is a cause that has interested the people of God in every age; it is a theme upon which prophets, priests and kings have dwelt with peculiar delight; they have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they have sung and written and prophesied of this our day; … we are the favored people that God has made choice of to bring about the Latter-day glory; it is left for us to , participate in and help to roll forward the Latter-day glory” (History of the Church,4:609–10).

Doctrine and Covenants 82:22—“Make unto Yourselves Friends with the Mammon of Unrighteousness”

President Joseph Fielding Smith explained: “The commandment of the Lord that the saints should make themselves ‘friends with the mammon of unrighteousness,’ ms to be a hard saying when not properly understood. It is not intended that in making friends of the ‘mammon of unrighteousness’ that the brethren were to partake with them in their sins; to receive them to their bosoms, intermarry with them and otherwise come down to their level. They were to so live that peace with their enemies might be assured. They were to treat them kindly, be friendly with them as far as correct and virtuous principles would permit, but never to swear with them or drink and carouse with them. If they could allay prejudice and show a willingness to trade with and show a kindly spirit, it might help to turn them away from their bitterness. Judgment was to be left with the Lord” (Church History and Modern Revelation,1:323).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 82.

Activity A Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Doctrine and Covenants 82:3

  1. 1.

    Read1 Nephi 3:7withDoctrine and Covenants 82:3and explain what those two passages teach about being obedient. Be sure to include the ideas from both scriptures.

  2. 2.

    Write a slogan or design a poster that captures the main ideas of those two scriptures.

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Doctrine and Covenants 82:10

  1. 1.

    ReadEther 3:12and explain how we know that Heavenly Father willalwayskeep the promises He makes.

  2. 2.

    ReviewDoctrine and Covenants 82:10and explain what God promised there. Write it as an “if-then” statement.

  3. 3.

    Write an “if-then” statement for the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy that you studied inDoctrine and Covenants 59:12–20.

  4. 4.

    Write an “if-then” statement for another commandment of your choice.

Activity C iconFind the Cause and Effect

InDoctrine and Covenants 82, the Lord gave the Prophet Joseph Smith more instructions about building Zion.

  1. 1.

    Draw the following diagram in your notebook and label it as shown.

    Desired Result box
  1. 2.

    In the “Desired Result” box, list what the Lord wanted to happen in Zion (D&C 82:14).

  2. 2.

    Find and mark the wordthereforein verse 15.

  3. 4.

    Review verses 15–19 and in the “These Commandments” box, list the commandments the Lord gave the Saints in order to achieve the desired result.

  4. 5.

    Explain why you think what the Lord wanted to happen would not happen without obedience to the commandments.