Doctrine and Covenants 86: The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 98


Parable - Wheat and the Tares
Why does the Lord allow good and evil to exist together? What would happen if He removed all evil from the world? InDoctrine and Covenants 86, the Lord gave the meaning of His parable of the wheat and the tares (Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43) and provided insights into answers to those questions.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 86

Parable(v. 1)A short story that teaches a lesson or moral 
Sowers, soweth(vv. 2–3)Planters, plants 
Tares(vv. 3, 6–7)Weeds 
Reap down(v. 5)Cut down and harvest 
Heirs(v. 9)Receivers of a gift or blessing by right, inheritors 

Doctrine and Covenants 86:5—Angels Ready to Reap

Speaking to a group of temple workers in 1894, President Wilford Woodruff said: “God has held the angels of destruction for many years, lest they should reap down the wheat with the tares. But I want to tell you now, that those angels have left the portals of heaven, and they stand over this people and this nation now, and are hovering over the earth waiting to pour out the judgments. And from this very day they shall be poured out. Calamities and troubles are increasing in the earth, and there is a meaning to these things. Remember this, and reflect upon these matters. If you do your duty, and I do my duty, we’ll have protection, and shall pass through the afflictions in peace and in safety” (quoted in Susa Young Gates, “The Temple Workers’ Excursion,”The Young Woman’s Journal,Aug. 1894, 512–13).

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 86.

Activity A iconInterpret the Parable

  1. 1.

    ReadMatthew 13:24–30, 36–43. What additional insights on the parable of the wheat and the tares do we receive fromDoctrine and Covenants 86?

  2. 2.

    Do you think this parable is more or less applicable in our day than it was in New Testament times? Why?

Activity B iconApply the Message

  1. 1.

    Write about an experience you had, or one any young person might have, to which the meaning of the parable of the wheat and the tares could be applied.

  2. 2.

    How does the message ofDoctrine and Covenants 86:8–11relate to the parable of the wheat and the tares?