Doctrine and Covenants 92: Be a Lively Member

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 105–106


Some revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants may m very personal or practical for a specific time in Church history. We may think that those revelations do not apply to us today, but there are usually principles taught in them that could be applied in different ways at many different times. As you readDoctrine and Covenants 92—a very short and specific revelation—think about modern applications.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 92

Lively(v. 2)Active, committed 

Doctrine and Covenants 92:1—United Order

InDoctrine and Covenants 92, the term “united order” refers to a group of men the Lord called to work together to solve the debt problems of the Church (D&C 82:11–19). These men covenanted to live the law of consecration and do all they could to raise the money necessary to free the Church from debt. The group was also called the “united firm” in some of the minutes of their meetings. Although they were not entirely successful, the instructions the Lord gave this group—found in several sections of the Doctrine and Covenants—help us better understand the law of consecration and the blessings it holds for those who are obedient. InDoctrine and Covenants 92, the Lord commanded that Frederick G. Williams, who had been recently called as a counselor to the Prophet Joseph Smith (D&C 90:6), be received as a member of this order.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 92.

Activity A iconGive an Example

The following are some opportunities to serve in the Church. For each one, give an example of what a person who held the calling might do in order to be a “lively member,” as the Lord counseled inDoctrine and Covenants 92:2.

  1. 1.

    A Primary teacher for seven-year-old children

  2. 2.

    A junior companion to a home teacher

  3. 3.

    The president of the Beehive class

  4. 4.

    A member of the ward youth service committee

  5. 5.

    The neighbor to an elderly couple