Doctrine and Covenants 93: Light and Truth

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 106–107

The Prophet Joseph Smith gave no background for the revelation inDoctrine and Covenants 93; for that day, before he recorded the revelation, he simply wrote: “I received the following” (History of the Church,1:343). Verse 19, however, gives us an idea about its purpose. From this revelation we can learn more about how to worship and who we worship.You may ask, “What does ‘worship’ mean?” It means to honor and respect, to participate in formal religious activities, and to act in ways that help us become more godly. We know that we k to worship Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, but, as Elder James E. Talmage, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, wrote: “The worship of which one is capable depends upon his comprehension of the worthiness characterizing the object of his reverence. Man’s capacity for worship is a measure of his comprehension of God” (The Articles of Faith,12th ed. [1961], 395–96). Thus, as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 93, look for what it teaches about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and what you can do to become more like Them. Think deeply about this section, for it contains truths simple enough for children to understand and powerful enough to challenge the most learned and spiritual.
Light and Truth

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 93

Forsaketh(v. 1)Repents of, gives up and never does again 
Tabernacle(vv. 4, 35)Dwelling place 
Grace(vv. 11–13, 20)Strength and power from God that allows us to obtain eternal life and exaltation 
Begotten through me(v. 22)Become sons and daughters of Christ by being baptized and born again of the Spirit 
Sphere(v. 30)Limited amount of space 
Element(v. 33)Basic unit of physical matter 
Rebuked(v. 47)Corrected, chastised 
Consent(v. 51)Agreement 
Confounded(v. 52)Humiliated 

Doctrine and Covenants 93:6–18—The Record of John

The record of John referred to inDoctrine and Covenants 93is a record kept by John the Baptist. The full record of John the Baptist is yet to be revealed, but it will come forth in the future. This record is not to be confused with the writings of John the Revelator, the Apostle, found in the New Testament. ( Neal A. Maxwell,“Not My Will, But Thine”[1988], p. 44.)

Doctrine and Covenants 93:11–17—“Received Not of the Fulness at the First”

President Lorenzo Snow taught: “When Jesus lay in the manger, a helpless infant, He knew not that He was the Son of God, and that formerly He had created the earth. … He grew up to manhood, and during His progress it was revealed unto Him who He was, and for what purpose He was in the world. The glory and power He possessed before He came into the world was made known unto Him” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1901, 3).

Doctrine and Covenants 93:12–13, 19–20—“Grace for Grace” and “Grace to Grace”

Grace refers to receiving strength and power from God.Doctrine and Covenants 93:12teaches that Jesus Christ received “grace for grace.” As He grew, He received help and spiritual gifts from His Father. Verse 13 teaches that Jesus “continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness.” He progressed in the help, strength, and power He received from His Father—from one level to another—until He received that fulness. As we remain faithful and obedient to the commandments, we too “shall receive grace for grace” (v. 20) and “in due time receive of his fulness” (v. 19).

Doctrine and Covenants 93:21–23, 25, 29, 38—“In the Beginning”

Eternity has no beginning and no end, and we are eternal beings. The phrase “in the beginning,” or “from the beginning,” inDoctrine and Covenants 93refers to a time when things pertaining to this mortal experience were at their beginning. In that beginning our Heavenly Father presented His great plan of happiness, which enables us to become like Him.

Doctrine and Covenants 93:40–50—“Bring Up Your Children in Light and Truth”

InDoctrine and Covenants 93:36–39, the Lord taught what light and truth are and how they can be lost, or taken away. And, in verse 40, He commanded parents to “bring up your children in light and truth.” Elder Marion G. Romney, who was a member ofthe Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later a counselor in the First Presidency, warned that “the failure of parents to teach their children affects not only them and their children but whole civilizations.

“Such failure contributed to the wickedness that brought on the flood; it contributed to the fall of ancient Israel, and to the destruction of the Book of Mormon peoples” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1969, 108–9).

Speaking to the priesthood holders of the Church, President Harold B. Lee said: “Our youth are in danger. Keep your home ties strong, brethren. to it, as we have all tried to say, and as I have repeated it many times … that ‘the greatest of the Lord’s work you brethren will ever do as fathers will be within the walls of your own home.’ Don’t neglect your wives, you brethren. Don’t neglect your children. Take time for family home evening. Draw your children around about you. Teach them, guide them, and guard them. There was never a time when we needed so much the strength and the solidarity of the home. If we will do that, this church will grow by leaps and bounds in strength and influence throughout the world” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1973, 130; orEnsign,July 1973, 98).

President Gordon B. Hinckley counseled: “Parents, safeguard your families. Bring up your children in light and truth as the Lord has commanded. Shower them with love, but do not spoil them. Share your testimony with them. Read the scriptures together. Guide and protect them. You have no greater blessing and no greater responsibility than those whom the Lord has placed in your care. Pray together. There is no substitute for family prayer when all kneel together before the Lord” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1999, 117; orEnsign,May 1999, 89).

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 93.

Activity A iconWhat Did You Learn?

InDoctrine and Covenants 93:19, the Lord said He gave us “these sayings [vv. 1–18] that you may understand and knowhowto worship, and knowwhatyou worship” (italics added) so that we may eventually receive the fulness of the Father—which is exaltation (D&C 132:6, 19–20). You may want to review again the brief discussion of worship in the introduction toDoctrine and Covenants 93in this study guide.

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    Make two columns in your notebook and label them “How to Worship” and “Who We Worship.” Under the appropriate column, list what you learn fromDoctrine and Covenants 93:1–18. Explain what each truth teaches you about how to worship or what you worship.

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    What are you going to do differently because of what you learned?

Activity B iconHow Important Is It?

Sometimes the simplest truths are the most important and powerful. StudyDoctrine and Covenants 93:20, 26–28, 36–39and write what it teaches about the importance of keeping the commandments.

Activity C icon“I Have Commanded You”

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    Summarize the counsel the Lord gave inDoctrine and Covenants 93:40–50to the three members of the First Presidency and the bishop in Kirtland, Ohio.

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    Why was it important for the Lord to give those Church leaders counsel about their families?

  3. 3.

    List three things you plan to do when you are a parent to raise your family in harmony with the counsel the Lord gave in these verses ( also the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forDoctrine and Covenants 93:40–50).