Understanding the Scriptures
|Chasten, chastened(vv. 1–2, 10)||Discipline, punish|
|Grievous(vv. 3, 6, 10)||Serious|
|Endow(v. 8)||Provide with a spiritual gift, bless|
Doctrine and Covenants 95:4—“My Strange Act”
The phrase “my strange act” comes fromIsaiah 28:21, where the Lord said He would correct a people who did not believe they had any need to repent. In our day, the message of the Restoration of the gospel is preached to many who believe they already have the truth. People in this situation might consider our efforts strange. Furthermore, the Restoration of the gospel and the establishment of the true Church upon the earth is a strange occurrence to people who consider belief in revelation, heavenly visitations, and other spiritual matters to be foolishness.
Doctrine and Covenants 95:14—The Lord Showed Three People the Plan
The members of the First Presidency were the three to whom the Lord showed the plan for building the Kirtland Temple. Temple architect Truman O. Angell reported:
“Frederick G. Williams, one of President Smith’s counselors, came into the temple, when the following dialogue took place in my presence.
“Carpenter Rolph said: ‘Doctor, what do you think of the house?’
“[Frederick G. Williams] answered: ‘It looks to me like the pattern precisely.’ Then he related the following: ‘Joseph received the word of the Lord for him to take his two counselors, Williams andRigdon, and come before the Lord, and He would show them the plan or model of the house to be built. We went upon our knees, called on the Lord, and the building appeared within viewing distance: I being the first to discover it. Then all of us viewed it together. After we had taken a good look at the exterior, the building med to come right over us; and the make-up of this hall med to coincide with what I there saw to a minutia [the smallest detail]” (in Marvin E. Smith, “The Builder,”Improvement Era,Oct. 1942, 630).
Doctrine and Covenants 95:16–17—Purposes of the Kirtland Temple
A major purpose for the Kirtland Temple was to be a place where the Lord could restore keys of the priesthood necessary to do the work done in temples today (D&C 110). It also served as a meetinghouse and a school.
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 95.
Why Does the Lord Chasten Us?
We often do not like being chastened or disciplined. Sometimes we humbly accept correction, but we are often tempted to become offended or even angry. According toDoctrine and Covenants 95:1–2, why does the Lord chasten us?
What Is Offensive to the Lord?
Find the phrase “very grievous sin” inDoctrine and Covenants 95:3, 6, 10. List the three sins the Church members committed that displeased the Lord.
According to verses 4–8 and 11–12, what were the consequences of those sins?
In verses 13–14, what did the Lord say about how the Saints could repent of their neglect of building the temple.
Draw a Picture or Diagram
Label the Drawing
In your notebook, make a simple drawing of the Kirtland Temple like the one shown below. Using what you read inDoctrine and Covenants 95:13–17, label the parts of the temple and note the purpose of each level or room.