Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 97
|Subjected to(section heading)||Made to endure|
|Severe(section heading)||Very difficult or intense|
|Abideth in me(v. 3)||Continues being obedient to me|
|Multiplicity(vv. 5, 28)||Great number|
|Residue(v. 6)||Rest, remaining number|
|House(vv. 10, 12, 15)||Temple|
|Defiled(vv. 15, 17)||Made unclean|
|Terrible(v. 18)||Dreadful to enemies, formidable|
|Vengeance(vv. 22, 26)||Judgment for evil actions|
|Vex(v. 23)||Disturb, trouble|
|Stayed(v. 23)||Held back|
|Indignation(v. 24)||Displeasure, anger|
Doctrine and Covenants 97:3–6—The School in Zion
Parley P. Pratt presided over a school in Missouri. It was called the School of the Elders and consisted of about sixty students who met out in the open air once a week. Many great and marvelous things were manifest and taught at this school.
Doctrine and Covenants 97:21—“Zion—THE PURE IN HEART”
President Spencer W. Kimball explained: “Zion consists of the pure in heart—those who are sanctified and whose garments are washed white through the blood of the Lamb (Alma 13:11). These are they who take charity as a mantle and serve others out of a pure heart” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. 1978, 114; orEnsign,Nov. 1978, 76).
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–D) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 97.
Develop a Definition
InDoctrine and Covenants 97:2, the Lord said that He shows mercy to the meek. A clue to whatmeeknessmeans is found at the end of verse 1. Using the study helps in the Latter-day Saint editions of the scriptures, look up additional scriptures on meekness. Then write whatmeeknessmeans and list at least two reasons why you would want to be described as a meek person.
Accepted of the Lord
Imagine that a friend said to you: “I know the Church is true and I want to do what is right. How do I know if the way I’m living my life is acceptable to the Lord?” Answer the question by explainingDoctrine and Covenants 97:8–9. Write in your notebook what you would say.
InDoctrine and Covenants 97:10–19, the Lord explained several important principles related to building a temple in Zion (Missouri). Write at least four questions about temples that could be answered by principles taught in these verses. These principles apply to temple building in our day as well.
Reasons for a Temple Recommend
ReadDoctrine and Covenants 97:15–17and answer the following questions:
Why isn’t everyone allowed to enter temples and participate in the ordinances?
Why should we be honest about our worthiness to attend the temple?