Lesson 1

Doctrine and Covenants 1–3, 10

The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.

Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.

Complete three of the four following assignments:

1.  Doctrine and Covenants 1. The Lord’s Preface—“the Voice of Warning”

Read Doctrine and Covenants 1:1–10, the section heading, and the Doctrine and Covenants institute student manual commentary “D&C 1:6–7: The Lord Calls This Section His Preface” (page 3). Write a paragraph that identifies and explains themes you see in this portion of the Lord’s “preface.” Explain in writing how knowing some of the purposes the Lord has for this book of scripture will help you more effectively study the Doctrine and Covenants.

Read Doctrine and Covenants 1:11–23 and write answers to the following questions:

  • What problems do these verses identify that will keep many from hearing the voice of the Lord or His servants?
  • What ancient promises were fulfilled through the calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith?

Read Doctrine and Covenants 1:24 and note the phrase “come to understanding.” Keeping that phrase in mind, make two lists. Read verses 25–28 as if the Lord were speaking directly to you, changing the word them to you. Then make a list of at least four ways a study of the Doctrine and Covenants will help you “come to understanding” about yourself. Next read verses 34–36 and list at least three ways the world can “come to understanding” about the ways of the Lord.

Read Doctrine and Covenants 1:37–39, and write at least two reasons why the Lord directs us to search the commandments found in the Doctrine and Covenants.

2.  Doctrine and Covenants 2. “The Promises Made to the Fathers”

Read Doctrine and Covenants 2. Then compare the prophecy with Malachi 4:5–6; 3 Nephi 25:5–6; and Joseph Smith—History 1:38–39. Write a short paragraph that explains the following concepts:

  • The doctrine that these verses teach.
  • The significance of this prophecy being contained in all four standard works.

Read the student manual commentaries “D&C 2:1: What Priesthood Authority Was Elijah to Reveal or Restore to the Prophet Joseph Smith?” and “D&C 2:2: What Are the Promises ‘Made to the Fathers’?” (pages 7–8). Write your answers to the following questions:

  • What keys were restored through Elijah the prophet to Joseph Smith?
  • Why are these keys important in bringing to pass the purposes of God?
  • What are the promises “made to the fathers”?
  • In what ways can you help extend these blessings to Father in Heaven’s children?

3.  Doctrine and Covenants 3. The Works “of God Cannot Be Frustrated”

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 3:1–15, including the section heading. Then write a two-paragraph essay. In the first paragraph, identify truths the Prophet Joseph Smith learned from his experience with Martin Harris and the 116 lost pages of the Book of Mormon manuscript. In the second paragraph, write what you can learn by applying these principles in your own life.
  • Write a paragraph explaining how the principles taught in verses 9–10 can give you hope after you have made mistakes and experienced discouragement. What additional insights do you gain from the counsel in 1 Corinthians 10:13; Alma 13:28; and Doctrine and Covenants 82:10?
  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 3:16–20 and write a paragraph explaining how the Book of Mormon fulfills the promises of the Lord to the Lamanites.

4.  Doctrine and Covenants 10. God’s Wisdom “Is Greater Than the Cunning of the Devil”

  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 10:1–5 and identify the counsel the Lord gave the Prophet Joseph Smith when he received the gift to translate again. Write a short paragraph explaining how consistent, diligent effort and continual prayer help us accomplish callings or other spiritual responsibilities.
  • Make two lists. Label the first list “Satan’s Cunning Plan” and the second list “The Lord’s Wisdom.” From your reading of Doctrine and Covenants 10:6–29, describe in the first list what the Lord said evil men planned to do with the 116 pages stolen from Martin Harris. From your reading of verses 30–45, describe in the second list what the Lord did to prevent Satan from succeeding.
  • Read 1 Nephi 9:3–6 and Words of Mormon 1:1–7. Explain in writing how long the Lord had been preparing to solve the problem that the loss of the 116 pages created. In what ways does understanding the foreknowledge of God increase your faith in Him? How can this faith guide your actions throughout your life?
  • Read Doctrine and Covenants 121:33 and write a statement about why this verse might be a good summary to Doctrine and Covenants sections 3 and 10.