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 assignments 1 and 3 or any three of the four assignments:
1. Doctrine and Covenants 124. Instructions from Nauvoo
Read Doctrine and Covenants 124:1–11. Also read the institute student manual “Historical Background” for section 124 (page 304) and the commentary “D&C 124:2–6: ‘Make a Solemn Proclamation . . . to All the Nations’” (pages 304–5). Then write responses for the following:
- From your reading, what were some of the purposes of issuing a formal proclamation to all the nations and rulers of the earth?
- Compile a list of 10 important truths contained in President Ezra Taft Benson’s statement and the original proclamation given by the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (see student manual, pages
- 304–5). Write a paragraph about what you learned from the testimony of these Apostles.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 124:15, 91–96, 124 as well as the student manual commentary “D&C 124:91–96: What Special Rights Were Bestowed upon Hyrum Smith?” (page 309). How did the Lord honor Hyrum Smith for his faithfulness?
Read the student manual commentary “D&C 124:16–17: Why Was John C. Bennett Commended by the Lord When He Later Became Such an Enemy of the Church?” (page 306). Also, refer back to Doctrine and Covenants 114:2. Below is a list of men who were called to serve the Lord but who did not remain faithful. Write a paragraph about the similarities you see in the Lord’s counsel to these men as well as what you learn personally from that counsel:
- John C. Bennett—verses 16–17
- William Law—verses 82–83, 87–91,97–102
- Sidney Rigdon—verses 103–10
- Robert Foster—verses 115–18
Read Doctrine and Covenants 124:25–41 and write answers to the following questions:
- Write ten phrases that show how the Lord feels about temples. Include the verse number where you found each phrase.
- What ordinances did the Lord command should be performed in the temple? (see verses 33, 37–41).
Skim through Doctrine and Covenants 124:125–42 and read verses 143–44. How are the instructions contained in these verses related to general conferences of the Church today and what takes place in Church conferences?
2. Doctrine and Covenants 125–126. Gathering
Read Doctrine and Covenants 125:2; 115:5–6; and 29:8–11. Write a paragraph explaining the promises the Lord offers to Saints as they gather together in righteousness. What are some ways you have been blessed by being in the company of Church members?
Read the student manual “Historical Background” for Doctrine and Covenants 126 (page 313) as well as the commentary “D&C 126:2–3: Brigham Young’s Toil and Sacrifice Was Accounted to Him for Righteousness” (pages 313–14). Write two lessons you can apply to your own life from this example of Brigham Young’s faithful service.
Write a few sentences about how the purposes of the Lord are many and varied and how the facts described in the last two paragraphs of the “Historical Background” (page 313) give you comfort concerning the men who become the Lord’s prophet.
3. Doctrine and Covenants 127:5–10; 128:1–24. Instructions on Baptisms for the Dead
Read Doctrine and Covenants 127:5–10; 128:1–18; and the student manual commentary “D&C 128:14–18: Why Is Baptism for the Dead Such an Important Gospel Principle?” (page 317). Make a written outline of truths about baptisms for the dead that you learned from this material. Then explain briefly in writing what you learned about Heavenly Father and His plan from these teachings regarding baptism for the dead.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 128:19–23. Select two or three “glad tidings” contained in these verses and explain in writing why these tidings make you want to “sing” and “shout for joy.”
Read Doctrine and Covenants 128:24. What is the “offering in righteousness” we will offer unto the Lord?
4. Doctrine and Covenants 127–128. Joseph Smith the Prophet—Great Truths in Time of Great Adversity
Read Doctrine and Covenants 127:1–4, 11–12; 128:19–23. Then write a paragraph that describes the lessons taught in these verses about courage and resilience from the example of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Include in your paragraph how some of these lessons could apply to you.