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 assignment 1 and two of the remaining assignments:
1. Doctrine and Covenants 84. The Priesthood
Although Doctrine and Covenants 84 discusses a variety of topics, the underlying theme of the section is the priesthood (see the institute student manual “Historical Background” for section 84 on page 180). Read the student manual commentary “D&C 84:6–31: A Parenthetical Insertion” (pages 181–82). Explain in writing how verses 6 and 31 are connected.
Study Doctrine and Covenants 84:17–27 and the student manual commentary “D&C 84:19–22: ‘This Greater Priesthood . . . Holdeth the Key of the Knowledge of God’” (page 182). Write a paragraph that explains the following:
- How does Doctrine and Covenants 84:17 help clarify the confusion stemming from Hebrews 7:3 stating that Melchizedek had no father or mother?
- The difference between the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood and the keys of the Aaronic Priesthood.
- How priesthood ordinances have helped you better develop the powers of godliness in your life.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 84:33–42, as well as the student manual commentaries “D&C 84:33–41: The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood,” “D&C 84:33: How Does One Magnify a Calling?” and “D&C 84:34: What Does It Mean to ‘Become the Sons of Moses and of Aaron’?” (pages 183–84). Then respond to the following questions in writing:
- What promises do priesthood holders make as part of the oath and covenant of the priesthood?
- What promises does the Lord make in return to faithful priesthood holders?
- How have the promises the Lord makes to faithful priesthood holders influenced your life, either through your own priesthood service or through the priesthood service of others, including family members, friends, or priesthood leaders?
- What is the relationship between light, truth, and the Spirit?
- What has “brought the whole church under condemnation”? (see verses 54–57).
- According to verse 56, who in the Church is under condemnation? After reading verses 57–58, write a few sentences about ways in your daily life you can help lift this divine disapproval.
As you read Doctrine and Covenants 84:62–88, make two lists: (1) instructions to missionaries and (2) promises for following those instructions. After making these lists, choose an idea, phrase, or verse that is applicable to you at this time in your life. Describe in several sentences how “these things are given unto you for your profit and for salvation” (verse 73).
Write a paragraph or two describing how you have seen the Lord’s instructions in Doctrine and Covenants 84:106–11 strengthen your ward or branch.
2. Doctrine and Covenants 85. Those Who Put Forth Their Hand to “Steady the Ark”
Read the section introduction for Doctrine and Covenants 85. Then read Doctrine and Covenants 85:1–2 and the student manual commentary “D&C 85:1: Importance of Record Keeping in Missouri” (page 186). Explain in a few sentences how the teachings of President Joseph Fielding Smith in the student manual help you understand the importance of obeying the Lord’s commandment to keep records.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 85:2–12, as well as the student manual commentaries “D&C 85:7–8: Who Is the ‘One Mighty and Strong’?” and “D&C 85:8: What Does It Mean to ‘Steady the Ark of God’?” (pages 186–88). Write a paragraph that answers the following questions:
- How did the story of Uzzah from 2 Samuel 6:1–7 apply to Bishop Partridge?
- What can you do to avoid “steadying the ark” today? (see D&C 84:109)
3. Doctrine and Covenants 86. Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Draw a chart like the following one on a piece of paper.
Read the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13:24–30, 36–43 and the meaning of the parable in Doctrine and Covenants 86. As you read, fill in the chart with the various elements and what they represent.
After completing your chart, read the student manual commentary “D&C 86:1–7: The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares” (pages 189–90) and compare your answers.
Explain in a few sentences the significance of this parable to the Church in our day. Also explain how continuing in the Savior’s goodness (see verse 11) helps you be the wheat in the parable.
4. Doctrine and Covenants 87. Stand in Holy Places
Study Doctrine and Covenants 87:1–8. Write a few sentences that explain how you think the prophecies in this section have been and are still being fulfilled.
In Doctrine and Covenants 87:8 the Lord teaches us how to prepare ourselves for future wars and impending judgments. Read the student manual commentary “D&C 87:8: What Did the Lord Mean When He Said That We Should Stand in Holy Places?” (page 196). Then write a paragraph that explains what is meant by the term “holy places” and the significance of the phrase “and be not moved.”