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, 4, and any one of the remaining assignments:
1. Doctrine and Covenants 101. The Chastening Hand of the Lord
Read Doctrine and Covenants 101:1–10. Then write down the following sentences, completing the missing parts:
- The Lord permitted afflictions to come upon the Saints in Missouri because . . .
- In spite of the mistakes of the Missouri Saints, the Lord intended to . . .
- Like the prophet Abraham, Church members must be . . .
- If members of the Church cannot endure chastening, they cannot be . . .
- The Saints in Missouri were guilty of . . .
- The Saints in Missouri were slow to hearken to God, so He was . . .
- When life is easy, some Church members do not listen to the Lord, but when life is difficult . . .
Write how these principles can influence your perspective regarding chastening and trials in your own life.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 101:11–21. Write a few sentences to explain how these verses can bring comfort as you prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
Write five questions about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Millennium that can be answered from Doctrine and Covenants 101:22–38. After each question, note the verse where the answer can be found.
Summarize in writing what important knowledge about the Millennium is revealed in Doctrine and Covenants 101:32–34?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 101:43–67 and the institute student manual commentary “D&C 101:44–64: What Does This Parable Refer To”? (page 243). Write a paragraph that explains in your own words how the parable relates to the Saints in Missouri at that time. Include in your paragraph an explanation of the following:
- How the Saints’ failure to build a temple hindered “the work of the gathering” (verse 64).
- How our obedience to the Lord or our failure to obey affects not only us but others as well, including the Lord.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 101:76–95 and the student manual commentaries “D&C 101:76–79: Was the Constitution of the United States Established for All Flesh?” “D&C 101:80: God Himself Established the United States Constitution,” “D&C 101:80: ‘By the Hands of Wise Men Whom I Raised Up unto This Very Purpose,’” and “D&C 101:81–95: Why Was It So Important for the Saints to Appeal for Redress?” (pages 244–45). Then write a paragraph that explains the following in your own words:
- The relationship between the Lord’s words about the Constitution of the United States and His command for the Saints to seek redress for their losses in Missouri.
- How the parable of the importuning widow in Doctrine and Covenants 101:81–84 (see also Luke 18:1–8) related to the Saints’ instruction to seek redress for their losses.
- What responsibility a nation has to its citizens in protecting them, their property, and their right to worship God in the manner He has instructed.
2. Doctrine and Covenants 102. The High Council
Write answers to the following:
- According to Doctrine and Covenants 102:2, what is one of the purposes of a high council?
- Read Doctrine and Covenants 102:9–10 and the student manual commentary “D&C 102:2, 9–10: The Special Purpose of the First High Council” (pages 245–46). Who presided over the high council described in section 102? Who presides over stake high councils today?
- Based on your understanding of Doctrine and Covenants 102:13–23, how do high councils protect the Church and its members?
3. Doctrine and Covenants 103. Redemption of Zion by Power
Read Doctrine and Covenants 103:1–14 and write answers for the following questions:
- How can the Saints prevail against their enemies?
- How do these verses support the truths stated in Doctrine and Covenants 82:3?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 103:15–22, 26–36. Also read the student manual commentaries “D&C 103:15–20: The Lord’s People Will Redeem Zion through His Power” and “D&C 103:21–28, 30–35: The Call of Zion’s Camp” (pages 249–52). Then write answers for the following questions:
- Although the Lord spoke of the redemption of Zion and was assembling men to march to Missouri, what indications do you find in these verses that Zion was not yet going to be redeemed?
- What indications do you find in these verses that the Saints’ experiences in Missouri were to teach them to trust and obey the Lord and His servants?
- In what ways can you apply what the Church was learning in 1834 to our day?
4. Doctrine and Covenants 104. Covenants, Stewardship, and Debt
Read the student manual “Historical Background” for Doctrine and Covenants 104 (page 252). Also read the student manual commentaries “D&C 104:1–10: The United Order Was Established by Covenant” and “D&C 104:9: What Are ‘the Buffetings of Satan’?” (pages 252–53). Then write responses to the following:
- What were the consequences faced by those who broke their covenant with the Lord?
- Write a few sentences that describe what you learn from these verses about the seriousness of the covenants you have made with the Lord.
Study Doctrine and Covenants 104:12–18, 54–57, 67–77, and write responses to the following:
- From Doctrine and Covenants 104:13–17, list four or more principles that the Lord gives regarding this earth and its abundance.
- How can remembering that the Lord is the Creator and possessor of all things help you form proper attitudes toward material goods?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 104:78–82 and the student manual commentary “D&C 104:78, 83: ‘Pay All Your Debts. . . . You Shall Be Delivered This Once Out of Your Bondage’” (pages 255–56). Then write responses to the following:
- Summarize in your own words the counsel of these Church leaders concerning debt.
- What can you do to avoid consumer debt?
5. Doctrine and Covenants 105. Revelation to Zion’s Camp
Read the “Historical Background” for Doctrine and Covenants 105 in the student manual (pages 257–58). Write a paragraph that briefly summarizes how Zion’s Camp came to an end.
Study Doctrine and Covenants 105:1–19, 35–41, and answer the following questions in writing:
- When did the Lord say Zion would be redeemed?
- List at least seven principles or practices that must occur before Zion will be redeemed (see verse 3–6, 10–11, 31).
What is your duty or responsibility in bringing about Zion?