Lesson 13: “I Will Give unto Thee the Keys of the Kingdom”

New Testament Class Member Study Guide, (1997), 8


  • Jesus said to Peter, “Upon this rock I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that the rock Jesus referred to is revelation (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 274). In what way is revelation the foundation of the Lord’s Church?

  • Elder David B. Haight taught that Jesus’ Transfiguration “was meant for our spiritual enlightenment as well as for those who were personal witnesses” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1977, 8; or Ensign, May 1977, 7). What can you learn from the Transfiguration to help you when you need spiritual strength? (See Matthew 17:1–5.)

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Read Matthew 16:13–17. Explain that Peter gained a testimony of Jesus Christ through revelation and that we can gain a testimony of the Savior in the same way. Tell family members about how you have received a testimony of Jesus Christ and what you continue to do to strengthen your testimony. As appropriate, ask family members to bear their testimonies. Encourage them to strengthen their testimonies through daily prayer, scripture study, and obedience to the commandments of God.