Lesson 22: “Inherit the Kingdom Prepared for You”

New Testament Class Member Study Guide, (1997), 13


  • The parable of the ten virgins (Matthew 25:1–13) is a representation of the Second Coming. The bridegroom represents the Savior, the ten virgins represent members of the Church, and the oil in the lamps represents preparation for the Second Coming. What are some ways we can add “oil” to our “lamps”?

  • In Matthew 25:14–30, the talents represent gifts from God. Every person has been given at least one gift from God (D&C 46:11–12), but some gifts are easier to recognize than others. What are some gifts that might be difficult to recognize but that can be used to serve others and glorify God?

  • What do you think the Savior meant when he said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me”? (Matthew 25:40; see also Mosiah 2:17).

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Read the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14–30), and explain that the talents represent gifts from God. Ask each family member to talk about one or two talents or gifts that he or she has been blessed with. Then have each family member talk about talents or gifts that each of the other family members have been blessed with. Discuss ways family members can use these gifts to help build up the kingdom of God on the earth.

Scripture Chain: Preparing for the Second Coming