Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 138
|Reflecting(v. 2)||Thinking, pondering|
|Made manifest(v. 3)||Shown|
|Primitive(v. 5)||Ancient, original, earliest|
|Quickened(v. 7)||Made alive|
|Similitude(v. 13)||Likeness or comparison|
|Sleeping dust(v. 17)||Physically dead body|
|Defiled themselves(v. 20)||Chose sinful lives|
|Radiance(v. 24)||Glory, light|
|Vicarious baptism(v. 33)||Baptisms done by the living in behalf of the dead|
|Foreshadowing(v. 48)||Suggesting beforehand|
|Bear record(v. 60)||Testify|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 138.
Write a Letter
Imagine it is October 1918 and you are writing to a friend, explaining the events surrounding President Joseph F. Smith’s vision. Include a paragraph about what President Smith was doing before and during the vision, a brief summary of the vision, and whatDoctrine and Covenants 138:1–6, 11, 28–29teaches about preparing for and receiving revelation from God.
What Did President Smith Learn?
From what you learn inDoctrine and Covenants 138, answer the following questions:
What further insight doesDoctrine and Covenants 138:11–22give about those the Savior visited and those He did not?
What question did President Smith have about Jesus’s visit to the spirit world? What answer did he receive? (vv. 25–37)
What did President Smith learn about the importance of temples? (vv. 50–60).
A Vast Congregation of the Righteous
FromDoctrine and Covenants 138:38–52, list the names of people who had died that President Smith saw in the spirit world. Explain what happened to them.
From verses 53–56, list the names of people from Church history that President Smith saw in the spirit world and write what President Smith “observed” about them.
List the names of five additional people you think might have been in the “vast congregation” (vv. 39, 49).
List words and phrases that describe the people mentioned in verses 38–56, and list ways you could be more like them.
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