Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 32
|Supplication(section heading)||Humble prayer|
|Advocate(v. 3)||Defender, one who pleads their cause|
|Trifle not(v. 5)||Do not treat them lightly|
Doctrine and Covenants 32:1—Who Was Parley P. Pratt?
Parley P. Pratt became a member of the Church in 1830 in New York, just one month before this revelation was received. He filled many Church-service assignments (D&C 32heading, 1–2; 49:1–3; 50:37; 52:26; 97:3–5; 103 heading, 30, 37; 124:127–29) and was one of the first members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, which was organized in 1835. He wrote many sermons and hymns that were published by the Church and was one of the first pioneers to arrive in the Salt Lake Valley. He was killed by an assassin in 1857 while serving a mission in Arkansas.
Doctrine and Covenants 32:2–3—What Happened on the Mission to the Lamanites?
This small group of missionaries traveled nearly 1,500 miles (about 2,400 kilometers) during the winter of 1830–31, much of the way on foot. They introduced the gospel to Native American Indian tribes in New York, Ohio, and beyond Missouri into Indian Territory. Missouri was then on the western boundary of the United States; west of Missouri was Indian Territory. Their greatest success, however, came in the area around Kirtland, Ohio. There they found a group of people who were looking for thereturn of New Testament Christianity. In just three weeks the missionaries baptized 127 people, nearly doubling the membership of the Church (Church History in the Fulness of Times,pp. 79–88).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 32.
How to “Learn of Me”
“I Myself Will Go with Them and Be in Their Midst”
Write about a time when the Lord did for you, or for someone you know, what He promised to do inDoctrine and Covenants 32:3for the missionaries.
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