Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 39
|Meridian(v. 3)||Middle or high point|
|Bestowed(v. 8)||Sent, given|
|Stay my hand in judgment(vv. 16, 18)||Hold back the punishments|
|Pruned(v. 17)||Trimmed and prepared|
|Hosanna(v. 19)||From a Hebrew word meaning “Save now, we pray”|
Doctrine and Covenants 40
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A and activity B or C as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 39–40.
A Tragic Change of Heart
In your notebook, draw two hearts and label one heart “Is” and the other “Was.”
Read the section heading forDoctrine and Covenants 39and verses 7–13. Write in the first heart what the Lord said about James Covill’s heart and what he was called to do because of that.
Read the section heading toDoctrine and Covenants 40and verses 1–3. Write in the second heart how James’s heart had changed and why. Explain also what the Lord said would happen to him because of that change.
Compare what happened to James Covill to the parable the Lord gave inMark 4:3–9, 14–20. Which of the soils described there most closely resembles James Covill’s heart?
Write a Want Ad
Doctrine and Covenants 39:10–24describes some important responsibilities of missionaries. Think about how a “Help Wanted” ad is written in a newspaper. Using the information in those verses, write what a missionary must be and do. Start out your ad: “Wanted: Full-Time Missionaries.”
Write a Story
ReadDoctrine and Covenants 40:1–3, which tells why James Covill did not follow the directions from the Lord. Then write a short fictional story about a modern person with the same weaknesses as James Covill but who is able to overcome them, obey the Lord, and serve a mission.
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