Understanding the Scriptures
Doctrine and Covenants 101
|Jarrings(v. 6)||Disputes, disagreements|
|Esteemed lightly(v. 8)||Considered to be of little value|
|Indignation(vv. 10–11)||Justified or righteous anger|
|Tabernacle(v. 23)||Dwelling place of the Lord|
|Corruptible(v. 24)||Imperfect, mortal|
|Fervent(v. 25)||Intense, powerful|
|Enmity(v. 26)||Hostility, hatred|
|Trodden(v. 40)||Stepped on, trampled|
|Redemption(vv. 43, 76)||Restoration, rescue|
|Hedge(vv. 46, 51, 53–54)||Fence, protective barrier|
|Exchangers(v. 49)||Bankers, people who make investments|
|At variance(v. 50)||Having differing opinions, disagreements|
|Residue(vv. 55, 58, 71)||Remaining number|
|Straightway(vv. 56, 60)||Directly, without delay|
|Avenge me of(vv. 58, 83)||Bring a just punishment upon|
|Secured in the garners(v. 65)||Made safe in the storage places|
|Tares(vv. 65–66)||Weeds in a grain field|
|Importune for redress(v. 76)||Ask or plead to make things right|
|Constitution(v. 77)||Set of basic rules or regulations, the Constitution of the United States|
|Futurity(v. 78)||The future|
|Vex(v. 89)||Trouble, punish|
|Stewards(v. 90)||People in charge of and having responsibilities for something|
|Befall(v. 98)||Happen to|
|Hold claim(v. 99)||Keep their ownership|
Doctrine and Covenants 101Heading—Where Were the Saints in December 1833?
Doctrine and Covenants 101:21–22—Stakes of Zion
The Lord’s kingdom on earth has sometimes been compared to a tent supported by its stakes (for examples, Isaiah 54:2;Moroni 10:31). The Church, like a tent, provides safety and refuge and is held firmly in place by its stakes (D&C 45:66–67;82:14)—groups of Saints gathered to teach and support one another. It spreads out and covers the earth.
InDoctrine and Covenants 101, the Lord indicated that all of the members of the Church would not be gathered to Jackson County, Missouri, because there would not be enough room. Instead, members were to gather into stakes of Zion. These stakes are also “holy places” where Church members receive the same blessings as those living in the center place of Zion ( alsoD&C 115:5–6).
Doctrine and Covenants 101:30—“The Age of a Tree”
President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that during the Millennium “there will be no death until men are old. Children will not die but will live to the age of a tree. Isaiah says this is 100 years [Isaiah 65:20–22]” (Doctrines of Salvation,1:86–87).
Doctrine and Covenants 101:39–40—Salt Losing Its Savor
Elder Carlos E. Asay, who was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, told priesthood holders:
“A world-renowned chemist told me that salt will not lose its savor with age. Savor is lost through mixture and contamination. Similarly, priesthood power does not dissipate with age; it, too, is lost through mixture and contamination.
“When a young man or older man mixes his thoughts with pornographic literature, he suffers a loss of savor.
“When a priesthood bearer mixes his speech with lies or profanity, he suffers a loss of savor.
“When one of us follows the crowd and becomes involved in immoral acts and the use of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, and other injurious substances, he loses savor” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1980, 60; orEnsign,May 1980, 42).
Doctrine and Covenants 101:81–90—The Parable of the Woman and the Unjust Judge
After receivingDoctrine and Covenants 101, Church leaders pleaded for help from local judges. Unfortunately, many of them were mobbers who had driven the Saints from their homes in the first place. They next went before Governor Dunklin of Missouri and asked him to make things right. He suggested they document the wrongs they believed had occurred. They did this and returned to the governor. He then did little to help them. Five years later the Saints were driven out of the state of Missouri and appealed to the President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. The Prophet Joseph Smith himself pleaded their case to him. The Prophet recorded: “During my stay I had an interview with Martin Van Buren, the President, who treated me very insolently, and it was with great reluctance he listened to our message, which, when he had heard, he said:‘Gentleman, your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you;’and‘If I take up for you I shall lose the vote of Missouri’” (History of the Church,4:80).
Studying the Scriptures
Do four of the following activities (A–G) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 101.
Finish the Sentences
Using what you learn inDoctrine and Covenants 101:1–9, finish the following sentences:
The Lord allowed the persecution of the Saints in Missouri because …
In spite of the mistakes of the Missouri Saints, the Lord intends to …
Like the prophet Abraham, Church members must be …
If members of the Church cannot endure chastening, they cannot be …
The Saints in Missouri were guilty of …
The Saints in Missouri were slow to hearken to God, so He was …
When life is easy, some Church members do not listen to the Lord, but when life is difficult …
In spite of the failings of the Missouri Saints, the Lord will …
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ
InDoctrine and Covenants 101, the Lord confirmed that Zion would still be established, good would eventually triumph over evil, and He would return to the earth and usher in a millennium of righteousness. Write five questions about the Second Coming of Christ and the Millennium that can be answered fromDoctrine and Covenants 101:23–35. After each question, note the answer and the verse where it is found.
Explain the Symbol
The Lord compared His people to salt inDoctrine and Covenants 101:39–40. Think about the different ways salt is used and write about two ways Church members should be like salt ( also the “Understanding the Scriptures” section forD&C 101:39–40).
Write a Modern Parable
After studying the parable of the nobleman and the olive trees inDoctrine and Covenants 101:43–62, write a modern parable with the same message. Include updated versions of the following elements in your version:
1. Servants were told to plant 12 trees
2. Watchmen were told to watch for danger
3. They planted the olive trees
4. They wondered why they needed a guard in a time of peace
5. They became slothful and disobedient
6. An enemy destroyed the vineyard
7. The nobleman was angry with his servants
8. The vineyard was restored
9. The stronghold of the enemy was torn down
Apply the parable of the nobleman and the olive trees by answering the following questions:
How might Church members your age be like the servants in the parable?
Who could the watchmen represent?
What could the tower represent?
The Church members had not been obedient so that the Lord could bless them against their enemies, so they had to suffer the persecutions. What were they to do?Doctrine and Covenants 101:63–101provides counsel for the Saints who were driven out of Zion and their homes. Summarize the Lord’s counsel as a list that could have been passed around as a reminder to the members.
The Constitution of the United States
Write three statements about the United States Constitution based on what the Lord said inDoctrine and Covenants 101:77–80.
Answer the Original Questions
In this study guide’s introduction toDoctrine and Covenants 101is a quotation from the Prophet Joseph Smith that helps us understand what he wanted to know from the Lord before this revelation was given. Summarize the Lord’s answers to the two things the Prophet felt ignorant about.
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