Doctrine and Covenants 106: "As a Thief in the Night"

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 122–123


Final Judgement
While recruiting men and money for Zion’s Camp in early 1834, the Prophet Joseph Smith visited various branches of the Church. During that time he stayed in Freedom, New York, with Oliver Cowdery’s eldest brother, Warren, who had joined the Church in 1831. Later, in the midst of what the Prophet described as an extremely busy month (History of the Church,2:170), he received the revelation inDoctrine and Covenants 106, directed to Warren Cowdery.As you readDoctrine and Covenants 106, think about callings you have received and how the words the Lord spoke to Warren about his calling might also apply to you in your callings.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 106

Adjoining(v. 2)Neighboring, next to 
Gird up your loins(v. 5)Prepare yourself 
Scepter(v. 6)Staff or rod symbolic of ruling authority 
Vanity(v. 7)Desire for things that have no eternal value 

Studying the Scriptures

Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 106.

Activity A iconA Call to Serve

  1. 1.

    InDoctrine and Covenants 106, what did the Lord call Warren Cowdery to do?

  2. 2.

    From what the Lord said, why was the calling important?

  3. 3.

    List what was said in the revelation that Brother Cowdery might have found comforting and encouraging. Choose two items from your list and explain how you think they might have helped him.

Activity B iconApply It to Yourself

Describe two waysDoctrine and Covenants 106can apply to you and the callings you receive in the Church.

Activity C iconNotice the Difference

InDoctrine and Covenants 106:4–5, the Lord spoke of two different groups of people and His Second Coming. Who are those two groups? What is the difference between them, regarding the Second Coming?