Doctrine and Covenants 52: Zion, the New Jerusalem, Is Revealed

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 62–63


Receiving a mission call is exciting for a potential missionary and his or her family and friends. Just after a conference of the Church held June 3–6, 1831, the Lord appointed more than 30 men to travel to Missouri—including the Prophet Joseph Smith. They were to travel separately, preaching along the way. The Lord made them a special promise that when they got to Missouri, He would reveal to them the “land of [their] inheritance” (D&C 52:5), which they understood to mean the place of the city of Zion, or the New Jerusalem of the latter days. Can you imagine the thrill of receiving such a mission call?Like missionaries today, the missionaries called inDoctrine and Covenants 52needed instructions and counsel to help them be successful. The Lord gave them a “pattern” (v. 14) for how to be acceptable preachers of righteousness. The Lord’s counsel not only helps us as we k to be acceptable to Him, but it also helps us avoid being deceived by those who do not truly represent Him.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 52

Consecrate(v. 2)Dedicate 
A remnant of Jacob(v. 2)A small part of the house of Israel 
Heirs(v. 2)People who have a legal right to inherit the land 
Sift him as chaff(v. 12)A phrase having to do with separating grain from the chaff, but in this case it means “to have power over him” 
Contrite(vv. 15–16)Repentant and humble 
Edifieth(v. 16)Builds up 
Several courses(v. 33)Different routes 
Residue(v. 39)Remainder 
Idolatry(v. 39)Valuing something more than God 
Hasten(v. 43)Hurry into being 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 52.

Activity A iconA Pattern

The Lord provided a “pattern” for avoiding deception inDoctrine and Covenants 52:14–19.

  1. 1.

    Review those verses and list the qualities of those who are “accepted of [Him]” or are considered to be “of God.”

  2. 2.

    List the blessings that will come to a person who obtains these qualities.

Activity B iconAdvice for Missionaries

The revelation inDoctrine and Covenants 52was directed especially to those men whom the Lord called on missions. Write about three things you think modern missionaries could learn from what the Lord said to them.