Doctrine and Covenants 94: Instructions for the Church Building Committee

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Student Study Guide, (2005), 107–108


The Church currently builds many buildings throughout the world, such as ward and stake meetinghouses, temples, and seminary and institute buildings. When the revelation given inDoctrine and Covenants 94was given, however, the Saints had not built any buildings. The Lord had commanded the construction of a building—the Kirtland Temple, but the members had not yet begun building it. In this revelation, the Lord commanded the Church to build two more buildings. As you study this revelation, think about what the Lord’s command to build those two buildings and the temple teaches about what is necessary as a foundation to God’s work.

Understanding the Scriptures

Doctrine and Covenants 94

Commence(v. 1)Begin 
Court(vv. 4–5, 11)Assembly hall 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you studyDoctrine and Covenants 94.

Activity A iconBuilding and Priorities

List the first three buildings the Lord commanded the Church to build in this dispensation (D&C 94:1, 3, 10) and explain the purpose of each.

Activity B iconApply the Principle

All Church buildings are dedicated with a prayer given by a priesthood leader assigned by those in authority. ReadDoctrine and Covenants 94:8–9, 12to learn what the Lord expected of dedicated buildings. Explain how this applies to our Church buildings today.

Map of buildings

Early Kirtland landmarks