The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.
Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.
Complete assignment 1 and one of the remaining assignments:
1. Doctrine and Covenants 29. “For I Will Reveal Myself from Heaven with Power and Great Glory”
Read each scripture block listed, and then answer the following questions in writing:
- Doctrine and Covenants 29:1–8. According to verses 2 and 7, what attributes will those who are gathered possess?
- Doctrine and Covenants 29:9–13. What events will happen at the Second Coming?
- Doctrine and Covenants 29:14–21. What events will happen before the Second Coming?
- Doctrine and Covenants 29:22–30. What will happen at the end of the thousand-year Millennium?
After answering these questions, write a paragraph that explains: (1) Why revelations about the Second Coming are important to understand and (2) How understanding doctrines about the Second Coming helps you live more righteously.
Doctrine and Covenants 29:31–50 contains doctrinal explanations of topics including the Creation, agency, Satan, the Fall and its consequences, redemption from the Fall, and accountability. Read the following six scripture passages, and write a sentence or two explaining what they teach about these topics:
2. Doctrine and Covenants 30–33. Instructions for Those Who Proclaim His Gospel
Read the institute student manual “Historical Background” for sections 32 and 33 (pages 66–67). Also read the section headings for Doctrine and Covenants 30–33. On a piece of paper, create two columns. In the left column, make a list of the men who were called to missionary service in September–October 1830. Review sections 30–33 and list in the right column instructions the Lord gave to these early missionaries.
From your list, pick three instructions that you feel are most important. Explain in writing how following the same instructions will help you in your life.
3. Doctrine and Covenants 34. “The Time Is Soon at Hand”
Read the student manual “Historical Background” for section 34 (page 69), and read Doctrine and Covenants 34. Read and compare verses 1–3 with John 3:16. Write a paragraph that describes what these verses teach about the Father, the Son, and eternal life.
After reading Doctrine and Covenants 34:7–12; Mark 13:32–37; and the student manual commentary “D&C 34:7–12: ‘I Come Quickly’” (page 70), write a paragraph that explains the following in your own words:
- The meaning of the Lord’s declaration that “the time is soon at hand” (verse 7) for Him to “come quickly” (verse 12).
- What these passages teach you should be doing now as you prepare for the Lord to come.
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