“March 22–28. Doctrine and Covenants 29: ‘Jesus Christ Will Gather His People,’” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: Doctrine and Covenants 2021 (2020)
“March 22–28. Doctrine and Covenants 29,” Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families: 2021
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Even though the Church of Jesus Christ had been organized in 1830, many gospel truths were still to be revealed, and several early Church members had questions. They had read prophecies in the Book of Mormon about the gathering of Israel and the building up of Zion (see 3 Nephi 21). How would that happen? The revelations Hiram Page claimed to receive addressed that subject, which only increased members’ curiosity (see Doctrine and Covenants 28). Other people wondered about the Fall of Adam and Eve and spiritual death. The Lord welcomed these questions in 1830: “Whatsoever ye shall ask in faith,” He told the Saints, “being united in prayer according to my command, ye shall receive” (Doctrine and Covenants 29:6). And He welcomes our questions today; He’s just waiting for us to ask Him in prayer. In fact, as the doctrinally rich revelation in Doctrine and Covenants 29 shows, He sometimes responds by imparting truth and knowledge beyond the questions we asked in the first place.
Doctrine and Covenants 29 teaches many truths about God’s plan for His children. As you read, look for truths you learn about each of the following parts of the plan:
Premortal life (see verses 36–37)
Creation (see verses 31–33)
The Fall of Adam and Eve (see verses 40–41)
Mortal life (see verses 39, 42–45)
The Atonement of Jesus Christ (see verses 1, 42–43, 46–50)
The Resurrection (see verses 13, 26)
The Final Judgment (see verses 12–13, 27–30)
What new insights did you gain? How would your life be different if you didn’t know about these truths?
You can study more about Heavenly Father’s plan in “The Plan of Salvation” (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, rev. ed. , ChurchofJesusChrist.org/manual/missionary).
Jesus Christ speaks of gathering His people “as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings” (Doctrine and Covenants 29:2). What does this image teach you about the Savior’s desire to gather you? As you read Doctrine and Covenants 29:1–8, look for insights about why we gather, who will gather, and how we can help gather the “elect” (verse 7).
In our day, gathering to Zion means uniting in stakes of Zion around the world. How does gathering as Saints help us “be prepared in all things” for the tribulations that will come before the Savior’s Second Coming? (verse 8; see also verses 14–28).
In what sense are all commandments spiritual? What does knowing that all commandments are spiritual teach you about the purpose of commandments? You might list a few commandments and consider the spiritual principles related to each one.
What might change if you looked for spiritual meaning or purpose in your everyday tasks, even those that seem temporal or mundane?
This revelation opens with the Lord introducing Himself as our Redeemer, who has “atoned for [our] sins” (verse 1). The revelation goes on to explain some of the reasons we need a Redeemer. Consider how you would use verses 36–50 to explain why we need redemption through the Savior Jesus Christ. In many faith traditions, the Fall is seen as a tragedy; what do you find in these verses that teaches the positive results of the Fall? (See also 1 Corinthians 15:22; 2 Nephi 2:6–8, 15–29; Mosiah 3:1–19; Moses 5:9–12.)
- Doctrine and Covenants 29.
You could use the images at the end of this outline along with Doctrine and Covenants 29 to teach your family about the plan of salvation. For example, family members could learn about different parts of the plan by reading and discussing the verses suggested. They could find additional truths in Gospel Topics (topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org) or the Guide to the Scriptures (scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Write down what you learn. Why are we thankful to know about the plan of salvation? How does knowing about it influence our everyday lives?
- Doctrine and Covenants 29:2, 7–8.
What does it mean to be gathered by the Savior? How can we help Him gather the elect?
- Doctrine and Covenants 29:3–5.
What do we learn about the Savior in these verses that helps us “lift up [our] hearts and be glad”? (verse 5). The video “We Can Find Happiness” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) could help you discuss how knowing about the plan of salvation has brought your family happiness.
- Doctrine and Covenants 29:34–35.
Reading these verses could give your family an opportunity to talk about the spiritual reasons behind some of the commandments or prophetic counsel you are trying to follow. For example, why does the Lord want us to read the scriptures as a family? What spiritual benefits have we seen from keeping the commandments?
For more ideas for teaching children, see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Primary.
Suggested song: “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling,” Hymns, no. 7.