“May 10–16. Doctrine and Covenants 49–50: ‘That Which Is of God Is Light,’” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: Doctrine and Covenants 2021 (2020)
“May 10–16. Doctrine and Covenants 49–50,” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: 2021
Record Your Impressions
In addition to sharing insights they received while studying the scriptures, class members may benefit from discussing how those insights come. You could invite class members to share with each other insights about a verse in Doctrine and Covenants 49–50 and discuss what led them to those insights.
Section 49 was given to affirm true doctrine that corrected what others were teaching (see this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families for some historical background). To help class members explore this section, you could divide class members into groups and assign each group one of the doctrinal topics covered (as listed in the section heading for section 49). The groups could discuss the following questions: What truths did the Lord teach about this topic in section 49? What do people believe about this topic today? What further truths has the Lord taught about it through our latter-day prophets? Give class members an opportunity to share their gratitude for the truths revealed in our day.
Like the elders in Kirtland who “did not understand the manifestations of different spirits” (Doctrine and Covenants 50, section heading), sometimes we wonder if something we feel or see is from the Spirit or from another influence. What can we learn from Doctrine and Covenants 50:1–36 to help us recognize the influence of the Spirit? You could let each class member pick a set of verses to study and then ask class members to share what they find.
Because marriage is fundamental to Heavenly Father’s plan, Satan is eager to create confusion about it. Your class might benefit from making a list on the board of truths the Lord has revealed about marriage. For example, what truths about marriage do we learn from Doctrine and Covenants 49:15–17? Other helpful scriptures include Genesis 2:20–24; 1 Corinthians 11:11; or others found in “Marriage, Marry” in the Guide to the Scriptures (scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Class members could also find truths in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Based on what we learn from these resources, why is marriage between a man and a woman essential to God’s plan? (see “Additional Resources”).
The Lord’s instruction about preaching and receiving truth might provide a good opportunity to discuss the shared role you as teacher and the class members have in fostering gospel learning. Consider asking class members to review Doctrine and Covenants 50:13–22 in pairs and discuss the roles of the Spirit, teachers, and learners. A few pairs could share with the class what they learned. What are some “other way[s]” we sometimes try to teach or learn the gospel? (verse 17). How can we be better at receiving by the Spirit? What are we inspired to do in our homes and at church to better teach and learn the gospel?
Elder David A. Bednar explained why marriage is essential to God’s plan of salvation:
“By divine design, men and women are intended to progress together toward perfection and a fulness of glory. Because of their distinctive temperaments and capacities, males and females each bring to a marriage relationship unique perspectives and experiences. The man and the woman contribute differently but equally to a oneness and a unity that can be achieved in no other way. The man completes and perfects the woman and the woman completes and perfects the man as they learn from and mutually strengthen and bless each other. …
“A home with a loving and loyal husband and wife is the supreme setting in which children can be reared in love and righteousness and in which the spiritual and physical needs of children can be met. Just as the unique characteristics of both males and females contribute to the completeness of a marriage relationship, so those same characteristics are vital to the rearing, nurturing, and teaching of children” (“Marriage Is Essential to His Eternal Plan,” Ensign, June 2006, 83–84).