“September 6–12. Doctrine and Covenants 98–101: ‘Be Still and Know That I Am God,’” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: Doctrine and Covenants 2021 (2020)
“September 6–12. Doctrine and Covenants 98–101,” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: 2021
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You could invite class members to share something they learned from Doctrine and Covenants 98–101 that helped them with a trial or challenge they have been facing.
The persecution or opposition we face today may be different from what the Saints faced in Missouri in 1833, but the Lord’s counsel in Doctrine and Covenants 98 is still applicable. To help class members learn from this counsel, consider writing questions like the following on the board: In what ways does the Lord want His Saints to view opposition? How does the Lord want us to respond to persecution? Class members could work in small groups to find answers in Doctrine and Covenants 98:1–3, 11–16, 23–30 and then discuss what they learn. What truths do we find that can help us be better disciples of Jesus Christ? The statements in “Additional Resources” could add to this discussion.
In times of persecution or trials, this message from sections 98 and 101 can help: the Lord will help us if we are willing to trust Him. To help class members find this message, you could write the following list of verses on the board and invite class members to choose a few to read: Doctrine and Covenants 98:1–3, 11–12, 37; 101:2–5, 9–16. Ask them to share what they find that encourages them to trust in the Lord. What do these verses teach about how to put our trust in the Lord? (See also Linda S. Reeves, “Claim the Blessings of Your Covenants,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 118–20.)
How can you help class members recognize the safety that comes as we “hearken unto the voice of the Lord”? (verse 7). Perhaps you can invite a few class members to act out the parable in Doctrine and Covenants 101:43–62 as another class member reads it aloud. You could then discuss questions like these: What might the different elements of the parable represent? What caused the servants to lose the vineyard? What lessons do we learn from the actions of the servants? What do we learn about the Lord from the actions of the nobleman? It may also be helpful to compare verses 1–8 with verses 47–51 and discuss how we can be “faithful and wise” in our efforts to build Zion in our individual lives, in our homes, and as a Church.
Elder Robert D. Hales taught:
“Some people mistakenly think responses such as silence, meekness, forgiveness, and bearing humble testimony are passive or weak. But to ‘love [our] enemies, bless them that curse [us], do good to them that hate [us], and pray for them which despitefully use [us], and persecute [us]’ (Matthew 5:44) takes faith, strength, and, most of all, Christian courage. …
“When we do not retaliate—when we turn the other cheek and resist feelings of anger—we too stand with the Savior. We show forth His love, which is the only power that can subdue the adversary and answer our accusers without accusing them in return. That is not weakness. That is Christian courage” (“Christian Courage: The Price of Discipleship,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 72).
Elder Kevin R. Duncan said: “Brothers and sisters, please do not misunderstand. To forgive is not to condone. We do not rationalize bad behavior or allow others to mistreat us because of their struggles, pains, or weaknesses. But we can gain greater understanding and peace when we see with a broader perspective. … Forgiveness is a glorious, healing principle. We do not need to be a victim twice. We can forgive” (“The Healing Ointment of Forgiveness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 35).