“October 25–31. Doctrine and Covenants 124: ‘A House unto My Name,’” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: Doctrine and Covenants 2021 (2020)
“October 25–31. Doctrine and Covenants 124,” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: 2021
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Consider inviting class members to share something they found in Doctrine and Covenants 124 that caused them to consider a gospel principle in a new way. What did they read—individually or as families—that changed the way they feel, think, or live?
In section 124, the Lord praised Hyrum Smith and George Miller for their integrity. To help class members study this attribute more deeply, you might invite them to read Doctrine and Covenants 124:15, 20 and ponder what they learn about integrity from these verses. What else do we learn from the scriptures listed under “Integrity” in the Guide to the Scriptures (scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org) or from Elder Richard J. Maynes’s message “Earning the Trust of the Lord and Your Family”? (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 75–77). Perhaps class members could share examples of people they know who have integrity. Why is integrity such a valued attribute?
Members of your class may learn something from the Lord’s description of the Nauvoo House that can help them in their interactions with people who are not Latter-day Saints or who have drifted away from the Church. You might draw a house on the board and invite class members to search Doctrine and Covenants 124:22–24, 60–61 for words that the Lord used to describe the purposes of the Nauvoo House. They could then write the words around the house. How might these terms also be applied to the Church of Jesus Christ? What can we do to create this same welcoming culture in our ward and our homes?
Perhaps class members could imagine they are living in Nauvoo in 1841 and working on the Nauvoo Temple when a friend asks, “Why do we keep building these temples?” What would we say to this friend? Class members could look for ideas in Doctrine and Covenants 124:28–30, 37–42, 55. If some class members are unfamiliar with the ordinances mentioned in these verses, consider describing the purposes and blessings of these ordinances. See temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org for guidance about what can appropriately be discussed outside of the temple and for pictures of temples you could show in class.
The Saints had been commanded to build a temple in Jackson County but were “hindered by their enemies” (Doctrine and Covenants 124:51). In verses 49–55, where the Lord addressed this situation, there may be a reassuring message for people who want to obey God’s commandments but are prevented from doing so because of family or other circumstances. You might read these verses with class members and ask them to think of situations in which people might not be able to fulfill their righteous desires because of circumstances they can’t control. What counsel do we find in these verses that could help someone in such a situation? What do these verses teach us about obedience?
Would members of your class benefit from a discussion about patriarchs and patriarchal blessings? You could begin by inviting class members to read Doctrine and Covenants 124:91–92, looking for what Hyrum Smith was called to do. Then you could write on the board What and Why and invite class members to read “Patriarchal Blessings” (True to the Faith, 111–13) to find out what patriarchal blessings are and why they are valuable. How can a person prepare to receive a patriarchal blessing? Consider inviting a few people who have received their patriarchal blessings to share why they are grateful for them. (Remind them not to share anything too personal or sacred from their blessings.) How can we show that we treasure our patriarchal blessings?