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“Lesson 30: ‘The Prisoners Shall Go Free’” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide (1999)

“Lesson 30,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class Member Study Guide

Lesson 30

“The Prisoners Shall Go Free”

Reading assignment: Doctrine and Covenants 2; 124:25–55; 127; 128; Joseph Smith—History 1:36–39; Our Heritage, pages 58–60.

  • On 19 January 1841, several months after the Saints had begun performing baptisms for the dead, the Lord commanded them to build a temple in Nauvoo (D&C 124:25–27). What reasons did the Lord give for this commandment? (See D&C 124:28–30, 33, 40–41, 55.)

  • Read D&C 128:15. In what ways do the dead depend on us for their salvation? In what ways does our salvation depend on the salvation of the dead? (See D&C 128:17–18.)

  • Read D&C 128:19, 22–24. According to these verses, what should our attitude be about the gospel and about performing baptisms for the dead?

Scripture Chain: Baptism for the Dead