“Lesson 93: Doctrine and Covenants 88:70–117,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual (2013)
“Lesson 93,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual
This is the third of four lessons on Doctrine and Covenants 88. The portion of the revelation the lesson will focus on was given at a conference of high priests on December 27–28, 1832. In it the Lord instructed the elders of the Church to teach each other and prepare to serve as missionaries. The Lord also taught concerning the signs of the Second Coming, the general order in which all people will be resurrected, and some of the events surrounding the final battle with Satan.
Invite a student to come to the front of the class and teach another student how to do a simple task, such as tying a necktie (or a different task that the second student does not know how to do). Ask students to raise their hands if they have helped teach a lesson or skill to someone else recently. Ask a few to describe what they taught. Then discuss the following questions:
What did you learn by preparing to teach and by teaching someone else?
Why do you think we often learn more from preparing to teach than from being taught by others?
Remind students that the Lord gave the revelation in Doctrine and Covenants 88 to a group of priesthood holders who had prayed to know the Lord’s will concerning the establishment of Zion. In this revelation, the Lord referred to this group of priesthood holders as “the first laborers in this last kingdom” (see D&C 88:70, 74) and commanded them to organize and attend a school to prepare themselves to preach the gospel among the nations of the earth (see D&C 88:74, 84, 127).
Invite a student to read Doctrine and Covenants 88:73–76 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what the Lord commanded these priesthood holders to do to prepare to teach others.
What were these “first laborers” commanded to do to prepare to teach others as missionaries? (You may want to ask a student to act as scribe and write students’ answers on the board.)
What could we do to “organize,” “prepare,” and “sanctify” ourselves to become more effective at sharing the gospel?
How does being cleansed from sin influence our ability to share the gospel?
Invite a student to read Doctrine and Covenants 88:77–80 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what the Lord commanded these priesthood holders to do as they met together. Ask students to report what they found.
What did the Lord promise those who teach diligently? (That His grace would attend them and that they would be taught more perfectly in all they needed to understand pertaining to the kingdom of God.)
What does it mean that the Lord’s “grace shall attend you” (D&C 88:78)? (The Lord will help us as we seek diligently to teach and learn the gospel.)
From what you learned in verses 77–78, how would you state a principle about teaching? (Students may identify a number of principles, including the following: As we teach one another diligently, the Lord will help us understand His truths more perfectly. By teaching one another, we can prepare to share the gospel with others. You may want to write these principles on the board using students’ words.)
In what ways has teaching the gospel to others helped you to better understand it?
According to verse 79, what other topics are important for us to understand? How can gaining such broad knowledge help us teach the gospel to others?
To help students feel the importance of and apply the principles they identified above, assign groups of four students to prepare and teach the following mini-lessons to the members of their group. Ask two students in each group to work together to prepare to teach Doctrine and Covenants 88:81–86 and the other two students to work together to prepare to teach Doctrine and Covenants 88:87–98. Make copies of the following instructions for each group. Ask them to read through the instructions and scripture verses and then decide how they will teach each mini-lesson. (Encourage both students in each pair to participate in the teaching.) Explain that each pair will have about five minutes to prepare and about seven minutes to teach. After students have had sufficient time to prepare, invite the pairs assigned to Doctrine and Covenants 88:81–86 to teach the other students in their groups. Then ask students to switch roles and invite the companionship assigned to Doctrine and Covenants 88:87–98 to teach. (Note: If you prefer, you could choose to teach the mini-lessons yourself instead of asking students to teach each other.)
After the groups of students have taught each other, ask the following question to the entire class:
What teachings stood out to you in your discussion of Doctrine and Covenants 88:81–98?
Summarize Doctrine and Covenants 88:97–107 by explaining that the Lord revealed that the dead will be resurrected in order of their righteousness. Those who are resurrected first will inherit the celestial kingdom (see D&C 88:97–98). Those who are resurrected second will inherit the terrestrial kingdom (see D&C 88:99). Those who will inherit the telestial kingdom will be resurrected after the Millennium (see D&C 88:100–101). Finally, those who “remain filthy”—those who have lived on the earth and have become sons of perdition—will be resurrected and cast into outer darkness (see D&C 88:102). At the end of the thousand years of peace known as the Millennium, Satan and his followers will come to battle against the people of God led by Michael (or Adam). Satan and his followers will be defeated and cast into outer darkness.
Point to the following principle on the board: “As we teach one another diligently, the Lord will help us understand His truths more perfectly.” Then ask the following question:
Encourage students to find opportunities to teach others the gospel. Testify of the blessings they will receive for doing so.