“Lesson 97: Doctrine and Covenants 93:1–20,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual (2013)
“Lesson 97,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual
On May 6, 1833, the Prophet Joseph Smith received the revelation recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 93. This revelation will be taught in two parts. This lesson focuses on verses 1–20, in which Jesus Christ explained the purpose of the revelation: “I give unto you these sayings that you may understand and know how to worship, and know what you worship, that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time receive of his fulness” (D&C 93:19).
Display a picture of a well-known person your students will recognize, and ask them if they know the person’s name. (If you are unable to display a picture, write the person’s name on the board and ask students to explain who the person is and what he or she is known for.)
Why do so many people know who this person is?
Do you think it is important to know who this person is? Why?
Display a picture of Jesus Christ (you could use Jesus Christ [Gospel Art Book (2009), no. 1]; see also LDS.org), and explain that many people today do not know who He is.
Why do you think it is important to know who Jesus Christ is?
Testify that we are not able to achieve our full potential as children of God unless we know about Jesus Christ. Explain that in Doctrine and Covenants 93 the Lord taught how we can increase our knowledge of Him and of His power to bless us now and throughout eternity. Write the following two questions on the board, leaving space for students to write their answers underneath the questions.
Invite a student to read Doctrine and Covenants 93:1–5 aloud. Before the student begins reading, ask half of the students to look for answers to the first question and the other half to look for answers to the second question. After the verses have been read, invite a few students to come to the board and write their answers to the questions. Then ask the class the following question:
How would you state the promise in verse 1 as an “if–then” principle? (Students’ responses should reflect the following principle: If we forsake our sins, come unto Christ, call on His name, obey His voice, and keep His commandments, then we shall see His face and know that He is.)
How can each of the actions in Doctrine and Covenants 93:1 help us know Jesus Christ?
From what you learn in verse 3, what is an important doctrine to understand about the Father and the Son? (Students should identify the following doctrine: The Father and the Son are one.)
What does it mean that the Father and the Son are one?
Help students understand that the Father and the Son are two separate and distinct beings, each with a glorified physical body (see D&C 130:22). However, the Father and the Son are one in purpose and doctrine. They are perfectly united in bringing to pass Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation.
Point out the following phrase in Doctrine and Covenants 93:4: “The Father because he gave me of his fulness.” Then invite students to read Doctrine and Covenants 93:17, 26. Ask the following questions:
What does it mean that Jesus Christ received a fulness of the Father? (See D&C 93:16–17, 26.)
How do the truths in verses 4–5 help us further understand what it means that the Father and the Son are one?
Explain that because the Father and the Son are one, we will come to know both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as we do what the Lord said in Doctrine and Covenants 93:1.
Explain that we can learn more about Jesus Christ by studying the information the Lord gave from John’s record in Doctrine and Covenants 93. It may be helpful to also explain that the Apostle John was a disciple of John the Baptist when Jesus Christ began His mortal ministry. In his writings, the Apostle John gave a partial account of the witness John the Baptist bore of the Savior.
Divide students into groups of four. Have each group read Doctrine and Covenants 93:6–11 together and identify the titles used to describe the Savior. Titles the students find should include “the Word, even the messenger of salvation” (verse 8), “the light and the Redeemer of the world” (verse 9), “the Spirit of truth” (verse 9), and “the Only Begotten of the Father” (verse 11).
After the groups have had sufficient time to finish their discussions, invite a student to read Doctrine and Covenants 93:12–17 aloud. Ask the class to follow along and identify how Jesus Christ became like His Father.
How did Jesus Christ become like His Father? (Students’ answers should reflect the following principle: Jesus Christ grew from grace to grace until He received a fulness of the glory of the Father.)
What do you think it means that Jesus Christ continued from grace to grace until He received a fulness?
Help students understand that grace is strength and power from God that allows us to obtain eternal life and exaltation. Invite a student to read Doctrine and Covenants 93:19–20 aloud. Ask the class to follow along and identify the reason the Savior gave for revealing how He received the fulness of the Father.
According to verse 19, why did the Savior reveal how He received the fulness of the Father?
Help students see that the Savior revealed how He received a fulness so that we could “understand and know” Him and Heavenly Father and know how to worship the Father and receive of His fulness. Write the following statement by Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on the board. (This statement is found in The Promised Messiah: The First Coming of Christ , 568.)
What do you think it means to worship?
How are we to worship Heavenly Father? (Students should express the following principle: We are to worship Heavenly Father by following the example of Jesus Christ.)
How was the Savior’s progression from grace to grace similar to the process of learning and progressing that we can experience?
What promise is given in Doctrine and Covenants 93:20 to those who follow Jesus Christ’s example and keep His commandments? (Students should express the following principle: If we keep the commandments, we can receive a fulness of the Father, as Jesus Christ has.)
Hold up the picture of the Savior that you displayed at the beginning of class.
Why is it important to have a testimony of Jesus Christ’s example, teachings, and Atonement?
What can you do to continue “from grace to grace” (D&C 93:13) and be more like Him?
Invite a student to read aloud the following statement by President Lorenzo Snow, and ask the class to think about what they want to do to be more like the Savior:
“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be a little better day by day; and do not let your life wear away without accomplishing good to others as well as to ourselves” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow , 103).
Invite students to write in their class notebooks or scripture study journals a specific way they will seek to progress and improve by following the Savior’s example.