“Lesson 158: Hastening the Work of Salvation,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual (2013)
“Lesson 158,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual
Since the beginning of the Restoration, the work of the Lord has expanded throughout the world. We live in a time when the Lord is hastening His work. The youth of the Church have many resources and opportunities to contribute to the hastening of the Lord’s work.
Invite a student to walk from one side of the room to the other at a normal pace. Then ask the student to cross the room again and to quicken or accelerate his or her pace. While the student is crossing the room the second time, ask the class the following question:
What does it mean to hasten something? (To accelerate it.) What are some reasons someone might hasten, or accelerate, a task?
Invite a student to read Doctrine and Covenants 88:73 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what the Lord said He would hasten. Ask students to report what they find.
What do you think it means for the Lord to hasten His work?
Referring to Doctrine and Covenants 88:73, Elder Russell M. Nelson said, “That time of hastening is now” (“Thus Shall My Church Be Called,” Ensign, May 1990, 17). Write the following doctrine on the board: We live in a time when the Lord is hastening His work.
What are some of the ways you have witnessed the Lord hastening His work?
Invite a student to read Doctrine and Covenants 133:10 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what this verse suggests about why the Lord would hasten His work.
What does this verse suggest about why the Lord would hasten His work? (To help people prepare for His Second Coming.)
Display a picture of President Spencer W. Kimball (Gospel Art Book , no. 133; see also LDS.org). Explain that during President Spencer W. Kimball’s service as President of the Church, the Lord hastened His work. For example, missionary work expanded, and the Church published new editions of the scriptures. As he encouraged Church members to press forward, President Kimball said the Church had “paused on some plateaus long enough” (“Let Us Move Forward and Upward,” Ensign, May 1979, 82). He also taught, “We must lengthen our stride and must do it now” (“Always a Convert Church: Some Lessons to Learn and Apply This Year,” Ensign, Sept. 1975, 3).
What do you think President Kimball meant when he said that we must “lengthen our stride”?
To help students understand some of the ways the Lord is hastening His work today and some of the ways they can participate in His work, conduct the following activity:
Divide the class into three groups, and give the students in each group a copy of one of the following teaching assignments. Give students a few minutes to study and prepare to teach their assignments to their classmates. After sufficient time, organize students into groups of three, made up of one student from each of the original groups. Invite students to take turns teaching their groups about how the Lord is hastening His work and how they can participate in that work.
After students have completed their teaching in small groups, invite a few students to share their thoughts and feelings about the hastening of the Lord’s work.
Invite a student to read the following statement by Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Ask the class to listen for what can happen as we take part in the Lord’s work.
“Brothers and sisters, the Lord is opening the way and making it possible to expand His work throughout the world, and what a blessing it is for all of us—each in his own way—to take part. …
“Who but the prophets of God could have foreseen the miracle of the rapid expansion of the work of the Lord? Truly, as the Lord foretold in section 88 of the Doctrine and Covenants, He is hastening His work in its time (see D&C 88:73)” (“Missionary Work—Our Responsibility,” Ensign, Nov. 1993, 61, 62).
According to Elder Haight, what can happen as we take part in the Lord’s work? (As students answer, write the following truth on the board: We can be blessed by taking part in the hastening of the Lord’s work.)
What blessings have you experienced as you have participated in the hastening of the Lord’s work?
Invite students to consider the opportunities they have to contribute to the hastening of the Lord’s work. Ask them to answer the following question in their class notebooks or scripture study journals:
What are some ways you can contribute to the hastening of the Lord’s work?
After sufficient time, invite students to set a goal to follow up on what they have written. Conclude by testifying of the hastening of the Lord’s work and our responsibilities and opportunities to participate in His work.