“Refuge in Times of Peril, Lesson 33: Sections 87, 90,” Doctrine and Covenants Instructor’s Guide: Religion 324–325 (1981), 65–66
“Lesson 33,” Doctrine and Covenants Instructor’s Guide, 65–66
By giving heed to the oracles of God, the Saints will be preserved through the temporal and spiritual perils that face them.
The Doctrine and Covenants clearly teaches that we will face temporal and spiritual perils.
There will be man-made destruction, acts of selfishness, and passion for power.
There will be wickedness among the inhabitants of the world and among rebellious members of the Church.
There will be calamities of nature: famine, fire, earthquake, and disease.
The peoples of the world could escape such perils if they would repent, but the scriptures teach that most people will not do so.
Refuge from the storms to come can be found through righteousness and faith.
The gospel will be taken in their own tongue to every people who will hear the voice of warning.
Individual and national repentance is proper preparation for times of peril.
The living oracles of God raise the trumpet with a certain sound, telling us how to prepare.
The Doctrine and Covenants gives many modern warnings for the Saints and for the world.
Sections 87, 90; Enrichment F, “‛As If from Mine Own Mouth’: The Role of Prophets in the Church”
Use material from Historical Background and Notes and Commentary to teach each revelation in its historical context.
It is suggested that the instructor begin discussion of each concept by challenging the students with a question and letting them respond briefly with their spontaneous impressions. Avoid identifying which responses are correct and which are not, thus encouraging a climate of free exchange. Then read the scriptures and references and discuss the prophetic promises of the Lord.
D&C 87:5–6; 3 Nephi 20:13–20 Daniel H. Wells said, “To what extent the Indians will have power over the nation, is not stated in this revelation; but … they will have power in a great measure over the whole nation” (Doxey, Latter-day Prophets, 3:139).
President Joseph fielding Smith reminds us that the righteous of Israel are of the remnant also (see Church News, 10 Oct. 1970, p. 11; D&C 52:2).
Read the prophet’s messages from the last four general conferences. Note the great unity of the messages and the fact that they are directed toward making the Saints become of one heart and of one mind (to become a Zion people). Note the message of President Spencer W. Kimball: “In addition to being serious about your scholarship, do not be unduly fearful about conditions in the world. Be noticing. Be aware. Be of good cheer, but also be about your Father’s business. The Lord has promised us again and again that he will watch over his people and lead them along.” (Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [Provo, 9 Sept. 1980], forthcoming.)