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“Words to Know,” Doctrine and Covenants Stories (2002), 239–42

“Words to Know,” Doctrine and Covenants Stories, 239–42

Words to Know

adopted

Joseph and Emma Smith adopted twin babies. This means Joseph and Emma made the twin babies part of their family.

alcohol

Alcohol is not good for us to drink. Beer and wine have alcohol in them.

ancestors

Our ancestors are the people in our family who lived before us.

angel

An angel is one of God’s helpers. The angel Moroni talked to Joseph Smith.

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Apostle

An Apostle is a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus told Joseph Smith He wanted twelve Apostles.

arrested

The soldiers arrested Joseph Smith. This means the soldiers caught him and put him in jail.

attacked

The mob attacked the Saints. This means the mob began to fight the Saints.

baptismal font

There are baptismal fonts in churches and temples. People are baptized in a baptismal font.

baptized

When we join the Church, we are baptized. We are put down under the water and brought up again.

beautiful

When something is beautiful, we like to look at it. A garden is beautiful. The temple is beautiful.

believe

To believe means to think something is true. Many people believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.

bishop

A bishop is the leader of a ward.

blamed

The people blamed Joseph Smith for the trouble. This means the people said Joseph Smith made the trouble happen.

borrow

When we borrow something, we ask someone if we can use it. If a man borrows his friend’s horse, he asks his friend if he can use it. After the man uses the horse, he returns it to the friend.

bragged

The guards in the jail bragged about what they had done. This means they were happy about it and told others about it.

bridge

The pioneers crossed the river on a bridge.

bugle

A bugle is a kind of horn.

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buried

Moroni buried the gold plates. He put them in a stone box in the ground and covered them up.

captain

A captain is a leader. Captain Allen was the leader of the soldiers.

captured

The soldiers captured Joseph Smith. This means the soldiers caught Joseph Smith and would not let him go.

choices

Heavenly Father lets us make choices. This means Heavenly Father lets us decide what we will do.

choose

God lets us choose to be good or bad. We choose people to be leaders. God chose Brigham Young to lead the Saints.

commandments

Good people obey God’s commandments. Good people do what God wants them to do.

conference

A conference is a large meeting. Many members of the Church go to conference.

counselors

Counselors are people who help a leader. The prophet of the Church has counselors.

covenant

A covenant is a promise. When we make a covenant with God, we promise Him that we will do something.

created

Jesus Christ created the earth. This means that Jesus Christ made the earth.

crops

The pioneers planted crops. Crops include corn, potatoes, wheat, and other things.

crucified

Jesus was crucified. This means He was nailed on a cross and left there until he died.

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dam

The Saints built a dam in the river. A dam holds back the water.

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deacons

Boys may be deacons when they are 12 years old. Deacons may pass the sacrament.

decided

Emma and Joseph wondered whether to go to Pennsylvania or to stay in New York. They decided to go to Pennsylvania.

dedicate

When we dedicate something, we bless it to be used for God’s work. The Saints dedicated the temple.

destroy

To destroy means to tear down, break, burn, or kill. The mobs destroyed the temple.

disciple

A disciple is a person who follows Jesus and tries to be like Him.

earn

To earn means to get something by working for it.

elders

Elders are men who have the priesthood.

endowment

An endowment is a special promise or gift from God.

enemy

An enemy is a person who hates another person. Joseph Smith’s enemies tried to kill him.

escape

To escape means to get away from someone or something. Joseph Smith escaped from the mob.

evil

Evil is something very bad. Satan is an evil spirit.

evil spirits

Evil spirits are bad spirits. Evil spirits follow Satan.

excommunicated

Members of the Church who do bad things can be excommunicated. They are no longer members of the Church.

faith

To have faith is to hope for things that are not seen that are true. We have faith in Jesus Christ. This means we believe in Him and obey Him.

fast

To fast is to go without food or water.

forever

Forever means always. We can live with Heavenly Father forever if we obey His commandments.

forgive

To forgive means to forget the bad things someone has done. God will forgive us if we are sorry for the bad things we have done and try not to do them again.

gather

To gather means to come together in one place. Joseph Smith told the Saints to gather in Missouri.

gifts

Gifts are things that are given to people. The Holy Ghost gives spiritual gifts to people who are righteous.

gospel

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan of salvation. It includes all the doctrines, ordinances, and authority for us to return to live with Heavenly Father.

governor

A governor is the leader of a state.

heal

To heal means to make sick people well. Newel K. Whitney blessed Joseph Smith, and Joseph was healed.

honest

People who are honest do not tell lies. Honest people do not take things that do not belong to them.

jail

The men were put in jail. This means they were locked up so they could not get away.

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joined

The people joined the Church. This means the people were baptized and became members of the Church.

language

The words we use to write or talk to other people are called languages.

lead

To lead people means to show or tell them what to do. The prophet leads the Church.

married

Joseph and Emma were married. This means Joseph was Emma’s husband, and Emma was Joseph’s wife.

mission

The Apostle went on a mission. This means he went to tell people about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

missionary

A missionary is a person who goes on a mission.

obey

To obey means to do what we are told to do. We should obey God’s commandments.

ocean

An ocean is a very large body of salt water.

ordained

To be ordained means to be given the priesthood. Joseph Smith ordained the man. This means Joseph Smith gave the man the priesthood.

oxen

Oxen are animals.

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patriarch

A patriarch gives special blessings to people. Joseph Smith’s father was a patriarch.

poison

Poison is something that can kill people if they eat or drink it. The mob tried to make Joseph Smith drink poison.

pray

To pray means to talk to Heavenly Father.

preached

Joseph Smith preached to the people. This means he taught the people about the gospel.

presidency

The presidency of the Church is the president and his counselors.

president

A president is a leader.

priesthood

The priesthood is the power of God.

priests

Priests have the priesthood. Priests are men who help in the Church.

printer

A printer is a man who prints books.

prison

A prison is a place where people are put and cannot get out. A prison is like a jail.

prophet

A prophet tells the people what God wants them to know. Joseph Smith was a prophet.

protect

The men had guns to protect the people. This means the men had guns to keep the people safe. The Lord protected Joseph Smith. This means the Lord kept Joseph Smith safe.

quail

A quail is a bird.

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repent

If we do something bad, we should repent. This means we feel sorry and try not to do the bad thing again.

resurrected

Jesus Christ was resurrected. This means that after He was dead, He was made alive again. All people will be resurrected after they die.

revelation

Communication from God to His children on earth is called revelation. Joseph Smith received a revelation about the temple.

righteous

Righteous people do what is right. This means they obey God’s commandments.

Sabbath

The Sabbath is the day we go to church. We should not work on the Sabbath. Sunday is the Sabbath day.

sacrament

We take the sacrament to remember Jesus.

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sacred

The temple is a sacred building. The temple belongs to God.

Saint

A Saint is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.

save

Jesus died to save us. This means Jesus died so we could go back to live with Heavenly Father.

scriptures

The scriptures are books that tell us about God. The Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price are the scriptures of the Church.

share

To share means to give part of what we have to someone.

soldiers

Soldiers fight in an army.

spirit

A spirit does not have a body of flesh and bones.

steal

To steal means to take something that is not yours. Mobs stole the Saints’ animals. This means the mobs took the animals.

suffer

We suffer when we are hurt. Joseph Smith and his friends suffered in jail.

swear

To swear means to say bad words.

swore

The guards in the jail swore. The guards in the jail said bad words.

tar

Tar is sticky and black.

temple

A temple is the house of God.

tempt

Satan tries to tempt us. This means he tries to get us to do things that are bad.

tithing

Tithing is money we give to God.

tobacco

Tobacco is a substance that is not good for us. Some people smoke and chew tobacco.

translated

Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon into English.

truth

Jesus teaches people the truth. This means Jesus teaches people what is right.

testimony

A testimony is a feeling that the gospel is true.

trappers

Trappers are people who catch wild animals. They sell the animals’ fur.

vision

A vision is something that God lets us see. Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in a vision.

witnesses

Witnesses see something and tell others about it. Witnesses saw the gold plates and told others the plates were real.

worship

To worship means to love and obey. Satan wanted Moses to worship him. We should worship God.

wound

A wound is a place where someone’s body has been hurt or cut.