Sunday School: Gospel Doctrine

“Foreword,” Old Testament Class Member Study Guide (2001), 2

“Foreword,” Old Testament Class Member Study Guide, 2


This course focuses primarily on the teachings in the Old Testament. It also covers the books of Moses and Abraham, which are part of the Pearl of Great Price. Together, these books give us an account of God’s dealings with his people from the time of the Council in Heaven to a few hundred years before the Savior’s birth. They provide powerful examples of faith and obedience. They also show the consequences of forgetting, disobeying, or opposing God. Prophecies in these books bear witness of the Savior’s birth, atonement, second coming, and millennial reign.

This study guide outlines each week’s reading assignment, provides insightful application questions, and suggests additional scripture references to give clarity and breadth to your study. (The Bible Dictionary, Topical Guide, and footnotes in the LDS edition of the King James Bible also provide many helpful insights.) The study guide is designed for the following uses:

  1. Individual scripture study. The application questions included with each reading assignment will help you see how the teachings of the Old Testament prophets can help you come closer to Christ.

  2. Family scripture study. This study guide will be a valuable tool for lessons in family home evening and for other family discussions.

  3. Preparation for class discussion. As you study the reading assignments and consider the application questions, you will be better prepared to make meaningful contributions in your Gospel Doctrine class.

Guided by the Spirit in your study, you will be able to testify with Job, “I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth” (Job 19:25).