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The Gospel Doctrine Class

Old Testament Lesson Summaries

Lesson 1

This Is My Work and My Glory
An introduction to the Old Testament. The Lord speaks to Moses. Moses learns that he is a son of God. We are also his children and created in his image. Satan appears to Moses and tempts him. We learn how Moses resisted Satan's temptation and how we can apply this lesson to our lives. The Lord again appears to Moses and teaches him about God's eternal purpose and our eternal destiny.

Lesson 2

Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born - Abraham 3; Moses 4:1-4
An introduction to the Book of Abraham. Abraham was given a vision of the Lord's creations and learns that in the pre-mortal life many spirits were foreordained. Abraham also learns that Jesus Christ was chosen in the council in Heaven and that those that came to this earth chose to follow the Savior. Satan and his followers were cast out of Heaven. We conclude with a discussion on how Satan attempts to destroy our agency and how parent's can combat his efforts.

Lesson 3

The Creation - Moses 1:27-42; Moses 2-3
Moses sees a vision of God's creations and learns by what power they were created. Moses also learns about the creation of this earth. After the creation of the earth, and after it had been filled with plants and animals, man was created in the image of God.

Lesson 4

Because of My Transgression My Eyes Are Opened - Moses 4; Moses 5:1-15; Moses 6:48-62
The Fall of Adam and Eve and its effects on them and us. The Atonement of Jesus Christ saves us from physical and spiritual death.

Lesson 5

If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted - Moses 5-7

The story of Cain and Abel and the consequences of wickedness. What parent's can do when children fail to follow the teachings of the gospel. Enoch preaches repentance to the people. Many listened, were converted, repented of their sins, and became a people of great faith. We conclude with a discussion on becoming a Zion people.

Lesson 6

Noah…Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House - Moses 8:19-30; Genesis 6-9; Genesis 11:1-9

The people reject Noah's call to repentance. Noah commanded to build an ark. The ark is a type for keeping out the flood waters of wickedness in our day. The Lord cleanses the earth with a flood. Noah's descendants attempt to build a tower to heaven.

Lesson 7

The Abrahamic Covenant - Abraham 1:1-4; Abraham 2:1-11; Genesis 12:1-8; 17:1-9

Abraham leaves Ur due to the wickedness of his fathers. While in Haran, Abraham prayed and received a vision in which God covenanted to bless him and his posterity. We are heirs to the blessings and responsibilities of the Abrahamic Covenant.

Lesson 8

Living Righteously in a Wicked World - Genesis 13-14; Genesis 18-19

Abraham and his family return from Egypt and settle in Caanan. To avoid strife, Abraham moves his family to Hebron and leaves the land near Sodom for Lot. Lot is captured by the King of Elam. After rescuing Lot, Abraham paid his tithes to Melchizedek, king of Salem. Abraham refuses to accept the spoils of war from the King of Sodom. Heavenly messengers visit and tell Abraham that he and Sarah would bear a son. Lot flees Sodom.

Lesson 9

God Will Provide Himself a Lamb - Abraham 1; Genesis 15-17; Genesis 21-22

Abraham is nearly sacrificed by the false priests of Pharaoh. Abraham has children through Hagar and Sarah. The Lord appeared to Abraham and renewed the covenant. God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham's Sacrifice - A similitude of Heavenly Father's sacrifice of his Son.

Lesson 10

Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant - Genesis 24-29

Abraham's servant seeks a wife for Isaac. Marriage in the Covenant. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob. Jacob marries Leah and Rachel in the Covenant. Jacob dreams of a ladder reaching to heaven.

Lesson 11

How Can I Do This Great Wickedness? - Genesis 34; Genesis 37-39

Joseph, his dreams, his brothers, and his sale into slavery. Joseph was sold into Egypt and became a servant in the household of Potiphar. Joseph resisted Potiphar's wife. He was placed in prison. Shechem, Reuben, and Judah commit serious moral sins.

Lesson 12

Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction - Genesis 40-45

As a prisoner, Joseph interprets the dreams of the butler, the baker, and Pharaoh. Joseph elevated to second in command in all Egypt. Joseph directed the storage of food during the seven years of plenty. Joseph's brothers came to Egypt and kneeled before Joseph seeking to buy grain. Joseph sends his brothers home and to bring their father, Jacob, down to Egypt. Jacob blesses his sons and grandsons.

Lesson 13

Bondage, Passover, and Exodus - Exodus 1-3; Exodus 5-6; Exodus 11-14

The Lord calls Moses. The Reluctant Moses. Moses was commanded to go before Pharaoh and request the release of the Israelites. Ten plagues sent upon Egypt. The Passover. The children of Israel cross the Red Sea.

Lesson 14

Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure unto Me - Exodus 15-20; Exodus 32-34

The Lord provides water, manna, and quail for the children of Israel. Aaron and Hur hold up Moses’ hands so Israel prevails in battle against Amalek. Moses follows Jethro's counsel to appoint judges and delegate authority to them. The Lord meets with Moses on Mount Sinai and gives Israel the Ten Commandments.

Lesson 15

Look to God and Live - Numbers 11-14; Numbers 21:1-9

Israel tires of manna and complains. Moses struggles to deal with the Israelites. The Lord sends quail and a plague. The Lord chastens Miriam and Aaron for speaking against Moses. The Lord commands Moses to send out an spies to scout out the land of Canaan. Moses and the brass serpent.

Includes map: Journey From Sinai

Lesson 16

I Cannot Go Beyond the Word of the Lord - Numbers 22-24; Numbers 31:1-16

Balaam refuses Balak's offer of rewards in exchange for cursing Israel. The danger of Balaam's stubborn insistence. Balaam refuses to curse Israel. The Israelites destroy the Midianites and slay Balaam.

Doctrine & Covenants/Church History Lesson Summaries

Lesson 1

The Voice of Warning Shall Be Unto All People
An introduction to a study of the Doctrine & Covenants and Church History. The revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants address the needs of our day. The Lord authored the preface to the Doctrine and Covenants. Our work is to carry the everlasting gospel to every nation and people.

Lesson 2

Behold, I Am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World
The Doctrine & Covenants testifies of Christ. Jesus Christ suffered the pain of all men. The Savior's roles and attributes.

Lesson 3

I Had Seen A Vision - Joseph Smith - History 1:1-26
Apostasy and preparation for a restoration. The ancestors and family of Joseph Smith. A period of great religious excitement. Joseph Smith's first vision.

Lesson 4

Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon - Joseph Smith-History 1:27-65
Joseph and the angel Moroni. Annual visits to the Hill Cumorah 1823-1827. Joseph receives the plates. The translation begins. The lost manuscript.

Lesson 5

This Is The Spirit Of Revelation - Sections 6; 8; 9
Historical summary 1828-1829. The need for personal revelation. How we obtain personal revelation.

Lesson 6

I Will Tell You In Your Mind and In Your Heart, by the Holy Ghost - Sections 6; 8; 9; 11
How the Holy Ghost communicates with us. Cautions about personal revelation. When revelation is not received or recognized.

Lesson 7

The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance. Baptism, an essential ordinance. The gift of the Holy Ghost. Endure to the end.

Lesson 8

The Restoration of the Priesthood
Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood. Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

Lesson 9

The Only True and Living Church
The Church is organized. Instructions to follow the prophet. The members to meet together often and partake of the sacrament. Duties of Church members.

Lesson 10

This Is My Voice unto All - Section 25
Historical summary April to July 1830. Husbands and wives to support and comfort one another. We are to be meek and avoid pride. Rejoice and be of good cheer.

Lesson 11

The Field Is White Already to Harvest
There are great opportunities for missionary work. It is essential that this work moves forward. The attributes the Lord desires in those who serve him. What the Lord's servants should teach.

Lesson 12

The Gathering of My People
The gathering of Israel. The purpose of gathering. The latter-day gathering begins. The Saints commanded to go to Ohio. The call to gather to Missouri is issued. The gathering continues in our day.

Lesson 13

This Generation Shall Have My Word Through You
The Lord declared that the people in this dispensation would receive His word through Joseph Smith. Ancient and latter-day scriptures have come through Joseph Smith. Plain and precious doctrines of the gospel have been restored through Joseph Smith.

Lesson 14

The Law of Consecration
The law of consecration and its historical background. The law of consecration in our lives.

Lesson 15

Seek Ye Earnestly the Best Gifts
Historical background for Section 46. Gifts of the Spirit. We are to seek earnestly the best gifts.

Lesson 16

Thou Shalt … Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day
The Lord established the Sabbath. Historical background to Section 59. Remembering the Sabbath day. The Lord blesses those who keep the Sabbath day holy.

Lesson 17

The Law of Tithing and the Law of the Fast
The Lord has commanded us to pay tithing. A brief history of tithing in the latter-day church. The Lord has promised great blessings to those who obey this commandment. The use of tithing funds. The law of the fast. The Lord has command us to pay a generous fast offering.

Lesson 18

Establish . . . a House of God
The Kirtland Temple: A commandment to build, its construction, the day of dedication, and the restoration of vital priesthood keys.

Lesson 19

The Plan of Salvation
An introduction to the plan of salvation. Our pre-mortal life. Mortality is necessary in order to continue our eternal progression. Life after death.

Lesson 20

The Kingdoms of Glory - Section 76
A comparison of religious beliefs on life after death. Historical background for Section 76. The vision of the kingdoms of glory.

Lesson 21

Looking Forth for the Great Day of the Lord to Come
The great day of the Lord to come. Signs of the times, the Second Coming, and the Millennium. We must prepare for the Second Coming.

Lesson 22

The Word of Wisdom: "A Principle With Promise" - Section 89
Historical background. The Lord's counsel about what is not good for the body. The Lord's counsel about what is good for the body. The Word of Wisdom was given as "a principle with promise".

Lesson 23

Seek Learning, Even by Study and Also by Faith
The School of the Prophets and other Kirtland schools. A tradition of education throughout Church history. Seeking learning by study and faith.

Lesson 24

Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness
Satan wages war upon the Saints. Deceptions of Satan that lead to apostasy. We can remain valiant in our testimonies and avoid deception.

Lesson 25

Priesthood: "The Power of Godliness"
The restoration of priesthood authority. History of priesthood quorums. The oath and covenant of the priesthood. Principles for using the priesthood.

Lesson 26

Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel
The Kirtland period - a time of restoration. The expansion of missionary work in the United States, Canada, and England. Economic difficulties in Kirtland.

Lesson 27

They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham
The Saints settle in Jackson County, Missouri, and are later driven out. The Lord instructs the Saints who were driven from Jackson County. Zion's Camp is organized and marches to Missouri.

Lesson 28

O God, Where Art Thou?
The Saints gathered in Caldwell and Daviess counties. The Extermination Order. Missouri mobbings begin anew. The Haun's Mill massacre. Joseph Smith and other Church leaders are arrested. Joseph Smith's prayer in Liberty Jail, and the Lord's response. Responding to adversity.

Lesson 29

Building the Kingdom of God in Nauvoo, Illinois
After fruitless appeals to the Missouri legislature, thousands of Saints began their exodus to Illinois. The Prophet escapes from Liberty Jail. The Twelve in England. Nauvoo grows and prospers. The Relief Society is organized.

Lesson 30

The Prisoners Shall Go Free - Sections 127; 128
Priesthood ordinances for the dead. The Nauvoo Temple.

Lesson 31

Sealed … for Time and for All Eternity - Sections 131; 132
Historical background to the revelations on marriage. The Celestial Law applied to Marriage.

Lesson 32

To Seal the Testimony - Section 135
Joseph Smith's final months in Nauvoo. Events leading up to the martyrdom of the Prophet. The Prophet Joseph Smith sealed his testimony with his blood. Events following the deaths of Joseph and Hyrum.

Lesson 33

President Brigham Young Leads the Saints
Succession in the Presidency - Brigham Young and the Twelve lead the Saints. A brief summary of apostate groups that sprung up after the death of Joseph Smith. The last days of the Saints in Nauvoo. The exodus from Nauvoo begins. A brief history of Brigham Young.

Lesson 34

Faith in Every Footstep - Section 136
The exodus from the eastern states: the ship Brooklyn to California and the Mississippi Company of Saints. The Mormon Battalion. Word and wiill of the Lord concerning the Camp of Israel. The 1847 trek west.

Lesson 35

A Mission of Saving
The Martin and Willie handcart companies. The rescue of the handcart companies. We are rescued by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Lesson 36

The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose
The work of building the Kingdom of God in the west begins. Brigham Young's return to Winter Quarters. The first winters in the Great Basin. Gold in California. The Perpetual Emigrating Company.

Lesson 37

We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet
The need for a living prophet. Latter-day prophets - from Joseph Smith to Heber J. Grant.

Lesson 38

In Mine Own Way
Developing spiritual and temporal self-reliance. Independent of the world - notes from Church history, including the development of the welfare program.

Lesson 39

The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers
The redemption of the dead - events from Church history in the development of this great principle. Joseph F. Smith - A vision of the Savior's visit to the dead. Temple building in this dispensation.

Lesson 40

Finding Joy in Temple and Family History Work
The most glorious of all subjects. Temple work. Genealogy. Family history.

Lesson 41

Every Member a Missionary
The Church is coming forth out of obscurity. The call to missionary work from Joseph Smith to Gordon B. Hinckley. Every member a missionary. Nurturing new converts.

Lesson 42

Continuing Revelation to Latter-day Prophets
The Church continues to be guided by revelation as evidenced by the ongoing development of the correlation program, the revelation extending the blessings of the priesthood, the Latter-day Saint edition of the scriptures, and the expansion of the quorums of Seventy.

Lesson 43

Take upon You My Whole Armor
In a world of changing values it becomes essential for us to put on the whole armor of God. Satan is attempting to find weaknesses in our armor. We need to be diligent in living the law of chastity, being honest, and in using appropriate language.

Lesson 44

Being Good Citizens
Governments instituted by God for the benefit of man. The purposes of governments. What we can do to fulfill our obligations as citizens. We are to obey the laws of the land. The relationship between religion and civil government.

Lesson 45

The Family Is Ordained of God
A review of the Proclamation on the Family. The family is central to God's plan and can be together forever. Children are a heritage from the Lord. We have a sacred duty to care for each other and to teach our children.

Lesson 46

Zion—The Pure in Heart
What Is Zion? Seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.