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The Gospel Doctrine Class

Book of Mormon Lesson Summaries

Lesson 1


The Keystone of Our Religion
This lesson discusses the importance of the Book of Mormon as the keystone of our religion. The Lord provided witnesses to support the claim of the plates. The lesson concludes with a discussion of the reasons for engaging in a lifetime study of the Book of Mormon.

Lesson 2


All Things According to His Will - 1 Nephi 1-7
The incredible story of Lehi and his family begins.  The family leaves Jerusalem and goes into the wilderness.  The brothers return for the Brass Plates.  We see the contrast between the faithful Nephi and the murmuring brothers Laman and Lemuel.


Lesson 3


The Vision of the Tree of Life - 1 Nephi 8-11; 12:16-18; 15
This lesson begins with a brief discussion of dreams and images with Semitic origins.  Lehi's great dream of the Tree of Life and its meaning.  Nephi ponders his father's dream and converses with the spirit of the Lord.


Lesson 4


The Things Which I Saw - 1 Nephi 12-14
Nephi desires to see the things which his father saw.  He is given a vision of the future of the American continent, including the visit of Christ, the coming of men to America in the last days, and the restoration of the gospel.  Nephi learns that many of the plain and precious truths of the Bible have been removed.  He sees the great and abominable church and the effect it has on men.

Lesson 5

Hearken to the Truth, and Give Heed unto It - 1 Nephi 16-22
The Nephi-Laman Scale: From the faith of Nephi to the murmuring of Laman.  This lesson includes discussions on the discovery of the Liahona, the broken bow incident, the building of the ship, and the journey across the sea and how Nephi and his brothers acted or reacted in each difficult situation.  Nephi also teaches from Isaiah.


Lesson 6


Free to Choose Liberty and Eternal Life - 2 Nephi 1-2
Lehi, who is nearing the end of his days, teaches and counsels his family.  He teaches them about the blessings related to the promised land and the consequences of disobedience.  He reminds his family to arise from a deep sleep and shake off the chains by which they are bound and to put on the armor of righteousness.  Lehi continues his teaching with a great doctrinal discourse on the purpose of life, the creation of the earth, the fall of man, and the atonement of Christ.  The great principle of agency is taught and Lehi expounds on the necessity for opposition in all things.


Lesson 7

I Know in Whom I Have Trusted - 2 Nephi 3-5
Lehi teaches his son Joseph of another Joseph, a choice seer who would be raised up in the last days to bring forth revelation and bring the people to salvation. Lehi concludes his teaching by blessing and speaking to the children of Laman and Lemuel. He tells them that they will not perish because of the iniquity of their fathers, but that the Lord will be merciful unto their seed. We review Nephi's psalm and his thoughts of contending with evil and rejoicing in the Lord. After Lehi's passing, Laman and Lemuel seek to destroy Nephi. Nephi and his followers escape and establish a new home and live after the manner of happiness.


Lesson 8


O How Great the Goodness of Our God - 2 Nephi 6-10
Jacob, at the request of Nephi, teaches from the writings of Isaiah.  He speaks of the "standard" the Lord will set up in the last days.  Jacob also teaches us about the essential nature of the great Atonement and what we must do to qualify. Jacob concludes by reminding us to cheer up our hearts, for even though we have made mistakes, if we turn to the Lord and repent, we will be forgiven.

Lesson 9

My Soul Delighteth in the Words of Isaiah - 2 Nephi 11-25
An introduction to Isaiah and the Isaiah chapters in the Book of Mormon.  Isaiah sees the latter-day temple and the gathering of Israel.  Isaiah prophesies that the Lord will raise an ensign and gather Israel.  Isaiah and Nephi testify of Jesus Christ's redeeming power.


Lesson 10


He Inviteth All to Come unto Him - 2 Nephi 26-30
This lesson begins with a discussion on the war in heaven and the ongoing battle that continues. Nephi looks forward to the coming of Christ.  Nephi writes about pride and priestcraft.  Nephi tells us about a universal apostasy in the last days and that this work is one of the Lord's tools in counteracting its effects.  Nephi teaches us how devil operates and how well he will have great success in the last days.  Nephi prophecies of the eventual gathering and restoration of Israel.

Lesson 11


Press Forward With A Steadfastness In Christ - 2 Nephi 31-33
Nephi teaches the doctrine of Christ and we discuss the necessity of viewing the Savior as an example in all things.  Nephi teaches that we must steadfastly press forward and endure to the end.  We are instructed to feast upon the words of Christ.  Nephi concludes his teaching with his own testimony.


Lesson 12


Seek Ye For The Kingdom Of God - Jacob 1-4
Jacob magnifies his calling from the Lord.  He does so, by teaching the Nephites at the temple regarding riches, pride, and moral cleanliness.  He also counsels the Nephites to not counsel the Lord and to seek to understand the simple principles of the gospel without looking beyond the mark.


Lesson 13


The Allegory Of The Olive Trees - Jacob 5-7
After a brief discussion on allegories and the prophet Zenos, we discuss Jacob's allegory of the olive tree.  We conclude by discussing Sherem and how we can avoid deception.

Lesson 14


For A Wise Purpose - Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon
Enos and his experience of seeking an answer to prayer.  The books of Jarom, Enos, and Words of Mormon link Nephite history from the time of Enos to King Benjamin.


Lesson 15


Eternally Indebted to Your Heavenly Father - Mosiah 1-3
Benjamin teaches his sons about the importance of the scriptures.  Benjamin gathers the people together and teaches them the value of service, that contention is of the devil, and that the natural man is an enemy to God.  In all of this, Benjamin sets a wonderful example of leadership.

Lesson 16


Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ - Mosiah 4-6
King Benjamin continues his great sermon to the people.  The people come to understand their carnal state and that salvation can come only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  Benjamin teaches the characteristics of true Saints. We discuss the mighty change of heart that came upon the people and how we may also partake in this great change.


Lesson 17


A Seer … Becometh a Great Benefit to His Fellow Beings - Mosiah 7-11
In this lesson we review the journey of Zeniff to reclaim and occupy the land of Nephi. We see how his people are protected because of their faith and righteousness.  In contrast, we see how the people are led into wickedness by the wicked example of the son of Zeniff, king Noah. Abinadi comes among the people and warns them to repent or face bondage and affliction.


Lesson 18


God Himself … Shall Redeem His People - Mosiah 12-17
Who is Abinadi? Abinadi returns to the court of wicked King Noah to teach repentance, that the Son of God will come to earth to atone for the sins of mankind, and that all will be resurrected and will stand in judgment before God. Abinadi is put to death.


Lesson 19


None Could Deliver Them but the Lord - Mosiah 18-24
Alma, one of King Noah's priests, believed the teachings of Abinadi.  He fled with a group of believers where they were baptized and established the church.  We discuss the requirements for those who wish to be baptized and the obligations of church members.  We conclude the lesson with a discussion on how the people were brought into bondage by the Lamanites and what is necessary to gain deliverance.


Lesson 20


My Soul Is Pained No More - Mosiah 25-28; Alma 36
The Nephites, including the people of Limhi and Alma, gather together to listen to King Mosiah speak and read the Jaredite record.  Mosiah authorizes Alma to establish and organize churches throughout Zarahemla.  The sons of Mosiah and the son of Alma rebel and persecute the church.  We discuss Alma's conversion and how parents respond to wayward children.


Lesson 21


Alma … Did Judge Righteous Judgments - Mosiah 29; Alma 1-4
As Mosiah approached the end of his days, he questioned the people about who should be his successor.  He taught them the problems with monarchy and taught that their leaders should be elected by the voice of the people.  Nehor comes among the people teaching false doctrine and priestcraft.  Amlici attempts to become king.  Alma gives up his position as chief judge in order to reclaim the people by "bearing down in pure testimony against them."


Lesson 22


Have Ye Received His Image in Your Countenances? - Alma 5-7
Alma's great sermon to the people of Zarahemla on spiritual birth and obtaining a mighty change of heart.  Alma asks important questions which we need to ask ourselves.

Lesson 23


More Than One Witness - Alma 8-12
Alma leaves Zarahemla and begins his missionary journey. Alma is rejected in Ammonihah, but returns at the direction of an angel. He is taken into the home of Amulek.  Alma and Amulek preach to the people of Ammonihah and call them to repentance.  Alma and Amulek are challenged by Zeezrom. They remind the people about the great plan of salvation.


Lesson 24


Give Us Strength According to Our Faith … in Christ - Alma 13-16
Alma's discourse on the priesthood. The people of Ammonihah revile against Alma and Amulek and burn those who repent.  Alma and Amulek escape from prison. Zeezrom is healed by his belief in Jesus Christ and the atonement. We conclude with a discussion on the necessity of sacrifice for the sake of the gospel.

Lesson 25


They Taught with Power and Authority of God - Alma 17-22
Alma meets the sons of Mosiah while traveling to the land of Manti. Alma rejoices that they are still his brethren in the Lord.  We review the account of Ammon and his marvelous missionary experience with King Lamoni.  Aaron and his brethren are diligent in their missionary pursuits, even in the face of adversity. Throughout the lesson we discuss the importance of preparing to teach the gospel and teaching by the Spirit.


Lesson 26


Converted Unto the Lord - Alma 23-29
We begin with a follow-up from Lesson 25 as Ammon meets the king of the Lamanites. Aaron goes to the land of Nephi and teaches the king. The king is willing to give up all that he has for salvation. Aaron and his brethren go throughout the land teaching. The Anti-Nephi-Lehis refuse to take up arms to defend themselves. Alma and Ammon rejoice in teaching the gospel.


Lesson 27


Lesson 27 - All Things Denote There Is a God - Alma 30-31
We discuss the modern philosophy of naturalism and compare it to the teachings of the anti-Christ, Korihor. Alma counters Korihor's philosophy and teaches the true source of knowledge. We discuss how to recognize anti-Christs in our day and how to combat their teachings. Alma goes on a mission to the Zoramites and learns that they are corrupting true principles.


Lesson 28

The Word Is in Christ unto Salvation - Alma 32-35
Alma teaches the poor among the Zoramites. He teaches them that adversity and humility can prepare a person to receive the truth. Alma continues with a wonderful sermon on faith and how each person can develop that faith into a sure knowledge. Amulek teaches the Zoramites that this life is the time to prepare to meet God.


Lesson 29

Give Ear To My Words - Alma 36-39
As Alma approached the end of his life, he gathered his sons together to counsel and teach them. He taught Helaman and Shiblon many things to guide them through life and in carrying out their ministry.  Corianton was chastised for leaving his mission and taking up with the harlot Isabel.  He was commanded to repent and return to the ways of righteousness.

Lesson 30


The Great Plan of Happiness - Alma 40–42
Alma continues to teach and counsel his son Corianton. Alma teaches about the time between death and the resurrection. He teaches the doctrine of the resurrection. He counsels Corianton about wickedness and its failure to provide lasting happiness. We learn that the fall of Adam and Eve was a great blessing in preparing us for eternal salvation and that through repentance we have claim on mercy through the great atonement.


Lesson 31


Firm in the Faith of Christ - Alma 43–52
We begin our discussion with the reasons why the Nephites went to war against the Lamanites and under what circumstances the Lord justifies war. The rise of Amalikiah and those who would usurp the freedom of the people. Captain Moroni raises the Title of Liberty and rallies the people. Pahoran becomes the new chief judge. The rise of the Kingmen, those who would usurp Nephite liberty. The Lamanites, under the head of Amalikiah, begin to have success against the Nephites.


Lesson 32


They Did Obey … Every Word of Command with Exactness - Alma 53–63
The war between the Nephites and the Lamanites continues. Helaman persuades the people of Ammon to keep their covenant and not take up arms. 2000 of their sons take up arms in their defense. The sons of Helaman are successful in battle because of their righteousness. Helaman sends a letter to Pahoran chastising the government for their lack of support to the troops.

Lesson 33


A Sure Foundation - Helaman 1–5
A succession crisis developed after the death of the chief judge Pahoran. The Lamanites, led by apostates, invaded the lands of the Nephites. Gadianton becomes leader of the secret band of Kishkumen. Many Nephites migrate to the land northward. The wickedness of many Nephites continues to cause a both civil crisis and troubles with the Lamanites. Nephi, and his brother Lehi, go on missions in an effort to call the people to repentance.


Lesson 34


How Could You Have Forgotten Your God? - Helaman 6–12
Gadianton's band is reestablished among the people. Characteristics of secret combinations. The principle of agency: choices and their consequences. In Helaman 12 we see listed the weaknesses of fallen man and the consequences of giving in to the "natural man". We see the blessings of righteousness through the example of Nephi's life. Moral conditions decay among the Nephites and they ripen for destruction.


Lesson 35


Repent and Return unto the Lord - Helaman 13–16
Samuel speaks to the Nephites of Zarahemla from the wall. He calls them to repentance.  He reminds them that they are guilty of the sin of ingratitude and that they are following blind guides rather than the prophets of God. Samuel prophecies of the coming of Christ. A few of the Nephites repent, but most remain in their wickedness.

Lesson 36



On the Morrow Come I into the World - 3 Nephi 1–7
The prophesied signs of Christ's birth were given and the believers challenged. The rise of the Gadianton robbers and the people band together to destroy them. A few years later many returned to their pride and great inequalities became commonplace. The destruction of the government and the people band together in tribes for protection.




New Testament Lesson Summaries

Lesson 1

That Ye Might Believe That Jesus Is the Christ
An introduction to a study of the life of the Savior. The eternal ministry of Jesus Christ. Suggestions for studying the New Testament. A historical survey linking the Old Testament to the New Testament.


Lesson 2

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord - Luke 1; Matthew 1
John the Baptist is born to Elisabeth and Zacharias. Mary and Joseph learn that Mary will be the mother of the Son of God. Mary visits Elizabeth. The birth of John (the Baptist).

Lesson 3

Unto You Is Born . . . a Saviour - Luke 2; Matthew 2
Jesus Christ is born. The angelic announcement to the shepherds. The shepherds go to Bethlehem to see the new born Jesus. Simeon and Anna testify of the Messiah. The wise men from the east. Jesus goes to Egypt. Jesus prepares in his youth for the ministry.

Lesson 4

Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord - Matthew 3-4; John 1:35-51
John the Baptist prepares the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. The baptism of Jesus. The temptation in the wilderness. Disciples of John follow Jesus.

Lesson 5

Born Again - John 3-4
Jesus' early ministry. Jesus teaches Nicodemus that all must be born of water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches a Samaritan women.


Lesson 6

They Straightway Left Their Nets - Luke 4:14-32; Luke 5; Luke 6:12-16; Matthew 10
Jesus returns to Nazareth and teaches the people. He announces that he is the Messiah. Jesus calls his twelve apostles. Jesus ordains and instructs the Twelve Apostles. Receiving the servants of the Lord.


Lesson 7

He Took Our Infirmities, and Bare Our Sicknesses - Mark 1-2; Mark 4:35-41; Mark 5; Luke 7:11-17
The lesson begins with a discussion on miracles. Jesus performs many miracles including the casting out of an unclean spirit, healing of a leper, the calming of a storm at sea, and healing a woman with an issue of blood. We conclude with a discussion on miracles and faith.


Lesson 8

The Sermon on the Mount: A More Excellent Way - Matthew 5
An introduction to the sermon. The Beatitudes. Jesus teaches the people to be the "salt of the earth" and "a light" to the world. He teaches a higher law.


Lesson 9

Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God - Matthew 6-7

Jesus continues his great sermon on the mount. Jesus teaches about alms before men, prayer and fasting, laying up treasures in heaven, serving God, judging others, false prophets, and building a proper foundation.


Lesson 10


Take My Yoke upon You, and Learn of Me - Matthew 11:28-30; Matthew 12:1-13; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 13:10-17

Jesus invites us to take his yoke upon us and learn of him. Jesus declares that he is Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus forgives a woman in house of Simon the Pharisee.


Lesson 11

He Spake Many Things unto Them in Parables - Matthew 13
Jesus continues to travel and preach with his disciples. We introduce the concept of teaching by using parables. Jesus teaches the following parables: the sower, the wheat and tares, the mustard seed, the leaven, the hidden treasure, the pearl of great price, and the gospel net.

Lesson 12

I Am the Bread of Life - John 5-6; Mark 6:30-44; Matthew 14:22-33

A man healed on the Sabbath. The feeding of the five thousand. Jesus walks on the Sea of Galilee. The sermon on the bread of life.


Lesson 13


I Will Give unto Thee the Keys of the Kingdom - Matthew 15:21-17:9

There is increasing opposition towards Jesus. Healing of the Canaanite woman's daughter. Miracles in Decapolis. The leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The keys of the kingdom promised to the Twelve. The transfiguration of Jesus.


Lesson 14

Who Is My Neighbour? - Matthew 18; Luke 10
Healing of the demoniac youth. Jesus teaches that we must become as little children. Jesus teaches about forgiveness. Parable of the unmerciful servant. Parable of the good Samaritan.

Lesson 15

I Am the Light of the World - John 7-8
Jesus attends the Feast of Tabernacles and teaches in the temple. The woman taken in adultery. Jesus is the light of the world.

Lesson 16

I Was Blind, Now I See - John 9-10
Jesus gives sight to a man who was born blind. Jesus teaches that he is the Good Shepherd

Lesson 17

What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life? - Mark 10:17-30; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 12:13-21; Luke 14; Luke 16

A rich young man seeks Jesus to find the path to eternal life. Jesus teaches that it is hard to trust in riches and enter the kingdom of God. The widow's mite. Parable of a certain rich man. Parable of the great supper. Parable of the unjust steward.


Lesson 18

He Was Lost, and Is Found - Luke 15; Luke 17

Jesus teaches the worth of souls through the parable of the lost sheep and the parable of the piece of silver. The story of the prodigal son. The ten lepers.

Lesson 19


Thy Faith Hath Saved Thee - Luke 18:1-8, Luke 18:35-43; Luke 19:1-10; John 11
Parable of the unjust judge and the widow. A blind man healed by faith. Jesus invited into Zacchaeus's home. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.

Lesson 20


Woe unto You, … Hypocrites - Matthew 21-23; John 12:1-8
Mary anoints Jesus' feet. The Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Parable of the two sons. Parable of the householder. Scribes and Pharisees try to trap Jesus. Jesus identifies and condemns the hypocrisy and wickedness of the scribes and Pharisees.


Lesson 21


What Is the Sign of Thy Coming? - Joseph Smith—Matthew (Matthew 24)

Jesus' final teaching in the temple. Jesus laments over doomed Jerusalem. Signs to precede the destruction of Jerusalem. Signs to precede the second coming. Teachings about the second coming.


Lesson 22


Inherit the Kingdom Prepared for You - Matthew 25
Parable of the ten virgins. Parable of the talents. Parable of the sheep and goats.


Lesson 23


Love One Another, As I Have Loved You - Luke 22:1-38; John 13-15
Judas and the Jews plot Jesus' death. Peter and John make ready the Passover. Jesus administers the sacrament to the Twelve. Jesus teaches who is the greatest. Washing of the feet. Jesus teaches his disciples to love one another. Jesus teaches that in his father's house are many mansions and that he is the way, the truth, and the life. Jesus teaches of the two comforters. God's enemies hate Christ and His work.

Lesson 24


Lesson 24 - This Is Life Eternal - John 16-17
Jesus continues to teach his apostles and strengthen them for the events which lie ahead. His discourse on the Holy Ghost. Jesus foretells his death and resurrection. The intercessory prayer.

Lesson 25


Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done - Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46
Jesus in the Garden Of Gethsemane. Why we need the Atonement of Jesus Christ

Lesson 26


To This End Was I Born - Matthew 26:47-27:66; Mark 14:43-15:39; Luke 22:47-23:56; John 18-19

Jesus is betrayed and arrested. Jesus is questioned and tried. Peter denies Christ. The crucifixion and burial.


Lesson 27


He Is Not Here, for He Is Risen - Matthew 28; Luke 24; John 20-21
The lesson opens with a discussion on resurrection. Witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Mary Magdalene and the other women, Peter and John, on the road to Emmaus, the Apostles, and others.

Lesson 28

We Are Witnesses - Acts 1-5
The Lord ascends into heaven. Matthias is called to be an Apostle. The day of Pentecost. Peter heals the lame man. Peter preaches of the times of restitution. Peter and John arrested by Jewish leaders. Ananias and Sapphira. The work goes forth.


Lesson 29


The Number of the Disciples Was Multiplied - Acts 6-9

Seven chosen to assist the work. Stephen brought before the Sanhedrin and stoned by his accusers. Phillip preaches in Samaria. Simon offers to buy the power to bestow the Holy Ghost. Phillip teaches the eunuch. An introduction to Saul. Saul's conversion. Events in Saul's life following his conversion.

Lesson 30


God Is No Respecter of Persons - Acts 10-14; Acts 15:1-35
Peter learns in a vision that the gospel should be preached to the Gentiles. James martyred and Peter imprisoned. Peter's miraculous escape from prison. Paul and Barnabas preach the gospel to the Gentiles. Disputations among the Saints over keeping the law of Moses.

Lesson 31


And So Were the Churches Established in the Faith - Acts 15:36-18:22; 1 Thessalonians & 2 Thessalonians
Paul, Silas, and Timothy preach throughout Macedonia and Greece. Paul preaches on Mars' Hill to the Athenian philosphers. Paul writes letters of counsel to the Saints in Thessalonica.

Lesson 32


Live in the Spirit - Acts 18:23-20:38; Galatians
An introduction to Paul's third missionary journey. Paul teaches, baptizes, and confers the Holy Ghost on believers in Ephesus. Paul gives a farewell address to Church leaders from Ephesus. Paul chastises and counsels the Galatian Saints.

Lesson 33


Ye Are the Temple of God - 1 Corinthians 1-6
Division and a lack of unity in the Church. The Lord to destroy the wisdom of the wise. Paul's teachings to the Corinthian saints about how to obtain the truth about God. Paul condemns immorality.

Lesson 34


Lesson 34 - Keep the Ordinances, As I Delivered Them - 1 Corinthians 11-16
Husbands' and wives' relationships with each other and with the Lord. Partaking of the sacrament worthily. Paul's discourse to the Corinthians on spiritual gifts. The resurrection and the degrees of glory.


Lesson 35

Be Ye Reconciled to God - 2 Corinthians
Overcoming tribulation. Forgiving others. Feeling Godly sorrow for our sins. Becoming reconciled to God.


Lesson 36


Beloved of God, Called to Be Saints - Romans
Saints and the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are justified by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul glories in tribulation. Baptism and sin. We are the children of God.

Lesson 37


Jesus Christ: The Author and Finisher of Our Faith - Hebrews
Christ suffered temptation. He learned obedience by that which he suffered. Paul encouraged the Saints to live so that they might enter into God's rest. The Lord fulfills his promise to the faithful. The necessity for change in the priesthood. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law and established the gospel. Paul's discourse on faith. The Lord chastens those whom he loves.


Lesson 38


Thou Hast Testified of Me - Acts 21-28
Paul reports on his journeys and faces an angry mob in Jerusalem. Paul's address before the Sanhedrin. Paul presents his case before King Agrippa - telling of his life, of his persecution of the Christians, and of his conversion. Paul is sent to Rome. His boat is shipwrecked. Lessons from the life of Paul.


Lesson 39

For the Perfecting of the Saints - Ephesians
Paul's letter to the Ephesians. We were chosen before the foundation of this world. The dispensation of the fulness of times. Saved by grace. Christ, the chief cornerstone. One Lord, one faith. Leaders for the perfecting of Saints. Unity between husband and wife and between parents and children. Putting on the armour of God.


Lesson 40


I Can Do All Things through Christ - Philippians; Colossians; Philemon
Paul encourages the Philippian Saints to follow Jesus Christ. Paul exhorted the Colossian Saints to be "grounded and settled" in the knowledge that Jesus is the Savior and possesses the fulness of the Father.

Lesson 41


I Have Finished My Course - 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy; Titus
Instructions To Timothy: Warnings against apostasy and false doctrine, praying for others, Jesus: our Mediator, teachings on modesty, be an example, riches, and evils of the last days. Paul gave instructions to Titus about living righteously.


Lesson 42


Pure Religion - James
An introduction to the book of James. Teachings from James: Praying to God in faith, a double minded man is unstable, we should be swift to hear and slow to speak, we should be slow to wrath, be doers of the word, faith without works is dead, and the effects of lust and envy.


Lesson 43


A Chosen Generation - 1 Peter; 2 Peter; Jude
Peter the church in many lands. Faith that has been refined through trial, even fire, is more precious than gold. A chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, and a peculiar people. We are to submit to and obey those laws laid down by government. How we respond to evil. Becoming partakers of the divine nature. The characteristics of false teachers.


Lesson 44


God Is Love - 1 John; 2 John; 3 John
Manifestations of Heavenly Father's love. Manifestations of the Savior's love for us. Showing our love for Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and others.

Lesson 45


He That Overcometh Shall Inherit All Things - Revelation 1-3; Revelation 12
An introduction to the book of Revelation. Symbols representing parts of the Church of Jesus Christ. Blessings promised to those who overcome. How the Saints overcome Satan.

Lesson 46

He Will Dwell with Them, and They Shall Be His People - Revelation 5-6; 19-22
Satan fights against the righteous: A book sealed with seven seals. Satan will be bound and Christ will reign in triumph during the Millennium. After the last judgment, the righteous will dwell with God.




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.


Lesson 17

Beware Lest Thou Forget - Deuteronomy 6; Deuteronomy 8; Deuteronomy 11; Deuteronomy 32

Introduction to the Book Of Deuteronomy. Instructions given to the Israelites to help them remember their covenants. The Israelites were counseled to obey God's commandments and to remember him. The Israelites were counseled to be mindful of the Rock of their Salvation.


Lesson 18

Be Strong and of a Good Courage - Joshua 1-6; Joshua 23-24

Moses leaves the people and is buried by the Lord. Joshua assumes the prophetic calling and leads Israel. The Lord instructs Joshua to continue in the path of Moses. The Israelites cross the Jordan River and conquer Jericho. Joshua's final exhortation to Israel.


Lesson 19


The Reign of the Judges - Judges 2; Judges 4; Judges 6-7; Judges 13-16

This lesson reviews the historical cycle of apostasy as told in the Book of Judges and how it applies to us in our day. Deborah - the strength of a righteous friend. Gideon - the strength of faith in God. Samson - the strength of covenants and the consequences of breaking them.


Lesson 20


All the City … Doth Know That Thou Art a Virtuous Woman - Ruth; 1 Samuel 1

Ruth leaves her home to go to Bethlehem with Naomi. Ruth and Boaz marry. Hannah covenants with the Lord and is blessed with a son, Samuel.


Lesson 21


God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him - 1 Samuel 2-3; 1 Samuel 8

The sons of Eli honor themselves above the Lord. Eli honors his sons above the Lord. Samuel honors the Lord. Israel wants a king rather than heed the counsel of the Lord. How do we sometimes honor ourselves rather than the Lord?

Lesson 22


The Lord Looketh on the Heart - 1 Samuel 9-11; 1 Samuel 13; 1 Samuel 15-17

The calling of Saul was revealed to Samuel. Samuel assembled the tribes of Israel and presented Saul. Saul makes a burnt offering and it is rejected by the Lord. Saul disobeys the Lord in the battle with the Amalekites and is rejected as king. The Lord chooses David as king. David slays Goliath in the strength of the Lord.

Lesson 23

The Lord Be Between Thee and Me For Ever - 1 Samuel 18-20; 1 Samuel 23-24

Jonathan and David make a covenant of friendship. Saul becomes jealous of David and tries to kill him. Saul is consumed with hatred for David. David spares Saul's life.

Lesson 24

Create in Me a Clean Heart - 2 Samuel 11-12; Psalm 51

We begin this lesson by asking the question, "What are you willing to do for eternal life?" After the death of Saul, David was anointed king of Israel. David commits adultery with Bathsheba and arranges the death of Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband. We discuss the power of thought and how to avoid temptation. David is told that he will be punished because of his sins. A repentant David seeks forgiveness.

Lesson 25

Let Every Thing That Hath Breath Praise the Lord - Psalms

Introduction to the Book of Psalms. Prophecies of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. Psalms expressing gratitude for blessings.

Lesson 26


King Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness - 1 Kings 3; 1 Kings 5-11

Some thoughts on leadership as demonstrated by George Washington. Solomon's rise to power. The Lord blesses Solomon. The construction of Solomon's temple. Solomon dedicates the temple. Solomon's riches and honor increased after the building of the temple. He maries many non-Israelite women who persuade him to worship idols.


Lesson 27


The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders - 1 Kings 12-14; 2 Chronicles 17; 2 Chronicles 20

Rehoboam called to lighten the burden on the people. The Israelite elders counsel Rehoboam, but he heeds the counsel of the young men and Israel is divided. Jeroboam and Rehoboam lead their kingdoms into idolatry. Jehoshaphat leads the kingdom of Judah to follow the Lord and His prophets.


Lesson 28

After the Fire a Still Small Voice - 1 Kings 17-19

Elijah seals up the heavens because of wickedness. The Lord gives Elijah instructions for survival during the drought. Elijah sustained by the widow and raises her son from the dead. Elijah challenges the priests of Baal. Jezebel was intent on having Elijah killed. Elijah fasted and prayed and was comforted by the Holy Ghost.


Lesson 29


He Took Up … the Mantle of Elijah - 2 Kings 2; 2 Kings 5-6

Elijah taken up to heaven. Elisha takes up Elijah's prophetic mantle. Elisha parts the waters of the Jordan. Elisha heals Naaman of leprosy. Elisha guides Israel in a war with Syria.


Lesson 30


Come to the House of the Lord - 2 Chronicles 29-30; 2 Chronicles 32; 2 Chronicles 34

When Ahaz died, his son Hezekiah became king of Judah. Hezekiah orders the house of the Lord to be cleansed. Hezekiah sent letters of invitation to all Israel and Judah, inviting them to come to Jerusalem and the temple for Passover. The kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians. Isaiah and Hezekiah pray for help, and an angel of the Lord destroys much of the Assyrian army. King Josiah destroyed idolatry in the kingdom of Judah and the people covenant to serve the Lord.


Lesson 31


Happy Is the Man That Findeth Wisdom - Proverbs and Ecclesiastes

Teachings from the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes on wisdom, the words we speak, pride, choosing good friends, disciplining children, patience, and the law of the harvest.


Lesson 32


I Know That My Redeemer Liveth - Job 1-2; Job 13; Job 19; Job 27; Job 42

Who was Job? Satan given leave to test Job. Job's bad day. Job and his friends discuss the cause of his difficulties. Job blessed greater than before. What we can learn from the story of Job.


Lesson 33


Sharing the Gospel with the World - Jonah 1-4; Micah 2; Micah 4-7

Jonah called to preach to Ninevah, but flees his mission. While sailing to Tarshish a great tempest came up and threatened the ship. Jonah is thrown from the ship and swallowed by a great fish. The lesson continues with a discussion on missionary service. The people of Ninevah respond to Jonah's message and repent. The prophecies of Micah, including those about latter-day Israel.


Lesson 34


I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness - Hosea 1-3; Hosea 11; Hosea 13-14

Using the similitude of a faithful husband and an adulterous wife, Hosea describes the relationship between the Lord and Israel. What things may divert us from our dedication to following the Lord? The Lord reproves Israel for their great sins, but continues to invite Israel to repent and return to him.


Lesson 35


God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets - Amos 3; Amos 7-9; Joel 2-3

Amos teaches that the Lord reveals his secrets to his servants the prophets. Amos prophecies of the consequences for rejecting the prophets. Joel prophecies that God will bless his people in the latter days and pour out his Spirit upon them.

Lesson 36


The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense - Isaiah 1-6

An introduction to the book of Isaiah, including keys to understanding Isaiah. Isaiah describes the condition of the world in the last days. The Lord to create a refuge for his people. The mountain of the Lord's house to be established. An ensign to be lifted to the nations.


Lesson 37


Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things - Isaiah 22; Isaiah 24-26; Isaiah 28-30

The Savior opens the door to Heavenly Father's presence. The Savior shows mercy for those in spirit prison. The Savior is a strength and a refuge. The Savior will prepare a feast and destroy the "vail." The Savior wipes away our tears. The Savior will bring the Resurrection. The Savior is our sure foundation. The Savior will restore the gospel to the earth.


Lesson 38


Beside Me There Is No Saviour - Isaiah 40-49

In the last days the glory of the Lord shall be revealed.  Isaiah prophecies about the Babylonian captivity. Cyrus, king of Persia, told that the Lord would go before him. Isaiah's testimony of Jehovah. A warning that Babylon would be destroyed because of its wickedness. Israel refined in the furnace of affliction. Events of the last days.


Lesson 39

How Beautiful upon the Mountains - Isaiah 50-53

Isaiah speaks of messengers who bring glad tidings. The Savior's atoning sacrifice. Our responsibilities in following the Lord.


Lesson 40


Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent - Isaiah 54-56; Isaiah 63-65

Strengthen the stakes of Zion. The gathering of Israel. The Millennium to be a time of peace and joy.


Lesson 41

I Have Made Thee This Day … an Iron Pillar - Jeremiah 1-2; 15; 20; 26; 36-38

Jeremiah ordained to be a prophet before his birth.  Jeremiah expresses his weakness and is reassured by the Lord. Jeremiah preached to the people in an effort to turn them from idolatry and immorality. Jeremiah faces opposition. Jeremiah is strengthened in adversity by his love for the word of God.

Lesson 42


I Will Write It in Their Hearts - Jeremiah 16; Jeremiah 23; Jeremiah 29; Jeremiah 31

Jeremiah foresees the latter-day gathering of Israel. The Lord to make a new covenant with Israel. God will write his law in the hearts of his people.

Lesson 43


The Shepherds of Israel - Ezekiel 1-37

The call of Ezekiel. Ezekiel to preach to the people in spite of their rebelliousness. Ezekiel to be a watchman. Ezekiel performed symbolic acts to demonstrate the fate of Jerusalem and Judah. Men accountable for their own sins and not that of their fathers. Shepherds of Israel condemned. Stick of Judah and the stick of Joseph.

Lesson 44


Every Thing Shall Live Whither the River Cometh - Ezekiel 38-48

A description of the battle of Armageddon. Ezekiel's vision of the temple. Ezekiel's vision of a river flowing from the temple.

Lesson 45


If I Perish, I Perish - Daniel 1; Daniel 3; Daniel 6; Esther 3-5; Esther 7-8

An introduction to Daniel. Daniel and his friends refuse to eat King Nebuchadnezzar's food; they are blessed with good health and wisdom. The Lord saves Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from death in the fiery furnace. Daniel and the lion's den. Esther risks her life to save her people.


Lesson 46

A Kingdom, Which Shall Never Be Destroyed - Daniel 2

Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian king, has a dream. Daniel seeks and receives the interpretation. He explains it to the king. A discussion on the stone cut out without hands.


Lesson 47

Let Us Rise Up and Build - Ezra 1-8; Nehemiah 1-2; Nehemiah 4; Nehemiah 6; Nehemiah 8

King Cyrus allows the Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. Ezra leads another group of Jews back to Jerusalem. Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem and leads the people in rebuilding the walls to protect the city. Ezra reads the scriptures to the people.


Lesson 48


The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord - Zechariah 10-14; Malachi

Historical background on Zechariah and Malachi. Zechariah and Malachi prophesy about events of the last days. Malachi teaches about the blessings that come to those who pay tithes and offerings.




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.


Lesson Summaries/Lesson Links