Study Guide Religion 324
Doctrine and Covenants 1-76
Dr. Craig James Ostler
You may wish to answer these questions in writing and/or mark them in the scriptures. I will not require that you turn them into me. In general, quizzes and exams will be taken from these questions and our class discussions. The following checklist will help you with the requirements of what you should know about each section.
* Know the information given in the historical backgrounds and the revelations that follow. Look for connections between the context and the content of the revelations. The Historical Background material in the Student Manual is useful in making these connections. * Be able to identify on a map all of the important locations referred to in the revelations and the historical backgrounds. * Know the people of the Doctrine and Covenants (Many of the following questions will help you to review their names and their involvement in the revelations of the Doctrine Covenants.) I suggest that you purchase a marker of another color besides red to highlight the names of the people involved in the revelations.
Additionally, you should always answer the following questions with each study of the scriptures: * What did I learn about the Restoration of the gospel from my study? * What is the most important principle taught in this revelation? * What other important principles are taught in this revelation? * What examples from your experience help you to understand one of those principles? * Do you have a brief testimony that you can share regarding one of those principles? Please, record that brief testimony.
* What situations exist today that relate to the circumstances and/or the principles in this revelation?
* What questions do I have from my study?
Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants
How to Study the Doctrine and Covenants. “I heard a brother say he could not read the Doctrine and Covenants because it was so much like a dictionary. It is not a consecutive story - it changes the subject, and so on - well of course it does.
“Many years ago when I was a president in a quorum of seventies - and in those days we did not have any supervision so far as our study was concerned - it was decided by that quorum of seventies that they would study the Doctrine and Covenants, and I was appointed to be the class teacher. We took it up section by section. You are not going to get all there is out of it in any other way. You may take it up if you want to by topics, or doctrines, that is good; but you are not going to understand the Doctrine and Covenants, you are not going to get out of it all there is in it unless you take it up section by section; and then when you do that, you will have to study it with its setting as you get it in the history of the Church.
“So when we studied the Doctrine and Covenants in those days, we did not take the Doctrine and Covenants for our text book, but we took the Documentary History of the Church. The first volume had just been published, and it contained the greater part of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants, with their setting, so that we got the reasons why this revelation was given, and that revelation was given; and with this background, there was greater interest in the things we were studying than there would have been if we had taken the revelations in some other way” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3:199-200).
The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. "I would like to speak about two sacred volumes of modern scripture - the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants are bound together as revelations from Israel's God to gather and prepare His people for the second coming of the Lord. The bringing forth of these sacred volumes of scripture "for the salvation of a ruined world" cost "the best blood of the nineteenth century " - that of...
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