Doctrine and Covenants Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13: “This Generation Shall Have My Word through You”
Ask the class to imagine that they are going to teach a person the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This person knows nothing about religion but will believe the things they are taught. Have the class make a list of everything that this person would need to know before being baptized. (For younger classes you can do this as a game. Split the class in two and give them two minutes to come up with a list. Then have them put the answers in order of importance or have them list their answers on the board. There are a few different ways to have fun with this.) After having made your list ask the class, “How many of these things would we know about if we did not have the additional scripture revealed to us through Joseph Smith?” (meaning the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price). In today’s lesson we are going to talk about the importance of what Joseph Smith did in helping to establish doctrine.
This class discussion is very simple, but you do have to do a lot of preparation so that you can talk about a wide variety of topics. Prepare the list that is found in the lesson under #3. Either have it ready on the board or as a handout. Have the class pick two or three doctrines from the list. Then have them read the scriptures and be prepared to answer
What did we know before Joseph Smith?
What additional insights did he give?
Why was this doctrine so important that we needed additional clarification on it?
(Make sure to talk extensively on #3 to make sure that everyone understands the importance of the doctrine.) Then open up the class for people to share. It may take a while to get the first person to go but once you do the class will usually start rolling right along. For smaller classes you may just have everyone share one of their favorites.