“Lesson 20: The Kingdoms of Glory,”
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine
Tell the class you are going to play a little game. You are going to state the name of a person. That person is waiting to have lunch with you tomorrow. When you say the name, have the class write down how far they would be willing to pay to go to be able to have lunch with this person. For example, you say, Barak Obama. If you live in Utah, how far are you willing to go to have lunch with President Obama if you have to pay for the travel. Some may say they wouldn’t go next door, others would say that they would fly clear to Washington D.C. Then give a few more names to see how far people would go. You could use, President Monson, Bono, LeBron James, Peyton Manning, Brad Pitt, Miley Cyrus, George W. Bush, etc. Try and pick some people that students in your class would like to go see. Don’t do too many, because you want to get the point across without using too much time doing it. Discuss what makes some people willing to go so far to see someone. What qualities are you looking for in determining how far you are willing to go? You may even ask, “Who is the one person you would travel the farthest to go have lunch with?” (You can say “living or dead” to make it even more fun.
What we have tried to determine is that given enough motivation, people are willing to make sacrifices to attain that goal. Now turn to D&C 76:58-70. Have class members find the one thing that they would travel the farthest to get. (There isn’t a right or wrong answer here, so you can develop some good class discussions.)
Now we have to understand what it is that is required of us to attain our desire. Now look in verses 51-57 for a list of the things that we need to do in order to get that desire. (I would point out that the list is actually really simple. Testimony, faith, baptism, keep the commandment. These are all things that we have heard many times before.) I would also use the verses in D&C 88:21-22. We must live by the Celestial Law to get the celestial glory.
This one is really easy. Is our desire to get the blessings in verses 58-70 strong enough to do the things in 51-57. If not, why? What are we going to need to change to get what we really want?