Lesson 26: “Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel”, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine
Bring to class a copy of a Sudoku puzzle. Ask someone to explain how Sudoku works. (If no one knows, make sure that you figure it out and come ready to explain.) The main thing with Sudoku is that you are looking for patterns. Everything is based on a pattern of counting from one to nine. Ask some questions like, “Is there anyone who loves Sudoku? Why do you do it?” You can do some of the puzzle to show how it works. The main idea that you are trying to get across here is that you are looking for patterns. Spend as much time as you would like on this, just try to have some fun with it.
Today we are going to look at a pattern that the Lord uses. Have the class look in verses 2-5 to see the pattern that the Lord uses in these verses.
Explains that there are some past sins that need to be repented of.
Teaches that repentance will bring forgiveness.
Offers hope because of the repentance.
Gives an added assignment.
Ask, “Are there examples from the scriptures where you see the Lord using this same pattern?” (One example is the Brother of Jared. He is rebuked for not praying and then told about the barges. Another is Joseph Smith feeling that he needed to repent and then being visited by the angel Moroni.) Then ask, “What do we learn about the character of God from this revelation to Thomas B. Marsh?” “Are there parts of this pattern that we would like to avoid? How do we do that?”
You can now look at the pattern in verse 10.
Now, there is a third pattern that is more hidden in the section. In verse 15, we are commanded to not rebel against the Prophet (in this case, Joseph Smith.) Many of the verses until about verse 26 give us a pattern of what will happen to us if we follow that commandment. (Verse 19: I will be with you; verse 21: will be given power to do God’s work are two examples.) You can talk about how this pattern has been effective in the life of the class. “How has choosing to follow the commandments brought you the effects of the pattern explained in this section?”
The great thing about the Lord is that he is consistent in how he interacts with His children. Just like with Sudoku, if you can find the pattern, you have an unmistakable way to obtain blessings from God.