Lesson 28: “O God, Where Art Thou?”, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine
Write the words, “Mountain” “River” “Desert” and “Meadow” on the board in the 4 corners of the board. Tell class members that they have 30 seconds to decide which one of the words best describes them and be ready to explain why. Give them 30 seconds and then ask class members to stand up as you say each of the 4 words. For example, say “Mountain” and have everyone that selected “Mountain” stand up. Pick one person and have them share why they selected themselves as a mountain. Then do the same for the rest of the words. Then state, “We are now going to compare ourselves, instead of to features of the earth, to the Prophet Joseph Smith. What are some of the similarities between you and Joseph Smith?” Some will share some similarities and you can write them down. Then state, “One reality is that Joseph Smith had many experiences that I have never had. The first vision, translating a record of ancient scripture, founding a Church, building cities, designing and building temples, etc. But there is one part of Joseph’s life that is similar to nearly everyone’s life because everyone has probably felt the way he did when he wrote Section 121:1.
Have someone from the class read D&C 121:1. Then talk about how many of us have had that type of experience. You can even ask people a time when they may have experienced the first 6 verses in their lives. Then talk about times when you have also experienced an answer like verses 7-8. Have class members share a time when they have had that type of answer in their lives.
Next share three great truths that the Lord teaches on how to overcome trials that we face.
Verse 8: Sometimes we just have to endure it well
Verse 9: Our friends and family can be there to help us out. (I like to talk about how this promise would have come true. The only way to make it true is for Joseph’s friends to help out. This gives us a big responsibility. What if we were a friend of Joseph, how would we have felt reading this section? Would the way we acted while he was in jail have influenced how we felt? What if we had been no help to him? Who are our friends that may need help? How do we know? You can even share one of the dozens of stories of President Monson being lead by the Spirit to help someone. When we are not experiencing hard times, we need to reach out to those that are.)
Section 122:5-7: Talk about all the amazingly difficult things that Joseph had to go through. How does knowing what other people are going through help us? How does helping others when we are in trials help us? One great key then is to find people who are even worse off than we are and help them. It makes our lives seem better.
End by reading section 122:8. Share your testimony that God know what we are going through and will help us through it.