Lesson 12: “The Gathering of My People”
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine
Give each member of the class a piece of paper and something to write with. (This exercise works best if you actually have them write it down.) Ask class members to think of a favorite holiday. In the US it is probably Christmas, Thanksgiving, or the 4th of July. Now have them write on the paper in 5 minutes as much as they can of an explanation of their perfect example of that holiday—so if Christmas is their favorite, have them describe the perfect Christmas in as much detail as possible in 5 minutes.
Have a few class members share. It if works right (it always has for me!J) there will be a consistent theme of people talking about their family coming together—gathering together. Holidays are usually always about getting together with other people we love, gathering, and having an enjoyable time together. Ask the class why they think that is usually a part of a “perfect” holiday. Ask, “What are the key reasons we get together? What types of things do you get out of getting together?” Answers might include things like a strengthened family, fun, happiness together, etc. Today in class we are going to look at the doctrine of gathering and why the Lord wants his people to gather together.
I would start with the second bullet point in the lesson manual and look at D&C 29:1-2, 7-8. Then add D&C 38:31–32; 39:15 D&C 57:1–3 talk about the reasons the Lord gives for his people gathering together. How are any of these reasons similar to reasons you get together in your families? Which of these reasons for gathering then apply to us gathering together in wards and stakes today?
Make sure to read the story about the Colesville Saints in Our Heritage pages 37-39. Tell the story of their journey or have class members take turn reading the story while looking for the piece that would have been the most difficult to do or the thing about his righteous group that was most impressive. End by discussing how what they did then could teach us about how we need to live today.