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Come Follow Me 2021: Doctrine and Covenants 10-11
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D&C 10–11

February 1–7. “That You May Come Off Conqueror”

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Watch videos from Gospel scholars and teachers to learn more about these sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. Book of Mormon Central produces weekly videos from Tyler Griffin, Taylor Halverson, John Hilton III, Anthony Sweat, Casey Griffiths, Stephanie Dibb Sorensen and Marianna Richardson. Read commentaries and other resources from KnoWhys, Steven C. Harper, Casey Griffiths, and Susan Easton Black.

Overview

Doctrine and Covenants 10

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Steven C. Harper
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Susan Easton Black
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Doctrine and Covenants 11

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Steven C. Harper
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Susan Easton Black

Daily Reading Plan

Structure your personal scripture study by following a 15-minute, day-by-day plan. Each day's assignment includes the required scripture passages from the Come, Follow Me curriculum, as well as suggestions for additional resources to bring context and understanding to your study. For the best experience, use our Reading Plan in the free ScripturePlus app! You can track your progress and have access to the best resources.

Monday

Further Reading

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Thursday

Friday

  • Scripture: D&C 10:53–70
  • KnoWhy 58: What is the Doctrine of Christ?
  • Commentary: While in the Doctrine and Covenants most references to “the church” refer to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, here the Lord expands the definition of the church to include anyone who repents and comes unto him (D&C 10:67). This definition aligns with later statements in the revelations, such as Doctrine and Covenants 97:21, which defines Zion as “the pure in heart,” a term encompassing not only Latter-day Saints but all sincere people who strive to live according to the truth they possess. In this sense, the church becomes a large typology, embracing all who do good.
    Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote, “The church of the devil is every evil and worldly organization on earth. It is all of the systems, both Christian and non-Christian, that have perverted the pure and perfect gospel: it is all of the governments and powers that have run counter to divine will. . . . It is the man of sin speaking in churches, orating in legislative halls, and commanding the armies of men.” Taken typologically, the church of the devil is a powerful symbol for the influence of evil in all its manifestations.
    If we apply Elder McConkie’s logic in both directions, texts such as Doctrine and Covenants 10 allow us to visualize the pavilion under which the church of the Lamb resides to be enlarged to include “every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ” (Moroni 7:16). Membership in the church of the Lamb in this context expands beyond denominational lines to include all who genuinely strive to do good according to the light they have been given.
    Casey Paul Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, D&C 10:64–70.
  • VideoModern Urim and Thummim – Taylor Halverson (D&C 10)

Saturday

Sunday

  • Scripture: D&C 11:15–30
  • Commentary: Though Hyrum eventually became one of the most powerful leaders in the Church, he was instructed here to be patient and study the word of God before embarking on a mission to declare the gospel. At the time this revelation was given, the Book of Mormon was still being translated, the Church was still unorganized, and Hyrum was still unbaptized. Hyrum was baptized in June 1829, at Seneca Lake near Fayette, New York (JS History, vol. A-1, p. 23, JSP). He also served as one of the original six members of the Church when it was organized (Richard Lloyd Anderson, “Who Were the Six Who Organized the Church of 6 April 1830?” Ensign, June 1980).
    Most importantly, in every copy of the Book of Mormon the name of Hyrum Smith is found as one of the eight witnesses who saw and handled the gold plates. Hyrum’s witness was a direct fulfillment of the Lord’s promise that Hyrum would “assist in bringing to light those things of which has been spoken—yea, the translation of my work” (verse 19). Hyrum never denied his testimony of the reality of the gold plates, eventually dying a martyr’s death alongside Joseph in Carthage Jail. Because of his integrity, his name, along with Joseph’s, “will be classed among the martyrs of religion; and the reader in every nation will be reminded that the Book of Mormon, and this book of Doctrine and Covenants of the church, cost the best blood of the nineteenth century to bring them forth for the salvation of a ruined world” (D&C 135:6).
    Casey Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, D&C 11:15–22.
  • Commentary: Like other members of the small group gathering around Joseph Smith at this point, Hyrum was not to deny the spirit of revelation and prophecy (verse 25). This instruction implied a broad application of prophetic gifts among people who seek the Lord. In an echo of the Gospel of John, the Lord renewed His promise that those who receive Him will “become the sons of God” (John 1:12). This promise was repeated to several other early seekers of counsel during this time, including Orson Pratt (D&C 34) and James Covel (D&C 39). Women are also brought into this exalted relationship when a revelation to Emma Smith promised that “all those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my kingdom” (D&C 25:1). While commenting on a vision shown to him and Sidney Rigdon, Joseph taught that through Jesus Christ the inhabitants of all worlds created by divine power “are begotten sons and daughters unto God” and that those who enter into exaltation are “gods, even the sons of God” (D&C 76:58).
    Casey Griffiths, Doctrine and Covenants Minute, D&C 11:23–30.
  • VideoGod Always Has a Backup Plan – Casey Griffiths (D&C 10–11)

Additional Resources (Bibliography)

D&C 10

Stephen Harper, “Section 10,” Doctrine and Covenants Contexts (Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2021), 20–22.

Matthew McBride, “The Contributions of Martin Harris,” Revelations in Context: The Stories Behind the Sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2016.

All Is Lost,” Saints, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018), 1:43–53.

The Gift and Power of God,” Saints, Volume 1: The Standard of Truth (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2018), 1:54–64.

Book of Mormon Translation,” Church History Topics.

Gold Plates,” Church History Topics.

Lost Manuscript of the Book of Mormon,” Church History Topics.

Printing and Publishing the Book of Mormon,” Church History Topics.

Book of Mormon Central. “How Did Martin Harris Help Bring Forth the Book of Mormon? (2 Nephi 27:15).” KnoWhy 251 (March 24, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central. “How Does the “Mosiah-First” Translation Sequence Strengthen Faith? (Words of Mormon 1:5).” KnoWhy 503 (February 22, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central, “What Can We All Learn about Repentance from the Tragic Loss of the 116 Book of Mormon Pages? (Helaman 12:23),” KnoWhy 504 (March 1, 2019).

D&C 10:1–3

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did the Book of Mormon Come Forth as a Miracle? (2 Nephi 27:23).” KnoWhy 273 (February 10, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Is the Timing of the Book of Mormon’s Translation So “Marvelous”? (2 Nephi 27:26),” KnoWhy 506 (March 15, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central, “Is There Evidence That Joseph Smith Possessed a Urim and Thummim and Breastplate? (Ether 4:5),” KnoWhy 409 (February 20, 2018).

D&C 10:5

P. Scott Ferguson, “Withstanding the Evil One,” Religious Educator 12, no. 2 (2011): 155–167.

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Does Jesus Say that “Ye Must Watch and Pray Always”? (3 Nephi 18:15),” KnoWhy 344 (July 26, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Must One Pray Always to Endure to the End? (2 Nephi 32:8–9),” KnoWhy 298 (April 10, 2017).

D&C 10:10–19

Book of Mormon Central. “What Was on the Lost 116 Pages? (1 Nephi 9:5).” KnoWhy 452 (July 24, 2018).

D&C 10:38–45

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Were the Plates Present During the Translation of the Book of Mormon? (Mosiah 1:6),” KnoWhy 366 (September 21, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did the Nephites Preserve Some Items as “National Treasures”? (Mosiah 1:16),” KnoWhy 557 (April 14, 2020).

Book of Mormon Central, “Is the Book of Mormon Like Other Ancient Metal Documents? (Jacob 4:2),” KnoWhy 512 (April 25, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Is the Book of Mormon Called an “Abridgment”? (Title Page),” KnoWhy 519 (June 6, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central, “Are There Other Ancient Records Like the Book of Mormon? (Mormon 8:16),” KnoWhy 407 (February 13, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central, “Are the Accounts of the Golden Plates Believable? (Testimony of the Eight Witnesses),” KnoWhy 403 (January 30, 2018).

D&C 10:48–50

Book of Mormon Central, “Where is the Land of Promise? (2 Nephi 1:5),” KnoWhy 497 (January 8, 2019).

Book of Mormon Central, “Who Are the Lamanites? (2 Nephi 5:14),” KnoWhy 486 (November 20, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central, “Where Did the Book of Mormon Happen? (2 Nephi 1:8),” KnoWhy 431 (May 8, 2018).

D&C 10:59–60

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Jesus Say That There Were “Other Sheep” Who Would Hear His Voice? (3 Nephi 15:21),” KnoWhy 207 (October 12, 2016).

D&C 10:62–63

Book of Mormon Central, “What is the Doctrine of Christ? (2 Nephi 31:21),” KnoWhy 58 (March 21, 2016).

D&C 10:65

Book of Mormon Central. “Where Did Joseph Smith Get His Ideas about the Physical and Spiritual Gathering of Israel? (2 Nephi 21:11).” KnoWhy 290 (March 22, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Jesus Christ Compare Himself to a Hen? (3 Nephi 10:4),” KnoWhy 200 (October 3, 2016).

D&C 11

Stephen Harper, “Section 11,” Doctrine and Covenants Contexts (Springville, UT: Book of Mormon Central, 2021), 23–24.

Kay Darowski, “Joseph Smith’s Support at Home,” Revelations in Context: The Stories Behind the Sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. Salt Lake City, UT: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2016.

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Was a Stone Used as an Aid in Translating the Book of Mormon? (Alma 37:23).” KnoWhy 145 (July 18, 2016).

D&C 11:2

Book of Mormon Central, “How Are Rod and Sword Connected to the Word of God? (1 Nephi 11:25),” KnoWhy 427 (April 24, 2018).

D&C 11:3–4

Book of Mormon Central. “What Role Does the Book of Mormon Play in Missionary Work? (2 Nephi 30:3).” KnoWhy 288 (March 17, 2017).

D&C 11:7

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Nephi Want to Know the Mysteries of God? (1 Nephi 2:16),” KnoWhy 442 (June 19, 2018).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did Nephi Work So Hard to Preserve the Wisdom He Had Received? (1 Nephi 6:5-7),” KnoWhy 262 (January 16, 2017).

D&C 11:9

Book of Mormon Central, “What Does it Really Mean to be Blessed For Keeping the Commandments? (Mosiah 2:41),” KnoWhy 367 (September 26, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “How Do Commandments Bring Us Peace and Happiness? (2 Nephi 5:10),” KnoWhy 347 (August 2, 2017).

D&C 11:16

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Helaman Compare Christ to a Rock? (Helaman 5:12).” KnoWhy 176 (August 30, 2016).

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did Helaman Want His Sons to Remember to Build upon the Rock? (Helaman 5:12).” KnoWhy 332 (June 28, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “What is the Doctrine of Christ? (2 Nephi 31:21),” KnoWhy 58 (March 21, 2016).

D&C 11:19–20

Book of Mormon Central. “Why Did the Book of Mormon Come Forth as a Miracle? (2 Nephi 27:23).” KnoWhy 273 (February 10, 2017).

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Is the Timing of the Book of Mormon’s Translation So “Marvelous”? (2 Nephi 27:26),” KnoWhy 506 (March 15, 2019).

D&C 11:21

Book of Mormon Central, “How Can One “Feast upon the Words of Christ”? (2 Nephi 32:3),” KnoWhy 306 (April 28, 2017).

D&C 11:30

Book of Mormon Central, “Why Did King Benjamin Say That His People Would be Sons and Daughters at God’s Right Hand? (Mosiah 5:7),” KnoWhy 307 (May 1, 2017).

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