Gospel Doctrine Lessons
To teach class members how to judge between good and evil and how to receive a testimony of the gospel and the Book of Mormon.
To increase class members’ understanding of gospel ordinances and of the need to strengthen one another.
To help class members understand the importance of exercising faith, being humble, and heeding the counsel of the prophets.
To help class members understand from the example of the brother of Jared how faith can enable us to enter the presence of the Lord eternally.
To help class members understand the warnings and counsel given by Mormon and Moroni to people living in the latter days.
To help class members see the importance of living according to gospel principles despite the increasing wickedness in the world.
3 Nephi 27 - 4 Nephi 1
To help class members understand the fundamental doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to teach them that living the gospel is the only way to true and eternal happiness.
3 Nephi 22-26
To help class members earnestly desire to search the words of the prophets.
3 Nephi 16, 20, 21
To help class members understand the latter-day work of gathering Israel and establishing Zion.
3 Nephi 17-19
To help class members feel the love of the Lord Jesus Christ and develop a greater desire to exercise faith in Him and bear testimony of Him.
3 Nephi 12-15
To encourage class members to be true disciples of Jesus Christ by following His example and by living the higher law that He taught to the Nephites.
3 Nephi 8-11
To help class members understand the fulfillment of Samuel’s prophecies and the blessings available to those who come unto the Savior.
3 Nephi 1-7
To help class members understand the need to endure faithfully in times of trial and temptation.
To remind class members of the importance of repenting, turning to the Lord, and following the prophets.
To help class members recognize the cycle that leads from righteousness to wickedness and back to righteousness.
To encourage class members to build their testimonies on the foundation of Jesus Christ.
Alma 53, 56-58
To help class members see that the Lord will strengthen them as they follow the example of Helaman’s valiant young soldiers.
To help class members see how the Nephites’ attitudes and actions in times of war can serve as a pattern for dealing with our earthly conflicts and the battle against Satan.
To help class members gain a greater understanding of life after death and the mercy that is available to them through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
To teach class members Alma’s counsel for remaining faithful in the gospel and to help parents understand how to teach and counsel both righteous and unrighteous children.
To help class members understand that the word of God will lead them to Jesus Christ and to encourage them to “nourish the word” in their hearts (Alma 32:40).
To help class members learn how to recognize and refute false teachings and stay true to their testimonies of Jesus Christ.
To encourage class members to strengthen their conversion and increase their desire to help others become converted.
To inspire class members to follow the example of the sons of Mosiah by sharing the gospel and ministering to others.
To help class members recognize the importance of honoring their foreordained roles, callings, and priesthood responsibilities and to help them understand that following the counsel of prophets helps us enter into the rest of the Lord.
To increase class members’ understanding of the plan of redemption and the power of having more than one witness to testify of gospel truths.
Alma the Younger taught the people to let their hearts changed by God, be pure, and strip themselves of pride and envy. Getting into the details of these chapters yields meaningful rewards.
Mosiah 29; Alma 1-4
Systems of government, punishment, and traitors are the focus of the chapters in this lesson. King Mosiah wisely developed a system of judges and established new laws, while Nehor and Amlici caused dissension and rebellion.
Mosiah 25-27, Alma 36
As the book of Mosiah closes, focus shifts from Alma the Elder to his son and the rising generation. Many of the people are led away in unbelief, and Alma the Elder’s efforts to preserve the church are evident in these chapters. An angel’s intervention results in the conversion of Alma the Younger and the sons of Mosiah and changes their paths in life.
Baptism is a sign that a person has is willing to enter into a covenant with God. The covenant includes a promise to join the fold of God, share the burdens of others, and stand as a witness of God.
To help class members appreciate the importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and stay true to their testimonies of the Atonement.
To encourage class members to follow the counsel of Church leaders, particularly those whom the Lord has called as prophets, seers, and revelators.
To encourage class members to seek and maintain the “mighty change” of heart that comes through exercising faith in Jesus Christ.
In his speech, King Benjamin wished to not only teach his people but have them make commitments, creating a society of followers of God.
Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon
To emphasize that the scriptures have been prepared and preserved to guide and direct us.
Jacob’s recounting of Zenos’s Allegory of the Olive Tree conveys “important teachings, deep emotion, and wisdom related to God’s tender devotion.” Jacob appears to conclude his writings at Jacob 6:13, but then includes the story of Sherem, which serves as a stern warning to disciples.
Jacob’s Sermon at the Temple exhorts his people to beware of pride and immorality. He teaches them to recognize the hand of the Lord in their wealth and shames them for persecuting the poor. Having abundance is an opportunity to share with others who have less. Jacob condemns unauthorized plural marriage and sexual activity outside of marriage. He encourages his people to look unto God for consolation.
2 Nephi 31-33
Nephi Teaches the Importance of Feasting on the Words of Christ
2 Nephi 26-30
In 2 Nephi 26-30, Nephi prophecies that Lehi’s descendants, the Jews, and the Gentiles will all fall away from the truth. He foretells of the Savior’s mercy to them through the restoration of the gospel and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.
2 Nephi 11-25
Isaiah’s writings were of great importance to Nephi and can be to us also. He raises a voice of warning, teaches about the Savior, and encourages us to praise the Lord. We can see God’s dealings with ancient Israel as an example for our own day.
2 Nephi 9-10
Jacob teaches that Jesus redeems us through giving us commandments and allowing us to make covenants with him. Jacob’s hope in Christ solves the problem of our lost and fallen state in mortality.
2 Nephi 3-5
To help class members strengthen their testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith and to encourage them to find happiness through trusting in the Lord and keeping His commandments.
2 Nephi 1-2
To help class members have a greater desire to “choose liberty and eternal life” through Jesus Christ, “the great Mediator of all men”
1 Nephi 16-22
To inspire class members to follow Nephi’s example of faith and willing obedience.
1 Nephi 12-14
To help class members understand Nephi’s vision of the future and how the warnings and promises in it apply to us today.
1 Nephi 8-11, 12, 15
Lehi's and Nephi's dream-vision of the tree of life serves as a lesson and encouragement about Christ's Atonement. In fact, the vision can be seen as the foundation of the Book of Mormon being centered on Christ.
1 Nephi 1-7
The first chapters of 1 Nephi proclaim Lehi's calling as a prophet, his family's varied responses to his message that they must leave Jerusalem, and the sons' assignments to return to Jerusalem. These chapters lay a foundation of trust in the Lord and obedience to his commands that continues throughout the Book of Mormon.
This lesson establishes a foundation for study of the Book of Mormon. The book means so much to members of the LDS Church because it contains truths of Jesus Christ and his ministry that complement the teachings of the Bible.