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Church History

Church History Study Guide

The Church’s online resources offer a wealth of knowledge about the history of the Church. As we study the Doctrine and Covenants and Church history this year, these resources can help teachers and students understand the background of different revelations, bring lessons to life with extra stories and visual materials, and better prepare to answer questions.

 

Lessons:

 

Lesson 1: Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History

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Lesson 2: “Behold, I Am Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World”

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Lesson 3: “I Had Seen a Vision”

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Lesson 4: “Remember the New Covenant, Even the Book of Mormon”

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Lesson 5: “This Is the Spirit of Revelation”

  • “Oliver Cowdery’s Gift”: This article gives context for the revelations now found in Doctrine and Covenants 6–9.

  • “Time Line: Palmyra, Fayette, and Harmony”: This time line lists significant events in early Church history by location and helps show how Oliver Cowdery’s translation work fit into the longer Book of Mormon translation process. 

  • “Your Passion, the Lord’s Purpose”: This excerpt is from an article by Evan Stephens, a hymn composer and former Tabernacle Choir director, on how the Lord has guided the development of music in the Church. 

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Lesson 6 : “I Will Tell You in Your Mind and in Your Heart, by the Holy Ghost”

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Lesson 7: “The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel”

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Lesson 8: The Restoration of the Priesthood

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Lesson 9: “The Only True and Living Church”

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Lesson 10: “This Is My Voice unto All”

  • “Sally Phelps’s Hymnal”: This article discusses the 1835 hymnal that was compiled according to instructions in Doctrine and Covenants 25.

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Lesson 11: “The Field Is White Already to Harvest”

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Lesson 12: “The Gathering of My People”

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Lesson 13: “This Generation Shall Have My Word through You” 

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Lesson 14: The Law of Consecration 

  • “The Law”: This article gives context for the revelation now known as Doctrine and Covenants 42.

  • “A Bishop unto the Church”: This article discusses Edward Partridge’s role in administering the law of consecration as the Church’s first bishop.

  • “Newel K. Whitney and the United Firm”: This article discusses the role of the United Firm in handling finances to move forward the work of the early Church.

  • “Sacrificing Soccer for Service”: This article tells the story of Samuel Borén, a pioneer of the Church in Argentina who turned down a soccer contract to focus on Church service.

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Lesson 15: “Seek Ye Earnestly the Best Gifts”

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Lesson 16: “Thou Shalt . . . Offer Up Thy Sacraments upon My Holy Day” 

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Lesson 17: The Law of Tithing and the Law of the Fast 

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Lesson 18: “Establish . . . a House of God” 

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Lesson 19: The Plan of Salvation 

  • “Man Was Also in the Beginning with God”: This article discusses an early revelation on the premortal existence that is now found in Doctrine and Covenants 93.

  • “The Vision”: This article gives context for the vision about life after death and the three kingdoms of glory, which is now recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 76. 

  • “Becoming like God”: This Gospel Topics essay gives some historical context for Church teachings on exaltation. 

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Lesson 20: The Kingdoms of Glory 

  • “The Vision”This article gives context for the vision about life after death and the three kingdoms of glory, which is now recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 76.

  • “Our Hearts Rejoiced to Hear Him Speak”: This article gives context for the revelations now known as Doctrine and Covenants 129, 130, and 131.

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Lesson 21: “Looking Forth for the Great Day of the Lord to Come” 

  • “Peace and War”: This article gives context to the revelation now found in Doctrine and Covenants 87 and discusses how the early Saints responded to prophecies about destruction before the Second Coming.

  • “Likening the Scriptures”: This quote from Joseph Fielding Smith in a letter to his son during World War II emphasizes the promise of peace in the Millennium.

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Lesson 22: The Word of Wisdom: “A Principle with Promise” 

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Lesson 23: “Seek Learning, Even by Study and Also by Faith”

  • “Unto the Least of These”: This 14-minute video tells the story of Olivas Aoy, an early Latter-day Saint and pioneer in education in El Paso, Texas.

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Lesson 24: “Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness”

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Lesson 25: Priesthood: “The Power of Godliness” 

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Lesson 26: “Go Ye into All the World, and Preach My Gospel”

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Lesson 27: “They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham” 

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Lesson 28: “O God, Where Art Thou?”

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Lesson 29: Building the Kingdom of God in Nauvoo, Illinois

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Lesson 30: “The Prisoners Shall Go Free”

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Lesson 31: “Sealed . . . for Time and for All Eternity”

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Lesson 32: “To Seal the Testimony”

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Lesson 33: President Brigham Young Leads the Saints

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Lesson 34: Faith in Every Footstep

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Lesson 35: “A Mission of Saving”

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Lesson 36: “The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose”

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Lesson 37: “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”

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Lesson 38: “In Mine Own Way”

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Lesson 39: “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers”

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Lesson 40: Finding Joy in Temple and Family History Work

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Lesson 41: “Every Member a Missionary”

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Lesson 42: Continuing Revelation to Latter-day Prophets

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Lesson 43: “Take upon You My Whole Armor”

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Lesson 44: Being Good Citizens

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Lesson 45: “The Family Is Ordained of God”

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Lesson 46: “Zion—The Pure in Heart”