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2 Lesson 15: The Prophet Receives Revelation for the Church “Lesson 15: The Prophet Receives Revelation for the Church,” Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants: Church History, (1997),76

3 Purpose To help the children understand that revelation for the whole Church comes only through the living prophet and that we should follow him.

4 Our opening prayer will be given by (Enter name here)

5 Attention Activity We are going to play the game “Teacher Says.”We are going to play the game “Teacher Says.” It’s Just like “Simon Says” except I’m the teacher, I’m not Simon.It’s Just like “Simon Says” except I’m the teacher, I’m not Simon. You can only do what the “Teacher Says”.You can only do what the “Teacher Says”. If you do something that doesn’t start with “Teacher says” then you are out till the end of that round.If you do something that doesn’t start with “Teacher says” then you are out till the end of that round. Any questions about “Teacher Says”Any questions about “Teacher Says”

6 Attention Activity Let’s Play “Teacher Says”

7 Attention Activity There will be many people in our lives telling us what to do.There will be many people in our lives telling us what to do. We can trust some of them to give us good advice.We can trust some of them to give us good advice. Others we cannot trust.Others we cannot trust.

8 Attention Activity To whom should we listen to receive good advice?To whom should we listen to receive good advice?

9 Attention Activity To whom should we listen to receive good advice?To whom should we listen to receive good advice? –Our Parents –Our Teachers –The Prophet

10 Attention Activity We should always listen to what the prophet says, because he tells us what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to do.We should always listen to what the prophet says, because he tells us what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to do.

11 Attention Activity The prophet receives instructions from Heavenly Father and Jesus for the entire Church.

12 Attention Activity We should never listen to someone who tells us to do something different from what the prophet says.

13 Attention Activity We’re going to show you some directions that the Prophet may give. If you think it is what the Prophet would say, raise your hand.

14 Attention Activity The prophet says it is OK to use a bad word once in a while.

15 Attention Activity The prophet says pay a full tithing.

16 Attention Activity The prophet says one-tenth is too much; just pay what you can afford.

17 Attention Activity The prophet says never swear or use bad language.

18 Attention Activity In the early days of the Church, a few other people besides the Prophet Joseph Smith claimed they were receiving revelations for the whole Church.

19 Attention Activity Church members were getting confused about whom they should listen to and what they should do.

20 Attention Activity The Lord gave instructions, which are now published in the Doctrine and Covenants, to the members of the Church about who would receive revelations for the whole Church.

21 Attention Activity This is what today’s lesson is about.

22 Lesson 15: The Prophet Receives Revelation for the Church “Lesson 15: The Prophet Receives Revelation for the Church,” Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants: Church History, (1997),76

23 While Joseph and Emma Smith were living in Harmony, Pennsylvania, a few months after the Church was organized, Oliver Cowdery disagreed with the wording of one of the revelations Joseph had received from the Lord.While Joseph and Emma Smith were living in Harmony, Pennsylvania, a few months after the Church was organized, Oliver Cowdery disagreed with the wording of one of the revelations Joseph had received from the Lord. Oliver wrote to Joseph Smith and said, “I command you in the name of God to erase those words!”Oliver wrote to Joseph Smith and said, “I command you in the name of God to erase those words!”

24 Joseph immediately wrote back to Oliver and asked him “by what authority he took upon him to command me to alter or erase, to add to or diminish from, a revelation or commandment from Almighty God”Joseph immediately wrote back to Oliver and asked him “by what authority he took upon him to command me to alter or erase, to add to or diminish from, a revelation or commandment from Almighty God”

25 A short time later Joseph and Emma went to Fayette, New York, where they found that Oliver Cowdery and the Whitmer family were convinced that this revelation Joseph had received had an error and should be changed. Joseph spent much time trying to reason with Oliver and the Whitmers. Eventually Christian Whitmer became convinced that the revelation was correct as Joseph had given it, and he helped convince the others.

26 Oliver Cowdery and the Whitmers were also studying some revelations that Hiram Page, one of the Eight Witnesses of the gold plates, claimed he had received from a “seer stone.” Hiram Page said he could see revelations in this stone.

27 Among other things, he said he had received by revelation instructions on the location of Zion, the place where the Church was to go to establish the kingdom of God on the earth. Many people believed the things that Hiram Page said.

28 Joseph Smith was concerned that others were claiming to receive revelations for the Church. He decided to deal with the problem at a conference that would be held soon.

29 Before the conference Joseph prayed, and the Lord revealed Doctrine and Covenants 28, which said that Joseph Smith was the only one authorized to receive revelation for the whole Church.

30 Other people also claimed to have received revelation for the Church. One of these was a woman named Hubble. According to John Whitmer, she appeared to be very religious, and some people were misled by her.

31 Joseph Smith prayed to Heavenly Father about the problem and received Doctrine and Covenants 43 as an answer. This revelation says that the prophet of the Church, whether Joseph Smith or someone who would be called to be prophet after Joseph, is the only one who receives revelation for the entire Church.

32 Discussion Time

33 Who was originally appointed to receive commandments and revelations for the whole Church? (D&C 28:2; 43:2–5.)Who was originally appointed to receive commandments and revelations for the whole Church? (D&C 28:2; 43:2–5.)D&C 28:2; 43:2–5D&C 28:2; 43:2–5 Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)D&C 43:6D&C 43:6

34 Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)D&C 43:6D&C 43:6 What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church?What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church?

35 Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)D&C 43:6D&C 43:6 What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church?What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church? –If they disagreed, members of the Church would not know whom to follow.

36 Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)D&C 43:6D&C 43:6 What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church?What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church? –If they disagreed, members of the Church would not know whom to follow. Who is the only person who receives revelation for the whole Church todayWho is the only person who receives revelation for the whole Church today

37 Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)Why was this done? (D&C 43:6.)D&C 43:6D&C 43:6 What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church?What might happen if several people received revelation at the same time for the whole Church? –If they disagreed, members of the Church would not know whom to follow. Who is the only person who receives revelation for the whole Church today?Who is the only person who receives revelation for the whole Church today? –The living prophet.

38 What should we do if someone other than the prophet says he or she has received revelation that Church members should follow? (D&C 43:5–6.)What should we do if someone other than the prophet says he or she has received revelation that Church members should follow? (D&C 43:5–6.)D&C 43:5–6D&C 43:5–6

39 How can we find out what the living prophet says?

40 What is the difference between the teachings of the living prophet and those of other Church leaders? (D&C 28:1–2, 4–5.)D&C 28:1–2, 4–5 Joseph Smith’s name in Doctrine and Covenants 28:2 can be replaced by the name of the living prophet.Doctrine and Covenants 28:2 Does this mean we should not listen to anyone but the prophet? Other Church leaders can also teach us and give us instruction.

41 What is the difference between the teachings of the living prophet and those of other Church leaders? (D&C 28:1–2, 4–5.) Joseph Smith’s name in Doctrine and Covenants 28:2 can be replaced by the name of the living prophet. Does this mean we should not listen to anyone but the prophet? Explain that other Church leaders can also teach us and give us instruction.

42 However, only the prophet can tell us what the Lord has commanded us as a Church to do.

43 For whom can we receive revelation?For whom can we receive revelation? We each can receive personal revelation for our own lives.We each can receive personal revelation for our own lives. We can also receive revelation according to our responsibilities; for example,We can also receive revelation according to our responsibilities; for example, –fathers and mothers receive revelation for their families, –the Primary president can receive revelation for the Primary in her ward, –the Bishop can receive revelation for the ward.

44 What does the living prophet have that no other person has?

45 –The authority, or keys, to receive revelation for the entire Church (D&C 28:7.)D&C 28:7

46 What did Hiram Page do wrong?

47 –He claimed to have received revelation for the Church.

48 How does the Lord’s instruction to Oliver Cowdery in Doctrine and Covenants 28:11 show the Lord’s love for Hiram Page even though he needed to repent?Doctrine and Covenants 28:11

49 How do we know that the Lord loves us even when we are disobedient?

50 How might the Lord let us know when we have done something wrong?

51 Let’s read Doctrine and Covenants 28:13. –13 For all things must be done in order, and by common consent in the church, by the prayer of faith.

52 “Common consent” means that all the members of the Church accept the instructions and decisions of Church leaders. How do we show common consent today?

53 “Common consent” means that all the members of the Church accept the instructions and decisions of Church leaders. How do we show common consent today? –By raising our hands to sustain the actions of our Church leaders.

54 “Common consent” means that all the members of the Church accept the instructions and decisions of Church leaders. How do we show common consent today? –By raising our hands to sustain the actions of our Church leaders. What does it mean to sustain our leaders?

55 “Common consent” means that all the members of the Church accept the instructions and decisions of Church leaders. How do we show common consent today? –By raising our hands to sustain the actions of our Church leaders. What does it mean to sustain our leaders? –We promise to support and help them

56 Enrichment Activities

57 Enrichment Activity 2 It is always wise to follow the prophet, even if we do not completely understand why he tells us to do something. If we follow the prophet, we will be doing what the Lord wants us to do. (see D&C 1:38).D&C 1:38

58 Enrichment Activity 2 President Wilford Woodruff, the fourth President of the Church said: -“The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of this Church to lead you astray”

59 Enrichment Activity 2 The prophet will never ask us to do something that the Lord does not want us to do.

60 Enrichment Activity 3 When you raise your hands to sustain people in their callings, we promise to support and help them in their callings. This is called “common consent”.

61 Enrichment Activity 3 Can you think of ways you can help and support Church leaders such as the bishop, the Primary president, your Primary teacher, and your parents in their Church callings.

62 Enrichment Activity 4 Does anyone have the ninth article of faith memorized

63 Enrichment Activity 4 9 We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

64 Enrichment Activity 5 Let’s sing “Follow the Prophet” The first verse listed you should all know.

65 Follow the Prophet 1. Adam was a prophet, first one that we know. In a place called Eden, he helped things to grow. Adam served the Lord by following his ways. We are his descendants in the latter days. Chorus Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, Follow the prophet; don't go astray. Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, Follow the prophet; he knows the way. Words and music: Duane E. Hiatt, b (c) 1989

66 Enrichment Activity 6 Some new versus were added. Let’s try to sing them. Let’s try to sing them.

67 Joseph was a prophet, First one in our day. He saw God and Jesus When he went to pray. He prayed with great faith To know which church was true. Jesus said to “join none. Truth shall come through you.” ( author unknown)

68 Brigham Young, the prophet, Valiant to the end, “Lion of the Lord,” He was Jesus’ friend. Led the Saints to safety Far out in the West, Helped them to grow mighty, Equal to the test. Sharon Y. Cupp

69 Nephi was a prophet, Tried to get the plates. He dressed up as Laban By the city gates. With his brothers waiting, Nephi went inside. He knew God would help him And with him abide. Glenn Kidder

70 Samuel was a prophet, Lamanite by birth, Prophesied the time when Christ would come to earth. Cried to all, “Repentance!” Shouted from the wall. Wicked would not listen, Tried to make him fall. Holly W. Hancock

71 President Hinckley is our prophet; his words are from the Lord When we heed his council, we are in accord. Be Grateful, True, and Humble; Be Prayerful, Clean and Smart He says that we'll be happy; just take the "B's" to heart. Lisa Ellis---from lds.about.com

72 Now we have a prophet, in the latter-day, He is here to guide us in so many ways. If we choose to follow all that he may say, We will have the Spirit with us every day. Lisa Ellis---from lds.about.com

73 Thomas is a prophet With a gentle heart. Visiting the sick, He always does his part. Servant from his youth - He will lead us well. Listen to his stories, Live by what they tell. (Written by Kirstan Hilton/ ga )

74 President Monson is our Prophet, leads us day by day. Gives us words of wisdom, things we must obey. Led by inspiration, he knows what we must do. Following his counsel is sure to bring us through. (Written by Linda Terry, Sandy, Utah / ga )

75 President Monson is a prophet, friend to everyone! Shares his testimony through stories that are fun. If we listen carefully and do what he tells us, we’ll return to heaven, and live with God above. (Written by De Lane Andrus Hyer, Orem, Utah / ga )

76 Our closing prayer will be given by (Enter name here)

77 THE END

78 Images and clipart are from lds.org, Microsoft office, and other websites indicating the images were in the public domain or permitted for church and home use. The Lesson and Scripture story are from lds.org. This power point presentation was created with the help of a power point by Linda DiVall. Please do not use this presentation for commercial use. Feel free to alter the presentation for use in church or home to suit personal preference. This presentation is intended to supplement, not replace, the lesson manual and scriptures. Teachers should refer to the manual, scriptures and other resources when preparing and conducting the lesson.

79 D&C 28:2D&C 28:2; 43:2–5 43:2–5 D&C 28:243:2–5 2 But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses. 2 For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that ye have received a commandment for a law unto my church, through him whom I have appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations from my hand.

80 D&C 28:2D&C 28:2; 43:2–5 43:2–5 D&C 28:243:2–5 3 And this ye shall know assuredly—that there is none other appointed unto you to receive commandments and revelations until he be taken, if he abide in me. 4 But verily, verily, I say unto you, that none else shall be appointed unto this gift except it be through him; for if it be taken from him he shall not have power except to appoint another in his stead. 5 And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments; Return

81 D&C 43:6 D&C 43:6 6 And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me. Return

82 D&C 43:6 D&C 43:6 6 And this I give unto you that you may not be a deceived, that you may know they are not of me. deceived Return

83 D&C 43:5–6 D&C 43:5–6 5 And this shall be a law unto you, that ye receive not the teachings of any that shall come before you as revelations or commandments; 6 And this I give unto you that you may not be deceived, that you may know they are not of me. Return

84 D&C 28:1–2, 4–5 D&C 28:1–2, 4–5 1 Behold, I say unto thee, Oliver, that it shall be given unto thee that thou shalt be heard by the church in all things whatsoever thou shalt teach them by the Comforter, concerning the revelations and commandments which I have given. 2 But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses.

85 D&C 28:1–2, 4–5 D&C 28:1–2, 4–5 4 And if thou art led at any time by the Comforter to speak or teach, or at all times by the way of commandment unto the church, thou mayest do it. 5 But thou shalt not write by way of commandment, but by wisdom; Return

86 Doctrine and Covenants 28:2 Doctrine and Covenants 28:2 2 But, behold, verily, verily, I say unto thee, no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this church excepting my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., for he receiveth them even as Moses. Return

87 D&C 28:7 D&C 28:7 7 For I have given him the keys of the mysteries, and the revelations which are sealed, until I shall appoint unto them another in his stead. Return

88 Doctrine and Covenants 28:11 Doctrine and Covenants 28:11 11 And again, thou shalt take thy brother, Hiram Page, between him and thee alone, and tell him that those things which he hath written from that stone are not of me and that Satan deceiveth him; Return

89 D&C 1:38 D&C 1:38 38 What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. Return


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