Search These Commandments

Doctrine & Covenants 1 | December 28 – Jan 3

Doctrine & Covenants section 1 is also known as “The Lord’s Preface.” It is a revelation given by the Lord to Joseph Smith intended to introduce this new book of scripture. In it, the Lord tells us that the words are for all people and that we should search these commandments, “for they are true and faithful.” The Lord warns us to be prepared and repent, and listen to the disciples whom He has chosen in the last days.

The prophet Joseph Smith and others were called to lay the foundation of “the only true and living church upon the face of the earth” and proclaim the fulness of the gospel to the world. The Lord speaks through his prophets and he tells us that whether he speaks with His own voice or through His servants, “it is the same.”


Read and Discuss


Doctrine & Covenants 1:37

“Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophesies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.”

  • What did the Lord warn us to do in this section?
  • What does it mean that the Church is “true and living”?
  • How can we plan to “search these commandments” this year?
  • Why is it important to listen to our prophet and other servants of the Lord?


The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants are bound together as revelations from Israel’s God to gather and prepare His people for the second coming of the Lord… The Doctrine and Covenants is the binding link between the Book of Mormon and the continuing work of the Restoration through the Prophet Joseph Smith and his successors.” Ezra Taft Benson

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More Resources


Building the Church

Teach what is meant by D&C 1:38, “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” through this puzzle activity.


Doctrine & Covenants Treat

These scripture shaped ice cream sandwiches are a fun way to kick off our study of the Doctrine and Covenants.


Follow the Prophet, verse 9 Children’s Songbook page 110

Come Follow Me with Living Scriptures: Doctrine & Covenants 1