Doctrine & Covenants

Welcome my fine students to our online seminary class! I am thrilled to get to know you and learn alongside you. 

Taking seminary in an online format can be very challenging. This course has been designed to give you some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your seminary experience this year and successfully pass the class. 

Getting Started

Course Materials

Primary Course Material

The primary course material of this class is The Doctrine and Covenants. This is produced and published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I would prefer you use the paper format of this book. Here is a link to where you can buy it. I have found that it is easier and less distracting than using the digital format opened on another tab in your web-browser or in the Gospel Library App on your phone. 

However, if you are unable to acquire The Doctrine and Covenants on paper, here is a PDF version for download:

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Other Course Materials 

We will also be using The Holy Bible (King James Version), and The Book of Mormon from time to time for cross-references. If you don't have access to these books, here are some more PDF downloads: 



Your Study Space

Ok, let's talk about your study space. This is the area you will spend the majority of your time when working on the daily lessons. 

Watch the following video about what should and should not be part of your study space.

Introduction to the Doctrine & Covenants

Introduction to Section 1


Before beginning the lesson today, start with the hymn below and a prayer. 

Praise to the Man

Introduction to D&C 1

By November 1831, Joseph Smith had received more than 60 revelations. However, most Church members did not have access to copies of the revelations. The Prophet convened a conference in Hiram, Ohio, to discuss publishing them as a book that would be called the Book of Commandments. A committee of elders drafted a preface to the book. Unsatisfied with this draft, those who attended the conference requested that Joseph Smith ask the Lord for a preface. After petitioning the Lord in prayer, Joseph received a preface by revelation. The Lord’s preface to the Book of Commandments became section 1 of the Doctrine and Covenants.Source Material for this lesson- Lesson 4: Doctrine and Covenants 1, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual (2013)

The Lord's Warning


In preparation for today's lesson, think about the following questions:

  1. When has someone tried to get your attention to warn you about something?
  2. How did you respond?

Mark what you find

In The Doctrine & Covenants, the Lord provides warnings, commandments, and instructions that are crucial for our happiness and salvation. 

Read D&C 1:1-7, and mark in your scriptures any warnings you find. 

How did the Lord say He would deliver His warnings? Write the answer in your study journal.