D&C 6, 11, 12, 14 Side by Side Comparison

Have your class imagine that they lived in Joseph Smith’s time and they had the opportunity to ask the Prophet, “What would the Lord have me do?” Have that question written on the board and refer to it. Ask your class if they imagine that some elements of their personal revelation would have similarities to others’ who asked the Prophet the same question. President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that “in the early days of the Church the brethren came to the Prophet Joseph Smith asking what the Lord would have them do.” (D&C 6:6; 11:6; 12:6.)
Many have noticed that the first verses of Sections 6, 11, 12 and 14 are almost identical. This side by side comparison highlights the similarities and differences. Notice that the Lord’s will is very similar to them, and likewise to all of us. Have your class go through the verses and look for things the Lord wanted these four brethren to do, and the Lord would also have us do. The last verses of the sections are all different.
Your class can do the same with Sections 15 and 16 which are essentially identical to each other, but “The message is intimately and impressively personal” (see Section 15 heading).

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