Come Follow Me


Book of Commandments

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Doctrine & Covenants 67-70
“Worth … the Riches of the Whole Earth”


Doctrine and Covenants 68:28

“And they shall also teach their children to pray, and to walk uprightly before the Lord.”


I Am a Child of God Children’s Songbook page 2


In section 67 and 70, the Saints were deciding whether or not they should publish Joseph Smith’s revelations into a book, the Book of Commandments (which later became the Doctrine & Covenants). The Lord told them to bear record that the revelations were true. He gives them stewardship over the revelations and commandments He had given them. That means they are to protect and take care of the revelations. 

In section 68, the Lord told the Elders to preach the gospel and baptize. He commanded parents to teach the gospel to their children, and that children can be baptized when they are eight years old. The Lord said that parents should “teach their children to pray, and walk uprightly before the Lord.”  Parents can teach their children the gospel using the scriptures, including the Doctrine & Covenants.


“Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives – mothers and fathers – will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.” The Family: A Proclamation to the World


  • Why was it important to protect the revelations given to Joseph Smith?
  • Why was it important for the revelations to be published?
  • Why should we be baptized?
  • Why are parents commanded to teach their children the gospel?
  • At what age can children be baptized?

Activity idea:

Baptized like Jesus

The Elders were commanded to teach and baptize, and parents were commanded to teach their children to prepare them to be baptized at the age of 8. This activity teaches why it is important to be baptized like Jesus.

Treat idea:

Doctrine & Covenants Treat

Assemble these scripture shaped ice cream sandwiches as you discuss how Joseph's revelations were assembled into the book now called The Doctrine & Covenants.

These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.

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