Come Follow Me


The Powers of Heaven

Reinforces this week’s study: Doctrine & Covenants 121-123
“O God, Where Art Thou?”


Doctrine & Covenants 121:7-8

“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.”


Jesus Once Was Little Child, Children’s Songbook page 55


As Joseph Smith and a few of his brethren sat in the cold, dark basement of Liberty Jail, Joseph prayed for God to help them and the suffering Saints who were being cruelly persecuted. The Lord spoke peace to Joseph, telling him that his afflictions would “be but a small moment.” It didn’t seem like a small moment at the time, but the Lord sees a bigger picture. He said to Joseph, “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good,” and reminded him that “the Son of Man hath descended below them all.” 

The Savior knows our trials and He knows how we feel. He has power to help us endure our trials and help them to be “for our good.”

The Lord also taught Joseph about the powers of heaven, or the priesthood power. The priesthood can only be handled in righteousness. Those who use priesthood power must do so in kindness, gentleness, meekness, and love.


“In the depths of his anguish in Liberty Jail, the Prophet Joseph Smith cried out: “O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?” Many of us, in moments of personal anguish, feel that God is far from us. The pavilion that seems to intercept divine aid does not cover God but occasionally covers us. God is never hidden, yet sometimes we are, covered by a pavilion of motivations that draw us away from God and make Him seem distant and inaccessible… Our feelings of separation from God will diminish as we become more childlike before Him. God is close to us and aware of us and never hides from His faithful children.”
Henry B. Eyring


  • How did Joseph Smith feel while he was in Liberty Jail?
  • What did the Lord tell him to help him feel peace?
  • What messages from these scriptures can help us when we face trials?
  • How should those who use priesthood power act?

Activity idea:

Overcoming Obstacles

Discuss obstacles your family might face. Guide blindfolded family members around paper "obstacles" to demonstrate that because the Lord can "see" the "big picture" better than we can, He can help us know the right way to go.

Treat idea:

Peanut Butter Smiles

These happy cookies will help your family remember to "cheerfully do all things."
(D&C 123:17)

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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