Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 11
“The Field Is White Already to Harvest”


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us resolve to strengthen the kingdom of God through diligent service, particularly by sharing the gospel through missionary work.

Scripture references for study:  D&C 4, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 18, 31, 33, 75
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 11 Handout (PDF)


The Field Is White

Joseph and Emma Smith spent the winter of 1829 in Harmony, Pennsylvania. This period follows the events surrounding the early translation of the plates, Martin Harris' visit to Professor Anthon in New York, and the loss of the 116 page manuscript.

The words of the Lord to the Prophet's father:  "For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul" (D&C 4:4).

As we look out at the "field" we sometimes think that the task is so large that we do not believe we can make a difference. We are often discouraged and might give up the task because it seems so difficult or great. We should not and cannot make that mistake. We do not know what impact our efforts, our testimonies, and our examples have on those around us. Consider the following missionary stories:

Is the field still "white" and ready to harvest?

It is essential that the missionary work moves forward. This is not a challenge or a competition, but it is the work of eternal salvation (D&C 100:4).

"For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul" (D&C 4:4).

 


O Ye That Embark In The Service Of God

  1. WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF THOSE WHO SERVE IN HIS KINGDOM?
  2. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SERVE WITH ALL OUR HEART, MIGHT, MIND, AND STRENGTH?
  3. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ATTRIBUTES THE LORD DESIRES IN THOSE WHO SERVE HIM?

Say Nothing But Repentance Unto This Generation

WHAT SHOULD THE LORD'S SERVANTS TEACH?

"And your whole labor shall be in Zion, with all your soul, from henceforth; yea, you shall ever open your mouth in my cause, not fearing what man can do, for I am with you" (D&C 30:11). The Lord promises great blessings to those who labor in His service.
Perhaps today there are loving words 
Which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now in the paths of sin
Some wand'rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if thou wilt be my guide,
Tho dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet:
I'll say what you want me to say.
 
Hymn 270

For additional information on this topic see Missionary Work at LDS.org.
 


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings from this lesson. What can you do to be a better missionary?


Resources Used In This Lesson

A Companion To Your Study of the New Testament by Daniel H. Ludlow.

A Comprehensive History of the Church by B.H. Roberts (CHC).

Answers To Your Questions About the Doctrine & Covenants by Richard O. Cowen.

Church History & Modern Revelation by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Conference Reports (CR).

Ensign.

Essentials In Church History by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Joseph Smith and the Restoration by Ivan J. Barrett.

Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley.

The Family of Joseph Smith by E. Cecil McGavin.


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