Doctrine & Covenants/Church History
Lesson 36
“The Desert Shall Rejoice, and Blossom as the Rose”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand how we have been blessed by the sacrifices of the early Saints in the Salt Lake Valley and to encourage us to follow the example of these faithful members.

Scripture references for study:  Our Heritage, pages 81–96; review the material for this lesson in the Class Member Study Guide
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Lesson 36 Handout (PDF)

Building The Kingdom of God


Getting Organized & Settling In.

Return To Winter Quarters.

The First Winter In The Great Basin.

Spring 1848.

Church Business - Winter Quarters.

The Arrival of More Pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley.

The Council of Fifty.

Policies For Governing The Territory.

The Challenge Of The Second Winter.

Gold In California.

The Perpetual Emigrating Company.

The Missionary Work.


Physical Building of the Kingdom.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the cooperative effort to build the kingdom of God in the Great Basin. What are you willing to do for the kingdom?

Resources Used In This Lesson

BYU Studies.

Church News.

Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by B.H. Roberts (CHC).

Great Basin Kingdom by Leonard J. Arrington.

History of the Church (HC).

Life of Heber C. Kimball by Orson F. Whitney.

Lion of the Lord: Essays on the Life and Service of Brigham Young edited by Susan Easton Black and Larry C. Porter.

Men To Match My Mountains by Irving Stone.

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