Doctrine & Covenants - Church History
Lesson 43
“Take upon You My Whole Armor”


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A study of this lesson will help us put on the full armor of God to protect us in the battle against evil.

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Put on the Whole Armor of God

  1. READ MOSES 4:3 (see also D&C 76:26-29).
  2. When Lucifer was cast out of heaven "he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto" the voice of the Lord (Moses 4:4) and "he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about" (D&C 76:29).
  3. READ D&C 27:15–18.

Live the Law of Chastity

  1. WHAT IS THE LAW OF CHASTITY?
  2. We live in a world where the above commandments and counsel are taken lightly or completely ignored. Movies, television, and other entertainment would lead one to believe that the law of chastity is old fashioned and not relevant in a modern society. Over the years I have worked with people who live together outside of the bonds of marriage. At school, my children hear of the exploits of friends.
  3. As noted in the above section, Satan is waging an eternal war against the souls of men. Tempting us to violate the law of chastity is one of Satan's strongest weapons. 
  4. HOW CAN WE PROTECT OURSELVES FROM TEMPTATIONS TO VIOLATE THE LAW OF CHASTITY?

Be Honest

  1. WHAT IS HONESTY?
  2. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO BE HONEST WHEN IT SEEMS THAT SO MANY ARE GETTING AHEAD BY BEING DISHONEST?
  3. WHAT ARE SOME WAYS WE ARE TEMPTED TO BE DISHONEST?
  4. HOW CAN GIVING IN TO SMALL TEMPTATIONS TO BE DISHONEST MAKE US MORE VULNERABLE TO OTHER TEMPTATIONS?
  5. HOW CAN WE OVERCOME TEMPTATIONS TO BE DISHONEST?

Use Language That Reverences God and Is Edifying

  1. READ D&C 63:60–62. Beware how we use the Lord's name.
  2. President Gordon B. Hinckley: "Don’t swear. Don’t profane. Avoid so-called dirty jokes. Stay away from conversation that is sprinkled with foul and filthy words. You will be happier if you do so, and your example will give strength to others." (CR, Oct 1987)
  3. We need to remember that Satan is looking for weaknesses in our armor. Improper use of language is one of the tools that Satan uses to break down our defenses.


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. Record your thoughts on the principles taught in this lesson. How does putting on the the full armor of God strengthen you against the challenges of the world? Are there areas in which you need to repent?


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