Old Testament
Lesson 24
“Create in Me a Clean Heart”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help encourage us to be chaste in thought and action and to repent of our sins.

Scripture references for study:  2 Samuel 11–12; Psalm 51
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Lesson 24 Handout (PDF)

Introductory Thought


The 1897 Klondike Gold Rush.

Consider the trail to Dawson city.

I find it amazing what people were willing to do for the hope of finding a little gold. What are we willing to do for the hope of eternal life? If we expended as much effort at following the path of salvation as these men worked at following the trail to Dawson, certainly our calling and election would be made sure.

David Becomes King

Once again, Israel went to battle against the Philistines.

After the death of Saul: "Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker" (2 Samuel 3:1). Soon after David became king of Israel he went up to war against the Philistines.

David, Bathsheba, & Uriah

READ 2 SAMUEL 11:2-5. David's sin.

The Power of Thought.


David Compounds His Sin.

David Is Told That He Will Be Punished Because Of His Sins

READ 2 SAMUEL 12:1-4. The Lord sends Nathan to David.


A Repentant David Seeks Forgiveness

Although David forfeited his exaltation because of the death of Uriah, the 51st Psalm teaches much about a repentant attitude and seeking forgiveness.

READ PSALM 51:1-3. READ PSALM 51:16-17. David said that his sin was ever before him (Psalm 51:3).

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

The story of David should be a solemn warning to all of us. As the old saying goes, "Prevention is better than the cure." We need to do all that we can to avoid situations that put temptation before us. Should temptation sneak in, we need to be prepared to expunge it. Elder Packer's idea of utilizing a favorite hymn is one way of being prepared. Reciting a favorite scripture or turning to the Lord in prayer will be like throwing water on a fire. We cannot allow the temptation to take root and flourish. If we do make a mistake, we must be sufficiently humble to follow the steps of repentance and be able claim the power of the Atonement.

Record your thoughts on David and his submission to temptation. What specific things can you do to avoid the temptations that lead to greater sins?

Resources Used In This Lesson

As A Man Thinketh by James Allen.

Conference Reports (CR).


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

Men and Women of Christ by Neal A. Maxwell.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Old Testament Student Manual - Religion 301.

Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball.

The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.

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