Institute Lesson

On Tuesday of this week, I subbed for my dear friend Cheryl Mason and taught her Institute class.

The lesson was on D&C 46, 49, 50, 52-56.

That’s a lot.

But that’s how Institute rolls.

Here is my lesson-ness:

Chapter 46:

We are to ASK and SEEK the gifts of the Spirit!

Verse 7: 

 7But ye are commanded in all things to aask of God, who giveth liberally; and that which the Spirit testifies unto you even so I would that ye should do in all bholiness of heart, walking uprightly before me, cconsideringdthanksgiving, that ye may not be eseduced by evil fspirits, or doctrines of devils, or the gcommandments of men; for some are of men, and others of devils.

Holiness of heart
Walking Uprightly
Considering the End of Your Salvation
Prayer and Thanksgiving – not seduced by evil spirits, doctrines of devils, or commandments of men

Verse 8-9:
8Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived aseek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given;
9For verily I say unto you, they are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep all my commandments, and him that seeketh so to do; that all may be benefited that seek or that ask of me, that ask and not for a asign that they may bconsume it upon their lusts.

Seek the gifts so you are not deceived (implies knowing Truth, UNDERSTANDING)
Gifts are for knowing AND doing
Gifts are given for our benefit (to love Him, to keep His commandments)
Gifts are given for OTHERS (not to be consumed for ourselves, but for the church (verse 10))

Verse 11 – everyone is given a gift
Verse 12 – everyone may have different gifts

Verses 13-25 – examples of gifts – NOT an inclusive list!

Verse 26 – ALL gifts are from God, ALL are for the benefit of others

Verse 31 – done in the name of Christ
Verse 32 – thank God for it

– Holiness required to ACCESS the gifts
– Holiness required to DEVELOP the gifts
– Holiness required for the gifts to TRANSFORM us
– Holiness required for the gifts to effective TRANSFORM others

Chapter 49:

Verse 2:

2Behold, I say unto you, that they desire to know the truth in part, but not all, for they are not aright before me and must needs repent.

MUST repent – required for HOLINESS
MUST desire to know the whole truth – required for UNDERSTANDING

* QUESTION:  What spiritual gift is needed for “desiring the whole truth”?

Verse 8:

 8Wherefore, I will that all men shall repent, for all are under asin, except those which I have breserved unto myself, choly men that ye know not of.

MUST repent – required for HOLINESS

* QUESTION:  What spiritual gift is needed for “repenting” or “desire for holiness”?

Verse 11:

11Wherefore, I give unto you a commandment that ye ago among this people, and say unto them, like unto mine apostle of old, whose name was bPeter:

Missionaries interviewed – even monitored – for HOLINESS – required to do their work

Verses 12-14 = PLAN OF SALVATION     (Temple!)

* QUESTION:  What spiritual gift is needed to go on a mission?  To share the plan of salvation?  To understand the plan of salvation?  To teach it?  To live it?

Verse 23 –

* QUESTION:  What spiritual gift is needed to “continue in steadfastness”?

* QUESTION:  Which gift is it to “look for the heavens to be shaken”?

Chapter 50:

(Read verse 2) – false spirits on the earth
(Read verse 3) – Satan trying to deceive you, to overthrow you

Back to 46:8,9 !  – deception means misunderstanding, not understanding

Verse 5:

5But blessed are they who are faithful and aendure, whether in life or in death, for they shall inherit eternal life.

Faith, Endurance – listed/described as Spiritual gifts – SEEK after them!

(Read verse 7) – hypocrites compared to false spirits – deceptive, not LIVING the truth, not UNDERSTANDING the truth, not walking uprightly, not living in HOLINESS CONTINUALLY

Verse 9:

9Wherefore, let every man beware lest he do that which is not in truth and righteousness before me.

Be aware!  SEEK after AWARENESS.

Be aware –
  – or else will NOT do what is truth and righteousness
  – or else will NOT be HOLY

Back to 46:& – spiritual gifts REQUIRE HOLINESS!!!!

We must be aware of being holy (evidence of the gifts, evidence of progress), or we will not be aware we are NOT holy.

NOTE:  compare to frequent use of “OBSERVE” to keep the commandments – not just “keep the commandments”, but we are commanded to OBSERVE that we keep the commandments.

Verse 12 – Our theory confirmed!  Line upon line, precept upon precept, revelation upon revelation – here we get CONFIRMATION of our UNDERSTANDING, which gives us MORE, the next “line” to study and ponder and pray and SEEK confirmation…

 12Now, when a man reasoneth he is understood of man, because he reasoneth as a man; even so will I, the Lord, reason with you that you may aunderstand.

The Lord teaches us so we understand.

We are to SEEK the Lord!


Verse 15 continues this “line”:

 15And then received ye aspirits which ye could not understand, and received them to be of God; and in this are ye justified?
–  spirits NOT of God do not LEAD anywhere – there is no line-upon-line

– God’s Spirit leads us line-upon-line, always progressing forward and upward

– doesn’t mean that if “of God” that it will be easy, or that it will not be hard work to UNDERSTAND

(Endowment Prep – one question from Psalms, for a whole year, always more)


Verse 16 – being made strong where we are weak is connected to our UNDERSTANDING

Verse 17 – the BOUNDS

– must preach (or use whatever GIFT is yours) God’s way, by the Spirit
– not our way

Verse 18 – by another way, even my way, is NOT of God

Verse 22 – when preaching (or using any GIFT), others MUST be edified

– if edified, it is of God
– if not, it is of darkness

Verse 24

24That which is of God is alight; and he that breceiveth clight, and dcontinueth in God, receiveth more elight; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.

More and More = Line-Upon-Line

Until Made Perfect – perfect = whole/complete/arrived

SHECKINAH – the Light of His Presence… lead the Israelites through the wilderness to the “Promised Land”




Verse 25 – again, CONFIRMATION of our theory, of our UNDERSTANDING, with more ADDED UPON, that line-upon-line

25And again, verily I say unto you, and I say it that you may know the atruth, that you may chase darkness from among you;

Truth chases darkness

Truth = understanding

Darkness = deception

Back to 46:7,9; 50:3

Truth = Understanding = LIGHT

Verse 28:

 28But no man is possessor of aall things except he be bpurified and ccleansed from all sin.
Perfection – wholeness and completion – ARRIVING (Prodigal Son)

Restating 46:7 in the negative – same principle

No man except he be PURIFIED and CLEANSED from all sin

Cannot arrive, cannot be made whole and “complete” – without HOLINESS


“Holiness to the Lord” – Temple

Verse 29:

29And if ye are apurified and cleansed from all bsin, ye shall cask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus and it shall be done.

if purified and cleansed of all sin – IF HOLY then you can ASK

Back to 46:7 again – ASK in HOLINESS of heart

Verse 30 – if you ask (in holiness of heart!) – it will be given

Verse 34 – “to whom much is given, much is required”

– He that receives, must make account of it to God – is held ACCOUNTABLE to God
– The gifts are not MINE
– The gifts are FOR OTHERS
– The gifts are to be used for the church


Back to 46:9,10

Verse 36 – AGAIN, CONFIRMATION of our theory, again lead Line-upon-line to the next “line”

36And behold, verily I say unto you, blessed are you who are now hearing these words of mine from the mouth of my servant, for your sins are aforgiven you.


“Perfect” = whole/complete


Perfect = Sins Forgiven = AT-ONE

Back to 50:24 again – Sheckinah – Light – Prodigal Son – AT-ONE!

Verse 37-39 – examples of people doing it

Verse 40 – Again, confirms our UNDERSTANDING and gives us a new “LINE”

40Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot abear all things now; ye must bgrow in cgrace and in the knowledge of the truth.
We cannot bear all things now = We cannot UNDERSTAND all things now

We must grow in grace and knowledge = LINE UPON LINE

Line upon line, precept upon precept, revelation upon revelation – ASKing, SEEKing, ACTing

Prepares us, transforms us, sanctifies us – so that we can ASK for and SEEK out MORE
Cannot have MORE until we are ACCOUNTABLE (faithful, good stewards) for what we have already been given – must be worthy NOT ONLY to keep and use what we have, but must be worthy for MORE

worthy = HOLINESS

We must be as little children, we must return to our Father, we must be like the Prodigal Son and return to the embrace of our Father – we must be HIS

Verse 41:

41aFear not, little bchildren, for you are mine, and I have covercome the world, and you are of them that my Father hath dgiven me;
Yes!  We *ARE*  HIS!

We are forgiven!


We will UNDERSTAND that we are forgiven, that we are AT-ONE!

Verse 43 – again, it is CONFIRMED to us, and the next LINE given

 43And the Father and I are aone. I am bin the Father and the Father in me; and inasmuch as ye have received me, ye are in me and I in you.
Heavenly Father + the Savior = ONE (united in purpose, Prodigal Son returned – one FAMILY)

the Savior + Heavenly Father = ONE


If I receive the Savior, then I am ALSO at-one!

I am the Prodigal Son, returned home and embraced by my father.

Back to 50:24 – I am made “perfect” – whole, complete!  AT-ONE.

Back to verse 36 – my sins are forgiven!  I am, indeed AT-ONE.

The Temple is a “House of Learning”

– we are promised UNDERSTANDING
– we are promised LIGHT
– we are promised AT-ONE-ment

Chapter 52:

Verse 4:

 4And inasmuch as they are faithful unto me, it shall be made known unto them what they shall do;
As much as – TO THE DEGREE – you are faithful, you will KNOW what to do


Back to chapter 46!


If you LIVE IN HOLINESS, you will KNOW!

Back to 50:24, 36

If you LIVE IN HOLINESS, you will become AT-ONE!

Verse 16 – if it is meek and edifies, it is of God (back to 50:22)

Verse 17 –

17And again, he that trembleth under my power shall be made astrong, and shall bring forth fruits of praise and bwisdom, according to the revelations and truths which I have given you.

– those enlightened by the Spirit bring forth FRUITS


      – Praise for Heavenly Father
      – Wisdom for Self and Others

Verse 18 – if there is no fruit (evidence), it is NOT of God

Verse 19:

9Wherefore, by this pattern ye shall aknow the spirits in all cases under the whole heavens.
That’s how to know all spirits in all cases – what evidence do they give of whose they are?

Back to 50:15 – if not of God, it does not lead anywhere

It is of God if it ADDS UPON, if there is the line-upon-line pattern that gives you wisdom and edifies others (and brings praise to Heavenly Father from both you and others)

Verse 34:

34He that is faithful, the same shall be kept and blessed with much afruit.
Same principle again, different words.

If we are faithful, there will be FRUIT

If we are
faithful, there will be EVIDENCE

If we are HOLY CONTINUALLY, there will be EVIDENCE

 (not word-evidence, what is SHOWING, what can people SEE, what can people KNOW)


Chapter 53:

Verse 2:

2Behold, I, the Lord, who was acrucified for the sins of the world, give unto you a commandment that you shall bforsake the world.

the Lord was crucified for the sins of the world

He has TAUGHT me so that I might UNDERSTAND

Understanding His sacrifice makes me whole – complete – made perfect – “AT-ONE

The world is not of Him!

It takes us back to 50:24, 36, 43:

Heavenly Father + the Savior = ONE (united in purpose, Prodigal Son returned – one FAMILY)

the Savior + Heavenly Father = ONE


If I receive the Savior, then I am ALSO at-one!

I am the Prodigal Son, returned home and embraced by my father.
If I am AT-ONE with my Father, and the world is not of Him, then I cannot be a part of the world.

I have to be APART from the world if I am AT-ONE with my Heavenly Father.


I am SET APART from the world, made HOLY, so that I can be AT-ONE with my Heavenly Father.

Verse 3:

 3Take upon you mine ordination, even that of an elder, to preach faith and repentance and aremission of sins, according to my word, and the reception of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of bhands;

 4And also to be an aagent unto this church in the place which shall be appointed by the bishop, according to commandments which shall be given hereafter.

 Tulsa East Stake Confrence –

Baptism = WILLING to take upon the name

Temple = REALLY doing it – taking upon His name, become AT-ONE

But always, we have to leave the Temple
go back to the real world


It is for the benefit of others!

We have the ATONEMENT, and are asked to let others know about it!

Not just missionary work –

If we are AT-ONE, and acting HOLINESS,
then we will see others as Heavenly Father sees them
and we will treat them with the pure love and service that Heavenly Father would want to do for them

We get CONFIRMATION of this LINE-upon-line in 1 Kings 19:19!!!!

Elijah cast his mantle on Elisha

We “take upon His ordination”

The Savior casts His mantle on us

We know WHOSE we are

We are His

Elijah left this world, and so Elisha had to physically continue Elijah’s ministry, his work

The Savior has left this world (other than visits!), and we are to physically continue His ministry, His work!


Chapter 54:

 4And as the covenant which they made unto me has been abroken, even so it has become bvoid and of none effect.

Same thing, in the positive:

 6But blessed are they who have kept the acovenant and observed the bcommandment, for they shall obtain cmercy.
kept the covenant
OBSERVED the commandment

Those who are LIVING IN HOLINESS obtain mercy!

– understanding
– forgiveness
– Light (PRESENCE)

Now we know HOW – we UNDERSTAND the process by which


which makes us PERFECT (whole/complete!) in Him,
AT-ONE with Him,
and we become LIGHT.

Chapter 55:

Verse 4:

1Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant William, yea, even the Lord of the whole aearth, thou art called and chosen; and after thou hast been bbaptized by water, which if you do with an eye single to my glory, you shall have a remission of your sins and a reception of the Holy Spirit by the laying on of chands;
There it is again!




But look more closely, once again – this time in different words – it is still conditional upon us

which if you do with an eye single to my glory

Walking in HOLINESS *requires* being set apart from the world

We must be set apart from the world to be AT-ONE with our Heavenly Father

If we are the prodigal son, reaching to our father, we must let go of the world, leave it behind, let go of anything that prevents that homecoming hug.

Nothing can distract us.

Nothing can deceive us.

There are many distractions, and we too easily are deceived.  This is why we must be repenting, why climbing Jacob’s ladder requires the curve in the staircase.  Ongoing repentance is the only thing that moves us forward, the only thing that moves us upward as we learn line-upon-line.

including being SET APART from the world,
so that we can become AT-ONE with our Heavenly Father.

Verse 2 – goes back to 46:9 – even this gift of AT-ONE-MENT is for others, not just ourselves

We must “preach” repentance and remission of sins

We must use the gift we have received to help others, love others, serve others.

Chapter 56:

So in case we were not paying attention, this chapter repeats EVERYTHING we talked about tonight

It says it all over again!

Except this time it repeats it in the negative

Verse 2:

2And he that will not take up his across and bfollow me, and keep my commandments, the same shall not be saved.

Same principle, opposite consequences (for NOT following the principle):

– if you do NOT take up your cross
– if you do NOT follow Him
– if you do NOT keep the commandments

You will not be saved!

Yes, the resurrection secures your physical resurrection, your immortality.

But the QUALITY of that immortality depends on you.

It depends on you because even that is still line upon line,
and we will receive what we are prepared for.

We will get as much LIGHT
as we are prepared to receive – as much as we are able to stand (“bear”) – back to 50:40

We will be saved through the process –

We must choose it, and we choose it by ASKing and SEEKing,
the process of UNDERSTANDING.

Verse 13 echoes the Old Testament, when the Israelites were finally settling in the Promised Land after their years in the wilderness (celestial-ness after mortality!):

13For according to that which they do they shall receive, even in lands for their inheritance.
We receive
according to what we do
We will be given
what we give to others
Our quality of life in eternity
will match what we earn (prepare for) now.

If we choose not to be separated from the world now, then it is that world we will receive later.
If we choose to sacrifice all things for His kingdom now, then it is His kingdom we will receive later.


To walk in HOLINESS, we must be SET APART from the world.

This set-apart-ness is EVIDENCE of HOLINESS.


We must ASK for and SEEK them.
Being HOLY gives us access to these gifts and strengthens these gifts.
We are commanded to use these for the benefit of others.

As we do these things, we are taught line upon line,
which does bring us UNDERSTANDING,
which does help make us PERFECT (whole/complete),
which does bring us to AT-ONE-MENT with our Heavenly Father,
for which we have are charged to bring others also to that place.


HOLINESS TO THE LORD – on the Temple itself

I am a “Temple”

I should also have the shine of a light that is EVIDENCE of 


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