Countdown to conference: 'Ponder the New Proclamation' with this free daily study guide

by | Jul. 31, 2020

September 13–19

This week is focused on the seventh paragraph of the proclamation. It's not too late to join us as we prepare for October general conference!

Two hundred years have now elapsed since this Restoration was initiated by God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Millions throughout the world have embraced a knowledge of these prophesied events.

Sunday Scripture

Read and ponder Doctrine and Covenants 33.

In this revelation, the Lord declares the Church is established. He says the elect will be gathered from the four quarters of the earth.*

Monday Movie

Watch “Inviting Others to ‘Come and See.'

This video shows some of the simple ways we can invite others to "come and see." 

Tuesday Talk

Study Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk, “Sharing the Message of the Restoration and the Resurrection.”

In April general conference, Elder Christofferson taught, "The revelations of the First Vision were not for Joseph Smith alone but are offered as light and truth for any who 'lack wisdom' (James 1:5). The Book of Mormon is the possession of mankind. The priesthood ordinances of salvation and exaltation were prepared for every individual, including those who no longer dwell in mortality. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its blessings are intended for all who want them. The gift of the Holy Ghost is meant for everyone. The Restoration belongs to the world, and its message is especially urgent today."

Wednesday Worship

Listen to The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square perform “The Spirit of God.”

Thursday Time to Memorize

Take some time to memorize this week’s paragraph. Below are some fill-in-the-blank guides and memorization tips. Click here for a printable PDF.

Fill-in-the-blank Guides

Two hundred years have now elapsed since this Restoration was initiated by God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Millions throughout the world have embraced a knowledge of these prophesied events.

Two hundred y____ have now e______ since this R__________ was initiated b_ God the F_____ and His B_______ Son, Jesus C_____. Millions throughout t__ world have e_______ a knowledge o_ these prophesied e_____.

Two h______ y____ have n__ e______ since t___ R__________ was i________ b_ God t__ F_____ and H__ B_______ Son, J____ C_____. Millions t_________ t__ world h___ e_______ a k________ o_ these p_________ e_____.

T__ h______ y____ h___ n__ e______ s___ t___ R__________ w__ i________ b_ G__ t__ F_____ a__ H__ B_______ S__, J____ C_____. M_______ t_________ t__ w____ h___ e_______ a k________ o_ t____ p_________ e_____.


Here are some tips to help break down the information in this paragraph topically.

Two sentences:

  • 1. Restoration was initiated
  • 2. Embraced a knowledge

Both sentences start with numbers: Two hundred years and millions

You could also try highlighting each word in a different color based on what figure of speech it is (i.e. nouns=blue, verbs=green, adjectives=yellow).

Friday Feelings

Record how you “have embraced a knowledge of these prophesied events.”

Saturday Share

Find a simple way to invite someone to "come and see." Some ideas could be sharing a video or song from this countdown on social media, inviting someone to do a virtual Come, Follow Me study with you, or sending a letter with your testimony to a friend or family member. 

Image title* As we often hear, Joseph Smith's First Vision is foundational to the restored gospel: no Vision, no Restoration. It all starts there. If a major encounter between a fourteen-year-old boy and the Gods of the universe did not occur, then all that we teach and practice, all the good we strive to do in the name of Christian service, is vain and superficial—in the long run, it would have no saving significance for the children of God.

What receives much less attention, however, is what we learn from Joseph's encounter with God the Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. When we begin to explore the theological concepts discovered, the lessons derived, and the principles learned from the Vision, we move into the realm of doctrine—and doctrine has the power to save. I Saw a Pillar of Light is available now at DeseretBook.com


Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams joined the LDS Living team with a passion to find the stories that matter most. Previous stops in her career include BYU-Pathway Worldwide, the Special Projects Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Utah Valley Magazine. When she's not searching for stories to write, the Colorado Springs native is most likely on a hiking trail. 

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