Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27

Hans Holbein The Arrogance of Rehoboam

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This Week’s Lesson: The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders – Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27

Supplemental Audiovisual Resources

These churchofjesuschrist.org videos are a great pace-changer, and are edited so you don’t have to sit there searching for the right time interval:

“Priesthood Power and Priesthood Authority”

“First Presidency Message: Righteous Leadership”

Mormon Messages

Taken straight from the app, for your teaching pleasure:

“Your Potential, Your Privileges”

Quotable and Inspired Text

Here are some resources from other talks and manuals about similar subjects that you can peruse.

Teachings of the Presidents: Ezra Taft Benson. Chapter 9: Leadership.

“Some Scriptural Lessons on Leadership”

Alternate Activity Ideas

Since every class has different needs, we brainstormed a few extra ideas for class activities that might prove useful to you.


Read and discuss D&C 121:34-46 with the class, and spend time especially on understanding and sharing examples of the concept of unrighteous dominion. Since these Old Testament lessons are designed to be applied to our modern experiences with leadership, prepare insightful questions that will help class members think introspectively about what they can each do to better exemplify leadership qualities that will maintain their worthiness to receive the blessings and authority of the Priesthood.


In His teachings to the primitive Christian church in the New Testament, the Savior Jesus Christ taught on several occasi0ns that to be a true leader is to be a servant to those one is responsible for. How is this Christlike view of leadership in contrast to some values taught in many public and professional circles today? Help class members express what they feel have been successful and unsuccessful tactics used by leaders they’ve either observed or worked under.


King Mosiah expressed his feelings about monarchic governments when his people called for a new king in Mosiah 29. Instead, he urged them to institute a system of judges (more akin to an archaic republic) to govern the people. Help the class engage in a civil and spiritually uplifting discussion about the importance of agency and express gratitude for the modern democratic societies that allow for a larger amount of self-governance within the populace.

Seth has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since the age of eight. In his youth he tried to kill his poor parents by deliberately involving himself in more extracurricular activities than either of them had time or mortal energy to drive him to. Luckily for him, his parents are superhuman. Seth played soccer, hockey and any other team sport that involved arms, legs and fast-moving rubber spheroids, wrote short stories, poetry and music, and was far too involved in his High School's drama and mock trial programs for his social life's own good. Ice hockey stuck. So did writing. Seth doesn't know everything--but he knows that God and Jesus Christ live, that They love us, and that They always keep Their promises.