Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
Adam chose to partake of the forbidden fruit rather than become separated from Eve. Adam and Eve fell so we could be born into mortality (see Moses 4:12, 18; see also 1 Timothy 2:14–15; 2 Nephi 2:19–20).
Adam and Eve confessed their transgression to God (see Moses 4:18–19).
Suggestions for Teaching
Moses 4:12, 18. Adam Also Partook
Ask students to list the different options Adam had after he knew that Eve had partaken of the forbidden fruit. Why did Adam choose to partake? (see Moses 4:12, 18). What would have happened if he had decided not to partake? How was Adam able to make the right choice?
Moses 4:13–17. First Consequences of the Fall
Have students read Moses 4:13–17and discuss the changes that came upon Adam and Eve after they partook of the forbidden fruit (see also Alma 42:2–10). In what ways were these changes good? (see 2 Nephi 2:25; Moses 5:10–11). How was the Fall a glorious step forward, not backward, for Adam and Eve and all mankind?
Moses 4:15–19. Accountability
Review Moses 3:17; 4:15–19and help students understand that while God gave Adam and Eve freedom to choose, He also made them accountable for their choices. What questions did God ask Adam and Eve in Moses 4:15, 17, 19? How did these questions help Adam and Eve give an accounting of their actions? Why does Heavenly Father want His children to understand their accountability for their actions?