Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
Adam and Eve had children and taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ (see Moses 5:12; see also Proverbs 127:3; Mosiah 4:14–15; D&C 68:25–28). Satan persuaded some of Adam and Eve’s children to love him more than God (see Moses 5:13; see also Alma 10:25; 3 Nephi 7:5).
Suggestions for Teaching
Media Suggestion. “The Atonement”
Old Testament Videopresentation 7, “The Atonement” (3:25), can be used to explain how the Atonement was symbolized in the sacrifice that Adam and Eve offered on the altar (see Old Testament Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).
Moses 5:1–2. Upon Leaving the Garden
Have students read Moses 5:1–2and describe the new struggles Adam and Eve had to face after they left the Garden of Eden. How are the struggles, temptations, and tests that the Lord allowed Adam and Eve to have like the struggles we face today? (see 2 Nephi 2:11; Abraham 3:24–26).
Moses 5:5–6. The Law of Obedience
Discuss various reasons why people obey the commandments. According to Moses 5:6, why was Adam obedient? You may want to read and discuss the commentary for Moses 5:5–6in the student manual (p. 16). What are some good reasons to obey the commandments?
Moses 5:7–11. Adam and Eve Believed in Jesus Christ
Write the following statement on the board: Adam and Eve were the first Christians.Have students find phrases in Moses 5:7–11that show this statement to be true. Tell students that most people think Christianity did not exist until Jesus Christ lived on the earth. List and discuss other people from before the time of Christ who were Christians (for example, see 2 Nephi 25:26; Alma 46:13–15; D&C 138:12–16, 38–46). Ask students why they think the gospel of Jesus Christ has been taught since the beginning.
Media Suggestion. “Sacrifice and Sacrament”
Old Testament Symposium 1995 Resource Videocassettepresentation 2, “Sacrifice and Sacrament” (10:00), can be used to explain that all sacrifices made before the time of Christ were meant to be a type of His great sacrifice, just as the sacrament is today.
Moses 5:10–12. Adam and Eve Knew They Could Be Saved
Ask students which phrases in Moses 5:10–12show how Adam and Eve felt about God and about life once they understood the plan of salvation. Invite students to read verses 10–11, substituting their own names for “Adam” and for “Eve, his wife.” Discuss how understanding the plan of salvation affects our feelings about God and about our experiences in this life.
Moses 5:13. Enemies to God
Read Mosiah 2:36–37and discuss how a person becomes an “enemy” to God. Have students read Moses 5:13and tell how and why these sons of Adam and Eve became enemies to God (see also Mosiah 16:3–5). Have students read Mosiah 3:19; 27:25–26and tell how we can become God’s “friends” (see also John 15:12–17; D&C 84:63).