Lesson 47

“To Keep Them in the Right Way”

“Lesson 47: ‘To Keep Them in the Right Way’” Book of Mormon Class Member Study Guide (1999), 28–29

  • Why are chapters Moroni 2–5 of the book of Moroni important for our day? How does it strengthen you to see the same ordinances present in different dispensations of the Lord’s Church?

  • What covenants do we make through the sacrament? (See Moroni 4:3; 5:2.) What are we promised in return? How do you feel when you have partaken of the sacrament reverently and worthily?

  • After people were baptized and had received the gift of the Holy Ghost, “they were numbered among the people of the church of Christ; and their names were taken” (Moroni 6:4). Why were their names recorded? (See Moroni 6:4.) In what ways can you contribute to the Church’s efforts to see that both long-time and new members are “remembered and nourished by the good word of God”?

Suggestion for Family Discussion

If family members are new converts, discuss what it was like to join the Church. Allow family members to talk about things they liked about joining the Church and about challenges they faced when they joined the Church. If family members have been members of the Church for a long time, ask them to talk about how they might feel if they came to church for the first time.

Have a family member read the following counsel from President Gordon B. Hinckley:

“With the ever increasing number of converts, we must make an increasingly substantial effort to assist them as they find their way. Every one of them needs three things: a friend, a responsibility, and nurturing with ‘the good word of God’ (Moroni 6:4)” (in Conference Report, April 1997, 66; or Ensign, May 1997, 47).

  • What can we do to follow this counsel?