The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.
Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.
Complete assignment 5 and one of the other assignments:
1. Enos 1. Remission of Sins
Read Enos 1:1–8 and the institute student manual commentary “Enos 1:1: ‘Nurture and Admonition of the Lord’” (page 130) . Identify in writing what seemed to be the catalyst that turned Enos from hunting for food to a concern for the welfare of his own soul. Then write a description of what Enos did to come unto Christ. What did he say was “swept away”? What did the Lord say was the source of this forgiveness?
Read the student manual commentary “Enos 1:3–15: Preparing to Receive an Answer to Prayer” (pages 130–31). Write a paragraph explaining how the process Enos used to prepare for meaningful prayer could also improve your personal prayers.
According to Enos 1:19, 23 what did Enos’s faith lead him to do?
After reading Enos 1:26–27, list the blessing Enos mentioned comes to those with faith and good works.
2. Jarom 1:7–12. Fortifying Ourselves against the Enemy
Jarom wrote, “And thus being prepared to meet the Lamanites, they did not prosper against us” (Jarom 1:9). Search Jarom 1:7–12 and list the ways the Nephites prepared for their enemies. We are also under attack each day from Satan, our enemy. As you look over the list you created, choose one of the methods the Nephites used to keep themselves safe and adapt it to yourself. Explain in writing how you can apply this method of defense. How did the Nephites view the coming Messiah?
3. Omni 1. The Importance of Scripture
- Who were the people of Zarahemla?
- Where did they came from?
- What did they not bring with them that Lehi’s family did bring?
- What difference did this have on the people of Zarahemla?
- How does this relate to what is written in 1 Nephi 4:12–17?
- How could this apply to us today?
Amaleki understood the importance of inspired records and left them in the hands of King Benjamin. Read Omni 1:25–26 and write a statement that summarizes the final counsel Amaleki gave.
The books of 1 Nephi through Omni are a direct translation from the small plates. The book of Mosiah begins an abridgement taken from the large plates. What evidence does Omni 1:30 give as the reason for this change?
4. Words of Mormon 1:1–8. “For a Wise Purpose”
Read “A Brief Explanation about the Book of Mormon” found in the introductory pages of the Book of Mormon. In addition, read the student manual commentary “Words of Mormon 1:7: ‘The Lord Knoweth All Things Which Are to Come’” (pages 134–35). Read Words of Mormon 1:1–8 and the section headings for Doctrine and Covenants, sections 3 and 10. Using the information from these sources, write your answers to the following questions:
- How did the small plates become a part of the Book of Mormon?
- Why did Mormon include them?
- Which of the current books in the Book of Mormon make up the small plates?
- How are the small plates different from the large plates?
- What happened to the first part of Mormon’s abridgment?
Read Doctrine and Covenants 10:38–45. (Note that the term “plates of Nephi” in these verses refers to the small plates of Nephi, or in other words the books of 1 Nephi through Omni in our present Book of Mormon.) Write a sentence or two about what you learn from these verses that illustrates the truth that God’s “wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.”
5. Words of Mormon 1:9–18; Mosiah 1–3. King Benjamin’s Address
Study Words of Mormon 1:12–18 and from those verses write a description of King Benjamin and what he and other prophets did to help his people.
Imagine you have an opportunity to leave a final message to your children about the importance of the scriptures. Write a paragraph describing your feelings about the scriptures. Read Mosiah 1:3–8 and compare your paragraph to the counsel King Benjamin gave to his sons.
Read Mosiah 2:9–41. Using the following references, write a list of phrases that summarize the concerns and counsel that King Benjamin gave us. Each phrase should start with the word Be or Beware. The first one is done as an example.
- Verse 9. Be teachable; “open your ears” to hear and “your hearts” to understand.
- Verses 17–18
- Verse 19
- Verses 22–24, 41
- Verses 25–26
- Verse 32
- Verse 38
- What did President Howard H. Hunter (1907–1995) mean when he said, “Visibility does not equate to value”? (student manual, page 137).
- How have “unselfish acts of kindness” increased your spirituality?
- Why will we never be able to pay the debt we owe to God?
Study Mosiah 3:2–10 and the student manual commentary “Mosiah 3:7: So Great Was His Anguish” (pages 138–39). Identify in writing at least three important truths about Jesus Christ and His mission. Look at the footnotes for each truth identified and write an explanation of what each one tells about Him. According to verse 2, where did King Benjamin learn these truths?
Read Mosiah 3:11–27 and any related material in the student manual commentary (pages 139–41). Write your responses for the following:
- Describe the three groups of people for whom the blood of Christ “atoneth.”
- What did King Benjamin say we must do to receive the salvation that comes “through the atoning blood of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent”?
- Why are little children “blameless before God”? (see also Moroni 8:12; D&C 29:46).
- What can we do to put off the natural man?
- What are the consequences of refusing to obey the commandments after having been taught them? (see also D&C 82:3).
According to King Benjamin, what is the cause of torment that is likened unto a lake of fire?