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 any four of the following assignments:
1. Moroni 8. Infant Baptism
Read Moroni 8:5–25 and identify in writing truths about God’s character (His mercy, justice, unchangeableness, and goodness). Also mark any truths you find about the Atonement as it relates to the practice of infant baptism.
- You have just met a young couple whose two-year-old son died suddenly in an accident. They have questions about what will happen to their deceased son since he was not baptized.
- As a missionary you meet a man who is sincerely seeking the truth. He explains that all his life he was taught that infants are born unclean because of the Fall of Adam. He is certain that when infants die without being baptized first, they die “unclean” and are destined to go to hell.
- Your Sunday school teacher asks, “How does belief in infant baptism show a lack of understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ?”
2. Moroni 9:1–21. Consequences of Losing the Spirit of the Lord
From Moroni 9:3–5, write a sentence or two describing the problem Mormon identified among the Nephites. How did this influence their ability to respond to the word of God?
Mormon indicated in Moroni 9:20 that his people were “without principle, and past feeling.” Read Moroni 9:7–21 and the institute student manual commentaries “Moroni 9:9: Chastity and Virtue Are ‘Dear and Precious Above All Things’” and Moroni 9:18–20: ‘Past Feeling’” (pages 398–99). Respond in writing to the following:
- Make a list of actions carried out by the Nephites that indicate they were past feeling.
- According to Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) and President Boyd K. Packer, what is Satan doing today to move society toward a condition of being past feeling?
Write two paragraphs comparing the conditions of the Nephites in Moroni 9 with conditions you see in the world today.
3. Moroni 9:22–26. Spiritual Strength in a Time of Evil
Read Moroni 9:22–26. Explain in writing how the principles Mormon shared with Moroni in these verses can lift and give encouragement to someone struggling with the wickedness of today’s world.
4. Moroni 10:1–7. Moroni’s Promise
Read Moroni 10:3–7 and list what Moroni counseled us to do to “know the truth of all things.”
Read the student manual commentaries “Moroni 10:3: ‘When Ye Shall Read These Things’”; “Moroni 10:4–5: Receiving a Testimony of the Book of Mormon”; and “Moroni 10:4: ‘With Real Intent’” (pages 401–2). Write what role pondering “how merciful the Lord hath been” plays in obtaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon.
Write two or three paragraphs that include (1) your testimony of the Book of Mormon, (2) how following the counsel outlined in Moroni 10 has helped your testimony grow, (3) how feelings of the Spirit came to you for that testimony, and (4) how your testimony has changed as you have studied the Book of Mormon this year.
5. Moroni 10:9–18. Gifts of the Spirit
Read Moroni 10:9–18; 1 Corinthians 12:4–11; Doctrine and Covenants 46:11–25; and the student manual commentary “Moroni 10:8–18: Gifts of the Spirit” (pages 402–3). Write responses to the following. Include the verses where the answers are found:
- Make a list of all the gifts of the Spirit described in these accounts.
- Why do you think we each receive different gifts from God?
- What can you do to develop or receive gifts?
- What evidence have you seen that these gifts exist in the Church today?
- How have the gifts of others been a blessing in your life?
6. Moroni 10:27–33. Moroni’s Final Farewell
After reading Moroni 10:26–33 and the student manual commentary “Moroni 10:31–32: ‘Come unto Christ, and Be Perfected in Him’” (pages 404–5), write an essay on what the phrase “Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him” means to you (Moroni 10:32).