Lesson 2

1 Kings 17–2 Kings 2

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 assignments 1–3 and either of the remaining assignments:

1.  1 Kings 17:1–22. Elijah the Prophet

Look up the name Elijah in the triple combination index and notice his prominent role as a resurrected personage. Nephi, son of Helaman, was a mighty prophet like Elijah. Both men played a prominent role in the temporal and spiritual salvation for the people of their day. The Lord granted both of these men the sealing power. Study Helaman 10:4–10; 1 Kings 17:1–24. What significant promises did God make? List in writing the examples of faith and priesthood power you see in these scriptures.

Read in the Bible Dictionary under “Chronology” (p. 637). Find the name Elijah under the column “Internal History.” Write answers to the following questions: When did Elijah live? (see far-left column). Who was king of Judah at the time?

Elijah has played a significant role in both modern and ancient times. Read 2 Kings 2:1–12; Matthew 17:1–4 (see also 3b); Doctrine and Covenants 110:13–16 and the Bible Dictionary entry for “Elijah” (p. 664). Write a paragraph about how the keys restored by Elijah in the latter days have affected your life. How would your life be different if those keys had not been restored by Elijah?

2.  1 Kings 18:17–40. The Lord, He Is God; Follow Him

Read 1 Kings 18:17–22 and find the question Elijah asked the people. What indicators are there in the story that people did not recognize they were halting “between two opinions”? For each of the following references, explain who is speaking, to whom, and how the principle taught in 1 Kings 18:21 applies:

Read 1 Kings 18:17–40 and write your answers to the following questions:

  • What did Elijah propose for a contest?
  • How many priests of Baal opposed Elijah?
  • How long did they pray for Baal to consume their sacrifice?
  • What was the righteous motive of Elijah’s request for this contest? (see 1 Kings 18:36–37).
  • What was the temporary effect of the contest on the people?
  • What happened to the priests of Baal?

3.  1 Kings 19:1–18. “A Still Small Voice”

Study 1 Kings 19:1–18; 1 Nephi 17:45; Moroni 10:5 and answer the following questions:

4.  2 Kings 2. Mantle of Elijah Fell on Elisha

Read 2 Kings 2:11, using the chapter summary and the footnotes to determine what happened to Elijah. Read 3 Nephi 28:7–9, 19–22, 30, 36–40 and the institute student manual commentary for 2 Kings 2:11, “Was Elijah Really Taken into Heaven?” (p. 64). In one or two paragraphs, write about what you learned about the nature of translated beings and their purpose.

Read 1 Kings 19:16–21; 2 Kings 2:1–15 and write a statement explaining the following questions:

  • Who was to succeed Elijah as prophet?
  • How did the Lord call him?
  • When asked by Elijah, what did Elisha say his desire was?
  • What did Elisha see?
  • What evidence is there that the Lord blessed Elisha with his desire?

5.  1 Kings 17–2 Kings 1. The Miracles of the Lord through Elijah

Read the following scriptures and list the miracles the Lord performed through the prophets Elijah in each case:

Write a paragraph that gives examples from what you read of how the sealing keys can both bless and curse.