Lesson 6

Moses 7:1-57

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 all of the following assignments:

1.   Moses 7:1–20. Enoch Led the People of God

Read Moses 7:1–4 and compare the verses to Moses 1:1–2. Then read the institute student manual commentary “Moses 7:3–4: Enoch Saw God Face-to-Face” (page 22) and write short answers to the following:

  • How are the experiences of Moses and Enoch similar?
  • How is it a blessing for us to now have the ancient records of witnesses who have seen God and know Him?

Read the Topical Guide entries “Jesus Christ, Appearances, Antemortal” and “Jesus Christ, Appearances, Postmortal” (pages 241–42). Make a list of other individuals who have seen the Lord.

Read Moses 7:10–20; Doctrine and Covenants 97:21; 4 Nephi 1:2–3, 15–16; the Bible Dictionary entry “Zion” (pages 792–93); and the student manual commentary “Moses 7:19: ‘City of Holiness’” (page 22). Then respond to the following:

  • Make a list of attributes that characterize people who live in a Zion society.
  • Review Moses 7:10–17 and 4 Nephi 1:1–2. Then write a couple of paragraphs explaining how Enoch’s teachings and actions in Moses 7:10–17 contributed to the oneness described in verse 18.
  • Based on Moses 7:18, briefly describe what a community and family must do to dwell “in righteousness.”
  • Write a couple of paragraphs explaining what you can do in your home to help bring about an increased oneness in your family or community.

2.   Moses 7:21–41. Enoch Saw What Would Happen in His Own Day

Read Moses 7:21, 27 and the student manual commentaries “Moses 7:21: Translation” and “Moses 7:27: Many Were Caught Up into Heaven” (pages 22–23). Write answers to the following questions:

  • According to the commentary by Joseph Fielding Smith, what will translated beings ultimately experience?
  • How is translation different from resurrection?
  • What does it mean to be “caught up by the powers of heaven”?

Read Moses 7:23–28, 37 and the student manual commentaries “Moses 7:26–28: Chains and Darkness” and “Moses 7:37: ‘Satan Shall Be Their Father’” (pages 22–23). Compare in writing the difference between the Lord’s reaction and Satan’s reaction when people sin.

Read Moses 7:26–41 and the student manual commentary “Moses 7:32–41: Why Did God Weep?” (page 23). Look for the questions that Enoch asked the Lord. Write short answers to the following questions:

  • Why was Enoch puzzled when he saw God weep?
  • What reasons did God give for His weeping?
  • According to Moses 7:41, 44, how did Enoch react after receiving the Lord’s answer?
  • In what ways do these verses reveal the loving nature of God?

3.   Moses 7:42–57. Enoch Saw the Days of Noah and Jesus Christ

Read Moses 7:41–47, 53 and the student manual commentaries “Moses 7:44: At First Enoch Refused to Be Comforted” and “Moses 7:47: ‘The Lamb Is Slain’” (page 23). Write short answers to the following:

  • Describe Enoch’s reaction when he saw the events of Noah’s day.
  • What did the Lord show Enoch in Moses 7:46–47, 53 that gave Enoch comfort?
  • How can the knowledge of the Savior’s eventual triumph and of what Enoch saw be a comfort to you?

Read Moses 7:48–56 and the student manual commentaries “Moses 7:48: The Earth Spoke”; “Moses 7:50–52: The Covenant of Enoch”; and “Moses 7:55–56: The Earth Groaned at Christ’s Death” (pages 23–24). Then write short answers to the following questions:

  • What do we learn about the earth from Moses 7:48–49 and the student manual?
  • What conditions in the world today might cause the earth to “groan” in a similar way?
  • What did Enoch ask of the Lord in Moses 7:50?
  • How did the Lord answer Enoch in Moses 7:51–57?
  • What do you learn about prayer from these verses?

Review Moses 7:53–57 and the student manual commentaries “Moses 7:53: Jesus Christ” and “Moses 7:56–57: The Resurrection” (page 24). Read the Bible Dictionary entry “Resurrection” (page 761). Then write short answers to the following questions:

  • What is the promise in Moses 7:53 to those who “cometh in at the gate and climbeth up” by Jesus Christ, the Rock of Heaven? What do you think they are “climbing up” to?
  • According to Moses 7:54, what did Enoch ask the Lord?
  • According to Moses 7:55–57, how did the Lord respond to Enoch’s request?

What difference does it make to your scripture study to know that those who wrote scripture were inspired prophets who saw the future?