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 the following assignments:
1. Moses 7:58–69. Enoch Saw the Day When the Earth Would Rest
- What two questions did Enoch ask in these verses?
- According to Moses 7:59–64, why did Enoch feel he could ask these questions?
- What was the answer to Enoch’s first question? (see also D&C 88:17–20, 25–26).
Read Moses 7:59; 2 Nephi 2:3; 25:26; Doctrine and Covenants 76:68–69; as well as the student manual commentary “Moses 7:59: ‘A Right to Thy Throne’” (pages 24–25). Write a paragraph that describes what the phrase “a right to thy throne” means as well as how Enoch gained that right.
Read Moses 7:60–67. Then complete the following chart.
Review Moses 7:60–67 and the student manual commentaries “Moses 7:62: ‘Righteousness Will I Send Down out of Heaven; and Truth Will I Send Forth out of the Earth”; “Moses 7:62: ‘Truth Will I Cause to Sweep the Earth’”; “Moses 7:62: ‘Zion, a New Jerusalem’”; “Moses 7:63: Two Zions Will Meet”; and “Moses 7:64–65: The Millennium” (page 25). Make a list of all the phrases or events that give comfort and confidence in spite of the tribulations prophesied for our day. Describe in writing how the things on your list can give you hope, encouragement, strength, and endurance in the face of difficult times that will precede the Second Coming.
Write a goal that describes one way you can improve so that you can be among the righteous at the “hour of their redemption” (Moses 7:67).
2. Moses 8. The World Was Filled with Wickedness
- Pick four or five facts about the prophet Noah that illustrate his prominence in the Lord’s kingdom.
- Who were the daughters of “the sons of God”?
- Who were the “sons of men”?
- Why was the Lord unhappy with Noah’s granddaughters in verse 15?
- According to what you have studied above as well as Deuteronomy 7:3–4 and Doctrine and Covenants 132:15–22, write two paragraphs explaining why it is important for members of the Church to marry other worthy members.
Read Moses 8:16–30 and the student manual commentaries “Moses 8:3: The Posterity of Methuselah” and “Moses 8:16: Noah Taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ” (page 26). Then write answers to the following:
- Make a list of the specific doctrines Noah taught.
- How did the people respond to the preaching of Noah and his sons? What did “giants” seek to do to him?
- According to verse 17, how much warning did the Lord, through the prophet Noah, give the people before the Flood came? What does that teach you about the Lord? (see also 2 Nephi 25:9).
- According to Malachi 4:1; Doctrine and Covenants 45:48–50; and 1 Nephi 22:16–17, what will happen in the last days to people who reject the prophets?
- According to Moses 8:24, what is the relationship between the great Flood and the first principles and ordinances of the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Read Moses 8:27 as well as the Bible Dictionary entry “Grace” (page 697) and the student manual commentaries “Moses 8:27: ‘Noah Was a Just Man, and Perfect in His Generation’” and Moses 8:26–30: The Flood” (page 27). Write a short definition of the word grace and then answer the following questions:
- How did Noah find grace in the eyes of the Lord?
- How was the Flood an act of grace? (see Doctrine and Covenants 138:28–35).
Read Moses 8:22, 28–30, and record your responses to the following:
- What were the great sins of Noah’s day?
- How do Moses 7:33; Moses 8:28–30; Moroni 9:17–21; and Ezekiel 7:23–25 help us understand how the Lord feels about violence?
Reflect upon Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:40–43 and write a couple of paragraphs explaining how the story of Noah (see Moses 8) relates to your life. In your paragraphs discuss how the days of Noah are similar to our day.