Understanding the Scriptures
|Residence (v. 1)||Place to live|
|Blessings of the fathers (v. 2)||Ordinances and covenants of the priesthood|
|Heir (v. 2)||A person entitled to receive blessings or an inheritance from another because he or she is a child, close relative, or individual that the giver trusts|
|Conferred upon (v. 3)||Given|
|Appointment (v. 4)||Calling, ordination|
|Seed (v. 4)||Children, grandchildren, and so on|
|Heathen (vv. 5, 7)||Those who do not worship the true and living God|
|Offer, offering up (vv. 7–8, 11, 15)||Sacrificing|
|Endeavor, endeavored (vv. 7, 28, 31)||Try, tried|
|Virtue (v. 11)||Purity, obedience to laws and commandments of sexual purity|
|Laid violence upon me (v. 12)||Took me by force|
|Representation (v. 12)||Drawing|
|Commencement (v. 12)||Beginning|
|The fashion of them (v. 14)||What they look like|
|Figures (v. 14)||Writings and drawings|
|Signifies (vv. 14, 23)||Means|
|Kinsfolk (v. 16)||Relatives|
|From this descent sprang (v. 22)||From this individual came|
|Preserved (vv. 22, 24)||Continued|
|Patriarchal (vv. 25–26)||Father to son|
|Seeking earnestly (v. 26)||Trying very hard|
|Fain (v. 27)||Pretend to gladly and willingly|
|Idolatry (v. 27)||Worship of false gods|
|Delineate (v. 28)||Show, describe|
|Chronology (v. 28)||History|
|Sorely tormented (v. 30)||Great distress or misery|
|Posterity (v. 31)||Children and grandchildren, descendants|
Studying the Scriptures
Do two of the following activities (A–C) as you study Abraham 1.
What Blessings Do You Seek?
Elder Neal A. Maxwell said, “What we insistently desire, over time, is what we will eventually become and what we will receive in eternity” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1996, 26; or Ensign, Nov. 1996, 21). Read Abraham 1:2–4 and list the blessings Abraham “sought for” and “desired.” You may also want to highlight them in your scriptures.
Choose something from this list that you also desire or seek, and explain why. You should notice that at the end of verse 2 we learn that Abraham did obtain what he sought. His life modeled how you can obtain the same blessings he sought.
Why Are the Righteous Persecuted?
Identify the reasons the three virgins and Abraham were persecuted, and compare those reasons to ways you think righteous people are sometimes persecuted.
Explain why you think it is worthwhile to live righteously even if you will be persecuted.
Write Verses in Your Own Words
Write Abraham 1:18–19 in your own words, identifying what the Lord promised Abraham as well as the responsibilities Abraham received.