Deuteronomy 8: Remember!

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 73–74

Elder Spencer W. Kimball, when he was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said: “When you look in the dictionary for the most important word, do you know what it is? It could be ‘remember.’ Because all of you have made covenants … our greatest need is to remember” (Circles of Exaltation [address to religious educators, 28 June 1968], 8). Deuteronomy 8 recounts what Moses told the covenant people of Israel about things they needed to remember and why. He also told them what would happen if they forgot those things.

Understanding the Scriptures

Deuteronomy 8

Multiply (vv. 1, 13)Increase in number 
Chasteneth (v. 5)Corrects and disciplines 
Scarceness (v. 9)Going without, famine 
Rock of flint (v. 15)Very hard rock 

Deuteronomy 8:2—Some Purposes of Wandering for Forty Years in the Wilderness

Compare Deuteronomy 8:2 to Abraham 3:24–25 where the Lord explained a purpose of earth life. Israel’s journey in the wilderness was a type or symbol of our mortal life.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Deuteronomy 8.

Activity A iconWhat Is the Message?

Determine the main ideas of Moses’ message in Deuteronomy 8 by looking at the following group of verses and choosing one key word from each group that you feel identifies the most important idea in that group. Briefly explain why you chose the word you did. Make the following chart in your notebook to help you organize the information.


Key Word