Understanding the Scriptures
|Endure (v. 2)||Stay alive in|
|Cease (v. 4)||End, stop|
|Behold, beheld (vv. 5, 8, 25, 27)||See, seen|
|In the similitude of (vv. 6, 13, 16)||Like|
|Supposed (v. 10)||Thought|
|Withered (v. 11)||Lost all strength|
|Transfigured (vv. 11, 14)||Changed by the Holy Ghost (in a way that allows a mortal to see immortal beings)|
|Altogether withdrawn (v. 15)||Completely gone away|
|Hence (vv. 16, 18, 21–22)||Away to another place|
|Cease to call upon God (v. 18)||Stop praying|
|Inquire (v. 18)||Ask|
|Ranted (v. 19)||Spoke violently|
|Gnashing of teeth (v. 22)||Clenching of teeth in pain and anger|
|Thou wert (v. 25)||You were|
|Bondage (v. 26)||Slavery|
|Cast his eyes (v. 27)||Looked|
|Particle (v. 27)||Smallest part|
|Discerning, discerned (vv. 27–28)||To gain a more clear understanding and knowledge through more than the normal senses|
|Inhabitants thereof (vv. 28, 35–36)||People who live in a certain place|
|Content (v. 36)||Happy and at peace|
|Immortality (v. 39)||To live forever as a resurrected being|
|Eternal life (v. 39)||Exaltation, which is the kind of life God lives; to be with God and to be like Him|
|Esteem (v. 41)||Value|
|Naught (v. 41)||Nothing|
Moses 1:11—Moses Was Transfigured
“By the power of the Holy Ghost many prophets have been transfigured so as to stand in the presence of God and view the visions of eternity” (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2d ed. , 803). Other accounts of people being transfigured are found in 3 Nephi 28:13–17 and Doctrine and Covenants 76:11–12, 19–20.
Moses 1:23—Why These Things Are Not in the Bible
Moses 1:23 explains why the account of Moses overcoming Satan is not in our current Bible. It is interesting to note that the words Satan and devil do not appear in Genesis 1–6 in the Bible. Satan and devil appear over twenty times in the Joseph Smith Translation of these same chapters (Moses 1–8). One of the ways Satan tries to deceive people is to get them to believe he does not exist (see 2 Nephi 28:22).
Studying the Scriptures
Do at least two of the following activities (A–D) as you study Moses 1.
Who Is God? Who Is Man?
Read Moses 1:1–11 and list what Moses learned about God.
List what Moses learned about himself in relation to God from those same verses. You may want to highlight these two lists in some way in your scriptures.
Explain how you think Moses felt about what he learned and why.
Why Does It Matter?
Scripture Mastery—Moses 1:39
Moses 1:39 tells us the whole reason behind God’s works and creations. Note the definitions of immortality and eternal life found in “Understanding the Scriptures.”
Rewrite this verse in your notebook, putting your own name in the place of “man.”
Why is it important to know God’s purposes?
What “work” has God done to bring to pass your immortality and eternal life?
What are you doing, or what could you do, with what God has done for you?
Be a News Reporter
Pretend you are a reporter asked to interview Moses after his experiences in this chapter. Write down five questions you would ask him.