Moses 1: "This Is My Work and My Glory"

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 10–11

Although this is the first chapter of the Joseph Smith Translation, there is nothing like Moses 1 in Genesis. The teachings in Moses 1 belong at the beginning of Genesis because they tell how Moses learned the truths he wrote about in the book of Genesis. In addition, Moses 1 provides important information concerning Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Note that the revelation to Moses in Moses 1 occurred after the revelation at the burning bush (see Moses 1:17) but before Moses returned to Egypt (see Moses 1:26). Consequently, this revelation would come at some point in Exodus 3 or 4 if it were found in the Old Testament.At some time in our lives we may ask, “Who am I?” “Where did I come from?” “Why am I here?” “How was life created on this planet? and why?” Moses asked questions like these, and God revealed answers. As you read, think about these questions and look for the answers the Lord gave Moses in this revelation, which includes chapter 1 as well as the rest of the book of Moses.

Understanding the Scriptures

Moses 1

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Altogether withdrawn (v. 15)Completely gone away 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 1:11Moses 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. [1966], 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.

Activity A iconWho Is God? Who Is Man?

  1. 1.

    Read Moses 1:1–11 and list what Moses learned about God.

  2. 2.

    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.

  3. 3.

    Explain how you think Moses felt about what he learned and why.

Activity B iconWhy Does It Matter?

  1. 1.

    How did Moses use what he learned about himself and God (see Moses 1:1–11) to overcome Satan? (see Moses 1:12–22).

  2. 2.

    How might you use Moses’ example in Moses 1:12–22 to overcome temptation in your life?

Activity C Scripture Mastery iconScripture 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.”

  1. 1.

    Rewrite this verse in your notebook, putting your own name in the place of “man.”

  2. 2.

    Why is it important to know God’s purposes?

  3. 3.

    What “work” has God done to bring to pass your immortality and eternal life?

  4. 4.

    What are you doing, or what could you do, with what God has done for you?

Activity D iconBe 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.