Understanding the Scriptures
|Expert (v. 8)||Clever|
|Devise (v. 8)||Create, develop|
|Fair (v. 9)||Beautiful|
|Swear unto (vv. 13–14)||Promise|
|Divulge (v. 14)||Tell|
|Oaths (vv. 15–16, 20)||Promises|
|Abominable (v. 18)||Terrible, destructive|
|Vengeance (vv. 22, 24)||Punishment|
|Beguiled (v. 25)||Deceived|
Ether 8:9–22—Secret Combinations
A secret combination is a group of wicked people who secretly join together to lie, cheat, steal, murder, or do whatever is necessary to gain riches, wealth, or power (see Helaman 7:21; 8:26–28). The first secret combination was between Satan and Cain, who killed his brother Abel (see Moses 5:28–32). Secret combinations led to the destruction of people in the days of Noah and of the entire Jaredite and Nephite societies (see Ether 8:21).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A as you study Ether 8.
A Voice of Warning
Write the warnings you would give in the following situations:
You are an undercover police officer and discover Akish’s plan (see Ether 8:4–12). Write a report to warn your leader of this secret plan.
You have been assigned by the prophet to give a talk, using Ether 8:20–26 as your text. Write a paragraph describing the warning you think today’s Church members need.
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