Understanding the Scriptures
|Intelligences that were organized (v. 22)||Spirit children of Heavenly Father|
|Prove (v. 25)||Test|
|First estate (vv. 26, 28)||Premortal life|
|Second estate (v. 26)||Earth life|
|Son of Man (v. 27)||Jesus Christ|
Abraham 3:22–23—Chosen before Birth
The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “Every man who has a calling to minister to the inhabitants of the world was ordained to that very purpose in the Grand Council of heaven before this world was” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith , 365). In other words, not only was Abraham chosen for certain assignments before birth, but so were you (see D&C 138:53–56).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activity A and then do two of the other three activities (B–D) as you study Abraham 3:22–28.
Scripture Mastery—Abraham 3:22–23
Write what Abraham learned about premortal life.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 138:53–56, which is part of a vision President Joseph F. Smith had of the spirit world. What information does the revelation in Doctrine and Covenants add to the revelation in Abraham 3:22–23? You may want to cross-reference these two scriptures to each other by highlighting the references in your footnotes or by writing the reference of one in the margin of the other.
In addition to what you read in Abraham 3 and Doctrine and Covenants 138, consider the statement from the Prophet Joseph Smith in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section, and describe how these doctrines of the premortal life affect you and how you feel knowing these things.
Look for Important Words
Identify the words in Abraham 3:22–23 that tell who God would choose to be leaders on earth and when they were chosen. Write the words in your notebook; you may also want to circle them in your scriptures.
Find the phrase that most likely describes Jesus Christ in Abraham 3:24. Write it in your notebook and tell why that phrase describes Him well.
Write a Question
Write an important question people may ask that you think can be answered by Abraham 3:24–26.
Apply the Doctrine
Choose one of the truths taught to Abraham in verses 22–28 and write about how it should, could, or will encourage you to live more righteously.
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