Understanding the Scriptures
|Sanctified thee (v. 5)||Set you apart|
|Rod (v. 11)||Staff or stick|
|Hasten my word (v. 12)||Give a warning voice|
|Gird up thy loins (v. 17)||Get ready|
|Dismayed (v. 17)||Afraid|
|Lest (v. 17)||Or else|
|Confound (v. 17)||Confuse and make afraid|
|Defenced (v. 18)||Walled|
|Brasen (v. 18)||Bronze|
Jeremiah 1:5—“Before Thou Camest Forth out of the Womb I Sanctified Thee”
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught, “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).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Jeremiah 1.
Scripture Mastery—Jeremiah 1:4–5
Jeremiah was foreordained to be a prophet. Foreordination is an important principle that helps us understand the premortal life and how it relates to this life. Read Jeremiah 1:4–5; Alma 13:3; and Abraham 3:22–23 and write your understanding of foreordination.
Before We Came to Earth
Jeremiah’s calling was a difficult one, but what did he learn about his calling? (see Jeremiah 1:5).
What effect might it have had on Jeremiah to know he was chosen before he was born? In the margin of your scriptures you may want to write the statement of the Prophet Joseph Smith found in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section above.
How can a patriarchal blessing and the teachings of the prophets help you see what you were foreordained to do?
Promises from the Lord
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