Joseph Smith–History 1:55–65:Joseph Smith Received the Gold Plates

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 62–63


Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Media Suggestion. “For Our Day”

Book of Mormon Videopresentation 1, “For Our Day” (11:38), can be used to teach the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the influence this sacred book has had in the lives of Latter-day Saint youth around the world (see Book of Mormon Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).

Joseph Smith—History 1:55–58. September 1823 to September 1827

Have students list the major events of their lives in the past four years. Tell students that in Joseph Smith—History 1:55–58Joseph tells us about four major events in his life. Have students identify the four events. (The death of his brother, Alvin; his job doing manual labor; the experience of digging for a silver mine; and his marriage to Emma Hale.) Discuss how each event may have prepared Joseph to receive the plates and complete his life’s mission. (For example, you may want to ask: How might the experience of courting and marrying Emma have helped Joseph in his preparation?)

Joseph Smith—History 1:59. A Charge

Read to students the story in the commentary for Joseph Smith—History 1:59–60in the student manual (p. 62). Then have students read the warnings that Moroni gave Joseph in Joseph Smith—History 1:42, 59. Ask students how they think Joseph felt when he received the warning in verse 59. What promise did Moroni give Joseph?

Joseph Smith—History 1:60–62, 66–67. September to December 1827

Discuss how Joseph received, preserved, and began to translate the plates in the midst of persecution and harassment. Invite students to report in their own words what the Lord and others did to help Joseph accomplish his work, according to Joseph Smith—History 1:62, 66–67.

Joseph Smith—History 1:63–65. December 1827 to February 1828

Have students study Isaiah 29:11–12and 2 Nephi 27:9–10, 15–20and tell how these scriptures relate to what happened in Joseph Smith—History 1:63–65.