Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
In ancient times the Melchizedek Priesthood was passed from father to son. Abraham was a rightful heir of the Melchizedek Priesthood, but because his father was not worthy, Abraham sought the priesthood from other priesthood holders (see Abraham 1:2–4; see also D&C 84:14–16; 86:8–11; 107:40–52).
The blessings of the Melchizedek Priesthood include some of the greatest gifts God offers to mankind, including authority, happiness, peace, rest, knowledge, and posterity (see Abraham 1:2; see also D&C 84:33–38; 132:20–24, 28–31).
Suggestions for Teaching
Abraham 1:1. “In the Land of the Chaldeans”
Invite students to tell about times they or their families have moved, and why. Which student has made the longest move? How many miles (kilometers) was it? Study together Bible map 9 (map 2 in the 1979 edition) at the back of the LDS edition of the King James Bible and have students calculate approximately how many miles (kilometers) Abraham traveled from Ur to Haran to Egypt. (Note:There are two possible sites on the map where Ur may have been located.) Review Abraham 1:1, 5, 12and discuss why Abraham sought a new home.
Abraham 1:2. Abraham Sought for His Blessings
Discuss what it means to “seek.” Read Abraham 1:2with your students, and list on the board what Abraham was seeking. Share this quotation from President Spencer W. Kimball:
“Remember that Abraham sought for his appointment to the priesthood. He did not wait for God to come to him; he sought diligently through prayer and obedient living to learn the will of God. …
“As we follow Abraham’s example, we will grow from grace to grace, we will find greater happiness and peace and rest, we will find favor with God and with man. As we follow his example, we will confirm upon ourselves and our families joy and fulfillment in this life and for all eternity” (“The Example of Abraham,” Ensign,June 1975, 7).
Media Suggestion. “‘And My Soul Hungered’”
Book of Mormon Videopresentation 8, “‘And My Soul Hungered’” (10:06), depicts a person who is struggling to become better and hungers to be in touch with the Lord (see Book of Mormon Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).
Abraham 1:3–4. “It Came Down from the Fathers”
Invite a priesthood holder to tell how and from whom he received the priesthood. Read Abraham 1:3–4and discuss what these verses say about how the priesthood was conferred anciently. Invite students who hold the priesthood to tell how they prepared to be ordained and how they felt when they received the priesthood (or were advanced in the priesthood). Write the following words on the board: authority, happiness, peace, rest, knowledgeand explain that they are blessings of the priesthood.
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