Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
To save Abraham’s life, the Lord commanded him to tell the Egyptians that his wife Sarai was his sister (see Abraham 2:22–25; see also Genesis 12:11–20; Deuteronomy 8:1–3; Matthew 7:21–24; 1 Nephi 4:10–18; D&C 130:21).
Suggestions for Teaching
Abraham 2:14–15. Abraham Taught the Gospel
Have students read Abraham 2:4, 15and compare the people Abraham took with him when he left Ur to the people he took with him when he left Haran. How had Abraham already begun to bless the families of the earth, as the Lord prophesied in verse 11? Invite students to tell about some of their experiences of helping people by sharing the gospel with them.
Abraham 2:15–20. From Haran to Canaan
Have students read Abraham 2:15–20and list what happened (including what Abraham did) as Abraham’s group traveled from Haran to Canaan. Ask students how this journey can be compared to our journey through life. For example, what are some ways the Lord has led, protected, and blessed us? How is the Lord a “covering” and a “rock” in our lives? (see also Isaiah 4:5–6; Helaman 5:12).
Abraham 2:21–25. “Let Her Say … She Is Thy Sister”
Have students compare Abraham 2:21–25with the biblical account in Genesis 12:10–13. Ask: What important clarification does the account in the book of Abraham add? You may want to read and discuss the commentary for Abraham 2:24–25in the student manual (p. 35). Read Genesis 12:14–20with students to learn what happened to Sarai, Pharaoh, and Abraham.
Abraham 2. Abraham and Sarai Obeyed the Lord
Ask students to find each of the commandments the Lord gave to Abraham and Sarai in Abraham 2, and how they responded to them. Ask students which verse or verses in Abraham 2help explain Abraham’s obedience. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “Whatever God requires is right” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith,256). He also taught, “I made this my rule: When the Lord commands, do it” (History of the Church,2:170). Invite students to think about how they have applied these principles in their own lives.
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