Moses 6:1–25: The Generations of Adam

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 24–25


Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 6. Overview

Assign pairs of students to make charts showing the names and ages of the patriarchs mentioned in Moses 6:10–25(see Moses 8:1–12; Genesis 7:1–6; 9:28–29). Ask students what they learn from this chart about the early patriarchs. What book did Enoch preach from? (see Moses 6:46). Why did Enoch preach? (see vv. 27–30, 42, 68).

Moses 6:1–3, 10–16. Seth Was a Worthy Son

Have students study Moses 5:16–21; 6:1–3, 10–16and compare Cain, Abel, and Seth (see also D&C 107:42–43, 53; 138:40).

Moses 6:5. A Book of Remembrance

Have students read Doctrine and Covenants 68:2–4and tell what these verses teach about scripture. Read Moses 6:5and ask students how they think Doctrine and Covenants 68:2–4applies to the book of remembrance kept by Adam. Read and discuss the statement by Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in the commentary for Moses 6:5–6in the student manual (p. 19).

Moses 6:15. The Children of Men

Show students that in the book of Moses two groups or types of people are mentioned: the “children of God” or “sons of God,” who were righteous (see Moses 6:8, 68), and the “children of men” or “sons of men,” who had not yet accepted or who had rejected the gospel (see Moses 5:52; 6:15, 23). Assign a few students to tell what they learn in Moses 5:52–56; 6:15about the children of men, and assign others to tell what they learn about the children of God in Moses 6:8–14, 16–25.

Moses 6:15. Satan “Raged in Their Hearts”

Read Moses 6:15and ask students what the words dominionand ragemean. What did Satan’s dominion and rage lead to in the days of Seth? Discuss what 2 Nephi 28:20–22teaches about Satan’s methods in the last days. How is Satan able to get into people’s hearts?

Moses 6:23. Preachers of Righteousness

Have students tell what they learn about the preaching of righteousness in Moses 6:23and Alma 4:19; 17:9–17; 31:5. Point out that in the remaining verses of Moses 6–7there are several excellent examples of true preachers of righteousness. Ask students to name people in the Church today who could be called “preachers of righteousness.”

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