Abraham 2:1–13: The Abrahamic Covenant

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 40–42

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Media Suggestion. “The Abrahamic Covenant”

Consider showing the first few minutes of Old Testament Videopresentation 9, “The Abrahamic Covenant” (10:05), which deals with the meaning and power of covenants (see Old Testament Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).

Abraham 2. Overview

Ask students what they think they would do if a prolonged food shortage occurred in their area. You may want to have students search Abraham 1:29–2:21and mark the word famine.Have students explain how each famine in these verses influenced Abraham and his family (see also Alma 32:13–16; Helaman 12:3–5). Invite students to tell about adversity or other circumstances in their lives or in the lives of others that have helped them remember the Lord.

Abraham 2:6–8, 12–20. “And the Lord Appeared”

Have students tell about the two appearances of the Lord to Abraham, in Abraham 2:6–8, 12–20. Invite students to tell what gospel doctrines and principles they learn from these experiences of Abraham (for example, Abraham 2:6teaches about the Lord’s desire for us to take the gospel message to others).

Abraham 2:6, 9–11. Promise of the Abrahamic Covenant

Consider dividing the class into four small groups of students and discussing the promised blessings in the Abrahamic covenant (land, posterity, priesthood and the gospel, and salvation or eternal life; see also the commentary for Abraham 2:6, 9–11in the student manual, pp. 33–34). Have each group discover answers to the following questions and share their findings with the class:

  • When and how were each of these promised blessings restored to the Church in the dispensation of the fulness of times?

  • What can each of these promised blessings mean to me personally? What can I do to qualify for them?

Abraham 2:9–11. The Abrahamic Covenant

Assign students to study Abraham 2:9–11and list the principles these verses teach about faithful members of the Church (see also the commentary for Abraham 2:10in the student manual, p. 34). Ask students which items on the list are blessings the Lord has promised them, and which are responsibilities He has given them. Invite students to tell about blessings they have received that are on the list. Ask: How have you fulfilled the responsibilities we listed?

Abraham 2:12–14. “Now I Have Found Thee”

Have students read Abraham 1:2, 4, 15; 2:3–6, 12and discuss phrases that show Abraham sought the Lord “earnestly.” What does a person do who is earnestly seeking the Lord? Compare Abraham’s thoughts and actions in Abraham 2:13–14to the thoughts and actions of today’s righteous Church members.