Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
Moses saw God face to face upon an unknown mountain sometime after he spoke to the Lord in the burning bush but before he went to free the children of Israel from Egypt (see Moses 1:1–2, 17, 25–26, 42; see also Exodus 3:1–10).
Moses was a son of God and was in the “similitude” (likeness) of Jesus Christ (Moses 1:4, 6–7; see also D&C 25:1). In his calling and ministry, Moses was also a “type” or likeness of Jesus Christ (see Moses 1:25–26; see also Deuteronomy 18:15; 3 Nephi 20:23; also compare Exodus 2:1–10and Matthew 2:11–23).
Suggestions for Teaching
Overview of Moses 1. Moses Saw Jesus Christ and Satan
Discuss what it is like to walk into a dark room from a brightly lit room, or vice versa. What happens to one’s eyesight? Compare what happened to Moses as he spoke to God (see Moses 1:1–9, 25–31) to Moses’ confrontation with Satan (see vv. 12–24Moses 1:1–9, 25–31).
Media Suggestion. “God’s Work and Glory”
Old Testament Videopresentation 3, “God’s Work and Glory” (8:28), can be used as an introduction to help the students understand our worth as children of God (see Old Testament Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).
Moses 1:1–2. “An Exceedingly High Mountain”
Have students read Moses 1:1–2and explore the similar experiences of other prophets who were caught up to high mountains, including Ezekiel (see Ezekiel 40:1–4), John the Beloved (see Revelation 21:10), and Nephi (see 1 Nephi 11:1). The experiences of prophets who saw God “face to face” are recorded in Genesis 32:30; Exodus 33:11; Ether 12:38–39; Moses 7:2–4; Abraham 3:11; and Joseph Smith—History 1:15–17. Discuss how prophets today are like the prophets of old.
Moses 1:2, 9–11. “Man Is Nothing”
Have students carefully read Moses 1:2, 9–11to see what happened to Moses. Discuss what happened to Moses by referring to the commentary for Moses 1:2, 9–11in the student manual (p. 4). What did Moses learn about God and about himself? What did Moses mean when he said, “I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed”? (see also 2 Nephi 4:16–23; Mosiah 4:5, 11; Alma 26:12; Helaman 12:7–8).
Moses 1:3–6. “I Am”
Have students find the phrases in Moses 1:3–6that God used to describe Himself. Discuss the meanings of these phrases:
“I know them all” (v. 6; see 2 Nephi 9:20; Alma 26:35; Moroni 7:22). Also read the statements by the Prophet Joseph Smith and Elder James E. Talmage in the commentary for Moses 1:6in the student manual (p. 5).
Moses 1:4, 6–7. Moses Was a Son of God
Ask students: Has anyone ever told you that they would be honored to have you as a son or a daughter? Have students mark “my son” in Moses 1:4, 6–7. Review the commentary for Moses 1:4–6in the student manual (p. 4). Invite students to share their thoughts on the significance of being called “sons and daughters of God.”
Moses 1:6. “Thou Art in the Similitude”
Read Moses 1:6and tell students that “in the similitude” means “resembling another” or “to be in the form or image of another.” In what ways was Moses’ life similar to the life of Jesus Christ? What are some things we are asked to do as members of the Church that are similar to what Jesus Christ did? What can we accomplish in this life, and in the next life, because we know we are in the similitude of God? Testify of our divine parentage and potential.