Moses 1:1–11: God Revealed Himself to Moses

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 9–11

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

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:

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    “The Lord God Almighty” (v. 3; see 1 Nephi 7:12; Mosiah 4:9; Ether 3:4; D&C 93:17).

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    “Endless is my name” (v. 3; see D&C 19:9–12; 20:17; Moses 7:35).

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    “All things are present with me” (v. 6; see D&C 38:1–2; 130:4–7). Also review the statement by Elder Neal A. Maxwell in the commentary for Moses 1:6in the student manual (p. 5).

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    “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.

Moses 1:6. “There Is No God Beside Me”

Read Moses 1:6and ask students to suggest some ideas, objects, or people that we sometimes place ahead of God in our lives. Read the commentary for Moses 1:6in the student manual (pp. 4–5).