Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
Suggestions for Teaching
Moses 1:24–29. Moses Saw God Again
Have students read Moses 1:18, 24–25and find what Moses did and why. Read verses 26–29 and ask students how they think this preparation helped him accomplish his mission. Invite students to tell how they spiritually prepare to fulfill their callings.
Moses 1:31–33. Many Worlds Created by the Son
What does it mean to stand in the presence of God? (see Moses 1:31). What does “these things” in verse 31 refer to? What question of Moses’ did God answer in the last phrases of verse 31? Did He give a more complete answer at any time? (compare v. 39). Why do you think Heavenly Father answered Moses’ question in this manner? What do you think “worlds without number” (v. 33) means in terms of the number of God’s creations? What do you think Heavenly Father was trying to help Moses understand by using these terms? Do you think Moses understood what Heavenly Father was trying to teach him? Why?
Moses 1:30–38. Why Are These Things So?
Discuss the questions Moses asked the Lord in Moses 1:30. Invite students to read verses 31–39 and list what Moses learned about himself and Deity. Read the statement by Elder Marion G. Romney in the commentary for Moses 1:35–39in the student manual (p. 6). Read Moses 1:37and testify that despite the number of God’s creations, He knows them all.
Moses 1:39. Immortality and Eternal Life
Ask students to define the terms immortalityand eternal life. Discuss the scriptural definition of “immortality” (see 1 Corinthians 15:51–54; Mormon 6:21) and of “eternal life” (see 1 John 5:11; Mosiah 15:22–25). President Spencer W. Kimball said, “Immortality is to live forever in an assigned kingdom. Eternal life is to gain exaltation in the highest heaven and live in the family unit” (in Conference Report, Sept.–Oct. 1978, 109; or Ensign,Nov. 1978, 72). Also read the commentary under “Moses 1:39. Immortality and Eternal Life” in the student manual (p. 6).
Moses 1:39. God’s Work and Glory
Ask students the following questions: What is Heavenly Father’s work? (see Moses 1:4–5, 39). What work did He want Moses to do? (see vv. 6, 25–26). How was Moses prepared to accomplish this work? (see v. 2; see also D&C 84:6). How does our knowledge of the Lord’s work help us assist Him more effectively? Read the statement by President Marion G. Romney under “Moses 1:39. The Unselfishness of God” in the student manual (p. 6).
Media Suggestion. “‘For Mine Own Purpose’”
Old Testament Symposium 1995 Resource Videocassettepresentation 1, “‘For Mine Own Purpose’” (2:00; item 53248), depicts Heavenly Father revealing His purposes to Moses.