Moses 3:18–25: Adam and Eve Were Husband and Wife

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 17–18

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 3:18–23. A Help Meet for Adam

Show students a small ball that is cut in half. Ask them what the use of these halves is. Now show them a whole ball and ask: How much more functional is a complete ball than a half? Read Moses 3:18–23and tell students that one half of the ball represents man, and the other half represents woman. You may want to read the commentary for Moses 3:18in the student manual (p. 11). Discuss ways that man without woman, or woman without man, is incomplete (see also 1 Corinthians 11:11–12).

Adam and Eve

Moses 3:21–23. Adam’s Rib

Read Moses 3:21–23and ask students to suggest possible symbolic meanings of Eve being made from Adam’s rib. Review the commentary for Moses 3:21–23in the student manual (p. 11). Discuss examples of how husbands and wives can work side by side.

Moses 3:24–25. The First Marriage

Have students read Moses 3:24–25and suggest some of the expectations they have for their marriages. Ask students what they think “leave his father and mother” means. (Begin their own family and become independent from their parents.) Tell them that Heavenly Father sealed Adam and Eve together in eternal marriage, thus instituting marriage on earth (see Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation,comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 1:115; 2:71; Ecclesiastes 3:14). Give examples of the great joy that comes from an eternal marriage relationship, when two partners become one (see also Ecclesiastes 4:9–10; Mark 10:6–9).