Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
God gave man moral agency (the freedom to choose between right and wrong) and instructed him concerning the consequences of his choices in the Garden of Eden (see Moses 3:16–17; see also 2 Nephi 2:14–16).
Suggestions for Teaching
Moses 3:9–20. Life in the Garden of Eden
Have students study 2 Nephi 2:22–23and Moses 3:9–20, making a list of facts these scriptures teach about the Garden of Eden. Ask students what they think it means to “dress” and “keep” the garden. Note that from the beginning, man has been required to provide for himself and his family by “the sweat of his brow” (Moses 5:1). Ask students what they think it would have been like to live in the Garden of Eden. Discuss the blessings and learning opportunities that would have been forfeited in a paradisiacal life in the Garden of Eden.
Moses 3:9, 16–17. In the Midst of the Garden
Ask students to read Moses 3:9and 2 Nephi 2:15–16and tell why they think God placed the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the middle of the Garden of Eden. Have students explain in their own words why the forbidden fruit was necessary. Discuss opposites and agency. Ask students why they think moral agency, or the freedom to choose, is a part of the plan of salvation (see also 2 Nephi 2:24).