Moses 4:20–32: The Consequences of the Fall

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 20–21

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 4:20–21. The Consequences of the Fall upon Satan and His Followers

Have students read Moses 4:20–21looking for the consequences of the Fall upon Satan and his followers. Refer to the commentary under “Moses 4:21. Enmity” and “Moses 4:21. The ‘Seed of the Woman’ Refers to the Savior, Jesus Christ” in the student manual (p. 14). Ask who the “seed of the woman” is. Discuss how the prophecy will be fulfilled that “he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Moses 4:22–26, 29. The Fall of Adam and Eve Brought Many Consequences, Including Mortality, Work, and the Opportunity to Have and Raise Children.

Tell students that neither Eve nor Adam were “cursed” for their transgression, but the Lord did pronounce consequences upon them. Have students read Moses 4:22–26, 29looking for the consequences of Adam and Eve’s transgression. Discuss the findings of students by making a list of the consequences on the board. Review with students the commentaries under “Moses 4:22. ‘I Will Greatly Multiply Thy Sorrow’”; “Moses 4:22. ‘He Shall Rule over Thee’”; “Moses 4:23–25. ‘Cursed Shall Be the Ground for Thy Sake’”; “Moses 4:23. ‘In Sorrow Shalt Thou Eat of It All the Days of Thy Life’”; and “Moses 4:25. Death Entered the World” in the student manual (pp. 14–15). Ask students how the thorns and thistles mentioned in verse 24 can be likened to what we experience in mortality. Ask students why they think the Lord gives us (or allows us to have) trials in our lives (see also 2 Corinthians 12:7–10; D&C 122:7). Testify that all these consequences can be perceived as blessings.

Driven from garden

Moses 4:27–31. Parting Blessings

Ask students to find and mark the things God did for Adam and Eve before sending them away from the Garden of Eden. Discuss how each of these things was a blessing for Adam and Eve, and for us today (see Alma 12:21–26; 42:2–4).