Media Suggestion. “The Plan of Salvation”
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Videopresentation 1, “The Plan of Salvation” (10:13), can be used as an overview of the plan of salvation, thus helping students see how the plan can help them live better lives.
Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
Those who repent and are baptized will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. If they endure in faith to the end, they will obtain salvation through the Atonement of Christ (see Moses 6:50–52; see also 2 Nephi 31:10–20; Articles of Faith 1:3–4).
God allows His children the freedom to sin. In this way we experience the opposition that comes through temptation and we learn the bitterness of sin and its consequences (see Moses 6:55; see also 2 Nephi 2:10, 15–16; D&C 29:39).
Suggestions for Teaching
Media Suggestion. “First Principles and Ordinances”
Old Testament Videopresentation 8, “First Principles and Ordinances” (11:41), can be used to help explain the first principles and ordinances of the gospel in the context of our salvation (see Old Testament Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).
Moses 6:43–52. Teaching the Gospel to Others
Invite students to list (or invite a missionary or returned missionary to tell about) the doctrines and principles of the plan of salvation that missionaries teach those who are investigating the Church. Comparethe principles we teach today to the principles Enoch taught in Moses 6:43–52. Ask: Which principles are similar? Why? Which are different? Why?
Moses 6:48–56. Because of the Fall
Share this quotation from President Ezra Taft Benson: “No one adequately and properly knows why he needs Christ until he understands and accepts the doctrine of the Fall and its effect upon all mankind” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1987, 106; or Ensign,May 1987, 85). Write the following on the board and ask students to complete the phrase using the ideas in Moses 6:48–50, 55–56: Because of the Fall, ______.Ask students to explain why the Fall is important in the plan of salvation. Ask students how they would answer Adam’s question that was quoted by Enoch in verse 53.
Moses 6:54–55. “They Are Whole”
Show pictures of a small baby or invite a parent to bring a small baby to class. Write the following statementson the board and ask if each is true or false, and why. (Statements 2 and 3 are false.)
Have students identifyphrases from Moses 6:54–55; Moroni 8:8–10, 19–20; and Doctrine and Covenants 137:10that show the above statements to be true or false. Testify of the great power of the Atonement.
Moses 6:55. “That They May Know to Prize the Good”
Ask students to think about lessons they have learned from their mistakes. Read Moses 6:55and Doctrine and Covenants 105:9–10and discuss how life would be different if we were not allowed to experience the bitterness of sin and its consequences.
Note:Be sure students understand that it is notnecessary to commit sin in order to learn about the consequences of sin. The Savior learned about the consequences of sin by taking upon Himself the sins of the world (see Alma 7:11–13). Like the Savior, we must resist temptation and strive to obey all of God’s commandments.
Moses 6:56. “Agents unto Themselves”
Give a student the choice of selecting one of two items to eat, one delicious and the other distasteful, that you have hidden in two small bags or boxes. Gradually tell the student about each item until he makes a choice. After seeing the two items, ask how he feels about his decision. Ask students to read Moses 6:56and explain the relationship of knowledge and agency to accountability.
Media Suggestion. “‘Act for Themselves’”
Book of Mormon Videopresentation 4, “‘Act for Themselves’” (18:39), can be used to demonstrate how the vital principle of agency works (see Book of Mormon Video Guidefor teaching suggestions).
Media Suggestion. “Children of Israel”
Old Testament Symposium 1995 Resource Videocassettepresentation 3, “Children of Israel” (7:00), presents children’s views of God’s purposes and the plan of salvation.