Moses 6:57–68

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 28–29

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

  • The Lord has commanded parents to teach their children to repent (see Moses 6:57–58; see also D&C 68:25).

  • The three elements of water, blood, and spirit are involved in the birth of each child. Likewise, those who are spiritually “born again” must enter into the kingdom of heaven by water (baptism by immersion), by the Spirit (the gift of the Holy Ghost), and by the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ (see Moses 6:59–60; see also John 3:3–5; Mosiah 27:25; Alma 36:17–24; D&C 5:16).

  • The Holy Ghost comforts, teaches, enlivens, and testifies of truth (see Moses 6:61; see also John 14:26; Ether 12:41; D&C 11:12–13).

  • All things, both temporal and spiritual, have been created to symbolically teach and testify of Jesus Christ and His gospel (see Moses 6:63; see also 2 Nephi 11:4).

  • Adam was baptized by water and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. He was carried down into and brought up out of the water by the Spirit of the Lord (see Moses 6:64–66).

  • All who follow the plan of salvation can become exalted sons and daughters of God (see Moses 6:68; see also Mosiah 5:7; 27:24–27; Moroni 7:48; D&C 25:1; 39:4; 76:50–59).

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 6:57. “Teach It unto Your Children”

Have students read Moses 6:15, 57and tell about ways they plan to teach their children. Discuss various kinds of family teaching situations, including what students think parents should do when a child does not want to be taught or when a child rebels against what is taught.

Media Suggestion. “The Importance of the Family”

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Videopresentations 21 and 22, “The Importance of the Family” (11:00; 10:25), can be used to teach the principles of successful families from “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (see Ensign,Nov. 1995, 102).

Moses 6:59–61. Physical and Spiritual Birth

Write two headings on the board: Born into the Worldand Born Again into the Kingdom of Heaven.Ask students to find in Moses 6:59the three elements that fall under each heading, and to explain the part each element plays in the birth process. Read and discuss the statement by Elder Bruce R. McConkie in the commentary for Moses 6:59in the student manual (p. 21).

Moses 6:62–63. “All Things Have Their Likeness”

Read Moses 6:63and ask students to give examples of things “in the heavens,” “on the earth,” “in the earth,” or “under the earth,” and have them tell how they think these things symbolically “bear record” of Christ. For example, the planets witness the handiwork of God (see Alma 30:44), and seeds that are planted in the ground and then sprout into life bear record of Christ’s Resurrection (see John 12:23–24; 1 Corinthians 15:35–38).

Moses 6:68. The Plan of Salvation

Tell students that Moses 6:48–62gives details of the plan of salvation, verses 63–66 teach how we learn about and participate in the plan, and verses 67–68 tell us about the ultimate destiny of those who follow the plan. Ask students to study verses 48–68 and explain the plan of salvation based on what they read.