Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events
Suggestions for Teaching
Moses 7. Overview
Have students review Moses 7:2–11, 20–67looking for the questions that Enoch asked the Lord. Discuss the Lord’s responses. Invite students to tell what they would ask or say if they had the opportunity to speak with the Lord as Enoch did.
Moses 7:3–4. “I Saw the Lord”
Read Moses 7:3–4to students, and then divide the class into four groups and assign each group a different book of scripture (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, or the Pearl of Great Price). Assign each group to find and list the names of people in their book of scripture who saw God (students may want to use the Topical Guide at the back of the LDS edition of the King James Bible). Have each group read their list to the rest of the class. Ask: Why is it important to have the records left by these witnesses?
Moses 7:6–20. The People and Their Lands
Have students find what the Lord did to the land in Moses 7:7–8, and what He did to the land in verse 17. Ask: According to verses 7–20, what did the Lord do to, and for, the people of these lands? Discuss how people bring curses upon themselves, and ways we can help make our lands “blessed.”
Moses 7:13–20. Zion
Tell students that “Zion” can refer to a place, a kind of people, or a way of life. Ask students to find and share scriptures that teach about these three ideas. Compare Enoch’s Zion (see Moses 7:13–20), to the Zion described in the Book of Mormon (see 4 Nephi 1:1–18), and the Zion that will be established in the last days (see D&C 45:63–71). Ask students what they think it would be like to live in Zion.
Moses 7:18–20. Establishing Zion Today
Read Moses 7:18–20and invite students to tell about their experiences in a ward or branch that was almost like Zion. Have students study Doctrine and Covenants 6:6; 35:24–25; 97:12–21and discuss how we can help establish Zion in our day. Read and discuss this quotation from President Spencer W. Kimball:
“May I suggest three fundamental things we must do if we are to ‘bring again Zion,’ three things for which we who labor for Zion must commit ourselves.
“First, we must eliminate the individual tendency to selfishness that snares the soul, shrinks the heart, and darkens the mind. …
“Second, we must cooperate completely and work in harmony one with the other. …
“Third, we must lay on the altar and sacrifice whatever is required by the Lord. We begin by offering a ‘broken heart and a contrite spirit.’ We follow this by giving our best effort in our assigned fields of labor and callings. We learn our duty and execute it fully. Finally we consecrate our time, talents, and means as called upon by our file leaders and as prompted by the whisperings of the Spirit” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1978, 122–24; or Ensign,May 1978, 81).