Lesson 17

“What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life?”

“Lesson 17: ‘What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life?’” New Testament Class Member Study Guide (1997), 10–11

  • What blessings are more important than material possessions? (See Luke 12:31–34; D&C 6:7 for some examples.)

  • Why do many people set their hearts on worldly wealth even though they know it is only temporary? How can we determine whether we are too concerned with material possessions?

  • What has the Lord asked you to sacrifice? How have you been blessed for making these sacrifices?

Suggestion for Family Discussion

Place a set of scriptures at one end of the room and a piece of money at the other end. Invite a family member to try to walk in a straight line toward the scriptures while looking at the money. If the family member has difficulty reaching the scriptures, ask why it is difficult. If he or she is able to reach the scriptures, ask how long he or she would be able to go without wandering from the straight line. Read Mark 10:17–24, and explain that we cannot enter the kingdom of God (represented by the scriptures) if we focus our attention on worldly possessions (represented by the money). Discuss how to develop and maintain proper attitudes about material possessions.

Scripture Chain: Seeking the Kingdom of God