Abraham 3

The Premortal Life and Council in Heaven

“Abraham 3: The Premortal Life and Council in Heaven,” Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide (2002), 9–10

After the Lord commanded Abraham to go to Egypt, He taught him truths about the planets, the sun, the moon, and the stars, all of which were important symbols in the Egyptian religion of the time. Abraham used these truths to teach the Egyptians the gospel by building upon what they already knew (notice the explanation of facsimile 3 on page 41 of the Pearl of Great Price). Through a discussion of heavenly bodies and their motions, Abraham taught the Egyptians that the God he worshiped is greater than all other things in creation, because He is the Creator.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A and then do two of the other three activities (B–D) as you study Abraham 3:22–28.

  1. Scripture Mastery—Abraham 3:22–23

    1. Write what Abraham learned about premortal life.

    2. Read Doctrine and Covenants 138:53–56, which is part of a vision President Joseph F. Smith had of the spirit world. What information does the revelation in Doctrine and Covenants add to the revelation in Abraham 3:22–23? You may want to cross-reference these two scriptures to each other by highlighting the references in your footnotes or by writing the reference of one in the margin of the other.

    3. In addition to what you read in Abraham 3 and Doctrine and Covenants 138, consider the statement from the Prophet Joseph Smith in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section, and describe how these doctrines of the premortal life affect you and how you feel knowing these things.

  2. Look for Important Words

    1. Identify the words in Abraham 3:22–23 that tell who God would choose to be leaders on earth and when they were chosen. Write the words in your notebook; you may also want to circle them in your scriptures.

    2. Find the phrase that most likely describes Jesus Christ in Abraham 3:24. Write it in your notebook and tell why that phrase describes Him well.

  3. Write a Question

    Write an important question people may ask that you think can be answered by Abraham 3:24–26.

  4. Apply the Doctrine

    Choose one of the truths taught to Abraham in verses 22–28 and write about how it should, could, or will encourage you to live more righteously.