“Moses,” Tambuli, June 1994, 3


(See Moses 1:1–22 in the Pearl of Great Price.)

“And, behold, thou art my son” (Moses 1:4).

Long ago, Moses was called by the Lord to a high mountain. There he saw the glory of God and spoke to him face to face.

“Behold,” the Lord said, “I am the Lord God Almighty, and Endless is my name.”

The very next thing he said to Moses was, “And, behold, thou art my son.” He told Moses that he had an important work for him to do and promised to show him many things. Then the Lord told him, once again, that he was his son, a son “in the similitude of mine Only Begotten.”

Next the Lord showed him a wonderful vision of the whole earth and all the people who were created. The glory of God was upon Moses, or he would not have been able to see such things. When the vision was finished, the glory of God left Moses, and he was very weak. It took him several hours to regain his strength.

After Moses’ strength had returned, Satan came to tempt him, saying, “Moses, son of man, worship me.” But Moses had seen the glory of the Lord. He had been told by that Holy Being that he, Moses, was not just a son of man but a child of God, so he was able to say to the devil, “Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?”

Satan responded by crying out in a loud voice and ranting. Although Moses was frightened at first, he called upon Heavenly Father for strength and told Satan to leave. Knowing that he was a child of a glorious Heavenly Father, a Father who loved him and would hear his prayers, gave Moses courage and strength to withstand evil. In his heart was the peace of knowing who he was.

Illustration by Greg K. Olsen