â€œLesson 160: Moroni 10:8â€“26, 30â€“34,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2012)
â€œLesson 160,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual
After teaching how to obtain a witness of the truth of all things through the Holy Ghost, Moroni exhorted those who would read his words to receive and recognize spiritual gifts. Moroni concluded the Book of Mormon record by exhorting all people to come unto Jesus Christ, lay hold on every good gift He offers, and be perfected through Him.
Invite students to think of a time when Heavenly Father helped them do something that they could not have done on their own. Ask students to read Moroni 10:8 silently, looking for the phrase that describes the spiritual abilities or blessings God gives to the faithful (â€œgifts of Godâ€). Explain that we often refer to these gifts as gifts of the Spirit or spiritual gifts.
According to Moroni 10:8, why does God give gifts of the Spirit to His children? (After students respond, write the following truth on the board: God grants gifts of the Spirit to profit His children. You may need to explain that in this context, profit means to bless or help.)
Ask students to read Moroni 10:9â€“16 silently, looking for the gifts of God that Moroni described in these verses. You may want to suggest that students mark what they find.
Which gifts of the Spirit did you identify in these verses? (As students respond, you may want to write their answers on the board.)
What examples of these gifts have you seen in the Church?
When have you seen people receive blessings because others have exercised their spiritual gifts? (You may want to be prepared to share an example that you have seen.)
How can gifts of the Spirit profit the person who receives them?
Invite a student to read Moroni 10:19, 24 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for a barrier to receiving and recognizing spiritual gifts.
What barrier to receiving and recognizing spiritual gifts did you discover?
Why do you think people in a condition of unbelief cannot recognize or receive the power and gifts of God?
Invite students to read Moroni 10:25â€“26 silently, looking for what will happen to those who reject the gifts and power of God. Ask them to report what they find.
Invite a few students to take turns reading aloud from Moroni 10:20â€“23. Ask the class to follow along, looking for the blessings of having faith, hope, and charity. (Before students read, you may want to explain that the phrase â€œexpedient unto meâ€ in Moroni 10:23 refers to things that are in harmony with Godâ€™s will.)
What blessings did Moroni teach would come to those who have faith, hope, and charity?
As students respond, write the following principle on the board: If we have faith, we will be able to do what the Savior wants us to do. You may want to suggest that they mark this principle in Moroni 10:23.
How do you think the two principles on the board might relate to each other? (If we have faith, God will give us the gifts that we need in order to do the work He has for us to do.)
How can knowing these two principles help you now and in the future?
Write the following incomplete statements on the board. To help students see how the promise found in Moroni 10:23 has been fulfilled or could be fulfilled in their lives, give them a few minutes to complete one of the statements in notebooks or scripture study journals:
After sufficient time, invite students to share what they have written with a partner.
Write the word Perfection on the board. Underneath it, write Possible or impossible?
Invite students to share their thoughts concerning the question on the board. After a brief discussion, ask a student to read 3 Nephi 12:48 aloud.
What did the Savior say is the ultimate aim for each of us? (To become perfect.) How is this possible?
After students share their insights, invite a student to read the following explanation by President James E. Faust of the First Presidency:
â€œPerfection is an eternal goal. While we cannot be perfect in mortality, striving for it is a commandment, which ultimately, through the Atonement, we can keepâ€ (â€œThis Is Our Day,â€ Ensign, May 1999, 19).
Explain that although perfection is not attainable in this life, we can eventually become perfected. Moroni taught what we can do to become perfected through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Copy the following chart on the board, leaving out the answers in parentheses.
What I must do â€¦
What God promises â€¦
(Answers may include that we must come unto Jesus Christ; seek for and receive good gifts; avoid evil gifts and unclean things; deny ourselves of all ungodliness; and love God with all our might, mind, and strength.)
(Answers may include that He will fulfill His covenants; His grace will be sufficient for us; we will be perfect in Jesus Christ; we will receive the grace of God; we will be sanctified and receive a remission of our sins; and we will become holy, without spot.)
Ask students to search Moroni 10:30â€“33 for phrases that describe what we must do and what God promises to do to help us become pure and perfect. Invite a student to record studentsâ€™ responses in the appropriate columns of the chart. Point out that the word grace refers to the divine help and strength we receive because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
What statement would you write underneath this chart to summarize what Moroni teaches about becoming pure and perfect? (Students may use different words, but their answers should reflect the following truth: As we come unto Jesus Christ, we can be purified and perfected through His Atonement.)
If possible, provide students with a copy of the following statement by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Invite a student to read the statement aloud as the rest of the class follows along. Before the student reads, encourage the class to listen carefully, considering what they can do to come unto Jesus Christ as a result of studying the Book of Mormon this year.
â€œThat final, last, lonely appeal of the keystone of our religion and the most correct book ever written is to touch not the unclean thing; it is to be holy and without spot; it is to be pure. And that purity can come only through the blood of that Lamb who bore our griefs and carried our sorrows, the Lamb who was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities, the Lamb who was despised and afflicted, but whom we esteemed not (see Mosiah 14). â€¦
â€œPurityâ€”through the blood of the Lamb. That is what this book pleads forâ€ (â€œA Standard unto My Peopleâ€ [address to CES religious educators, Aug. 9, 1994], 13â€“14, si.lds.org).
Ask students to identify phrases in Moroni 10:32â€“33 that emphasize that we can be perfect only â€œin Christ,â€ or through the cleansing power and grace of His Atonement.
Why do we need the Atonement of Jesus Christ to become pure and perfect?
What phrases in Moroni 10:32â€“33 do you find encouraging as you strive for purity and the eternal goal of perfection?
Invite students to choose one or two of the phrases from the first column of the chart on the board. Give them a few minutes to write in notebooks or scripture study journals any thoughts or impressions they have about how they can improve in these areas.
Conclude this lesson by reading Moroni 10:34 to the class. Ask students to follow along, looking for evidence that Moroni had faith and hope in Jesus Christ. After they report what they have found, invite students to write any thoughts or impressions they have as they conclude this yearâ€™s course of study on the Book of Mormon. Consider inviting students to share what they have written with the class. Testify of the blessings Heavenly Father has promised them if they will come unto Jesus Christ by following His teachings and exercising faith in His Atonement. Encourage students to make their study of the Book of Mormon a lifelong pursuit.
Take some time to help students review the book of Moroni. Ask them to think about what they have learned from this book, both in seminary and in their personal scripture study. If needed, invite them to briefly review some of the chapter summaries in Moroni to help them remember. After sufficient time, invite a few students to share something from Moroni that was inspiring to them or that has helped them have greater faith in Jesus Christ.