â€œHome-Study Lesson: Moroni 7:20â€“10:34 (Unit 32)â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual (2012)
â€œUnit 32,â€ Book of Mormon Seminary Teacher Manual
This lesson can help students better understand what it means to lay hold upon good things. Students will be given the chance to explain how a person can learn for himself or herself that the Book of Mormon is true. They will also be able to share their testimonies of the Book of Mormon and discuss how their testimonies have been strengthened this year. Moroni 7â€“9 contains epistles, or letters, from Mormon that Moroni included in his book.
Write the words touch and lay hold on the board. Ask a student to come to the front of the classroom and demonstrate for the class what it means to touch the Book of Mormon. Then ask the student to show what it means to lay hold on the Book of Mormon.
Invite students to read Moroni 7:19 silently and look for what Mormon said we should lay hold upon. Then ask the following questions:
What did Mormon say we are to lay hold upon?
What do you think it means to â€œlay hold upon every good thingâ€? (Help students understand that â€œevery good thingâ€ can include righteous goals, actions, thoughts, principles, and objects.)
Explain that Mormon went on to teach how we can â€œlay hold upon every good thing.â€ Invite a few students to take turns reading aloud from Moroni 7:20â€“22, 25. Ask the class to look for Mormonâ€™s counsel on what we must do to â€œlay hold upon every good thing.â€
Write the following incomplete statement on the board: As we â€¦ , we can lay hold upon every good thing.
Ask: After reading these verses, how would you complete this statement? (One answer students may give is that as we exercise faith in Jesus Christ, we can lay hold upon every good thing.)
Remind students that in this chapter Mormon also testified that through faith in Jesus Christ we can be filled with the gift of charity (see Moroni 7:48). Invite the class to try to recite the scripture mastery passage Moroni 7:45, 47â€“48 from memory. Class members could also read the verses aloud.
Ask the following questions:
What is your favorite phrase in Moroni 7:45, 47â€“48? Why is that phrase meaningful to you?
When have you seen someone be charitable, or when have you felt the Lord helping you to be charitable? (You may want to share your own answers to these questions.)
Review with students the purpose of the keystone in an arch. Discuss how the idea of a keystone relates to the Book of Mormon. (You may want to refer students to the picture in unit 1, day 3 of their study guides.) Invite students to share how the Book of Mormon is the keystone of their testimonies.
Invite a student to read Moroni 10:3â€“5. Ask students to consider why these verses are important to share with all people, whether or not they are members of our Church. Invite a few students to share their thoughts, and then ask: What does Moroni say we need to do to know the truth? (As students respond, you may want to write their answers on the board. Point out that these answers are ways that we can seek in faith to know â€œthe truth of all things.â€)
Invite a student to read Moroni 10:6â€“7, and then ask: In addition to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, what else can we know by the power of the Holy Ghost? (The Holy Ghost will confirm that Jesus is the Christ.)
Write the following principle on the board: If we ask God in faith and with real intent, we can receive a testimony of the Book of Mormon and of Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost.
Remind students that Moroni left a final invitation for all people who would read the Book of Mormon. Ask a student to read his invitation, which is found in Moroni 10:30, 32â€“33. Ask class members to look for ways that we can â€œcome unto Christ.â€ (You may want to suggest that they mark what they find.) Then ask the following questions:
What invitation did Moroni extend to us at the end of this sacred record?
What phrases in these verses help you know how to â€œcome unto Christâ€?
What principles can you learn from these verses? (Students responses may include the following principle: As we come unto Jesus Christ, we can be purified and perfected through His Atonement. You may want to write this principle on the board.)
What does it mean to you that you can be made perfect only through Jesus Christ?
Invite each student to choose one of the following questions and think of a response to it. (You may want to display these questions on the board or prepare them on a handout before class.) After sufficient time, ask a few students to share their responses with the class.
How have you come to know that the Book of Mormon is true?
How has the Savior helped you become more than you ever could on your own?
When you look back on your study of the Book of Mormon this year, what is something you would like to do to improve your study of the scriptures?
After students have shared their answers, you may want to share your testimony of the Book of Mormon and of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. In addition, share with students your appreciation for them and their efforts to study and learn in seminary this year. Encourage them to continue reading the scriptures each day and striving to apply what they learn in their lives.