November 30–December 6. Moroni 1–6: “To Keep Them in the Right Way”
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    Theme

    “November 30–December 6. Moroni 1–6: ‘To Keep Them in the Right Way,’” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: Book of Mormon 2020 (2020)

    “November 30–December 6. Moroni 1–6,” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: 2020

    Alma baptizing people at the Waters of Mormon

    Minerva K. Teichert (1888–1976), Alma Baptizes in the Waters of Mormon, 1949–1951, oil on masonite, 35⅞ x 48 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, 1969.

    November 30–December 6

    Moroni 1–6

    “To Keep Them in the Right Way”

    Moroni desired that the things he wrote about would “be of worth” to those living in the latter days (Moroni 1:4). As you read Moroni 1–6, prayerfully consider the things that will be most worthwhile to those you teach.

    Record Your Impressions

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    Invite Sharing

    Sometimes class members are better able to share insights from their personal study when they have a little time to remember what they read. You might take a few minutes at the beginning of class to review the chapter headings for Moroni 1–6. (This could also help class members who didn’t read at home.) Then invite class members to search the chapters for a verse they find meaningful and would like to share with the rest of the class.

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    Teach the Doctrine

    Moroni 2–6

    Priesthood ordinances must be administered as the Lord commands.

    • If members of your class (or their loved ones) are preparing to receive priesthood ordinances, it might be valuable to review what Moroni taught about ordinances in Moroni 2–6. Class members could work in pairs to role-play scenarios like the following. (1) Your brother is about to be ordained to the priesthood. What counsel would you give from Moroni 3? (2) A friend of another faith wonders why it’s necessary to partake of the sacrament every week. What would you say? (see Moroni 4–5). (3) Your daughter’s baptism is approaching, but she isn’t sure she’s ready. How would you help her? (see Moroni 6:1–3). After the role plays, the class could discuss what they learned from each other. They could also share their testimonies about how ordinances like these have brought them closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

    • To introduce a discussion about preparing for baptism, you could ask a class member to describe ways they have prepared for important commitments in their lives, such as a mission, marriage, parenthood, or a new job. How did that preparation compare to the preparation needed to qualify for baptism, as described in Moroni 6:1–3? (see also Mosiah 18:8–10; Doctrine and Covenants 20:37). Why are the characteristics listed in these passages necessary for baptism? How do we know if we are prepared for this ordinance? Encourage class members to ponder how well they have been living up to these standards since their baptism and what they could do to improve. You could also invite them to write down any impressions they receive and to refer to them often.

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      Ordinances are performed by the power of the priesthood.

    Moroni 4–5

    Partaking of the sacrament helps us draw closer to Jesus Christ.

    • This week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families suggests study activities related to the sacrament. Perhaps you could invite a few class members to complete these activities at home and come to class prepared to share what they learned. You might also invite class members to share with each other what they do to prepare themselves and their families to have sacred experiences with the sacrament.

    • Most of us have heard the sacrament prayers many times, but do we think much about what the words mean? To help class members ponder these prayers, you could give them several minutes to write down the two sacrament prayers from memory. Then invite them to compare what they wrote with Moroni 4:3 and 5:2. What did they easily remember? What did they miss? Did they notice anything about these prayers that they hadn’t noticed before? Invite class members to share words and phrases from the sacrament prayers that stand out to them or that help them feel the sacredness of this ordinance. To deepen class members’ appreciation for the sacrament, consider inviting a class member to sing or play a sacrament hymn. You could also show the video “Always Remember Him” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org).

    Moroni 6:4–9

    Disciples of Jesus Christ minister to one another.

    • Consider using an analogy to help class members understand the importance of being “nourished by the good word of God” (Moroni 6:4). For example, what type of nourishment is needed for a seedling or a baby? What happens if you neglect something that needs nourishment? How are new and returning members of the Church similar to a plant or infant in need of nourishment? Class members could search Moroni 6:4–9 for ideas about how they can “nourish” each other spiritually. They could also find ideas in “Additional Resources.” You might share an experience in which a fellow disciple ministered to you. Perhaps class members would be willing to share similar experiences.

    • Moroni 6:4–9 could help class members understand how we are blessed when we are “numbered among the people of the church of Christ” and attend church meetings. How could we explain these blessings to someone who questions the need for an organized church? Perhaps class members could search these verses to find something they could share. Or they could list some of the blessings they’ve received as members of the Church (see D. Todd Christofferson, “Why the Church,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 108–11). What can we do to ensure that our fellow disciples are “remembered and nourished by the good word of God” as we “meet together oft”? (Moroni 6:4–5).

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    Encourage Learning at Home

    Class members may be more eager to read Moroni 7–9 next week if you explain that it includes two letters written by Mormon to help his son stay faithful in difficult times.

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    Additional Resources

    Nourished by the word of God.

    Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught: “Most people don’t come to church looking merely for a few new gospel facts or to see old friends, though all of that is important. They come seeking a spiritual experience. They want peace. They want their faith fortified and their hope renewed. They want, in short, to be nourished by the good word of God, to be strengthened by the powers of heaven” (“A Teacher Come from God,” Ensign, May 1998, 26).

    President Gordon B. Hinckley explained that nourishing converts with the word of God “is a work for everyone. It is a work for home teachers and visiting teachers [now ministering brothers and sisters]. It is a work for the bishopric, for the priesthood quorums, for the Relief Society, the young men and young women, even the Primary.

    “I was in a fast and testimony meeting only last Sunday. A 15- or 16-year-old boy stood before the congregation and said that he had decided to be baptized.

    “Then one by one, boys of the teachers quorum stepped to the microphone to express their love for him, to tell him that he was doing the right thing, and to assure him that they would stand with him and help him. It was a wonderful experience to hear those young men speak words of appreciation and encouragement to their friend. I am satisfied that all of those boys, including the one who was baptized last week, will go on missions.

    “In a recent press interview I was asked, ‘What brings you the greatest satisfaction as you see the work of the Church today?’

    “My response: ‘The most satisfying experience I have is to see what this gospel does for people. It gives them a new outlook on life. It gives them a perspective that they have never felt before. It raises their sights to things noble and divine. Something happens to them that is miraculous to behold. They look to Christ and come alive.’

    “… I ask each of you to please help in this undertaking” (“Converts and Young Men,” Ensign, May 1997, 48).

    Improving Our Teaching

    Seek your own inspiration. Rather than viewing these outlines as instructions you must follow, use them to get ideas or spark your own inspiration as you ponder the needs of those you teach.