Old Testament 2022
January 24–30. Moses 7: “The Lord Called His People Zion”

“January 24–30. Moses 7: ‘The Lord Called His People Zion,’” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: Old Testament 2022 (2021)

“January 24–30. Moses 7,” Come, Follow Me—For Sunday School: 2022

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Love One Another, by Emma Donaldson Taylor

January 24–30

Moses 7

“The Lord Called His People Zion”

As you study Moses 7, think about the people you teach and how you can help them understand what this chapter teaches about Zion and other gospel principles.

Record Your Impressions

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Invite Sharing

Sometimes a simple question and a few minutes to ponder are enough to help people share what they are learning at home. Perhaps you could give class members a little time to review Moses 7, find a verse that makes them feel thankful for the truths restored in the book of Moses, and then share it.

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Teach the Doctrine

Moses 7:16–21, 27, 53, 62–69

We can build Zion in our day.

  • What would be the best way to introduce the concept of Zion in your class? One idea could be to contact class members during the week before class and invite them to bring an object from home that they feel represents the characteristics of the people of Zion, as described in Moses 7:18. As you discuss this verse together, class members could explain the significance of the object they brought.

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    We should strive to be “of one heart and one mind” (Moses 7:18).

  • The video “We Come Together and Unite as One” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) could help you start a discussion about how we can be “of one heart and one mind” (Moses 7:18) in our wards and families. Consider asking class members to think about times when they have felt unity within their families or while serving with others in the Church or community. What did people do to create unity in these situations? What can we learn about Zion and unity from Moses 7? (see especially verses 16–21, 27, 53, 62–69). Here are some other scriptures that could help: Philippians 2:1–4; 4 Nephi 1:15–18; Doctrine and Covenants 97:21; 105:5.

Moses 7:28–44

God weeps for His children.

  • Some people may view God as distant, unapproachable, and even uncaring. How can you use Enoch’s vision to help your class understand that God is involved in our lives and cares for us? You might invite class members to read Moses 7:28–44 and make a list of some of the reasons God was weeping. What do these verses teach you about how God feels about His children? The statement in “Additional Resources” can contribute to this discussion.

  • This week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families suggests pondering what Moses 7:28–31, 35 teaches about God. Those who did this at home might be willing to share their thoughts with the class. Or you could invite class members to ponder these verses and discuss them in class.

Moses 7:59–67

The Lord will come again in the last days.

  • How can you help your class members discover what Moses 7:59–67 teaches about the Savior’s Second Coming? Maybe you could list two or three truths or events from these verses on the board and ask class members to search the verses and add to the list. Why is it a blessing to have a record of Enoch’s vision—one of the earliest prophecies of the Second Coming?

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Additional Resources

God weeps for His children.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland taught:

“In the midst of a grand vision of humankind which heaven opened to his view, Enoch, observing both the blessings and challenges of mortality, turns his gaze toward the Father and is stunned to see Him weeping. He says in wonder and amazement to this most powerful Being in the universe: ‘How is it that thou canst weep?’ …

“Looking out on the events of almost any day, God replies: ‘Behold these thy brethren; they are the workmanship of mine own hands. … I gave unto them … [a] commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood. … Wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer?’ [Moses 7:29–33, 37].

“That single, riveting scene does more to teach the true nature of God than any theological treatise could ever convey. … What an indelible image of God’s engagement in our lives! What anguish in a parent when His children do not choose Him nor ‘the gospel of God’ He sent! [Romans 1:1]. How easy to love someone who so singularly loves us!” (“The Grandeur of God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2003, 72).

Improving Our Teaching

Encourage class members to study the scriptures at home. One way you can encourage scripture study at home is to provide time for class members to share discoveries and insights from their personal and family study. (See Teaching in the Savior’s Way, 29.)