“Lesson 7: Enoch and a Zion People,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 27–30
“Lesson 7,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 27–30
To help the children want to become pure in heart as was Enoch.
Moses 6:26–47—Enoch is called of God. He feels inadequate but is blessed.
Moses 7:1–4—Enoch talks to the Lord face to face.
Moses 7:11–33, 41, 44, 47—The city of Zion is established. Enoch has a vision of all the inhabitants of the earth.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
A Pearl of Great Price for each child.
A Book of Mormon and a Doctrine and Covenants.
A small, clear container of clean water that will fit into a larger container of dirty or muddy water (see the attention activity).
Picture 6-6, The City of Enoch.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Compare the story of Enoch’s call with the account in Ether 12:27 of God’s promises to those who feel inadequate to accept callings. Invite the children to mark in their own copies of the Pearl of Great Price any of the following verses that could strengthen and help them when they feel inadequate:
Discuss the following statement from President Spencer W. Kimball:
“For many years we have been taught that one important end result of our labors, hopes, and aspirations in this work is the building of a Latter-day Zion, a Zion characterized by love, harmony, and peace—a Zion in which the Lord’s children are as one. …
“This day will come; it is our destiny to help bring it about! …
“… That can only be done through consistent and concerted daily effort by every single member of the Church. … May I suggest three fundamental things we must do if we are to ‘bring again Zion.’ …
“First, we must eliminate … selfishness. …
“Second, we must cooperate completely and work in harmony one with the other. …
“Third, we must … sacrifice whatever is required by the Lord” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1978, pp. 121–23; or Ensign, May 1978, pp. 80–81).
On the chalkboard list the three things President Kimball said we must do to “bring again Zion.” Let the children think of specific ways to do each one.
Help the children memorize Articles of Faith 1:10. Explain that the time when the earth will be renewed and Jesus Christ will come to reign personally on the earth will be the Millennium.
Tie a bundle of slender sticks together with a string. Ask one of the children to try to break the sticks while they are tied together. Explain that it is too difficult for one person. Untie the string and give each child a stick to break. Discuss the importance of each person doing his or her part in establishing a Zion-like society in his home and circle of friends. You might suggest to the children that they could try this activity at home and then discuss with their families ways they can each do their part to make their home more like the city of Enoch.
Have the children name things they can do each day that will help them become more pure in heart. Have them name things that will take away that purity. (Help them think of more positive than negative things.) Write their ideas on slips of paper and put them in a container. Designate the front of the classroom as “Zion,” and have the children stand side by side in a row facing “Zion.” Pull a slip of paper out of the container, read what is written on it, and have the children move forward one step if the idea will help them become pure or move back one step if the idea would influence them to become unrighteous. Keep reading ideas until the children reach “Zion.”
Sing or read the words to “Follow the Prophet” (Children’s Songbook, p. 110), “I’m Trying to Be like Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 78), or “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, p. 82).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.