Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:1–21 Jesus Christ Prophesied about the Destruction of Jerusalem
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“Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:1–21,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual (2017)

“Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:1–21,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:1–21

Jesus Christ Prophesied about the Destruction of Jerusalem

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:2, 4. The Disciples’ Questions

Ask students to identify what the disciples asked Jesus in Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:2, 4. Explain to students that the prophecies in this chapter are Jesus’s answers to His disciples’ questions.

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:5–11. Jesus Prophesied of the Apostasy in New Testament Times

Invite students to find in Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:5–10 the ways Church members in New Testament times would be overcome and fall away from the truth. (Note especially the word deceive in verses 5, 6, 9; see also verses 22, 37.) You may want to suggest that students mark what they find in their scriptures. Invite a student to read verse 11 aloud, and ask students what we can do to remain “steadfast” against these obstacles. Display the following statement by the First Presidency, and invite a student to read it aloud:

“In the providence of the Almighty persecution serves a most useful purpose. Every faithful Saint must perceive and acknowledge this. Each one feels its effect upon himself; he sees its effect upon his friends and neighbors. Persecution develops character. Under its influence we all know ourselves better than we did before we felt its pressure; and we discover traits in our brethren and sisters of the existence of which, perhaps, we were in entire ignorance” (First Presidency, in James R. Clark, comp., Messages of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [1966], 3:48).

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:12–19. Holy Places

Ask a few students to take turns reading Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:12; Doctrine and Covenants 45:32; 87:8; 101:22–23 aloud while the rest of the class follows along. Invite students to share what they think it means to “stand in holy places.” Display the following statement by President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973), and ask a student to read it aloud:

Lee, Harold B.

“As one studies the commandments of God, it seems to be made crystal clear that the all-important thing is not where we live but whether or not our hearts are pure” (Harold B. Lee, in Conference Report, Oct. 1968, 62).

Ask students to summarize the counsel Jesus gave His disciples in Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:13–17. Compare what the Lord said in these verses to Doctrine and Covenants 133:7–15. Invite students to suggest ways they could prepare both spiritually and temporally for the coming of the Lord.

Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:19–20. According to the Covenant

Display and invite a student to read aloud the commentary under “Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:19. ‘Only the Beginning of the Sorrows’” in the student manual. Explain to students that the Lord prophesied in Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:19–20 that the Jews would suffer great persecutions, but that some would survive. Invite several students to take turns reading 1 Nephi 15:19–20; 19:15; 2 Nephi 6:11, 14; 10:7; 29:4–5; 30:2–7; 3 Nephi 29:8–9 aloud while the rest of the class follows along. Ask students to summarize the prophetic destiny of the Jews who come unto Christ in the latter days.