“Facsimiles 2–3; Abraham 4–5,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual (2017)
“Facsimiles 2–3; Abraham 4–5,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual
Invite a student to read Abraham 3:15 aloud. Assign students to study facsimiles 2 and 3, including the explanations of the facsimiles, and ask them to make a list of what Abraham taught the Egyptians. How did the Egyptians respond to the teachings of Abraham (see facsimile 3, figure 1)? Ask students why they think the Egyptians had so much respect for Abraham and the truths he taught.
Review with students the commentary under “Facsimile 2. General Information” in the student manual. Discuss what a hypocephalus is and how and why it was used by the ancient Egyptians. You may want to display facsimile 2 so you can point to the figures and their numbers as you discuss them with students. To encourage students to think about these figures and understand their importance, use the explanations for the figures along with the material under “Facsimile 2, figure 1. Kolob”; “Facsimile 2, figure 3. A Crown of Eternal Light”; “Facsimile 2, figure 5. Enish-go-on-dosh”; and “Facsimile 2, figures 7–8. Returning to God’s Presence” in the student manual.
Divide students into three groups, and instruct each group to study one of the facsimiles and make a list of gospel principles and doctrines that can be derived from it. Give each group a time limit, such as five minutes, and then invite a representative from each group to read the group’s list to the class. Point out to students that even though we cannot understand everything in the Abraham facsimiles, there is much we can learn and understand from them.
You may want to show the video “We Lived with God” (4:00) to help students better understand the Creation and our relationship with the Creator. This video is available on LDS.org.
Invite students to find the verbs in Abraham 4:1–25 that describe what actions the Gods performed as They prepared the earth to be inhabited by man. (Went, organized, formed, divided, caused, called, ordered, pronounced, and so forth.) You may want to suggest that students mark these verbs in their scriptures. Then invite students to share what these verses teach about the process of the Creation. Ask students to describe the things that help them appreciate the glory and beauty of the heavens and the earth. Invite students to explain how the Creation of the earth is an evidence of the love Heavenly Father has for His children.
Explain to students that Abraham 5:21 was the last verse of the book of Abraham that the Prophet Joseph Smith published before his death (although we know that the book of Abraham contained much more). Abraham’s vision of the Creation of the heavens and the earth would fit into the text of the Old Testament in Genesis chapter 12. You may want to suggest that students write in their Bibles, next to Genesis 12:10: See Abraham 3–5. You may also suggest that students write next to Genesis 11:31: See Abraham 1–2.