“Moses 1:24–42,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual (2017)
“Moses 1:24–42,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual
Invite a student to read Moses 1:18, 24–25 aloud while the rest of the class follows along and looks for what Moses did and why. Then invite a student to read verses 26–29 aloud, and ask students how they think this preparation helped Moses accomplish his mission. Invite students to share how they spiritually prepare to fulfill their callings.
What does it mean to stand in the presence of God (see Moses 1:31)? What does “these things” in verse 31 refer to? What question of Moses’s did God answer in the last phrases of verse 31? Did He give a more complete answer at any time (compare verse 39)? Why do you think Heavenly Father answered Moses’s question in this manner? What do you think “worlds without number” (verse 33) means in terms of the number of God’s creations? What do you think Heavenly Father was trying to help Moses understand by using these terms? Do you think Moses understood what Heavenly Father was trying to teach him? Why?
Discuss the questions Moses asked the Lord in Moses 1:30. Invite a few students to take turns reading verses 31–39 aloud. List what Moses learned about himself and Deity. Display and ask two students to take turns reading aloud the statement by President Marion G. Romney in the commentary under “Moses 1:35–39. Jesus Christ Redeemed All of God’s Creations” in the student manual. Read Moses 1:37 and testify that despite the number of God’s creations, He knows them all.
Ask students to define the terms immortality and eternal life. Discuss the scriptural definition of “immortality” (see 1 Corinthians 15:51–54; Mormon 6:21) and of “eternal life” (see 1 John 5:11; Mosiah 15:22–25). Display the following statement by President Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985), and invite a student to read it aloud:
“Immortality is to live forever in an assigned kingdom. Eternal life is to gain exaltation in the highest heaven and live in the family unit” (Spencer W. Kimball, “An Eternal Hope in Christ,” Ensign, Nov. 1978, 72).
Also display and ask a student to read aloud the commentary under “Moses 1:39. Immortality and Eternal Life” in the student manual.
Ask students the following questions: What is Heavenly Father’s work (see Moses 1:4–5, 39)? What work did He want Moses to do (see verses 6, 25–26)? How was Moses prepared to accomplish this work (see verse 2; see also D&C 84:6)? How does our knowledge of the Lord’s work help us assist Him more effectively? Display and invite a student to read aloud the statement by President Marion G. Romney under “Moses 1:39. The Unselfishness of God” in the student manual.