Moses 7:42–69

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“Moses 7:42–69,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual (2017)

“Moses 7:42–69,” The Pearl of Great Price Teacher Manual

Moses 7:42–69

Enoch Foresaw the Days of Noah, the Time of Jesus Christ, and the Last Days

Moses 7:42–57: Enoch Saw the Days of Noah and Jesus Christ

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 7:41–47. “I Will Refuse to Be Comforted”

Ask the class to share some recent events that indicate the world’s wickedness. Invite a student to read Moses 7:41–43 aloud. Then ask students to describe events in Noah’s day. According to verses 44–45, how did Enoch feel when he saw the events of Noah’s day? What did the Lord show Enoch in verses 46–47 that gave him comfort? How can what Enoch saw be a comfort to us?

Moses 7:48–49. “The Mother of Men”

Invite a student to read aloud the words spoken by the earth in Moses 7:48, and invite another student to read aloud what Enoch said in verse 49. Discuss the events that occurred in verse 56. Display and ask a student to read aloud the statement by President Joseph Fielding Smith in the commentary under “Moses 7:48. The Earth Spoke” in the student manual. Ask students what they think the earth might be saying about what is happening on it today.

Moses 7:50–52, 59–60. “The Lord Could Not Withhold”

Invite students to share in their own words what Enoch asked of the Lord in Moses 7:50, 59. What were the Lord’s responses in verses 51–52, 60? Ask students what they learn from these verses about the Lord and covenants. What do they learn about prayer? How could this knowledge help us make and keep covenants with the Lord?

Moses 7:53. “The Rock of Heaven”

Ask a student to read Moses 7:53 aloud, and then invite students to search the scriptures (using the Topical Guide, if necessary) to find verses that refer to the Lord as a “rock” or “stone.” Invite them to share the scriptures they find and share what the imagery of the rock or stone means to them.

Moses 7:55–57. The First Resurrection

List and discuss what the Lord showed Enoch would happen at the death and Resurrection of Christ (see Moses 7:55–57). Who came forth from prison, and why (see D&C 76:71–74; 138:29–34)? Who were “reserved in chains,” and why (see Mosiah 15:26; D&C 76:81–85; 88:100–101)? Ask students what the righteous do when they go to the spirit world (see D&C 138:57). When will they be resurrected (see 1 Corinthians 15:23; D&C 88:95–102)?

Moses 7:58–69: Enoch Saw the Day When the Earth Would Rest

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 7:60–67. Before the Earth Shall Rest

Explain to students that the Lord showed Enoch events that would occur in our day. Write on the board the following concepts from Moses 7:60–66:

Wickedness and vengeance

Heavens darken

Veil of darkness covers the earth

The Lord’s people preserved in the midst of great tribulations

Righteousness sent out of heaven

Truth sent forth out of the earth

Righteousness and truth sweep the earth

The elect are gathered

Enoch and his people meet and receive the elect

The Lord comes to dwell with His people

Great tribulations among the wicked

Men’s hearts fail them

Invite students to share their understanding of each of these prophecies and to give examples of ways some of them are already being fulfilled. Ask a student to read Moses 7:67 aloud, and then discuss what students can do to be among the elect at the “hour of their redemption.”

Moses 7:60–67. Preserved in the Midst of Tribulation

Invite a student to read Moses 7:66 aloud. Ask students to find phrases in verses 60–67 that help them to be of good cheer, in spite of the tribulations prophesied for our day (see also D&C 58:2; 59:2; 61:36; 68:6; 78:18; 101:22).

Moses 7:64. “The Earth Shall Rest”

Draw the earth on the board and next to it write the question the earth asked in Moses 7:48. Ask students to give the answer to the earth’s question (which Enoch also asked in verses 54 and 58; see verse 64 for the answer). You may want to assign seven students to report what the following scriptures teach about what will happen on the earth when it is at rest: 1 Nephi 22:26; 2 Nephi 30:12–18; Doctrine and Covenants 43:29–33; 45:58–59; 63:49–53; 101:22–34; Articles of Faith 1:10. Ask students which of these events they most look forward to during the earth’s millennial “rest,” and why.