What are the six components of the "Doctrine of Christ" as found in 2 Nephi 31?
Faith in Jesus Christ
Baptism of water
Baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost
Endure to the end
Receive eternal life
What are keys that Nephi gives as far as how we can know all things? (2 Nephi 32:3,5).
Feast upon the words of Christ
Receive the Holy Ghost
What are Nephi's last words on the plates? Why might this be significant?
"I must obey" Because everything he sealed on earth will come against us at the judgement bar of Christ so we must obey and study the scriptures
What is the significance of the phrase "having obtained mine errand from the Lord?" (Jacob 1:17).
It can help us magnify our calling and receive eternal life. If we obey God's commands, we will be blessed. Learn what you should do and do it.
What applications could Jacob 1:19 have to a home or visiting teacher?
"And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the bresponsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence; wherefore, by laboring with our might their blood might not come upon our garments; otherwise their blood would come upon our garments, and we would not be found spotless at the last day...."
If we do not teach them with all of our might their blood might come upon our garments.
What are the topics of Jacob's sermon in Jacob 2? Which did Jacob think was more serious?
Love of riches, pride, and unchastity. Unchastity was the more serious
What does For the Strength of Youth say about giving fast offerings?
..Obey the law of the fast by fasting once each month (if health permits), usually on the first Sunday of the month. A proper fast day observance includes not eating or drinking for two consecutive meals and giving a generous fast offering to help care for those in need.
What was the key given by Elder Richard G. Scott to live the law of chastity?
.."Firmly establish personal standards. Choose a time of deep spiritual reflection, when there is no pressure on you, and you can confirm your decisions by sacred impressions. Decide then what you will do and what you will not do to express feelings. The Spirit will guide you. Then do not vary from those decisions no matter how right it may seem when the temptation comes...The realization of your dreams depends upon your determination to never betray your standards."
According to President Monson (cross reference to Jacob 2:35) what is true about the tears of women?
"Men, take care not to make women weep, for God counts their tears"
What were the reasons discussed in class as far as why it is so important to live the law of chastity?
God delights in the chastity of women.
Immorality is a very serious sin.
Breaking the law of chastity exploits (selfishly uses) the souls of others.
Breaking the law of chastity makes a mockery of the Savior's Atonement.
What does it mean to "look beyond the mark?"
Elevating rules over gospel doctrine. The jews did not accept Jesus because they were looking beyond the mark
What are the symbols and themes in the allegory of the olive tree?
The vineyard: The world
Tame olive tree: The house of Israel, the Lord's covenant people
Wild olive tree: Gentiles, or non-Israel (later in the parable, wild branches represent apostate Israel)
Branches: Groups of people
The roots of the tame olive tree: The gospel covenants and promises the Lord makes with His children, a constant source of strength and life to the faithful
Fruit of the tree: the lives or works of men
Digging, pruning, fertilizing: The Lord's work with His children, which seeks to persuade them to be obedient and produce good fruit.
Transplanting the branches: Scattering of groups throughout the world, or restoring them to their original position.
Grafting: the process of spiritual rebirth through which one is joined to the covenant.
Decaying branches: Wickedness and apostasy
Casting the branches into the fire: the judgment of God
Who is the original author of the allegory of the olive tree?
What are applications of Jacob 5 to us? (see especially verses 70-75)
70 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sent his servant; and the servant went and did as the Lord had commanded him, and brought other servants; and they were few.
71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.
72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.
73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.
74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the beginning.
75 And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good, and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Behold, for this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that I have done according to my will; and I have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou; for because ye have been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments, and have brought unto me again the natural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away, behold ye shall have joy with me because of the fruit of my vineyard.
What did Joseph Fielding Smith say about those who read Jacob 5 and don't recognize that it is inspired?
"I think that as many as 99 out of every 100 who read the Book of Mormon, read this parable through without grasping the fullness and meaning of it. And I think this is one of the greatest passages in the Book of Mormon... No greater parable was ever recorded... When you read that chapter through, if you cannot say in your soul, 'this is absolutely a revelation from God,' then there is something wrong with you."
What is the significance of the word "adieu" in the Book of Mormon?
"Adieu" was already common enough in the English language by 1828 to be included in the dictionary.
Joseph Smith apparently felt that "adieu" expressed more accurately Jacob's farewell than merely "good-bye"
Webster's Dictionary (1828):
ADIEU: farewell; an expression of kind wishes at the parting of friends
What were key characteristics of the prayer of Enos?
He went somewhere
Words of his father (the prophet) sunk deep in his heart
He felt a deep need
Prayed (probably vocally)
High level of intensity in his prayer
Received an answer
After Enos prayed for his own welfare, he then prayed for _____ and then ____
Nephites, then Lamanites. Family/Friends--Enemies
Who had the plates from Jacob to Omni?
Who was the first Book of Mormon author to use the phrase "the plan of salvation?"
Who wrote the most verses in the book of Omni?
Who wrote the fewest verses in the Book of Mormon?
Who led the Nephites to the land of Zarahemla?
What was the result of the Mulekites not bringing any records with them?
* Their language had been corrupted and Mosiah had to teach them in his language
Approximately when were The Words of Mormon written?
Mormon says (multiple times) that he can only abridge about what percentage of the Nephite records?
Did Mormon know why he was prompted to include the small plates?
7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come; wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will.
What did King Benjamin teach about Christ and His atonement? (See Mosiah 3:7-17)
7 And lo, he shall suffer temptations, and pain of body, hunger, thirst, and fatigue, even more than man can suffer, except it be unto death; for behold, blood cometh from every pore, so great shall be his anguish for the wickedness and the abominations of his people.
8 And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.
9 And lo, he cometh unto his own, that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name; and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and say that he hath a devil, and shall scourge him, and shall crucify him.
10 And he shall arise the third day from the dead; and behold, he standeth to judge the world; and behold, all these things are done that a righteous judgment might come upon the children of men.
11 For behold, and also his blood atoneth for the sins of those who have fallen by the transgression of Adam, who have died not knowing the will of God concerning them, or who have ignorantly sinned.
12 But wo, wo unto him who knoweth that he rebelleth against God! For salvation cometh to none such except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ.
13 And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even cas though he had already come among them.
14 Yet the Lord God saw that his people were a stiffnecked people, and he appointed unto them a blaw, even the claw of Moses.
15 And many signs, and wonders, and types, and shadows showed he unto them, concerning his coming; and also holy prophets spake unto them concerning his coming; and yet they hardened their hearts, and understood not that the claw of Moses availeth nothing except it were through the atonement of his blood.
16 And even if it were possible that little children could sin they could not be saved; but I say unto you they are blessed; for behold, as in Adam, or by nature, they fall, even so the blood of Christ atoneth for their sins.
17 And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.
What did Elder Bednar teach about Mosiah 3:19 ("In the Strength of the Lord" http://speeches.byu.edu or on the PowerPoint)?
a. Now I want to stop at this point and draw our attention to two specific phrases. First, consider "and putteth off the natural man." ...the journey from bad to good is the process of putting off the natural man or the natural woman in each of us. In mortality we all are tempted by the flesh. The very elements out of which our bodies were created are by nature fallen and ever subject to the pull of sin, corruption, and death. And we can increase our capacity to overcome the desires of the flesh and temptations, as described in this verse, "through the atonement of Christ." When we make mistakes, as we transgress and sin, we are able to overcome such weakness through the redeeming and cleansing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ. Now, please notice the next line in Mosiah 3:19: "and becometh a saint...Now, brothers and sisters, I believe this second part of the journey, this process of going from good to better, is a topic about which we do not study or teach frequently enough nor understand adequately. If I were to emphasize one overarching point...it would be this. I suspect that you and I are much more familiar with the nature of the redeeming power of the atonement than we are with the enabling power of the atonement...we also need to appreciate that the Lord desires, through His atonement... to empower us. Most of us clearly understand that the atonement is for sinners. I am not so sure, however, that we know and understand that the atonement is also for saints--for good men and women who are obedient and worthy and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully. I frankly do not think many of us "get it" concerning this enabling and strengthening aspect of the atonement, and I wonder if we mistakenly believe we must make the journey from good to better and become a saint all by ourselves, through sheer grit, willpower, and discipline, and with our obviously limited capacities.
What does it mean to be the children of Christ?
19 For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
What did King Benjamin teach about giving to the poor (see Mosiah 4:16-26).
16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
23 I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are rich as pertaining to the things of this world.
24 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.
25 And now, if ye say this in your hearts ye remain guiltless, otherwise ye are condemned; and your condemnation is just for ye covet that which ye have not received.
26 And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto you—that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God—I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
How can you tell if your heart is changing? (Mosiah 5:2)
* 2 And they all cried with one voice, saying: Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually.
Know the 10 Commandments in order.
1. One God
2. No Graven Images
3. Though shalt not take the name of GOD in vain.
4. Keep the sabbath day holy
5. Honour thy father and thy mother
6. Thou shalt not kill
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery
8. Thou shalt not steal
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness
10. Thou shalt not covet
List the seven journeys with at least one person on each journey. Also know the map as reviewed in class.
Know who was the contemporary king with Limhi (who was in the land of Nephi) in the land of Zarahemla.
Know which groups of people lived in the land of Nephi and which were in the land of Zarahemla.
people of zarahemla--Mulekites and people of mosiah--nephites. were in land of zarahemla. In land of nephi Lamanites people of Zeniff then noah then lemhi.
We read that Zeniff was "over-zealous" to return to the land of Nephi. What applications might this have for us today?
Those who are over-zealous are more vulnerable to deception. because they focus so much on the thing they want
What is a seer?
a revelator and a prophet also; and a gift which is greater can no man have, except he should possess the power of God, which no man can; yet a man may have great power given him from God. But a seer can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them shall all things be revealed, or, rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things shall come to light, and things which are not known shall be made known by them, and also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known.
What was the difference between Abinadi's first and second prophecy? (Note specifically the part in ch. 11 about being in bondage, and the part in ch. 12 about bondage—as well King Noah).
Except they repent... They will be brought into bondage. He first gives them an option, if you repent. But the second time he doesn't give them a warning, they will be brought into bondage no matter what.
Who did Abinadi quote to Noah and the priests? (see Mosiah 14)
What does it mean to be "the seed" of Christ? (see Mosiah 15)
11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God.
What does divine investiture of authority mean? (see Mosiah 15)
By divine investiture of authority... the Father, Elohim, has placed his name upon the Son, has given him his own power and authority, and has authorized him to speak in the first person as though he were the original or primal Father.
How is it that Christ can be considered to be the Father? (Three ways).
(1) he is the Creator of heaven and earth, (2) is the father of our spiritual rebirth and... (3) Christ can at any time and in any place speak and act for the Father by virtue of the 'divine investiture of authority' the Father has given him.
What is the difference between the first and second resurrections? (PowerPoint for Mosiah 13-16).
1) Those who died up until the resurrection of Christ.
2) Those who died after Christ's resurrection, but before 2nd Coming.
*The first resurrection (both phases) is only for the righteous
What is the significance of the phrase (as discussed in class), "But there was one" (Mosiah 17:2)?
That we should believe in our youth and we need to realize how big of an impact each one of us can make. Ripple effect!
How does Mosiah 17:2 relate to Alma 37:35?
When Alma believed the words of Abinadi he was a young man. In Alma 37:35 it says Learn wisdom in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God.
What is the difference in how the King of the Lamanites responded to the kidnapping of the Lamanite daughters, with how King Limhi responded to their attack? How is this significant for us?
The king of the Lamanites reacted immediately and let his anger overtake him and he assumed that the people of Limhi kidnapped the Lamanite girls. King Limhi on the other hand questioned the king of the Lamanites to get an understanding and to solve the problem instead of react in anger.
As discussed in class, how did Limhi, Alma and Amulon's groups differ in terms of "deliverance"?
Limhi's people relied on their own strength and used women. Alma's people relied on the Lord. Amulon's people used women.
How did Limhi and his people escape from bondage? (see Mosiah 22)
They made the guard drunk and escaped at night
What did the Lord do to help Alma and his people with their burdens? (see Mosiah 24:15)
And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
How did Alma and his people escape from bondage? (see Mosiah 24)
Through prayer, the Lord delivered them
Who was put in charge of the city of Helam? (see Mosiah 24)
Who established churches in the land of Zarahemla? (see Mosiah 25)
Know who the following people are: Jacob, Sherem, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Amaron Abinadom, Chemish, Amaleki, Gideon, Limhi, Zeniff, King Noah, Abinadi, Amulon, Mosiah I and II, King Benjamin, Zarahemla.
What would be a good use of http://scriptures.byu.edu?
You can search any scripture and find when that scripture has been quoted in General Conference. It is fun to learn which scriptures have been quoted the most, and also enlightening to see how prophets have used those verses to teach. To find what is most frequently quoted. To understand what is being taught to us now and understand the Prophets uses of the scriptures and how they can apply to us in our day.
Why would using the 1828 Dictionary be helpful?
Sometimes the meaning of a word shifts over time, or is lost altogether. For example, consider the phrase "reproving betimes with sharpness" (Doctrine and Covenants 121:43). What does the word "betimes meant?" (when was the last time you used that in a sentence?) And currently "sharpness" can denote a degree of hostility or strong rebuke. Is that what it mean in Joseph Smith's day?
The Noah Webster's 1828 dictionary is a great resource to answer these questions. This was the dictionary in use when Joseph was translating the Book of Mormon. If we use this, we will better understand the meaning of words and understand the verse and scriptures as a whole better.