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Choice 5

Mark 12:41-44

1. Write an explanation of how the widow lived what the Savior taught in Mark 12:28-30.

In these verses, Christ teaches that the first commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. When the widow comes and gives her offering, Christ says that she has given all that she has. This shows that she is following the first great commandment, because she is giving all that she has to God. Not only is she giving him all that she has, but she is showing her faith and trust in him that he will prepare a way for her to continue living without her savings.

2. Even thought the widow gave less money than wealthier people gave, according to Mark 12:44, how much of what she had did she give? Write a paragraph describing what this teaches about what constitutes an acceptable offering to the Lord. How does 2 Nephi 25:23 apply to what the widow did?

According to verse 44, the widow gave “all that she had, even all her living.” In the New Testament, we constantly read that in order to be a true disciple of Christ, we need to be willing to sacrifice all that we have. The widow is following this principle. This teaches us that an acceptable offering unto the Lord is to give up what we need, not just what is our abundance. In order to give an acceptable offering, we also must take into account or spirit and intent with which we give. The widow’s sacrifice was acceptable because she gave all that she was capable of giving.

2 Nephi 25:23 says, “For we labor diligently to write, to persuade out children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all that we can do.” The widow has given all that she has and has done all that she can do, and she recognizes that it is by grace that she is able to be saved, even though she can’t monetarily contribute as much as others can.

3. Write two or three sentences describing a way, aside from the donation of money, that you could better follow the widow’s example of sacrifice and obedience.

I can better follow the example of the widows sacrifice and obedience by remembering that I shouldn’t be selfish in everything that I do. I can remember that setting an example can set a trend for others to notice.

Choice 1: Luke 10:1–24. “The Lord Appointed Other Seventy Also”

Review Luke 10:1–24. Based on these verses, write a summary of the Lord’s counsel and instructions He gave the seventy.

The Lord told the seventy to go out in pairs of two to do missionary work, but stay in one home instead of going door to door. He asked them to teach in each city and if they were accepted, leave a blessing, but if they were rejected, warn the people of the judgement of God.

Articles of Faith 1:6 states, “We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church.” Using the principles taught from Luke 10:1–2, 8–9, 17–20, write a paragraph that supports this Article of Faith.

The gospel that Joseph Smith restored is structured after Christ’s original church. Those who are members of the seventy have the same task of being sent to different cities and areas. In the areas where they serve, they watch over the members, teach the gospel (though not door to door like the missionaries), bear witness of Christ, and have power over Satan to cast him out. They have the same powers and responsibilities as Christ’s original seventy.

Go to the Church’s scripture website and read the topic of “Seventy” in the Guide to the Scriptures. Describe in one or two sentences how the scriptures show the existence of this office in the priesthood.

The Seventy are shown as an office in the priesthood in a few different ways. First off, they were called to serve by Christ and given a special role to minister over groups of people. Second, they had power to bless, curse, heal, and cast out devils, given to them when they were set apart as Seventy. This is priesthood power. Similar to the first, they act in Christ’s name and work under his direction.