Choice 1 – The Savior Taught About Future Events

1. Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:4 contains questions that the Savior’s disciples asked Him. Verses 5–20 contain the answer the Savior gave to their first question regarding the destruction of the temple, and verses 21–55 contain His answer to their other questions concerning His Second Coming and the destruction of the wicked. Read Joseph Smith—Matthew. Then fill in the following chart. After each

Destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (JS-M 1:5-20)
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ (JS-M 1:21-55)
Events to Occur
Many shall come in my name and deceive.
They will deliver you up to be afflicted, kill you, and you will be hated of all nations for my name’s sake
Many will be offended, betray, and hate one another
False prophets will arise
The love of many will wax cold
22 False Christs will arise and deceive
23 Wars and rumors of wars
25 Ye will be deceived and lied to
26 The coming of the Son of Man will be as the light of the morning covering the whole earth
27 the elect will be gathered from the four quarters of the earth
29 Nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom, famines, pestilence, earthquakes in divers places.
30 the love of man shall wax cold
31 Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world
32 The abomination of desolation be fulfilled
 33 Sun will be darkened, moon shall not give light, stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Promises to the Righteous
Remain steadfast and ye will be saved
When you see the desolation you will stand in a holy place
36 They shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven in power and glory.
37 Whoso treasureth the word will not be deceived. He will send His angels.
39 when we see the signs we will know it is near
48 You will be ready
50 He shall make believers ruler over all goods
2.  Study 1 Nephi 22:16–22; Doctrine and Covenants 97:22, 25. Then write a statement that would give hope to a person who worries about the Second Coming.

That as long as you’re righteous and obedient and follow the prophet the Lord will guide you. He also will prepare you to lead you for the trials to whatever the world decides to go. The righteous people don’t need to fear and He will be with us. God gives us hope and tells us to be happy because He will save us; if we follow Him in everything that He commands us we shall escape from all wickedness.

Choice 1: Isaiah 25–26. Destruction, Second Coming, Rejoicing, and Resurrection

(a) Read Isaiah 25:1, 4, 8–9; 26:3–4, 9, 19 and the institute student manual commentary for Isaiah 25:1–11, “The Second Coming Will Be a Time of Great Rejoicing for the Righteous” (pg. 162). Then answer the following questions:

· What specific blessings did Isaiah mention?

He will save us for the last days. “Though he spoke of great destruction and judgments, Isaiah was filled not with despair but with joy.” Our own mids will be at peace and we will be happy.

· What desires did Isaiah express?

He wanted to burst into song and express the exultation of the lord’s second coming. He did this because he was over joyed by the lord’s return.

· What specific promises are given?

Men will feast upon the fruits of the Gospel and partake of his promises. His coming will also help dispel the veil of the nations. Mostly to characterize people who denied the gospel and it’s teachings. The lord will wipe away the tears of all men’s faces.

· If you were asked to speak at a funeral and could share two thoughts from these verses, which two would you share and why?

Here are the two that I would have spoken at the funeral. Because they express on how much heavenly father loves us and how much he shows it. He gives me peace and that is what I would want to say to someone who had left this earth and saw him again. There are filled with good and righteous promises that the lord has in store for us.

Isaiah 25; 9

“9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Isaiah 26:3

3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Choice 2

(a)  Read the chapter summary for Habakkuk 1. Write a paragraph explaining how Habakkuk felt after learning what the Lord was going to do.
Habakkuk was dismayed when the Lord was going to allow the Chaldeans to overrun the land. Wickedness never prevails, but sometimes the Lord uses the wicked to fulfill his purposes. Habakkuk’s sadness is not unfamiliar to us. There are many times when we wonder why the Lord allows certain things to happen, especially to those who are righteous or innocent. But the Lord’s hand is in it.
(b)  Read Habakkuk 2:3–15 and compare it with Articles of Faith 1:9; Jacob 4:8; Doctrine and Covenants 101:32–34; 121:26–31; 130:18–19. Write a one-page paper on “Understanding and Obtaining the Knowledge and Glory of the Lord.” You may wish to use other scriptures to support your paper.
This life is based on faith and doing the things that will bring us back into the Lord’s presence. Therefore, the Lord doesn’t always reveal his knowledge to us. But he does let us know the things that we need to, and if we are willing to take the necessary steps, we will recognize it.
Personal revelation may be one of the hardest things for us to get a solid grasp on and fully understand in this life, and yet when understood and utilized it can bring immense comfort, direction, stability, peace of mind, and direct communication to us from the Lord. Revelation is a very personal thing, and the more we learn to understand how the spirit communicates to us, the closer we will become to the Lord. Through revelation we can also gain great understanding and knowledge that no other means could provide.
The simple things in life can have some of the greatest effects. When we have a problem in life, we automatically want to blame it on some big circumstance that caused it to happen. What we are working to become rolls over into every day, overlapping extensively into every aspect of our lives. If we have a solid root in basic principles, we will have our minds and hearts in line with the Lord’s and see things as he does.  

Choice 1: Hosea. Hosea Called the Children of Israel to Return unto the Lord

(a) Read about “Hosea” in the Bible Dictionary (pg. 705). Write a paragraph about Hosea using the following questions as an outline:

• Where did Hosea live? Northern kingdom

• What is unique about him? Written prophecies

• When did he live?Latter part of the reign of Jeroboam II but before Pekah’s accession in 736 B.C.

• What was the condition of the people of Israel at the time? Very wicked

(b) Read Hosea 1 and the institute student manual commentary for Hosea 1–14, “The Manner of Prophesying among the Jews” (pg. 103), and Hosea 1:2–3, “How Are We to Understand God’s Commanding Hosea to Marry a Harlot?” (pg. 104). Explain in writing who Hosea represents, who Gomer represents, and what is the message of Hosea 1.

Hosea represents the Lord and Gomer is the Israelites. It talks about the relationship between the Lord and His people in terms of a marriage. I find this point of view very intriguing because of my own perspective on my marriage. It definitely helps me understand the situation in a new light and what I should be doing better.

(c) Read Hosea 6:5; 12:10; Amos 3:7; Doctrine and Covenants 1:37–38. Write a paragraph from the information in these scriptures about the role of prophets and the revelations they receive.

These revelations come directly from the Lord. He speaks to us through the Prophets. I love the order in this church. It makes sense.

(d) Read Hosea 6:1–3, 6; 10:12; 11:8–9; 12:6; 13:4, 9–14; 14:1–9 and the institute student manual commentary for Hosea 10:12, “How Can Israel or Any Child of God Obtain Mercy?” (pg. 109). Write a paragraph explaining the major theme of these verses. Which of these verses stand out the most to you and why?

Ephraim will repent near the end. I really liked Hosea 13:14. It talked of His power over the grave and death. He will be a plague to death. I really like that imagery.

(e) Explain in a sentence or two how Hosea 6:5; 12:10; Doctrine and Covenants 1:37–38; Amos 3:7 are connected.

They all speak of Prophets and how the Lord speaks and works through them. They are the ones we should really been listening to, and following what they say.

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.

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The Mount of Transfiguration

Jesus, Peter, James, and John went up into a high mountain. Jesus was “transfigured” and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” Moses and Elias appeared. Peter wanted to make 3 tabernacles one for each Jesus, Moses, & Elias. A cloud came and said “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him,” then Jesus appear in glory and prophesied of his death and resurrection. The apostles were eyewitnesses and fell to the earth because they were frightened. Jesus came to comfort them and tell them not to be afraid. THe apostles got up and looked around and saw only Jesus. The most important part of the Appearance of Moses and Elijah was to To pass down the keys of the priesthood to James, Peter, John and be able to act as the first presidency.

Bible Dictionary; Transfiguration, Mount Of.

“This very important event in the New Testament occurred about a week after the promise made to Peter that he would receive the keys of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 16:13–19; 17:1–9). On the mount, the Savior, Moses, and Elias (Elijah) gave the promised keys of the priesthood to Peter, James, and John (HC 3:387), which enabled these brethren to carry forth the work of the kingdom on the earth after the departure of Jesus. These keys were later given to all of the Twelve. The Transfiguration occurred in about October, some six months before the death of Jesus. The brethren saw the Lord in a glorified and transfigured state. They also saw a vision of the earth as it will appear in its future glorified condition (D&C 63:20–21; HC 1:283); saw and conversed with Moses and Elijah, two translated beings; and heard the voice of the Father bearing witness that Jesus is His beloved Son, in whom the Father is pleased, and commanding the brethren to hear (obey) Him. See also Mark 9:2–10; Luke 9:28–36; 2 Pet. 1:16–18. The event is important in many ways: Necessary priesthood authority was conferred upon Peter, James, and John; the significance of the Savior’s work was emphasized; and the unity of various dispensations and the close relationship of Jesus and His prophets was demonstrated. Few events in the Bible equal it in importance. A similar event occurred on April 3, 1836, in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, where the same heavenly messengers conferred priesthood keys upon the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery (D&C 110).”

2. In what ways would this experience have prepared the three Apostles for the responsibilities they would soon have as leaders of the Church?

I think they would no longer have faith that Jesus was the Christ they would know for sure because they say two dead profits and heard the voice of heavenly father. This would strengthen they for their tasks ahead so they could stand by Christ and help him as much as they could with weak mortal bodies.

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The Parables

In the Bible Dictionary read the first three paragraphs under the entry “Parables” (pgs. 740-41). In your own words, write a definition of a parable.

A story that can relate to anyone with all levels of faith and intelligence. For those not willing to learn, they will get nothing out of it.

Read the following parables: parable of the tares (Matthew 13:24-30); parables of the mustard seed and the leaven (Matthew 13:47-50); parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew 13:44-46) parable of the gospel net (Matthew 13:47-50). Next to each of the following questions write the name of the parable that best answers that question.

What describes the future growth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

parable of the tares

Why does the Church send out so many missionaries?

Parable of the net.

How do you explain the remarkable growth of the Church, considering that it is fairly new compared to most world religions and started small in the American frontier?

Parable of the treasure and the pearl of great price.

 

Why are some members of the Church willing to sacrifice so much worldly wealth and recognition in order to maintain membership in the Church?

Parable of the treasure and the pearl of great price.

 

Why do some Church members choose to leave the Church?

Parable of the sower.

 

Considering the parables of the treasure and the pearl of great price (see Matthew 13:44-46), what sacrifices would you be willing to make to obtain the treasure of the gospel? What sacrifices have you or those you know already made for the gospel?

I know many people who sacrifice family for the gospel.  I have made a sacrifice to being school again and finish my degree through BYU-I.  I sacrifice my time doing my callings and serving in the temple. I also sacrifice paying my tithing but know I am blessed in return.

 

What does the net represent in the parable of the net cast into the sea? (See Matthew 13:47). What does it mean to be gathered into the net? What is represented by the action of gathering the good into vessels and casting the bad away? (See Matthew 13:48-50).

The net is the gospel or the gathering of Israel. The action of gathering the good and casting away the bad is right before the second coming, when the wicked shall be burned and the righteous saved or gathered into vessels.