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Old Testament - Lesson 5

Lesson 5 – “If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted”
Taught by Jeff Stone on January 31, 2010

Introduction:
This lesson was one that covered a large amount of material and could take several different angles. However, for our class, only one angle was really focused on. The focus was on attitude: what it takes to Dwell with God, and conversely what it takes destroy yourself spiritually. The scriptures covered are Moses 5, Moses 6, and Moses 7. You may also want to consider reading the Teacher’s Handbook for this lesson to look at the other “angles.”

Below is a copy of a handout that discusses attitude. It covers the scriptures and key points and attitudes for success and for failure. If you would like a “printable” version of the handout, just click on the image below:




Am I my Brother’s Keeper?
In this lesson we learn of the first murder (Cain Slays Abel) and the birth of the Secret Combinations. We must remember that unlike what Cain said, we ARE our brother’s (sister’s) keeper.

Bishop Robert L. Simpson said: “The world today tells you to leave your friend alone. He has the right to come and go as he pleases. The world tells you that persuasion to attend church or priesthood meeting or to discard a bad habit might lead to frustration and undue pressures; but again I repeat the word of the Lord: You are your brother’s keeper, and when you are converted, you have an obligation to strengthen your.

Loved Ones Who Go Astray

Anyone who has ever been close to anyone has at one time or another feared for or worried about the exaltation and eternal life of someone close. Even though Adam and Eve taught their children the gospel (Moses 5:12),
Cain and others chose to live un-righteously. What can we do to help ourselves bear the pain when loved ones go astray? What can we do to help these loved ones?

Richard G. ScottElder Richard G. Scott counseled:

“Many of you have heavy hearts because a son or daughter, husband or wife, has turned from righteousness to pursue evil. My message is for you. Your life is filled with anguish, pain, and, at times, despair. I will tell you how you can be comforted by the Lord. First, you must recognize two foundation principles:

  1. While there are many things you can do to help a loved one in need, there are some things that must be done by the Lord.
  2. Also, no enduring improvement can occur without righteous exercise of agency. Do not attempt to override agency. The Lord himself would not do that. Forced obedience yields no blessings (see D&C 58:26–33).

I will suggest seven ways you can help.

  1. First, love without limitations
  2. Second, do not condone the transgressions, but extend every hope and support to the transgressor
  3. Third, teach truth
  4. Fourth, honestly forgive as often as is required
  5. Fifth, pray trustingly. ‘The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much’ (James 5:16)
  6. Sixth, keep perspective. When the things you realistically can do to help are done, leave the matter in the hands of the Lord and worry no more. Do not feel guilty because you cannot do more. Do not waste your energy on useless worry. In time, you will feel impressions and know how to give further help. You will find more peace and happiness, will not neglect others that need you, and will be able to give greater help because of that eternal perspective
  7. One last suggestion-Never give up on a loved one, never!”

(in Conference Report, Apr. 1988, 69-71; or Ensign, May 1988, 60-61). -Note that I changed the format of the quote quite a bit for the web page layout, but the content is unchanged.