Moses 5:55–59: The Gospel Was Preached from the Beginning

The Pearl of Great Price: Teacher Manual, (2000), 23–24

Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events

Suggestions for Teaching

Moses 5:55–58. And Thus It Began

Tell students that in Moses 5:55, 58there are summary statements about how the “works of darkness” and the gospel began to spread among the people of the earth.Have students find verses in Moses 5that give details about these beginnings. Ask students why they think the stories of Adam and Eve, of Cain and Abel, and of Lamech and Irad are included in the book of Moses. Use Moses 5:51, 55–59and 2 Nephi 26:20–33to compare the works of darkness with the works of God.

Moses 5:58. The Preaching of the Gospel

Read Moses 5:58and ask students to define “the gospel.” Invite students to study 3 Nephi 27:9–22and Doctrine and Covenants 76:40–42and then list the elements that comprise the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ask: In what ways is the gospel preached in Moses 5:58; 6:1? Invite students to find and share scriptures that contain examples of the gospel being preached by holy angels, by the voice of God, by the Holy Ghost, by prophets, and in other ways.

Moses 5:59. Gospel Ordinances

Ask students to list the gospel ordinances they have received. What is symbolically taught or “confirmed” by the gospel ordinances? (see Romans 6:3–9; Jacob 4:5; Alma 13:16; D&C 20:68–79; 76:50–60). Tell students that Elder Boyd K. Packer, then a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said, “Good conduct without the ordinances of the gospel will neither redeem nor exalt mankind; covenants and the ordinances are essential” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1985, 105; or Ensign,Nov. 1985, 82).