In Doctrine and Covenants 29:5, the Lord told the Saints, “Lift up your hearts and be glad.” You could invite class members to share something that they learned in their personal or family study that causes them to “lift up [their] hearts and be glad.”
Garden of Eden
Heavenly Father and Jesus came to talk to Adam and Eve. There were a lot of beautiful trees in the Garden of Eden. All these trees produced wonderful tasty fruit. They could eat from any tree they wanted, all but one.Heavenly Father and Jesus said that this tree was called the tree of good and evil and Adam and Eve could not eat the fruit from that tree
If Adam and Eve ate the fruit from this tree they would be kicked out of the Garden of Eden.
One day Satan, the devil, came to the Garden of Eden. He told Eve, the devil, came to the Garden of Eden. He told Eve she should eat the fruit of the tree of good and evil, but Heavenly Father and Jesus told her and Adam not to eat it. Satan said the fruit was so delicious and it tasted better than any of the other fruit in the Garden of Eden. Satan told Eve that not only was it delicious, but it would also make her really wise. Eve chose to eat the fruit.Eve told Adamshe had eaten the fruit and that she would have to leave the garden. Adam was sad that Eve had eaten the fruit. He didn’t want to be alone in the Garden. Eve gave Adam some of the fruit and Adam ate it.
God came to see Adam and Eve. They were afraid that God would know that they had disobeyed Him so they ran and hide. Can you hide from God? Heavenly Father asked if they had eaten the fruit of good and evil. Adam and Eve told Him yes and that Satan told them to eat it. Do you remember what the punishment was for eating the fruit? God told Adam and Eve they must leave the Garden of Eden. They could no longer live there anymore. Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden.
They lived in the wilderness and it was not like the Garden of Eden. The whole world changed. Adam and Eve had to work hard to get food, weeds began to grow, and animals became wild. It was not beautiful. Adam and Eve knew good and evil. Sometimes they were happy. Sometimes they were sad.
Adam and Eve placed themselves and their posterity in this situation when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Because of Adam and Eve’s, their bodies became mortal. They would someday die.
Physical death is part of Heavenly Father’s plan and that Heavenly Father, in his great mercy, sent his Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to overcome death. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have all been rescued from physical death. We will die, but we will be resurrected.
Adam and Eve’s disobedience in partaking of the fruit is called the Fall.
“Because of the Fall, we are blessed with physical bodies, the right to choose between good and evil, and the opportunity to gain eternal life. None of these privileges would have been ours had Adam and Eve remained in the garden” (Gospel Principles, p. 33).
(Moses 2:28.) Adam and Eve could not obey this commandment before the Fall. Because their bodies were not yet mortal, they could not have children.
We are grateful to Adam and Eve because they made it possible for us to be born on earth. The Fall was necessary, but it had two serious consequences for all of us:
- We would all commit sin, making poor choices between good and evil.
- We would all suffer physical death.
After Adam and Eve “fell” from the presence of God and became mortal, we needed a Savior so we could live again and return to our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ was chosen to be our Savior before the world was created.
By suffering for our sins, giving his life for us, and being resurrected, Jesus Christ overcame the effects of the Fall. Put the wordstrip “Jesus Christ—Atonement” on top of the wordstrip “Adam and Eve—Fall.”
Because of Jesus’ resurrectionall of us will be resurrected
.Put the wordstrip “Resurrection” on top of the wordstrip “Physical Death.”
Jesus suffered for our sins, making it possible for us to repent and be forgiven. Put the wordstrip “Repentance”
on top of the wordstrip “Sin.”
Put the wordstrip “Plan of Redemption” above the other wordstrips, and explain that this is Heavenly Father’s plan to help us become like him.
To help class members understand why Jesus Christ gathers His people, you could invite them to read verses 1–8 and discuss questions about the gathering, such as:
How have we experienced Christ gathering and protecting us, like a hen gathers and protects her chickens?
How do we gather to the Savior? (see, for example, verse 2).
Class members could share how they have been blessed by gathering and worshipping with other members of the Church.
To help class members think about their responsibility to help Heavenly Father gather His children, you could share President Russell M. Nelson’s words
What do we learn about the gathering from these messages?
How do these messages reinforce what the Lord says in Doctrine and Covenants 29:1–8?
President Russell M. Nelson taught:
“These surely are the latter days, and the Lord is hastening His work to gather Israel. That gathering is the most important thing taking place on earth today. Nothing else compares in magnitude, nothing else compares in importance, nothing else compares in majesty. And if you choose to, if you want to, you can be a big part of it. You can be a big part of something big, something grand, something majestic!
“When we speak of the gathering, we are simply saying this fundamental truth: every one of our Heavenly Father’s children, on both sides of the veil, deserves to hear the message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. They decide for themselves if they want to know more. …
“Our Heavenly Father has reserved many of His most noble spirits—perhaps, I might say, His finest team—for this final phase. Those noble spirits—those finest players, those heroes—are you!” (“Hope of Israel” [worldwide devotional for youth, June 3, 2018], ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Some of the latter-day events described in Doctrine and Covenants 29:14–21 may be distressing to class members. Let them share how they feel.
Why does the Lord warn us about these events?
What reassuring truths do we learn about the Savior and the gathering from verses 1–8?
How does gathering help us look forward to these events with faith instead of fear?
As part of your discussion, you could sing a hymn about gathering, such as “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling” (Hymns, no. 7), and discuss what the hymn teaches about the gathering of Israel.
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