At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Young Women Theme or the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme. Then lead a discussion about the work of salvation and exaltation using one or more of the questions below or questions of your own (see General Handbook, 10.2, 11.2, ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Plan ways to act on what you discuss.
Live the gospel. How are we finding joy in following Jesus Christ?
Care for those in need. Who in our ward or community needs our help? How can we help?
Invite all to receive the gospel. How can we help each other prepare for missionary service?
Unite families for eternity. How can we contribute to our ward’s efforts to do family history and temple work?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
President Ezra Taft Benson taught: “Just as a man does not really desire food until he is hungry, so he does not desire the salvation of Christ until he knows why he needs Christ. No one adequately and properly knows why he needs Christ until he understands and accepts the doctrine of the Fall and its effect on all mankind” (“The Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants,” Ensign, May 1987, 85). As you studied Doctrine and Covenants 29 this week, you may have noticed the Savior’s description of the Fall and how we are redeemed from it. How did you gain a testimony of Jesus Christ and of His role as your Savior and Redeemer? Think about how strengthening quorum or class members’ testimonies of Him will change them. As you prepare, consider studying “Agency and the Fall of Adam and Eve,” “The Atonement of Jesus Christ,” and “The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ” in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel (, 49–52, 60–61).
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.
Atonement of Jesus Christ
How can you help quorum or class members learn from the scriptures why they need the Atonement of Jesus Christ? One way is to hand out the scripture references
and then place the summary statements baskets on the board
. Give each quorum or class member one of the eggs with a scripture on it. Invite them to read the scripture references and find the one that matches their summary statement on the baskets
. (Some of the statements refer to more than one scripture.) Invite each quorum or class member to read aloud the scripture passage that matches their statement and share what they learned about why we need the Savior’s Atonement.
Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19 (Jesus Christ paid the price for our sins so that we would not suffer if we repent)
Moses 5:10–12 (Because the Savior redeemed us from the Fall, we can find joy)
Invite quorum or class members to privately answer questions like the following:
How am I blessed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ? What would the Savior have me change so that I can more fully experience the blessings of His Atonement? Then ask them to discuss the first question together. They could review “The Atonement of Jesus Christ”
in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel (51–52, 60–61).
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.
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