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  • Genesis 5; Moses 6: “Teach These Things Freely Unto Your Children” (January 17-23)
    Enoch, as represented in the painting”City of Zion Translated,” by Del Parson

    Six generations after Adam, there was a remarkable seer named Enoch. He lived in a time when many people had turned their hearts away from God (Moses 6:27-30). He felt unqualified to teach (Moses 6:31). But the Bible tells us that he “walked with God” (Genesis 5:24). He saw amazing things, and he taught the gospel with boldness and with great power (Moses 6:32-47).

    His father, Jared, “taught him in all the ways of God” (Moses 6:21). He may have learned from earlier generations as well, including from Adam, himself. As the following graphical representation of Genesis 5 shows, Adam was still alive for most of Enoch’s life.

    Enoch taught the core doctrines of the gospel, including the Fall of Adam and Eve, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the importance of repentance and baptism. He also described Adam’s baptism, indicating that this ordinance has been part of the gospel from the beginning. (See Moses 6:48-62.)

    Here are a few lessons I’ve learned from Enoch, with relevant blog posts:

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“Slow of Speech”

Enoch was shocked when God called him to preach the gospel. “Why is it,” he asked, “that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?” (Moses 6:31). Communication effectiveness can’t be measured, and it’s easy to be hypercritical as… Continue Reading →

A Book of Remembrance

Nephi opens the Book of Mormon by expressing gratitude to his parents for, among other things, the gift of literacy. He writes his record in his parents’ language, which consists of “the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians” (1 Nephi 1:2). Nephi’s nephew, Enos, also expresses gratitude that his father taught… Continue Reading →

Call Upon His Name

In Genesis 4 there is a potentially confusing passage. After reporting that Seth had a son named Enos, the author writes, “then began men to call upon the name of the Lord” (Genesis 4:26). Joseph Smith’s revision of this passage adds a critical word: “Then began these men to call upon the name of the Lord,” his version… Continue Reading →

My Brother’s Keeper

What happened to Cain? He was the son of Adam and Eve, devout parents who taught their children to worship God. (See Moses 5:1-12.) Yet after his brother’s offering was accepted and his was not, Cain became angry. “Why art thou wroth?” asked the Lord. “and why is thy countenance fallen?” (Genesis 4:6, Moses 5:22)…. Continue Reading →

The Fall and the Temple

By partaking of the forbidden fruit, Adam and Eve introduced not only physical death but also spiritual death into the world: they were immediately separated from God’s presence. He would no longer walk in their garden and have periodic face to face conversations with them. Alma said, “It was expedient that mankind should be reclaimed… Continue Reading →

“I Did Eat”

The first step in abandoning a sin is recognizing that it exists. If we are unwilling to admit that we have done something wrong, we are likely to continue making the same mistake over and over again. When God approached Adam and Eve after their transgression in the Garden of Eden, He gave them the… Continue Reading →

Thorns and Thistles

Eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden had immediate consequences. One of them was that it became harder to eat. Instead of living in a garden full of beautiful trees with delicious fruit, Adam and Eve entered an existence which would demand more from them. “Cursed is the ground for thy sake,” said God;… Continue Reading →

Becoming United

A few days ago, I wrote about the complementary natures of men and women and the need for both to value and leverage the strengths and perspectives of each other. Today, I want to write about what that looks like in a marriage. Sister Jean B. Bingham pointed out that Adam and Eve reacted differently… Continue Reading →

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ

In March, 2019, I studied 20 different names or titles of Jesus Christ which appear in the Book of Mormon. I was particularly interested in the way each name was used, both in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible.

Sermon Summaries

In 2018, I wrote summaries of many of the sermons in the Book of Mormon. Each summary describes the setting, the purpose, an outline of the sermon’s content, and my takeaways from the sermon.

In 2019, I used the Book of Mormon to study 365 questions—one per day. Here is a list of those questions, grouped by category, with a link to the blog post for each question.