Chapter 31: “God Shall Be with You Forever and Ever”: The Prophet in Liberty Jail, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
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Show some pictures of rooms inside the White House, Buckingham Palace, or Versailles Palace. Ask what people think it would be like to spend one night in these places. What about six months. If you could spend six months in any one famous place, where would it be? Then show a picture of Liberty Jail. This is where the prophet would spend 4 months. Share the quote from Mercy Fielding Thompson on page 360. Why would the Lord have his chosen servants stay here as opposed to some of the other places that we looked at?
Read the third quote on page 361. Ask, “How does it happen that ‘every species of wickedness and cruelty practiced upon us will only tend to bind our hearts together and seal them together in love?'” “When have you felt that trials have brought you closer to God or to family members, etc.?” Read the first few lines of the last paragraph on page 361. Ask, “If you were talking to someone who was having a hard time with a trial, how could you use this idea that Joseph was not being tested ‘without cause?'” What are some of God’s causes? Discuss how it is sometimes easy to say that when times are easy, but how do we really live it when times are more difficult? Part of the answer lies in the section on page 363. Read the second paragraph under the heading “God’s power is greater…. Ask, “How was truth being poured down from heaven able to assist Joseph at this time? How will that same gift help us in our times of trial?” End with the first three paragraph’s on page 364. Find some of the things that helped Joseph during this difficult time. (Truth, the Book of Mormon, God’s voice, associates in the church, and the hope of glory).
Ask the class, “What is the one thing from this lesson you hope you will remember next time you face a serious challenge?” Wait for answers, they will come!
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