Lesson 27: “They Must Needs Be Chastened and Tried, Even as Abraham”, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine
Put students into pairs or groups of four. Tell them that their job is to be parents and they want their child to develop the following attributes (give them a prepared list such as: humility, faith, confidence, testimony, hard work, honesty, selflessness, charity, respect, responsibility, kindness, knowledge, forgiveness, patience, etc.). What would you do as parents to develop those attributes that lead to success and happiness? What rules would you put in place? What programs would you design to do as a family? What jobs would you give your children? What would you purposefully avoid? Give them some time to make the rules and guidelines about how their family would run.
Application: Our Heavenly Father wants to develop those same attributes in you. What does he do to bring that about?
Now focus in on the first part of section 101 and section 105. There are some amazing verses here on what God would like us to learn and how it teaches it to us. We learn a lot about the nature of God and the common nature of man in these sections. I would spend the rest of the class time in these sections and answering the questions, “What does God want us to know? How does he teach it to us? Is there a way to avoid some of the lessons that the early Saints had to learn? Is it possible to avoid all harship and trial?” (The answer is “No.” Not all harship comes because of disobedience, but much of what the early saints faced is because of that propensity to be slow to listen to God.)