OLD TESTAMENT 2022

Come Follow Me

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Free to Choose

Reinforces this week’s “Come Follow Me” study: Genesis 3-4; Moses 4-5
The Fall of Adam and Eve

Scripture:

Moses 5:10-11

“And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.”

And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.”

Song:

Choose the Right Way, Children’s Songbook page 160

Lesson:

When Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, they were told that they shouldn’t eat of the fruit of one of the trees in the garden. If they did, they would be cast out of the garden. Satan came to Eve to tempt her, telling her that if she ate of the fruit, she would know good and evil. Eve chose to eat the fruit. Adam, knowing Eve would be cast out, decided to eat the fruit also. They hid from the Lord, but He knew what they had done. Satan was cursed because of what he did, and Adam and Eve had to leave the Garden of Eden. 

Even though life became much more difficult for Adam and Eve, they could now understand good and evil, joy and pain, and they could have children. Their choice made it possible for us to come to earth. It was part of God’s plan.

Adam and Eve’s children would also be able to make choices. Some made good choices. Abel listened to the Lord and tried to keep the commandments. He took care of the sheep and offered one of the firstlings of his flock as a sacrifice as the Lord had taught. Some made bad choices. Abel’s brother Cain grew crops. Cain offered his crops as a sacrifice, but that wasn’t what the Lord had taught. His sacrifice wasn’t accepted, and Cain was jealous. He loved Satan more than God. Satan temped Cain to kill his brother so he could have the flocks. Cain was shut out from the presence of the Lord and cursed.

We have the ability to make choices. We can choose whether or not we follow the commandments of God. Our consequences are based on our choices.

Quote:

“Our agency—our ability to choose and act for ourselves—was an essential element of this plan. Without agency we would be unable to make right choices and progress. Yet with agency we could make wrong choices, commit sin, and lose the opportunity to be with Heavenly Father again. For this reason a Savior would be provided to suffer for our sins and redeem us if we would repent.”  Robert D. Hales

Q&A:

  • Who tempted Eve to eat the fruit?
  • What happened when Adam and Eve ate the fruit?
  • Why is it important for us to be able to make our own choices?
  • What happens when we make a good choice? What happens when we make a bad choice?

Activity idea:

What Should I Wear?


During this activity your children will not only have fun deciding what these cute paper dolls should wear, but they will find that learning to dress appropriately will help them to learn about using their agency and making good decisions throughout their lives.

Treat idea:

Choose the Right Stuffed Crepes


Using this easy crepe recipe is a great way to help guide your children while allowing them to use their agency to make the right choices. As long as they “choose the right” stuff, they’ll love these sweet fruit filled and savory chicken stuffed crepes.

These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.

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