Doctrine & Covenants 10:43
“I will not suffer that they shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.”
When the 116 pages were lost, they fell into the hands of wicked men. The Lord knew that if Joseph retranslated the lost section, the wicked men would make changes and say that he hadn’t done it “by the power of God” because the two copies wouldn’t match. The Lord explained to Joseph that “the devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he may destroy this work.” Instead, the Lord had prompted Nephi (thousands of years earlier) to make a second record which Joseph could now translate that would contain precious truths and the story of Lehi and his family. Satan’s plan failed, and the Lord showed Joseph that His wisdom is “greater than the cunning of the devil.”
In Doctrine & Covenants section 10, we learn that Satan tries to trick us, in order to destroy our souls. He lies, tempts, deceives, and distracts us. He tries to harden our hearts and overpower our testimonies. The wisdom of God is much greater than the devil. God can help us make right choices, forgive us, love us, and bring us joy and peace. He knows the end from the beginning and if we trust in Him, keep his commandments, and pray always, we can overcome Satan and his deceptions.
In Doctrine & Covenants 11, the Lord teaches Hyrum Smith what he can do to prepare to share the gospel. The Lord tells him to wait until he has obtained His word. That means Hyrum needs to learn the words of the Lord and understand them before he begins to teach others. The Lord also tells Hyrum to keep the commandments and “trust in that Spirit which leadeth do to good.” Hyrum needed to wait until the translation of the Book of Mormon was complete. We can prepare ourselves to share the gospel by reading and studying the Book of Mormon, keeping the commandments, and following the Spirit.
“My friends, I promise that as we strive to love God with all our heart, pray in the name of Jesus Christ, study the Book of Mormon, and prayerfully partake of the sacrament, we will have the ability, with the strength of the Lord, to overcome the deceptive practices of the adversary, to minimize distractions that limit our divine potential, and to resist the discouragement that diminishes our capacity to feel the love of our Heavenly Father and His Son. We will come to fully understand who we are as sons and daughters of God.”
Elder Peter M. Johnson
In this game, you must step on the stepping stones of faith, prayer, service, etc., but avoid the floor (temptation!) Work together as a family to get to one side of the room to the other.
In Doctrine and Covenants 10:5 it says, "Pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan". As you enjoy these pretzel treats shaped like praying arms, talk about the importance of praying always.
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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