The Restoration of the gospel meant the end of the long apostasy when neither priesthood nor prophets were found on the earth. Following prophetic counsel helps each of us walk with the Lord and gives hope and insight into thriving through trials. How can we help others who are hungering after these truths find them in these last days?
For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live.
1. We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.
2. When dark clouds of trouble hang o’er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv’rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We’ve proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.
3. We’ll sing of his goodness and mercy.
We’ll praise him by day and by night,
Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
And bask in its life-giving light.
Thus on to eternal perfection
The honest and faithful will go,
While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know.
Activity: Use the following activity to demonstrate Amos 3:3
Using handkerchiefs or something similar, tie two family members’ legs together for a three-legged race. Have one child try to walk forward while the other is walking backward. Have one try to turn right while the other turns left. Demonstrate how the two, tied together, will only get where they want to go if they work together. They need to agree where they are going, how fast they are going, and they need to work out the timing of when they move their tied-together legs.
Time them the first time they cross a room together, then give them a little bit of practice and time them again. Let other children take turns (if any).
Read: Amos 3:3
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Teach: Didn’t we just see that? Two can’t walk together unless they agree to work together.
Prepare: As we read verse seven, watch for who the Lord already “agrees” with.
Read: Amos 3:7
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
Teach: The Lord is “walking together” with the prophet. The prophet stays in step with the Lord. If we want to walk side by side, in step with the Lord, who must we also walk in step with?
If we stand by the prophet and walk with him, we will also be walking with the Lord because the prophet stays “agreed” and in step with the Lord.
Continue Object Lesson: With younger children, have one parent represent the prophet with his or her leg tied to the other person representing the Lord. They walk together. They have a small child stand on the feet of the parent, holding hands. This small child represents us. As we walk with the prophet, we will stay in sync and in step with the Lord–because they walk together. As we walk with the prophet, we will also walk with the Lord.
Testify: Bear witness that the prophet walks with the Lord and if we walk with the prophet, we will also walk side by side with the Lord.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Ask: One universal question we all have sooner or later is “Why does God let bad things happen to good people?” How do you answer that question?
Quote: Elder Richard G. Scott of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles taught:
When . . . trials are not consequences of your disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more (see Prov. 3:11–12). He therefore gives you experiences that stimulate growth, understanding, and compassion which polish you for your everlasting benefit. To get you from where you are to where He wants you to be requires a lot of stretching, and that generally entails discomfort and pain.
Teach: The Lord wants us to grow. He provides us opportunities to grow that can often look like trials. Read about some trials the Israelites faced as the Lord tried to get them to turn to Him instead of false gods.
Read: Amos 4:6
And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
[“Cleanness of teeth” would come from not having anything to eat. The Lord sent a famine so they would “return” to Him, but they would not.]
Read: Amos 4:9-10
9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
[The Lord brought about the destruction of their crops so that they would turn to Him, but they didn’t.]
10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
[The Lord even tried diseases and great loss, but even in these desperate conditions, the people would not turn to the Lord.]
Teach and Ask: We have all recently endured our own pestilence: the COVID-19 pandemic. What have we learned, or in what ways have we “returned to the Lord” as a result of this pandemic?
Teach: If we can’t think of anything we have done, or any ways we have turned to be closer to the Lord, consider what happened in the verses above when the Israelites didn’t learn their lesson. When one way didn’t work, the Lord provided many other trials as opportunities for His children to learn to turn to Him.
Read: The prophet Alma taught that there are blessings available to us when we learn from the Lord’s provided opportunities for growth.
13 And now, because ye are compelled to be humble blessed are ye; for a man sometimes, if he is compelled to be humble, seeketh repentance; and now surely, whosoever repenteth shall find mercy; and he that findeth mercy and endureth to the end the same shall be saved.
14 And now, as I said unto you, that because ye were compelled to be humble ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?
15 Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed—yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.
Testify: The Lord is providing opportunities for us to turn to Him, to trust Him, and to draw closer to Him. If we allow these opportunities to stretch and grow us, we may not have to endure some of the future humbling “opportunities” (trials) that await us if we fail to learn what He wants us to know.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Consider: Although the great apostasy took place after Jesus Christ and His apostles were martyred, the Lord warned the children of Israel 750 years before Christ was born that there would come a day when the gospel would not be available on the earth.
Read: Amos 8:11-12
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.
Consider or Journal: While the whole earth is no longer in a great apostasy, many people still live in “hunger and thirst for the words of the Lord” because they don’t know where to find the truth.
What can you do to help bring friends and nations out of darkness into the light of the gospel? How can you help fill the hunger spoken of in these verses?
Video: President Wilford Woodruff was in such a state of apostasy, hungering for truth when the missionaries taught him the gospel. Watch The Great Apostasy.
Pray About It: Who do you know who may be hungering and thirsting after righteousness? Who can you help to bring out of apostasy into the marvelous light of the gospel?
Nutter Butter Acorn Cookies
Celebrate fall with these super easy, cute, Nutter Butter Acorn Cookies!
Time yourself against your earlier times in a three-legged race as described in the For Children section above.