More than anything else, Enos wanted to connect with God. In this Book of Mormon FHE lesson, we learn about his mighty prayer and how we can hunger after God as Enos did.
And my soul; and I down before my Maker, and I unto him in mighty and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens.
1. There is an hour of peace and rest,
Unmarred by earthly care;
’Tis when before the Lord I go
And kneel in secret prayer.
May my heart be turned to pray,
Pray in secret day by day,
That this boon to mortals giv’n
May unite my soul with heav’n.
2. The straight and narrow way to heav’n,
Where angels bright and fair
Are singing to God’s praise, is found
Thru constant secret prayer.
3. When sailing on life’s stormy sea,
’Mid billows of despair,
’Tis solace to my soul to know
God hears my secret prayer.
4. When thorns are strewn along my path,
And foes my feet ensnare,
My Savior to my aid will come,
If sought in secret prayer.
Begin the lesson by displaying a tray of yummy treats. Tell your children they are going to have to wait a few minutes in silence before they eat it. Set a timer based on your children’s ages. We suggest about 3-5 minutes.
When the timer goes off, ask everyone to approach and request a treat in as dramatically as they can. Provide them with the treat when they’re done. Once everyone has a treat, continue with the lesson.
Ask: How much did you all want a treat? Can you think of a time when you wanted something so badly?
Share a personal experience of your own about desiring something and how you felt about it.
Read aloud: In the Book of Mormon, there was a man named Enos. The thing he wanted more than anything else was to talk with God. So, one day, he went into the forest and prayed all day and all night. The scriptures say his soul was hungry and he wrestled the spirit in prayer.
Ask: What do you think a wrestling prayer is? [giving it all your attention, spending time listening, not giving up, being patient, praying with your whole heart]
Read aloud: Heavenly Father wants to communicate with us. Do we want to communicate with him? We should ask ourselves how much we think about God and how much we want to be near Him. If we don’t feel that great want in our hearts, we can grow it.
Discuss ways you can have mighty prayers this week. Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Give everyone a piece of paper or a notecard. Ask them to ponder on the things they want more than anything else. Have them write it down. Ask for anyone to share if they feel comfortable. Share a deep desire of your own.
Read aloud: As children of God, we have hearts full of desires and dreams. These longings are God-given and can inspire us to act and change. However, sometimes we can get so caught up in the things we want that we forget to desire a relationship with God. This communion is the thing we should prize and strive for above everything else. We can learn from Enos how to work for this connection with God.
Have someone read Enos 1:2-4.
Ask: What did Enos do to connect with God? How can we follow Enos’ example?
Read aloud: Patricia Holland said, “We are expected to pray with maturity. The words most often used to describe urgent, prayerful labor are wrestle, plead, cry, and hunger.”
When we hunger for God, certain things in our lives change. We put Him and His commandments first. We become submissive to His will. We have hope in the future. We become tenacious in our spirituality.
Ask: What are some other things that happen when we hunger for God?
Share personal experiences about a time when you wanted to be close to God and how that changed your hearts. Finish with your testimony.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
As you read through Enos, write down the things he did that represent mighty prayer. Write down ways you want to pray mightly in the coming week.
Cookies & Cream Cookies
-1 cup butter, softened
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-1/2 cup white sugar
-1 package Cookies n’Creme pudding mix
-1 tsp. vanilla
-2 1/4 cups flour
-1 tsp. salt
-1 tsp. baking soda
-10 Oreos, chopped
-1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream together butter and sugars. Stir in pudding mix.
3. Add eggs and vanilla to cream mixture. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt into mixture.
4. Chop Oreos into small pieces. Add Oreos and white chocolate chips to dough.
5. Stir until all ingredients are combined.
6. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto greased cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes or until slightly brown on top.
(Courtesy of Notes from Nessa)
Watch the following video together as a family.