The sons of Mosiah faced many different obstacles and journeys as they labored to teach their brethren about Jesus Christ. They were given a promise from the Lord that if they were faithful, they’d be an instrument in His hands to bring about the salvation of many souls. This Book of Mormon FHE Lesson is all about missionary work, discovering our unique gifts, and having confidence in God.
And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall bein long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.
1. I’m much too young to go abroad
To teach and preach the word of God,
But I can show I know it’s true,
Quite simply, by the things I do.
2. The people in my neighborhood
Will judge the gospel bad or good
By how I act at work and play,
And not just on the Sabbath day.
3. I’ll take my friends to church with me,
Where I will act with dignity.
My rev’rence and my happy face
Will tell them it’s a sacred place.
4. In ev’rything I do they’ll see
I am what I profess to be.
Then when the elders find their door,
they’ll say, “Come in and tell us more.”
Begin the lesson by gathering pictures of instruments. You can also use real instruments in your home if you have them. Discuss the sound each instrument makes. You can play little snippets from the internet or on your phone. Talk about how a song needs all the instruments.
Read aloud: We are like these instruments. We are all different. We look different. We think differently. We have different talents. Heavenly Father loves our differences! In fact, our differences can help us share the gospel in different ways.
In the Book of Mormon, there were four sons of a prophet named Mosiah. They were called to be missionaries. The Lord gave them a promise that if they were faithful, he would help make them an instrument in his hands “to the salvation of many souls.”
Ask: What do you think it means to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands?
Read aloud: When we are an instrument in the Lord’s hands, we allow the Spirit to guide us to do good things. When we follow God, he brings out the best music in us. He can use our talents to help other people.
Share an experience where a certain talent or personality trait helped you serve someone else or share the gospel.
Ask: Has there been a time when your special traits have helped you serve God in some way?
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of missionary work.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Before pressing play, ask everyone to think about what this video teaches us about preparing to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord.
Read Alma 17:6-11 together. Ask everyone to think about a time when they were able to share the gospel or be a light for Jesus Christ in some way, even if it was difficult. Share a personal experience of your own.
Ask: What experiences have you had about being an instrument in the hands of God?
Read aloud: Just as the sons of Mosiah experienced, we will all face difficult times. Whether it is our own circumstances or if we just feel inadequate, it’s important to recognize our unique gifts and build faith that the Lord can use in a variety of ways. The Lord is aware of exactly where we are and the people around us. He knows who we are and why we are divine. If we seek after inspiration, we’ll begin to receive promptings on how to serve others.
Ask: How can we be more confident in ourselves as we share the gospel with others?
Finish the lesson with your testimony.
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 box refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1/4 cup butter, melted
- Heat oven to 375°F. Place two 12-inch squares waxed paper on work surface.
- In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
- On work surface, unroll 1 crust. Brush with butter; sprinkle with half of the cinnamon sugar.
- Top with second crust. Brush top of second crust with butter, sprinkle with remaining cinnamon sugar; roll up.
- Cut the roll into 12 (1-inch) slices, then press down slightly, and roll individually between the sheets of waxed paper to 1/4-inch slices, replacing waxed paper as needed. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until golden brown and crisp. Cool on cooling rack.
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Book of Mormon Video
Watch the following Book of Mormon video together.