Mormon and Moroni knew the record of their people would have spiritual significance for future generations. This Book of Mormon FHE lesson helps us appreciate the Book of Mormon and find inspiration in our own callings from God in the midst of struggle.
Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for I know that ye shall have my words.
I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
I know who I am.
I know God’s plan.
I’ll follow him in faith.
I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ.
I’ll honor his name.
I’ll do what is right;
I’ll follow his light.
His truth I will proclaim.
Begin the lesson by having everyone act out the story of Mormon through the following bullet points. Choose one person to act as Mormon and one person to act as Moroni.
- Mormon was a prophet and military leader. He tried to preach the gospel but he was rejected. (Have everyone laugh and point at him)
- Mormon and his son Moroni fought in a great battle beside their people, even though they were wicked. (Have everyone do a pretend battle for a moment)
- All of Mormon and Moroni’s people were killed. (Have everyone fall to the ground. Then, instruct them to sit up and listen to the rest of the story).
- Mormon was also hurt in the battle and died. Moroni was all alone. (Have the person portraying Moroni say goodbye to the person play Mormon, who dies and rejoins the group)
- Moroni was left to finish his father’s writings. He made them into the gold plates, which we can now read. (Have Moroni pretend to write on the gold plates).
Ask: What book was Moroni creating? (The Book of Mormon).
Read aloud: The Book of Mormon was written for our day. Moroni said that as he was writing on the gold plates, he could “speak unto you as if ye were present.” He saw us and knew how important the Book of Mormon would be. It was an important job Heavenly Father had given him.
Ask: How does the Book of Mormon help us?
Read aloud: Just like Moroni, we will feel sad and lonely sometimes. And just like Moroni, we have callings from Heavenly Father and important things to do. The story of Mormon and Moroni teaches us to keep going, even when it is hard.
Finish the lesson by sharing any personal experiences about how you kept going through a hard time. Bear your testimony on how the Book of Mormon is a tool to inspire us.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson by reading Mormon 8:1-5. Before reading, ask everyone to think about the things Moroni is facing.
Ask: What are some of the things Moroni was probably feeling in these verses? Can you relate to them?
Read aloud: Moroni was left alone to write his sad tale. Yet he was able to keep going by focusing not on all of the destruction he experienced, but on who the book he was compiling would be for. Later in these chapters, Moroni says, “Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not” and “I know that ye shall have my words.” He knew us and understood how much we would need the Book of Mormon.
Ask: How does it make you feel to know what Moroni went through to ensure we would have the record of his people? Does it inspire you to do anything?
Read aloud: Moroni can be an inspiration to us as we strive to fulfill the promptings and callings we receive from God. We can continue to move forward and do our best, even when times are hard and things feel impossible. Just as Moroni, we may not even see the fruit of our labors. But we can be inspired as he was.
Ask: How can we follow Moroni’s example to do our duty to God?
Finish the lesson with your testimony.
Gold Plate Rice Krispie Treats
Make your favorite rice krisipe treat recipe or buy pre-packaged treats. Melt milk chocolate and place in a piping bag (or ziplock bag with a corner cut out). Pipe lines from one side of the treat to the other to create your golden plates.
Record a Spiritual Story
Mormon and Moroni knew the record of their people held spiritual significance for future generations. The same is true for us! Gather as a family and take time to record spiritual stories. You can write individually in your journals or share together as a family. Prompts to consider are “What is one experience that has strengthened my testimony?” “When I have felt God’s love for me recently?” and “What do you remember about your baptism?”