Come Follow Me FHE Lesson – The Fall of Adam and Eve

After Adam and Eve were created, Satan thought he could destroy God’s plan by having them partake of the forbidden fruit. But Satan “knew not the mind of God” (Moses 4:6) and unwittingly became part of the plan he sought to overthrow. Study this lesson to learn how Adam and Eve’s fall was a fall forward.

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Scripture

Moses 5:10-11

And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God. And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

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Hymn

Follow the Prophet | Children’s Songbook, pg. 110

1. Adam was a prophet, first one that we know.
In a place called Eden, he helped things to grow.
Adam served the Lord by following his ways.
We are his descendants in the latter days.

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Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; he knows the way.

2. Enoch was a prophet; he taught what was good.
People in his city did just what they should.
When they were so righteous that there was no sin,
Heav’nly Father took them up to live with him.

3. Noah was a prophet called to preach the word,
Tried to cry repentance, but nobody heard.
They were busy sinning—Noah preached in vain.
They wished they had listened when they saw the rain.

4. Abraham the prophet prayed to have a son,
So the Lord sent Isaac as the chosen one.
Isaac begat Jacob, known as Israel;
Jacob’s sons were twelve tribes, so the Bible tells.

5. Moses was a prophet sent to Israel.
He would lead them to the promised land to dwell.
They were slow to follow, or so it appears.
They were in the wilderness for forty years.

6. Samuel was a prophet chosen as a boy.
Hannah promised God her son would serve with joy.
In the tabernacle, Samuel heard his name;
He was called by God and answered, “Here I am!”

7. Jonah was a prophet, tried to run away,
But he later learned to listen and obey.
When we really try, the Lord won’t let us fail:
That’s what Jonah learned deep down inside the whale.

8. Daniel was a prophet. He refused to sin;
So the king threw Daniel in the lion’s den.
Angels calmed the lions, and the king soon saw
Daniel’s pow’r was great, for he obeyed God’s law.

9. Now we have a world where people are confused.
If you don’t believe it, go and watch the news.
We can get direction all along our way,
If we heed the prophets—follow what they say.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Video: Watch this video for an overview of Adam and Eve’s experience in the garden of Eden.

Ask: Why did Eve partake of the forbidden fruit?

Read: Moses 4:8-12 includes some of Eve’s reasons for partaking of the forbidden fruit.

Teach: Satan often mixes the truth with his lies. It was true that the forbidden fruit would make Adam and Eve wise and give them the ability to discern between good and evil. Satan lied, however, when he said they would not die as a result of eating the fruit. Eating the fruit made Adam and Eve mortal—or able to die.

Ask: Can you think of a time when Satan has tempted you, someone you know, or someone in the scriptures by telling part of the truth while adding in lies?

Explain: Satan seeks to deceive us, but He doesn’t know the mind of God. If we listen to God through the promptings of the Holy Ghost and by following his modern prophet on the earth, we can be safe from Satan’s lies.

Testify: Adam and Eve were grateful that they partook of the fruit because it did make them wise and able to choose between right and wrong. It also made it so they could become mortal and have children (which is how we are all on the earth today). When we are doing our best to follow God’s plan, He provides a way for us to return to Him.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Read: Moses 4:6-12

Ask: What did Satan think he was accomplishing in this exchange between him and Eve? Why didn’t that work?

Explain: Adam and Eve’s transgression is not the same thing as sin. President Oaks explains why in the following quote.

Quote: “Some acts, like murder, are crimes because they are inherently wrong. Other acts, like operating without a license, are crimes only because they are legally prohibited. Under these distinctions, the act that produced the Fall was not a sin—inherently wrong—but a transgression—wrong because it was formally prohibited.” –Dallin H. Oaks

Ask: Why does this distinction matter? (Because God doesn’t command us to sin, but in this case, Adam and Eve needed to transgress the law in order to live the higher law of multiplying and replenishing the earth as well as knowing good and evil.)

Ask: After all of these years, why is it important that we learn about and understand the Fall of mankind?

Video: President Benson briefly explains how the Fall teaches us about Jesus Christ. Available to watch here.

Ask: How, then, does the Fall apply to us?

Explain: Eve teaches us what she learned from her transgression in Moses 5:11. “Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient” (emphasis added).

Quote: “For reasons that have not been revealed, this transition, or ‘fall,’ could not happen without a transgression—an exercise of moral agency amounting to a willful breaking of a law (see Moses 6:59). This would be a planned offense, a formality to serve an eternal purpose. The Prophet Lehi explained that ‘if Adam had not transgressed he would not have fallen’ (2 Ne. 2:22), but would have remained in the same state in which he was created. ‘And they would have had no children; wherefore they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin’ (2 Ne. 2:23).” –Dallin H. Oaks

Explain and Testify: The plan was never the plan of perfection, but it is the plan of redemption and the plan of salvation. 1 Nephi 10:18 reads, “For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.”

If there has been a way prepared for all of us to repent and come unto the Lord, then God knew from the beginning that we would sin, that Adam and Eve would transgress the law, and that we would all need a Savior. The Fall and the Atonement were both parts of God’s plan from the foundation of the world.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Read: Moses 4:6-12

Read or Watch: The Plan of Happiness by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

Ponder or Journal: How have your own dark times of sin helped you gain a testimony of the light of hope the Atonement makes available for us?

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