What priesthood authority accompanied the law of Moses? (The Aaronic Priesthood, also called the Levitical, lesser, or preparatory priesthood. See D&C 84:25–27.) What priesthood authority does Jesus Christ hold? (See Hebrews 5:5–6; 6:20.) Explain that when Jesus came and fulfilled the law of Moses, he also restored the Melchizedek Priesthood. Why was this necessary? (See Hebrews 7:11. The Aaronic Priesthood does not have the authority to perform all the ordinances necessary for salvation.)
“Neither the law of Moses nor the priesthood of Aaron which administered it was capable of bringing God’s children unto perfection. The Aaronic Priesthood is a lesser authority, and it administers the preparatory gospel only. The Melchizedek Priesthood, on the other hand, is the higher priesthood, commissioned to minister the gospel ordinances in their fulness and capable of purifying our lives so that we can again enter into the presence of the Lord” (The Life and Teachings of Jesus and His Apostles [Church Educational System manual, 1979], 385–86; see also D&C 107:18–20).
Let us not treat lightly the great things we have received from the hand of the Lord! His word is one of the most valuable gifts He has given us. I urge you to recommit yourselves to a study of the scriptures. Immerse yourselves in them daily so you will have the power of the Spirit to attend you in your callings. Read them in your families and teach your children to love and treasure them
- Ezra Taft Benson
Brother Beardall’s Gospel Doctrine Outlines
Lesson 12 - Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction - Genesis 40-45
As a prisoner, Joseph interprets the dreams of the butler, the baker, and Pharaoh. Joseph elevated to second in command in all Egypt. Joseph directed the storage of food during the seven years of plenty. Joseph's brothers came to Egypt and kneeled before Joseph seeking to buy grain. Joseph sends his brothers home and to bring their father, Jacob, down to Egypt. Jacob blesses his sons and grandsons.
Lesson 11 - How Can I Do This Great Wickedness? - Genesis 34; Genesis 37-39
Joseph, his dreams, his brothers, and his sale into slavery. Joseph was sold into Egypt and became a servant in the household of Potiphar. Joseph resisted Potiphar's wife. He was placed in prison. Shechem, Reuben, and Judah commit serious moral sins.
Lesson 10 - Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant - Genesis 24-29
Abraham's servant seeks a wife for Isaac. Marriage in the Covenant. Esau sells his birthright to Jacob. Jacob marries Leah and Rachel in the Covenant. Jacob dreams of a ladder reaching to heaven.
Lesson 9 - God Will Provide Himself a Lamb - Abraham 1; Genesis 15-17; Genesis 21-22
Abraham is nearly sacrificed by the false priests of Pharaoh. Abraham has children through Hagar and Sarah. The Lord appeared to Abraham and renewed the covenant. God commands Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Abraham's Sacrifice - A similitude of Heavenly Father's sacrifice of his Son.
Lesson 8 - Living Righteously in a Wicked World - Genesis 13-14; Genesis 18-19
Abraham and his family return from Egypt and settle in Caanan. To avoid strife, Abraham moves his family to Hebron and leaves the land near Sodom for Lot. Lot is captured by the King of Elam. After rescuing Lot, Abraham paid his tithes to Melchizedek, king of Salem. Abraham refuses to accept the spoils of war from the King of Sodom. Heavenly messengers visit and tell Abraham that he and Sarah would bear a son. Lot flees Sodom.
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