New Testament
Lesson 2
My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us develop greater faith in Jesus Christ through a review of the lives of Elisabeth, Zacharias, John the Baptist, Mary, and Joseph.

Scripture references for study:  Luke 1; Matthew 1
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Lesson 2 Handout (PDF format)

Zacharias & Elizabeth

The office of Priest:

The Temple:


At the temple:

Zacharias and Elizabeth.

This events involving these two humble Judeans was the commencement of many prophesied events that led to the coming of the promised Messiah.

Note: Some of the information in this section comes from The Mortal Messiah, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.

The Annunciation To Mary

Time & Place.


READ LUKE 1:26-38. The Annunciation.


Mary Visits Elisabeth





Mary's visit to Elisabeth.

The Annunciation To Joseph

Joseph's plan was to put Mary away privately.

Joseph spent some time thinking over the situation and pondered what it all meant and what course he should take (see Matthew 1:20).

READ MATTHEW 1:20-25. The Angel appears to Joseph.

John Is Born

READ LUKE 1:57-58. John is born.

John Is named.

"And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel." (Luke 1:80)

Joseph Smith: "When Herod's edict went forth to destroy the young children, John was about six months older than Jesus, and came under this hellish edict, and Zacharias caused his mother to take him into the mountains, where he was raised on locusts and wild honey. When his father refused to disclose [John's] hiding place, [he] was slain by Herod's order." (TPJS, p261)

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

These events comprise a great story. Four humble Jews had their lives forever changed by these miraculous happenings. It is amazing that the greatest event of all time begins with such humble people in a dusty, out of the way country. What an inspiring story! It should remind us that no matter what our station in life, we also have been foreordained to a certain mission. If we are righteous and faithful, as were Zacharias, Elisabeth, Mary, and Joseph, we too can fulfill our missions.

Record your thoughts on the remarkable people discussed in this lesson: Zacharias, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph. How does their faithfulness inspire you to better follow in the footsteps of the Savior?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith.

The Mortal Messiah: From Bethlehem to Calvary, Volume 1, by Bruce R. McConkie.


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