New Testament
Lesson 43
“A Chosen Generation”

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help live in holiness and be a chosen generation.

Scripture references for study:  1 Peter and 2 Peter; Jude
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Lesson 43 Handout (PDF)


1 Peter.

2 Peter.

Joseph Smith said that "Peter penned the most sublime language of any of the apostles." (TPJS, p301)


1 Peter

"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." (1 Peter 1:1-2)

"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:6-7)

READ 1 PETER 1:22-23. Purification of the soul.

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." (1 Peter 2:9)

READ 1 PETER 2:13-14. Submit yourselves to the ordinance of man.

READ 1 PETER 3:8-16. How we respond to evil.

"Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands." (1 Peter 3:1)

READ 1 PETER 5:2-7. Humble yourselves.

"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins." (1 Peter4:8)

2 Peter

"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall". (2 Peter 1:10)

 The Lord said, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (see John 17:3)

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:21)

In his second epistle, Peter taught the characteristics of false teachers.

READ 2 PETER 2:20-22.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on the teachings of Peter to the early saints. What principles can you apply to your life? How?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie (DNTC).

Ecclesiastical History by Eusebius of Caesarea.


Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball.

History of the Church by Joseph Smith.

Joseph Smith's Commentary on the Bible compiled and edited by Kent P. Jackson.

Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

New Testament Apostles Testify of Christ by D. Kelly Ogden and Andrew C. Skinner.

Sermons Not Spoken by Neal A. Maxwell.

Stand Ye In Holy Places by Harold B. Lee.

Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (TPJS).

The Catholic Encyclopedia - website.

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