Old Testament
Lesson 8
Living Righteously in a Wicked World

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us strengthen our resolve to hold fast to righteous standards during times of increasing wickedness.

Scripture references for study:  Genesis 13–14; Genesis 18–19
    Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.

Lesson 8 Handout (PDF)

Abraham & Lot

Abraham's Travels.

Abraham & Lot Return To Canaan - Genesis 13.

While Lot lived in Sodom, the kings of the various city-states in the region (including Sodom and Gomorrah) began warring with one another.

Abraham & Melchizedek



Sodom & Gomorrah

Abraham and the King of Sodom.

Messengers Visit Abraham - Genesis 18. Lot Visited By Angels - Genesis 19. Lot Flees Sodom.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Like Abraham and Lot, we also live in a world full of wickedness. One only need turn on the evening news or pick up a newspaper to see the ravages of sin all around us. The stories of Abraham and Lot are instructive as we attempt to live in the world.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell:  "Many today are as indecisive about the evils emerging around us—are as reluctant to renounce fully a wrong way of life—as was Lot's wife. Perhaps in this respect, as well as in the indicators of corruption of which sexual immorality is but one indicator, our present parallels are most poignant and disturbing. It was Jesus himself who said, 'Remember Lot's wife.' Indeed we should—and remember too all that the Savior implied with those three powerful words. While it was tragic for Lot's wife to look back, for our generation a hard look back at Sodom could save us from impending tragedies!" (Look Back At Sodom, Introduction)

Record your thoughts on Abraham and his righteousness, a man who was unwilling to accept even a "thread" of unrighteousness. Consider the experiences of Lot and his family. How can you apply those lessons to your life?

Resources Used In This Lesson

13 Lines of Defense by Gene R. Cook (Deseret Library Talk on Cassette).

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie.


Look Back At Sodom by Neal A. Maxwell.

Old Testament Student Manual.

Priesthood and Church Government by John A. Widtsoe.

That My Family Should Partake by Neal A. Maxwell.

The Promised Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie.

Next Lesson

Return to: The Gospel Doctrine Class

Page created by: bill@beardall2000.com. Please E-Mail comments.
Changes last made on:  18 November 2017