Old Testament
Lesson 10
Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us strengthen our desires to live worthy of our birthright blessings and of eternal marriage.

Scripture references for study:  Genesis 24–29
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Lesson 10 Handout (PDF)

Abraham & Marriage In The Covenant - Genesis 24  

Abraham's Servant Seeks A Wife For Isaac.

Marriage In The Covenant.

Esau Sells His Birthright To Jacob

The Birthright.

Esau Sells His Birthright. Jacob Obtains The Birthright Blessing - Genesis 27. Esau Marries Outside of the Covenant. Jacob Seeks A Wife - Genesis 28-29.

Jacob's Ladder

READ GENESIS 28:10-22. Jacob dreams of a ladder reaching to heaven.

WHAT PRINCIPLE IS TAUGHT IN JACOB'S DREAM OF THE LADDER? Jacob said that "...this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.... And he called the name of that place Bethel" (Genesis 28:17, 19).

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Record your thoughts on marriage within the covenant as demonstrated in the lives of Isaac and Jacob. How important is it for our children to marry in the covenant? Are we willing to sell our birthright, as did Esau? Or are we willing to wait seven years, or even a lifetime, in order to receive the greatest blessings the Lord has to offer?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Be Thou An Example by Gordon B. Hinckley.

Conference Reports (CR).


Hearts Knit Together: Talks From the 1995 Women's Conference.

Mormon Doctrine by Bruce R. McConkie.

Not My Will, But Thine by Neal A. Maxwell.

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

The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.

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