“Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure unto
The Lord provides water, manna, and quail for the children of Israel.
Aaron and Hur hold up Moses’ hands so Israel prevails in battle against
Moses follows Jethro's counsel to appoint judges and delegate authority
The Lord meets with Moses on Mount Sinai and gives Israel the Ten Commandments.
The Lord introduces the law of Moses.
A study of this lesson will encourage us to partake of the Lord’s spiritual
water and bread, sustain his chosen leaders, and obey his commandments so he can
make of them a "holy nation" (Exodus
Scripture references for study: Exodus
15–20; Exodus 32–34
Note: Underlined scripture references have been hyperlinked
to the LDS Scriptures at LDS.org and will open in a new window.
Lesson 14 Handout (PDF
The Lord Provides For The Children of Israel
As discussed in Lesson
13, after the tenth plague, Pharaoh released the children of Israel
and they were led by Moses to the shores of the Red Sea.
After the departure of Israel, Pharaoh had a change of heart and led an
army in pursuit of Israel.
As the armies of Pharaoh threatened the camp of Israel, there was great
fear among the people and they complained to Moses, "For
it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die
in the wilderness." (Exodus 14:12)
Moses responded, "Fear ye not, stand still, and
see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day."
Through the power of the Lord, the Red Sea was parted and the children
of Israel crossed over on dry land. The Egyptians followed. As they did so, the water returned and drowned the army of Pharaoh.
"And Israel saw that great work which the LORD
did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the
LORD, and his servant Moses." (Exodus 14:31)
Moses must have been a man of infinite patience.
These Israelites had short term faith. Only three days after leaving the
shores of the Red Sea the people were murmuring about Moses, their prophet.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MURMURER?
The Random House Webster's College Dictionary includes the following definitions
A mumbled or private expression of discontent.
To complain in a low tone or in private.
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS OF MURMURING?
A little complaining may not seem like much. However, if it is left unchecked
it can begin to erode our faith.
Murmuring is often shared with others and can also erode their faith. I have witnessed the effects of murmuring in my life and within a ward
family. In some instances, the effects of this murmuring have been
far reaching and have affected the lives of many. This is a serious
matter. We must do everything within our power to stop murmuring. We must check ourselves and strive to keep a positive attitude.
President David O. McKay: "Let us watch ourselves
and be true to the examples set by the Church and the brethren and sisters
who have sacrificed their lives, their all, to build the Church and to
advance the principles taught therein. This warning is sometimes expressed
in this way: 'Speak not against the authorities.' What does it mean. Be
not a murmurer; that is what it means. It is one of the most poisonous
things that can be introduced into the home of a Latter-day Saint--this
murmuring against presidents of stakes, high councilors, Sunday school
superintendents, presidents of high-priests' quorums, seventies, elders,
priests, teachers and deacons.... and yet because of his weakness, because,
perhaps, of some little fault that we see in an officer, we begin to murmur
and find fault. Better stop murmuring, and build up. Remember that one
of the worst means of tearing down an individual is slander. It is one
of the most poisonous weapons that the evil one uses. Backbiting and evil
speaking, throw us into the class of malefactors rather than the class
of benefactors." (CR, Apr 1909, p67)
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS WE MIGHT MURMUR TODAY?
CAN WE DISAGREE WITHOUT MURMURING? HOW DID MOSES HANDLE THIS EPISODE?
"And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed
him a tree, [which] when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made
sweet." (Exodus 15:25)
President Wilford Woodruff: "I want the
Latter-day Saints to stop murmuring and complaining at the providence of
God. Trust in God. Do your duty. Remember your prayers. Get faith in the
Lord, and take hold and build up Zion. All will be right." (Discourses
of Wilford Woodruff, p252)
WHAT DID THE LORD DO ABOUT THE LACK OF FOOD?
He had to deal with a stubborn Pharaoh.
He had to deal with unbelieving Israel.
When they arrived at the shore of the Red Sea with Pharaoh's army approaching,
the Israelites were ready to turn back.
Only a few days after witnessing the miracle at the Red Sea they were
murmuring because of a lack of water.
EXODUS 16:2-3. After witnessing the miracles
of deliverance from the Egyptians, the parting of the Red Sea, and the
purification of water, they then complained over the lack of food.
Little wonder these people are called the "children" of Israel.
One fact becomes clear through a study of this generation of Israelites:
Murmuring is an occupation of those with little faith.
EXODUS 17:3-4. Israel murmurs again.
The Lord said that he would rain bread from heaven.
Israel was to gather enough for each day and a double amount for the Sabbath.
Exodus 16:27 records relates that there were some who went out on the Sabbath
and found none.
The Lord chided the disobedient: "How long
refuse ye to keep my commandments and my laws?" (Exodus 16:28)
"So the people rested on the seventh day."
If they gathered more than they required for a day, it bred worms and stank
(I guess the principle of food storage was put aside).
Israel lived on this food forty years, until the first harvest in Canaan.
Knowing this group of people, I wonder if they murmured about eating the
same thing for forty years.
There is an actual type of manna:
It is the sweet juice of the tarfa, a kind of tamarisk. It exudes
in May for about six weeks from the trunk and branches in hot weather,
and forms small round white grains. It retains its consistency in
cool weather, but melts with heat. The Arabs, after boiling and straining,
use it as honey with bread. Where is it found? On the Sinai
HOW IS MANNA A TYPE OF THINGS TO COME?
Can you believe these Israelites?
WHAT DID THE LORD DO?
The Lord had Moses smite a rock and water came forth. (Exodus 17:6)
WHY WERE THE ISRAELITES SO QUICK TO FORGET GOD AFTER HE HAD PERFORMED GREAT
MIRACLES IN THEIR BEHALF?
The children of Israel were spiritual infants.
Further evidence that testimony does not come from signs or miracles.
WHY DO SOME PEOPLE TURN FROM GOD WHEN THEY MOST NEED TO TURN TOWARD HIM?
Some do it with conscious intent. They may blame the Lord for their
Others simply become spiritually lazy.
A Battle With The Amalekites - Sustaining The Prophet
Moses sent Joshua out to lead the fight against Amalek (see
Moses went upon a hill to observe the battle.
While a counselor to President Joseph Fielding Smith, President Harold
B. Lee made the following statement: "I
think that is the role President Tanner and I have to fulfill. The hands
of President Smith may grow weary. They may tend to droop at times because
of his heavy responsibilities, but as we uphold his hands, and as we lead
under his direction, by his side, the gates of hell will not prevail against
you and against Israel. Your safety and ours depends upon whether or not
we follow the ones whom the Lord has placed to preside over his church.
He knows whom he wants to preside over his church, and he will make no
mistake.... Let's keep our eye on the President of the Church and uphold
his hands as President Tanner and I will continue to do." (CR,
When he raised his hands Israel prevailed.
When he lowered his hands Amalek prevailed.
When Moses' hands grew heavy Aaron and Hur held his hands up.
ARE WE INVOLVED IN SPIRITUAL BATTLES TODAY? WHAT KINDS?
HOW DOES SUSTAINING THE PROPHET HELP US PREVAIL IN THESE BATTLES?
The responsibilities of the President of the Church are heavy. President
Monson continues to be in excellent health, but now in his 80s his arms
must become tired at times. Presidents Eyring and Uchtdorf are much
like Aaron and Hur.
Jethro (Moses father-in-law) brought Moses' wife and two sons to him in
As discussed in previous lessons, we are engaged in a war with Satan that
began in the pre-existence and continues today. There is a battle
plan that will insure victory. The prophet is our commanding officer
and has been provided with the battle plan. If we sustain the prophet
and follow his instructions, we will be victorious in this battle over
our eternal destiny.
President Ezra Taft Benson: "So will we
be victorious as we hold up the arms of the Lord's anointed servants."
May 1986, p77)
Elder Abraham O. Woodruff (an apostle at the beginning of the 20th Century): "I
admonish the Latter-day Saints in all lands to seek the counsel of the
Prophet of God. Do not be disobedient; do not be rebellious. The spirit
of rebellion caused, we understand, one-third of the hosts of heaven to
be cast out. The spirit of disobedience and rebellion has caused many a
man and woman to be cast out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. The graver sins do not come into our lives all at once. Very often
men can trace transgression to the fact that they rebelled against the
Priesthood of the Son of God, and that they did not take the counsel which
the Lord had given them through His mouthpiece; and they did not end with
the spirit of rebellion and obedience, but they committed other great sins,
and finally lost their standing in the Church of Christ. This rule will
apply to us today, and I pray God that this people may ever be willing
to receive the counsels which the Lord has to give through His prophet."
(CR, Apr 1899)
EXODUS 18:13-18. Jethro observes Moses.
Can you imagine the President of the Church or even a stake president trying
to perform this function by himself, along with all his other duties?
WHAT DID JETHRO COUNSEL MOSES TO DO?
Teach the laws and ordinances so that they might know "the
way wherein they must walk." (Exodus
Call men, under his leadership, to be rulers of thousands, hundreds, fifties,
and tens. (Exodus 18:21-22)
Reserve for himself the judgment of the most weighty matters. (Exodus
HOW CAN WE HOLD UP THE HANDS AND EASE THE BURDENS OF OUR PROPHET AND APOSTLES
"Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and
commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking
in all holiness before me; For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine
own mouth, in all patience and faith." (D&C 21:4-5)
The prophet is "upheld
by the confidence, faith, and prayer of the church." (D&C 107:22)
Jethro counseled Moses to teach the people the laws and ordinances of the
gospel. As we strive to do what the prophet has counseled, we become
among those who are helping in holding up the prophet's hands and not a
force in pulling them down.
Alonzo A. Hinckley, one-time president of the Millard Stake, was called upon to
speak before the General Conference of the Church in October 1904: "I
have always looked upon the Authorities of this Church as being servants
of the Lord. I can remember in my childhood when President Young used to
make his trips through the stakes. My father pointed him out to me as the
servant of the Lord, and I looked upon him as a Prophet of God. From that
day to this, I have looked upon the various Presidents of the Church as
Prophets of the Lord, and I have felt to sustain them, not only by my faith
and prayers, but by my works as the Lord should manifest unto me what there
was for me to do." (CR, Oct 1904)
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN BLESSED AS YOU HAVE SUPPORTED CHURCH LEADERS?
The Ten Commandments
Israel arrives at Mt. Sinai three months after leaving Egypt.
The Lord reveals his basic commandments to Israel, the Ten Commandments.
(see Exodus 20:1-17)
"And all the people saw the thunderings, and the
lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and
when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said
unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak
with us, lest we die." (Exodus 20:18-19)
Moses went up onto the mountain and the Lord spoke with him.
EXODUS 19:5-6. Israel to be a chosen people.
The Lord instructed Moses to sanctify and prepare Israel, for on the third
day he would appear to them.
Moses went down to prepare the people. Evidently the people had not
prepared sufficiently for this great manifestation, for when the day arrived
the Lord said, "Go down, charge the people, lest
they break through unto the Lord to gaze, and many of them perish."
Brother Robert L Millet wrote: "As has been
observed before, it was one thing to get Israel out of Egypt, and another
thing entirely to get Egypt out of Israel! Indeed, the compelling drama
of the deliverance, exodus, and wanderings of Israel proved to be a tragedy,
a story of lost opportunities--a saga of things as they might have been."
(Studies In Scripture, 3:109)
The Importance of these great commandments.
WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THE PEOPLE WERE AFRAID TO HEAR THE VOICE OF THE LORD?
The people were not spiritually prepared nor had they repented of their
Moses then went back and received additional instructions from the Lord.
We, as members of the Church, pride ourselves on keeping these basic commandments. But are we as faithful as we ought to be?
Elder Mark E. Petersen: "By his own finger
the Lord wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. They represent
the basic law of the Almighty and have formed the underlying elements of
civil and religious law ever since.
"They are fundamental to
our relationships with God. They are an integral part of the restored gospel
of the Lord Jesus Christ and are essential to our becoming perfect as our
Father in heaven is perfect.
"Variations of these laws
are given in the rules laid down in Leviticus and Deuteronomy as they are
applied to specific matters, but generally they form the foundation for
all proper human conduct." (Old Testament Student Manual, p126)
President Joseph Fielding Smith: "...the
influence exerted upon civilization for good that has come out of the inspired
teachings in the law and the prophets has mellowed and enlightened not
only the Christian and Mohammedan worlds, but to a large degree the world
of paganism. Israelite jurisprudence, formulated and proclaimed by Moses
through divine guidance, has had a greater uplifting power upon the nations
than the combined influence of all other ancient nations. Greek and Roman
influence and culture have given to the world much in the arts, but the
moral and religious influences, the love of right and justice over wrong
and oppression, the love of home and the unity of the family have come
from the inspired teachings of the prophets of Israel and these would have
been abundantly greater had the people remained humble and obedient to
these inspired teachings and had they been fully willing to forsake the
pleasures and evils of the world." (The Restoration of All Things,
President Ezra Taft Benson: "All is not
well with this basic institution, the American home. In fact, it is in
grave danger, if not in deadly peril. There is convincing evidence that
a creeping rot of moral disintegration is eating into the very vitals of
this temple of civilization. It gives cause for great concern."
(Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p522)
Without question, this degradation of home and society is largely a result
of society's increasing disobedience of these great commandments.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT FOR US TO REVERENCE THE SABBATH DAY?
We should review these commandments and consider what we might
do to more fully live these basic laws.
Example one: "Thou shalt have no other God's
before me." (Exodus 20:3)
This is the first of the 10 Commandments.
President Spencer W. Kimball: "Idolatry
is among the most serious of sins.... Modern idols or false gods can take
such forms as clothes, homes, businesses, machines, automobiles, pleasure
boats, and numerous other material deflectors from the path of godhood....
make just as ready gods. Degrees and letters and titles can become idols....
"Many people build and
furnish a home and buy the automobile first--and then they 'cannot afford'
to pay tithing. Whom do they worship? Certainly not the Lord of heaven
"Many worship the hunt,
the fishing trip, the vacation, the weekend picnics and outings. Others
have as their idols the games of sport, baseball, football, the bullfight,
"Still another image men
worship is that of power and prestige.... These gods of power, wealth,
and influence are most demanding and are quite as real as the golden calves
of the children of Israel in the wilderness." (Miracle of Forgiveness,
Example two: "Thou shalt not take the name
of the Lord thy God in vain." (Exodus 20:7)
Elder James E. Talmage: "We may take the
name of God in vain by profane speech. We take it in vain when we swear
falsely, not being true to our oaths and promises. We take it in vain in
a blasphemous sense when we presume to speak in that name without authority.
And we take his name in vain whenever we willfully do aught that is in
defiance of his commandments, since we have taken his name upon ourselves."
(CR, Oct 1931)
EXODUS 31:16-17. The Sabbath to be kept
as a perpetual covenant.
"If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath,
from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight,
the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine
own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:
Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride
upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob
thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." (Isaiah
"For verily this is a day appointed unto you to
rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High."
HOW SHOULD WE DECIDE WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE SABBATH?
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN BLESSED AS YOU HAVE KEPT THIS HOLY DAY?
Most of the Ten Commandments are listed as things we should not do.
These six commandments concern our relationships with other people.
WHICH OF THESE COMMANDMENTS DO YOU THINK ARE MOST DISREGARDED IN THE WORLD
WHICH OF THESE DO YOU THINK CHURCH MEMBERS STRUGGLE WITH THE MOST?
Consider the seventh Commandment: "Thou shalt not commit
President Brigham Young, quoting the Prophet Joseph Smith, said that sexual
impurity would be the source of more temptations, more buffetings, and
more difficulties for the elders of Israel than any other. (JD, 8:55)
President Joseph F. Smith: "There are at
least three dangers that threaten the Church within, and the authorities
need to awaken to the fact that the people should be warned unceasingly
against them. As I see these, they are flattery of prominent men in the
world, false educational ideas, and sexual impurity. But the third subject
mentioned--personal purity, is perhaps of greater importance than either
of the other two. If purity of life is neglected, all other dangers set
in upon us like the rivers of waters when the flood gates are opened."
(Gospel Doctrine, p312-313)
President Ezra Taft Benson: "The plaguing
sin of this generation is sexual immorality." (Ensign, May 1986,
We should consider these exhortations from the our prophets as solemn warnings
and remain ever diligent.
HOW ARE THINGS CHANGED BY THE HIGHER LAW THAT CHRIST TAUGHT DURING HIS
The Law Of Moses
After the Lord delivered the Ten Commandments the people
said, "Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let no
God speak with us, lest we die." (Exodus 20:19)
The Lord said to Moses, "Now these are the judgments
which thou shalt set before them." (Exodus 21:1)
Moses returned to the mountain to speak with the Lord.
"And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew
near unto the thick darkness where God was." (Exodus 20:20)
Moses receives what has been referred to as the "Covenant Code" or "Covenant
Book", a set of laws given to Israel.
EXODUS 32:1. Like children, Israel grows restless
waiting for the return of Moses.
This begins the Law of Moses which includes the Ten Commandments.
The law of Moses encompasses hundreds of laws, rules, and regulations.
The Jews have identified 613 particular laws as recorded by Moses in the
Torah or Pentateuch.
There are two types of laws in the Law of Moses:
Eternal: Those divine commandments that have been given to most, if not
all, of the gospel dispensations.
Temporary: Given for a particular dispensation. Similar laws may
have been given to another dispensation. They sometimes were given
to test the obedience of God's children, but usually had symbolic, physical,
and social values as well.
The next several chapters of Exodus contain laws that deal with such things as the
sale and plight of slaves, the death penalty, lost property, agriculture,
and numerous other items.
The sin of Israel.
ISRAEL WAS UNWILLING TO WAIT FOR THE RETURN OF MOSES WITH GOD'S WORD. WHAT
RESULTED FROM THIS IMPATIENCE?
The people went to Aaron and said: "Up,
make us gods which shall go before us; for this Moses, the man that brought
us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him."
WHAT DID AARON DO? (Exodus 32:2-4)
He had the people bring him their gold.
Fashioned the gold into a golden calf.
The people then said: "These be thy gods,
O Israel, which brought thee up out of Egypt."
DO WE EVER BECOME IMPATIENT WITH THE LORD AND IF SO WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES?
EXODUS 32:7-10. Up on the mountain, the
Lord informs Moses of Israel's activities. Moses pleaded with God
to be lenient and not destroy Israel. (Exodus
They had received commandments not to worship any other Gods or fashion
images after them.
While Moses was receiving instructions from the Lord about donations for
the building of the sanctuary, Aaron was taking donations for the building
of the calf.
The people declared that the calf was the God who had brought them out of Egypt.
They celebrated a festival to the Lord represented by the calf (Exodus
In the Bible the word "play" has sexual connotations. (Studies In Scripture,
Moses picked up Joshua and headed down the mountain.
"And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought
to do unto his people." (Exodus 32:14)
The Joseph Smith Translation reads: "And
the Lord said unto Moses, If they will repent of the evil which they have
done, I will spare them, and turn away my fierce wrath; but, behold thou
shalt execute judgment upon all that will not repent of this evil this
day. Therefore, see thou do this thing that I have commanded thee, or I
will execute all that which I had thought to do unto my people."
EXODUS 32:26. Who is on the Lord's side.
"And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh
unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger
waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath
the mount." (Exodus 32:19)
Moses asked Aaron why he was pushed into committing this sin. (Exodus 32:21).
Aaron responded: "...thou knowest the people,
that they are set on mischief." (Exodus 32:22)
CAN YOU IMAGINE THE BISHOP REPORTING THIS BACK TO THE STAKE PRESIDENT?
"And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold,
let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire,
and there came out this calf." (Exodus 32:24)
Moses returned to the Lord and pleaded for the people and asked the Lord
to destroy him if he would not forgive the people. (Exodus
This sin was so great that Moses rallied the Levites around him, told them
to arm themselves and slay (presumably) the guilty persons. (Exodus
Moses asked the Israelites, "Who is on the Lord's side?" These
were the children of Israel. We are also the children of Israel.
HOW CAN WE DETERMINE IF WE ARE ON THE LORD'S SIDE?
President George Albert Smith: "There is
a line of demarcation well defined between the Lord's territory and the
devil's territory.... If you cross onto the devil's side of the line, you
are in his territory, and you are in his power, and he will work on you
to get you just as far from that line as he possibly can, knowing that
he can only succeed in destroying you by keeping you away from the place
where there is safety." (CR, Oct 1945, p118)
EXODUS 34:1-3. Moses was commanded to hew
new tablets which the Lord would write upon.
The Lord indicated that he would destroy only those that had sinned and
commanded Moses to lead the people to a place he would show him. (Exodus
The Joseph Smith Translation reads: "And
the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two other tables of stone, like unto
the first, and I will write upon them also, the words of the law, according
as they were written at the first on the tables which thou brakest; but
it shall not be according to the first, for I will take away the priesthood
out of their midst; therefore my holy order, and the ordinances thereof,
shall not go before them; for my presence shall not go up in their midst,
lest I destroy them. But I will give unto them the law as at the first,
but it shall be after the law of a carnal commandment; for I have sworn
in my wrath, that they shall not enter into my presence, into my rest,
in the days of their pilgrimage. Therefore do as I have commanded thee,
and be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai,
and present thyself there to me, in the top of the mount."
D&C 84:23-26. Holy Priesthood taken
President Joseph Fielding Smith: "The Lord
offered to Israel in the days of Moses the fulness of the Gospel with the
Higher Priesthood and its keys, intending to give unto them the blessings
of exaltation and make of them a royal Priesthood. When Moses went up into
the sacred Mount Horeb and received the writings which the Lord made with
his own finger, he received the fulness of the Gospel with its ordinances
and covenants, but when Moses returned after his absence of forty days
and found the Israelites reveling in idolatry, he broke the tablets. Later
the Lord gave unto him other tablets but changed some of the commandments,
and took away the Higher, or Melchizedek Priesthood, and gave to the people
the carnal law, as stated in this section (84), verses 23-27....
"The Aaronic Priesthood
remained with Israel and also the law of Moses, or the law of carnal commandments,
until the coming of Jesus Christ, when again the fulness of the Gospel
and the Priesthood were given to Israel. The Prophets of Israel and Judah,
however, from the time of Moses until Malachi, held the Melchizedek Priesthood,
but it was not conferred upon others during that time. Elijah, who held
the fulness of the Priesthood, was a prophet during that time when the
people of Israel were restricted to the preparatory Gospel."
Gospel Doctrine Notebook
The Lord referred to Israel as "a stiffnecked people." In what ways
are we sometimes stiffnecked?
What are some common reactions of stiffnecked people when they are counseled
by Church leaders?
What is often the fate of stiffnecked people?
Record your thoughts on the actions of the children of Israel. Consider
their murmuring against the Lord every time they faced a challenge. How would
you act in such a situation? What are the consequences of impatience with the
Elder James E. Talmage: "A wild bee from
the neighboring hills once flew into the room; and at intervals during
an hour or more I caught the pleasing hum of its flight. . . . When ready
to close up the room and leave, I threw the window [open] wide, and tried
at first to guide and then to drive the bee to liberty and safety, knowing
well that if left in the room it would die. . . . The more I tried to drive
it out, the more determinedly did it oppose and resist my efforts. . .
"Then it caught
me off my guard and stung my hand - the hand that would have guided it
to freedom. At last it alighted on a pendant attached to the ceiling, beyond
my reach of help or injury. The sharp pain of its unkind sting aroused
in me pity rather than anger. I knew the inevitable penalty of its mistaken
opposition and defiance; and I had to leave the creature to its fate. Three
days later I returned to the room and found the dried, lifeless body of
the bee on the writing table. It had paid for its stubbornness with its
life." (The Parables of James E. Talmage, pp29-30).
Resources Used In This Lesson
Church History and Modern Revelation, Volume 2, by Joseph Fielding
Conference Reports (CR).
Discourses of Wilford Woodruff.
Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.
Journal of Discourses (JD).
Old Testament Student Manual - Religion 301.
Studies In Scripture, Volume 3, edited by Kent P. Jackson and
Robert L. Millet.
Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson.
The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball.
The Parables of James E. Talmage compiled by Albert
L. Zobell, Jr.
The Restoration of All Things by Joseph Fielding Smith.
Gospel Doctrine Class
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