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“I Will Write It in Their Hearts”
"Lesson 42: “I Will Write It in Their Hearts”," Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 198–200

Jeremiah 16; 23; 29; 31

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  • Lesson 42: “I Will Write It in Their Hearts”"Lesson 42: “I Will Write It in Their Hearts”," Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 198–200Jeremiah 16; 23; 29; 31PurposeTo participate in God’s great latter-day work and to have His law written in their hearts.
  • If you could have witnessed or participated in any story or event in the Old Testament, which one would you choose? Why would you like to have witnessed or participated in this event?Jeremiah had few messages of hope for the people of his day, he foresaw a time of hope during the latter-day gathering of Israel. This lesson discusses Jeremiah’s prophecies of the great latter-day gathering that weare participating in today.What is happening in the Church today that might be comparable to some of the events you have chosen?
  • The story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt is one of the most miraculous events in the Old Testament. It is referred to in the book of Jeremiah and in other books of the OldTestament, as well as in the Book of Mormon.• How did Moses feel about the importance of the Exodus? (See Deuteronomy 4:32–35.) What do you think it would have been like to have been part ofIsrael’s exodus from Egypt?
  • Jeremiah foresees the latter-day gathering of Israel.• Many generations later, Jeremiah saw visions of a latter-day event thatthe Lord said would be as great as the Exodus ( Jeremiah 16:14–16; 23:3–8).What event is described in Jeremiah 16:15 and 23:3? (The gathering of Israeland the growth of the Church.) Who are the shepherds spoken of in Jeremiah 23:4? (Priesthood leaders and other Church leaders.) Who is the King spoken of in Jeremiah 23:5–6? (Jesus Christ.) Why do you think these events are as great as the Exodus?--------------------------Show Video: Chap 3 title 23 from Old Testament Visual Resource DVD 4:35 “GATHERING OF ISRAEL” for Jer 16:14-16
  • The Latter-day Gathering of Israel:The field is white and ready to harvest.(Show the Video: “GATHERING OF ISRAEL” for Jeremiah 16:14-16 on the Old Testament Visual Resource DVD)
  • Elder LeGrand Richards said that the fishers and hunters described in Jeremiah 16:16 are missionaries of the Church (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 143; or Ensign, June 1971, 98–99). “I could tell you many stories about the great sacrifices our early pioneers and converts have made, when they would sell everything they had in this world and leave behind their loved ones and their friends and their occupations to come to a faraway land and learn a strange language. What brought them here? The house of the God of Jacob, that they might learn of his ways and walk in his paths. Jeremiah saw the day when it should no longer be said: “The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; “But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them. …” (Jer. 16:14–15.) Just contemplate that statement for a few moments. Think how the Jews and the Christians all through these past centuries have praised the Lord for his great hand of deliverance under the hands of Moses when he led Israel out of captivity, and yet here comes Jeremiah with this word of the holy prophet, telling us that in the latter days they shall no more remember that, but how God has gathered scattered Israel from the lands whither he had driven them. And Jeremiah saw the day when the Lord would do this very thing, when he would call for many fishers and many hunters, “and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” (Jer. 16:16.) [VIDEO: Fishers and Hunters-Old Testament Visual Resource DVD- 29 sec begins here***] Where do you find those fishers and hunters that we read about in this great prophecy of Jeremiah? They are these 14,000 missionaries of this church, and those who have preceded them from the time that the Prophet Joseph Smith received the truth and sent the messengers out to share it with the world. Thus have they gone out, fishing and hunting, and gathering them from the hills and the mountains, and the holes in the rocks. I think that is more literal than some of us think!”What do fishers and hunters have in common with missionaries? (See Matthew 4:18–19.) How can we be more effective missionaries?
  • The children of Israel relied on Moses to receive revelation for them during their sojourn in the wilderness. What great longing did Moses express in Numbers 11:29? (.)
  • Now is the time to repent The Lord’s mercy is always extended to those who repent. However, people who postpone repentance may find it increasingly difficult to repent. President Joseph F. Smith taught: “The man with accumulated and unforgiven wrong behind him may find all retreat cut off and his condition in the world hopeless; and he who recklessly cuts off every opportunity of retreat by the neglected evils of the past is most unfortunate. The daily practice, then, of seeking divine mercy and forgiveness as we go along, gives us power to escape evils” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 374).• What do the following passages teach about the importance of hearing the word of the Lord and repenting promptly? Jeremiah 5:1–5, 21–25Jeremiah 6:10–17Jeremiah 7:23–28Jeremiah 8:6–12, 20Jeremiah 13:11, 23Jeremiah 17:23
  • Hearkening to the words of the prophets • Jeremiah frequently recorded that the people had not hearkened to his words (Jeremiah 7:13; 25:3–4; 26:2–5; 32:33). What words of the latter-day prophets might we need to follow more diligently?
  • Repeating the sins of previous generations • Jeremiah warned the Jews of his day that the sins they committed were the same sins for which past generations had been severely punished (Jeremiah 11:1–12). Why do you think Jeremiah’s generation would not learn from the sins of their forefathers, especially when the punishment for those sins was so clearly documented? How can we benefit more fully from lessons learned by previous generations of God’s covenant people?
  • The importance of trusting in God • In Jeremiah 17:5–8, what comparisons are made between people who trust in man and people who trust in God? How have you seen that these comparisons are accurate? How can we demonstrate our trust in God?
  • False prophets • Zedekiah was a king who wanted prophets to tell him what he wanted to hear. Consequently, many false prophets promised that Jerusalem would not fall (Jeremiah 28:1–4; 37:19). Today many false prophets come “in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15). What evidence is there that false prophets are among us today? What are some of the messages of today’s false prophets? How can we avoid being led astray by false prophets?
  • 2. God will write his law in the hearts of his people.As recorded in Jeremiah 31:31–34, what did the Lord promise to do in the latter days? (See also Ezekiel 11:17–20; 36:24–28; 2 Corinthians 3:2–3.) What does it mean to have God’s law written in our hearts? What must we do to have God’s law written in our hearts?How is our behavior affected when we have God’s law written in our hearts? How does having God’s law written in our hearts help us to obey the following commandments?a.Loving our neighbors.b.Honoring our parents.c.Being morally clean.d.Keeping the Sabbath day holy.e.Choosing appropriate movies, television programs, books, and magazines.f.Wearing modest clothing.g.Selecting suitable music.
  • Joseph Smith was once asked how he successfully governed so many people. He said, “I teach the people correct principles and they govern themselves” (quoted by John Taylor, in Journal of Discourses, 10:57–58). How does this statement relate to having God’s law written in our hearts?
  • Jeremiah prophesied that 70 years after the people of Judah would be taken captive into Babylon, they would return to their homeland and once again live in harmony with God (Jeremiah 29:10–14; the fulfillment of this prophecy is discussed in lesson 47). According to Jeremiah 29:12–14, what can we do to draw close to God? What do the words call, pray, seek, and search imply about the attitude we should have as we strive to draw near to God? Invite class members to share experiences they have had as they have sought to draw close to God.Videos:Sweet Hour of Prayerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdSdsLeGgO0 3:44 minhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1509ddNPXNQ 3:55 minPrayer – ElderBednarhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfUgVWnTA34 PRAYER 2:22
  • CALL,PRAY, SEEK, and SEARCHAnd Draw Near to God;Then, participate in God’s great latter-day work to have His Law Written on Your Heart.

Transcript

  • 1. “I Will Write It in Their Hearts”
    Jeremiah 16; 23; 29; 31
    "Lesson 42: " Old Testament:
    Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual, (2001), 198–200
  • 2. If you could have witnessed or participated in any story or event in the Old Testament, which one would you choose?
  • 3. Israel’s exodus
    from Egypt
    is one of the most miraculous events
    in the
    Old Testament.
  • 4. Jeremiah foresees the latter-day gathering of Israel.
  • 5. The Latter-day Gathering of Israel:
    The field is white and ready to harvest.
    (Show the Video: “GATHERING OF ISRAEL” for Jeremiah 16:14-16 on the
    Old Testament Visual Resource DVD)
  • 6. What do fishers and hunters have in common with missionaries?
  • 7. Moses wanted the people to learn God’s law and learn to listen to the Spirit.
  • 8. President Joseph F. Smith taught:
    “The man with accumulated and unforgiven wrong behind him may find all retreat cut off and his condition in the world hopeless; and he who recklessly cuts off every opportunity of retreat by the neglected evils of the past is most unfortunate. The daily practice, then, of seeking divine mercy and forgiveness as we go along, gives us
    power to escape evils”
    (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 374).
    Now is the
    Time to Repent
  • 9. Hearkening to the Words of the Prophets
    Jeremiah 7:13; 25:3–4; 26:2–5; 32:33
  • 10. Why do you think Jeremiah’s generation would not learn from the sins of their forefathers, and Repeated the Sins of Previous Generations?
    Jeremiah 11:1–12
  • 11. The importance of
    trusting
    in
    God
    Jeremiah 17:5–8
  • 12. Many false prophets promised that Jerusalem would not fall.
    Jeremiah 28:1–4; 37:19
  • 13. 2. God will write His law in the hearts of
    His people.
    Jeremiah 31:31–34
  • 14. Joseph Smith was once asked how he successfully governed so many people. He said,
    “I teach the people correct principles and they govern themselves”
    (quoted by John Taylor, in Journal of Discourses, 10:57–58).
    How does this statement relate to having God’s law written in our hearts?
  • 15. What do the words CALL, PRAY, SEEK, and SEARCHimply about the attitude we should have as we strive to draw near to God?
    Jeremiah 29:12–14
  • 16. CALL,
    PRAY,
    SEEK,
    and
    SEARCH
    And
    Draw Near to God;
    Then,
    participate in God’s great latter-day work to have
    His Law
    Written on Your Heart.