Isaiah 9:6; “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
The verse we’re listing here today is an intro for an article you’ll see tomorrow! We’ve been exploring what the Mormon Church believes about Jesus Christ. Who is He, where He came from, and how Mormonism has degraded Him throughout their history.
In a book published in the early ’90’s, ‘How Wide the Divide’, an evangelical and a Mormon have a round-table discussion on basic Mormon beliefs.
I’ve never endorsed this work, nor have I ever given it the time of day, but I came across a comment they made in the book that I can’t let go.
They commented that the LDS’ stance on the virgin birth of Mary were merely private things said by LDS leaders in the 19th century… yeah, okay.
We went through the hundreds upon hundreds of teachings in the Church proving otherwise and compiled them in our article for tomorrow.
One thing is certain.
Mormons can’t grasp the enormity of who Jesus is based on two facts. The lies they keep telling, and their refusal to look at the truth.
Pray for them won’t you? This is a great time of year to witness and ask them what they think of Jesus! I’ll warn you now, you should brace yourself with the info you hear, and be prepared to share the truth with biblical references!
As you can see in our one example below, their idea of how God performed an absolute miracle isn’t on their radar.
Mary had Sex with God to Beget Jesus
As you teach this portion of the lesson, please keep in mind this caution from President Harold B. Lee (1899–1973):
“If teachers were wise in speaking of [the parentage of Jesus Christ] about which the Lord has said but very little, they would rest their discussion on this subject with merely the words which are recorded on this subject in Luke 1:34–35. …
“Remember that the being who was brought about by [Mary’s] conception was a divine personage. We need not question [Heavenly Father’s] method to accomplish His purposes. Perhaps we would do well to remember the words of Isaiah 55:8–9: ‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’
“Let the Lord rest His case with this declaration and wait until He sees fit to tell us more” (The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, ed. Clyde J. Williams , 14).
Ask a student:
What is a physical trait you inherited from your father, and what is a physical trait you inherited from your mother?
Add the student’s response to the diagram on the board (see example)
Invite the students to read Luke 1:30–35 and identify key words or phrases that teach of the parentage of Jesus Christ. (These include “thou shalt conceive in thy womb,” “shall be called the Son of the Highest,” “that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”) Discuss what the students found and why particular words and phrases were significant to them in describing the birth of the Savior.
Erase the previous diagram and draw this one on the board:
Have students read the student manual commentary for Luke 1:31–35. Then ask:
What important traits did the Savior inherit from His parents?
As students respond, on the diagram above, list under “Mary” the traits Jesus Christ inherited from His mother, and list under “Heavenly Father” the traits inherited from His Father. (Under “Mary,” you could list mortality and the ability to die physically. Under “Heavenly Father,” you could list the powers of godhood, immortality, and the power to live forever.)
Why did the Savior need the powers of both mortality and immortality to complete the Atonement?
As a result of this activity, be sure students understand that if Jesus Christ had been born of two mortal parents He could not have overcome death or endured the infinite pain and suffering of the Atonement. Because Jesus Christ was born of one divine Parent (Heavenly Father) and one mortal parent (Mary), He had the ability to suffer infinitely, to allow Himself to die, and then to overcome death through His Resurrection.