Lessons from the Book of Mormon as taught by S.J. Hollist, in
“Lesson 9: Enos Prays,” Primary 4: Book of Mormon, 28
We can seek the blessings that come through sincere prayer to Heavenly Father.
Read the book of Enos
, also read Gospel Principles, chapter 8
. Keep in mind that Enos was the son of the Jacob who we learned about in Lesson 8
. Also review Joseph Smith’s first vision, when he offered a sincere prayer of faith from Joseph Smith—History 1:14–16
"We believe in the gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, visions, healing, interpretation of tongues, and so forth . . . We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God" (Articles of faith seven and nine
Enos went pray because his soul hungered for the things his father had taught him (Enos 1:1–4
Enos had "mighty prayer and supplication". How do you think this kind of prayer is different from other prayers? Heavenly Father answered Enos’s prayer threw a voice that told him his sins were forgiven "Because of [his] faith in Christ" (Enos 1:5–8
). Because Jesus Christ suffered for our sins, we to can be forgiven if we repent.
After his sins were forgiven, Enos pray "for the welfare of [his] brethren, the Nephites" (Enos 1:9
). The Lord answered Enos saying: "I will visit thy brethren according to their diligence in keeping my commandments" (Enos 1:10
Why do you think Enos prayed for the Lamanites when they were the Nephites’ enemies? (Enos 1:11
). What blessings might you ask Heavenly Father to give someone who has been unkind to you? Enos desire that the Lamanites "should not be destroyed, that the Lord God would preserve a record of [his] people" (Enos 1:13
). The Book of Mormon is an answer to Enos' prayer. Just as the Lord promised Enos, people today can gain a testimony of Jesus Christ through the Book of Mormon.
Why are these records so important? Lord told Enos: "Thy fathers have also required of me this thing; and it shall be done unto them according to their faith; for their faith was like unto thine." (Enos 1:15–18
). What does it mean to ask in faith?
What have you learned about prayer from the story of Enos? When you pray:
· a. Begin by addressing our Father in Heaven.
· b. Tell him what you are thankful for.
· c. Ask him for what you desire.
· d. Close by saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.”
Show respect by using the words thee, thy, thou, thine instead of you, your, yours (see Dallin H. Oaks, in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, pp. 16–20; or Ensign, May 1993, pp. 15–18
We should take the time to listen after we have prayed, just as Enos did, so we can hear Gods answers.
Enos heard the voice of the Lord in his mind in answer to his prayer. What are some other ways that we may receive answers to our prayers? (A feeling of peace; a feeling that something is not right; comfort; ideas that come into our minds; scriptures that bring understanding to a particular situation; counsel from Church leaders, parents, and others sent by the Lord; dreams or visions.)
Heavenly Father sometimes answers “no” to our prayers. How can we tell if Heavenly Father’s answer is “no”? Sometimes Heavenly Father will not give us the things we ask for because he knows they are not the best thing for us.
Enos also learn about life after death: "I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father." (Enos 1:27
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