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The purposes of the Lord cannot be frustrated

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Matthew 2:13–21. The purposes and work of the Lord cannot be frustrated. (5–10 minutes)

Show the students a glass of water and a teaspoon of sugar. Stir the sugar into the water. Then invite a student to separate the sugar from the water. Read Doctrine and Covenants 121:33 and ask students:

  • How is the difficulty of separating sugar and water like what is taught in this scripture?
  • What power can stay the heavens?

Read Matthew 2:14–21 and ask:

  • What did Herod do in an attempt to destroy the work of the Lord?
  • What did the Lord do to foil Herod’s actions?

According to verse 14, what role did Joseph and Mary play in stopping Herod’s plan?

To help students apply this principle, ask:

  • How can we help to thwart the designs of Satan in our own lives?
  • What difference does it make in your life to know that the Lord and His plans will be victorious and that His plan and purposes will all be fulfilled?

Source: https://www.lds.org/manual/new-testament-teacher-resource-manual/the-gospel-according-to-saint-matthew/matthew-1-2?lang=eng

January 3, 2019
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