Second Article of Faith

Song: "Dare to Do Right" (Children' s Songbook, p. 158.)

Scripture: Article of Faith 1:2


"Man is God's greatest creation. For him the world was formed. His welfare is the Father's chief concern. But God does not make of man a pawn. . . . Each of us has a choice between right and wrong. With that choice there will follow consequences. Those who choose to violate the commandments of God put themselves at great spiritual and physical jeopardy.

-- Gordon B. Hinckley

(Gordon B. Hinckley, Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1997], p. 55.)

Object Lesson:

Heavenly Father gave Adam and Eve commandments. He commanded them to have children. He also commanded them not to eat fruit from a certain tree in the garden. One day Satan tempted Eve to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam also ate some of the fruit.

Because Adam and Eve broke that commandment, they had to leave the Garden of Eden . They did not live with God anymore. Their physical lives changed, too. When they got old, they would die.

What Adam did is called "Adam's transgression" or the "fall of Adam." Some people believe that when Adam and Eve ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they sinned. Some people believe that all men will be punished because of Adam's transgression. But members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know that if Adam and Eve had not eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would never have been able to have children.

We do not walk and talk with God everyday. But we do know the difference between good and evil. If we use our agency to keep the commandments, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father, and we will be happy.

Match the people to the things they did or said:


1. Adam

2. Heavenly Father

3. Eve

4. Satan


2. Commanded Adam and Eve to have children.

3. Was the first person to eat the fruit.

4. Tempted Eve to eat the fruit.

1. Was the first man on this earth

(Ann Laemmlen and Jackie Owne, Articles of Faith Learning Book, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1990], p. 22-26

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