Why do we teach Old Testament to youth under 18?

I’m reading the Book of Genesis. If the rest of the Old Testament is filled with vivid descriptions of adultery, fornication, polygamy, and sodomy, why do we teach Old Testament to youth under 18?

My wife and I teach Old Testament to fourth graders for their Sunday School hour but just read Old Testament verses in class that are listed in our teacher’s manual.

Maybe our church assumes students won’t read outside of class. I hope we don’t inspire our students enough to read Genesis on their own. There are many things that I would rather not have to explain. šŸ™‚

The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible. ā€“ Mark Twain

by Robert John Stevens, February 20, 2018


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I would probably just focus on the stories that do not contain the material you are talking about. Iā€™m guessing the primary manuals do not encourage you to teach about adultery, polygamy or sodomy. There are lots of great stories in the Old Testament but it is a complicated book! — a smart and wise friend.

2 Nephi 13:6: The Crown Jewel of Conspiracy Theory

by Robert John Stevens, January 15, 2016

The crown jewel of conspiracy theory:

When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, and shall say: Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let not this ruin come under thy hand. — 2 Nephi 13:6

Those with clothing represents the mega wealthy who plundered the common people. The man represents the people who are taken advantage of. When extreme ruin occurs, the people will ask the wealthy to become their rulers but won’t hold them accountable for their wicked deeds. Why? Because of their wealth.

Wasn’t that always the globalist plan to usher in the new world order (global government with the robbers in charge)?

My testimony just received a significant dose of enlightenment and it gets better:

The Book of Mormon version of that scripture corrected Isaiah 3:6 in the Old Testament which reads:

When a man shall take hold of his brother of the house of his father, saying, Thou hast clothing, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand.—Isaiah 3:6

Did you catch that clarification?

Isaiah and let this ruin be under thy hand
Book of Mormon and let not this ruin come under thy hand

The mega wealthy cause the ruin but do not want to be held accountable, nor will the people hold them accountable.

The next verse reveals the mega wealthy’s big lie—denial:

In that day shall he swear, saying: I will not be a healer; for in my house there is neither bread nor clothing; make me not a ruler of the people.—2 Nephi 13:7

The very next chapter begins with. “And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying: We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach.”

At that time the good men- to women-of-God ratio will be seven to one, and those women will seek comfort for the disapproval or disappointment society has placed upon them.

Last year I heard Sid Jones of Potomac, Md. say most of the Church members who come to the LDS DC Temple are women.