274.2: A Tale of Two Cities (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5, Sunday School)

“If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted”


Containing some of the most sublime verses in LDS scripture, these chapters also present a study in contrasts.

  • What do we learn by comparing Cain and Enoch? Specifically, how do they treat God and treat their fellow human beings?
  • This lesson focuses especially on Moses 7. What do we learn about God in this chapter? How does Enoch respond? How do these insights apply to our lives?


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Class ReadingMoses 5:16-41; 6:26-63; and 7:13, 17-21, 23-47, 68-69; 1 John 3:11, 17-18; 2 Nephi 2:25–27

Additional Reading: Moses 5:42-55; 6:10-23; and 7:14-16, 59-64

Other ReadingGenesis 4:1–16


steps closer to God

Jody, Jenni, Timothy, and Jeff contribute the discussion.



Lesson Part 1

0:00 Introduction and Framing

5:13 Cain and Old Patriarchs

12:30 Enoch

31:02 The god who weeps

Discussion Part 1

35:55 Discussion Intros

37:54 Cain

50:05 Enoch

54:21 Moses 7: Enoch’s Character

1:11:15 Moses 7: God’s Nature

1:22:47 Moses 7: Weeping Earth


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



The Church’s official statement on race and the priesthood 

Terryl and Fiona Givens, The God Who Weeps

Eugene England, The Weeping God of Mormonism

Armand Mauss, Dispelling the Curse of Cain 

Sunstone article documenting several teachings regarding Cain and race 


Thanks to James Estrada for his postproduction work, and to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music, and to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.

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