Illustrators of the 1728 Figures de la Bible, Gerard Hoet and others, God took Enoch, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


Moses 6:26–34; 7:24–47

For Younger Missionaries


  • After seeing the Lord weep, Enoch himself saw mankind in misery and sin, and felt great compassion. How can we learn to feel compassion for those who are lost in sin?
  • When Enoch was called to serve, he felt he couldn’t do it because he was “slow of speech,” and “but a lad.” How was he able to overcome these inadequacies? Will the Lord help you overcome any inadequacies you might have?
  • Enoch lived in one of the wickedest times on earth, and yet he was able to build Zion, one of the most righteous communities on earth. How do you think he was able to do that? Can we build a Zion in our day?


As Enoch journeyed in the land, the voice of the Lord came unto him and told him to prophesy and call the people to repentance. And Enoch answering said unto the Lord:

Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?

And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, … and the mountains shall flee before you, and the rivers shall turn from their course; and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you (Moses 6:31–32, 34).

These powers would be given to Enoch if he would but follow this great lead and accept the call. Enoch accepted the call. And then you will recall … how the people described Enoch after he received the call. They said: “… and there is a strange thing in the land; a wild man hath come among us” (Moses 6:38). I think that is a tremendous description of one who serves totally and fully in the Lord’s service.

Enoch, of course, had some great associations. He happened one time to be conversing with the Lord, and he said, “How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity? … and also thou art just; thou art merciful and kind forever” (Moses 7:29–30).

I want you to know that when I read those sacred words, I felt and had the feelings, I believe, that Enoch might have had in some small degree. And each of you can have those same feelings.

[L]ater on Enoch had the privilege of seeing all the generations of man and beholding them in their wickedness, and then Enoch wept and stretched out his arms; and the scripture says, “And his heart swelled wide as eternity” (Moses 7:41)….

I heard our modern prophet say something similar. He wept and then he said, “As I thought about my responsibility, my heart and soul went out to the entire membership of the Church.” Doesn’t that have a familiar ring of the prophets? (Vaughn J. Featherstone, “The Sure Word of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1972).




  • If Enoch were here today, what do you think he would talk about?
  • What power made Enoch successful in his preaching?
  • Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a Zion city–where everyone got along and helped each other? Can you help make a Zion home?


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