The lesson was based on the First Presidency message from the February 2014 Ensign, Serve the Lord with Love
Service opportunities often come when it is inconvenient.
“Great service is given when we perform vicarious ordinances for those who have gone beyond the veil. In many cases we do not know those for whom we perform the work. We expect no thanks, nor do we have the assurance that they will accept that which we offer. However, we serve, and in that process we attain that which comes of no other effort: we literally become saviors on Mount Zion. As our Savior gave His life as a vicarious sacrifice for us, so we, in some small measure, do the same when we perform proxy work in the temple for those who have no means of moving forward unless something is done for them by those of us here on the earth.” (“Until We Meet Again,” Ensign, May 2009, 113–14)
The teacher gave the example from the movie Ground Hog’s Day, where the main character saves the boy that falls out of the tree and each time the boy never says thank you.
We don't serve to receive thanks, praise, or accolades.
Those who are dead that haven't been baptized or had other ordinances done are dependent on someone else to progress. This is much like someone doing graduate work that is waiting for someone else to review and approve it. During that time we have done as much as we can in that graduate program and are entirely dependent on someone else to allow us to move forward.
21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do;
The bishop cannot get out to every home in the ward. Home and visiting teachers are his eyes, ears, and hands in the Savior's work.
You can't help everyone, but you can help someone. You can't make a difference in the entire world, but you can make a difference in the life of one person.
Old Testament Lesson 5
Cain was not Eve's first son, but when he was born she had hope in him, since many of her other children were falling away from God.
Several parallels with Enoch and Moses (slow of speech, call my son by God).