Here is a worksheet to help your class catch all the wonderful principles in Ether 12. It also helps them in learning to recognize principles. It might be best to have them work in pairs matching the principles of the verses. Then go over the worksheet as a class and help the principles go down deep into their hearts. To the winning pair, you can have them win something, but I usually say that by wining, they get the warm feeling inside that the others won’t get to the same degree. :-)
This glue-in is a worksheet that helps your students get to know the great prophet Mormon and the ages when these events happened. It also helps you hit the main principles taught through his life, so it can help cover many chapters quickly if you need that. I usually don’t include a KEY with worksheets I give out, but I have made an exception here and it is on the second page. Just click on the image to get the PDF of the worksheet glue-in.
I also wanted to share something your class will find very interesting. We are often called Mormons, but what does the word “Mormon” mean? Joseph Smith said, “I wish to correct an error among men… the error I speak of, is the definition of the word "Mormon." It has been stated that this word was derived from the Greek word "mormo." This is not the case. There was no Greek or Latin upon the plates from which I, through the grace of God, translated the Book of Mormon. Let the language of that book speak for itself. The word ‘mormon’, means, literally, ‘more good.’” -(May 15, 1843.) T&S 4:194. (HC 5:400). What lesson should that teach all of us?
3 Nephi 27:27 was a Scripture Mastery 4 years ago, and is naturally still a wonderful scripture. As members of the Church we are to strive to follow Jesus Christ in word and deed. Each Sunday we take upon us the name of Christ which means to try to do as he would do. This worksheet has your students ask WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) in various modern circumstances. Click on the image for the worksheet. After they have had some time to do the worksheet with a partner, give time to share about what they decided. Make sure you challenge them to ask themselves WWJD? and then go and do likewise.
By the way, many have wondered where the whole WWJD? thing came from. It comes from a book called In His Steps. It is a best-selling book written by Charles Monroe Sheldon. First published in 1897, the book has sold more than 30,000,000 copies, and ranks as one of the best-selling books of all time. For me, it is one of the top 10 books I have ever read. You can get a e-book or Kindle of it for practically free (if not free). It is a life changing book. President Ezra Taft Benson also thought very highly of the book and referred to it in speeches he gave and a book he wrote.
Last year I developed a series of 6 lessons that help students learn critical scripture study skills. They are made to go along with most any place in the scriptures and train your students in critical skills like how to find principles, marking and annotating the scriptures, and how to prepare and give great scriptural thoughts. I shared those lessons periodically on the website. But now I have them here in one package.
The lessons use great object lessons like the Carrot object lesson, Fishing for principles, Digging for treasure, and the BLACK WHITE RED and GREEN.
CLICK HERE to get the lesson outlines and CLICK HERE to get the graphics that go with the lessons. These lessons are wonderful for getting great group participation. They also teach those study skills that have to be sharpened all the time throughout the year.
In 3rd Nephi we have the Savior teaching one of the greatest sermons ever given, which He also gave to the people in Israel. In 3 Nephi 12:21-48 we have the Savior giving the Higher Law and contrasts it to the Law of Moses. Have your students write in the middle column what the law was under Moses, and then summarize the Higher Law in the right column. In the left column they will need to speculate what the World’s law is in the matter.
Click on the image to get the worksheet.
Learning Scripture Mastery is useless unless they can use the verses in situations in life. Part of getting to this level is learning to recall the verses in different situations or context besides the key words. By this time in the school year they should be ready for this. The worksheet here takes the 25 Scripture Masteries and puts them in something that sounds like an Article Of Faith. Challenge them to write in the references with no helps from bookmarks or anything else. Just click on the graphic to get the worksheet. Thanks Brother Nelson for sharing.
I recently presented to my teachers ideas for teaching the War Chapters. While giving lesson ideas, I wanted to demonstrate how quickly you could go to some key verses, give a good “Look for”, follow up with good questions, and then have the students come up with good “Take Aways” that you hope would stick with them. The text in Red is what I might invite them to write in their own scriptures. Short and sweet. Remember the key to teaching the War Chapters is after talking about their literal warfare, ask what it teaches about our "spiritual warfare" we are engaged in each day.
Hope this is helpful. I am sending this as a PDF rather than a PowerPoint because of size. Also, there is nothing here which would require you to use a PowerPoint or projector. I just used this in the Inservice so we would not spend so much time turning to the key sets of verses.
Here is a simple glue-in to teach about the pride cycle in Helaman and 3rd Nephi. Often when teaching the storyline in Helaman, I would stop them and point to the Pride Cycle and ask, “Where does it seem like the Nephites are on the cycle right now? Where are the Lamanites on the cycle?”. It is also good to ask them were the country is right now. Then go personally and have them think to themselves where they currently are on the cycle and what will likely happen next. Just click on the graphic to get the PDF of the glue-in.
I wanted to share with you a great bookmark a fellow teacher (Eric Bacon) shared with me. The one side has the scripture study skills listed on pages 20-23 of the Gospel Teaching & Learning handbook that you all should have. The other side is questions a student could use as they approach a set of verses. This is a great time of year to help your students keep sharp on their scripture study skills.
To use it in class, I would go through the bookmark (giving them each a copy) and then give the class a juicy set of verses from the lesson, and have them go through the verses using the skills and then have them be ready to share things they found and have them also share what skills they used. You could also divide up the whole lesson block for the day and give it to different students to do the same thing. This would take you through the whole lesson for the day.
The tab on the top of the site called “Seminary Resources” also has 6 different lessons to sharpen scripture study skills and can be used with most any scripture block you have for the day. They are just over half way down on that page.
As the glue-in explains, a chiasma is an ancient Hebrew literary form in which the author paralleles the ideas and words he used previously in reverse order. It was considered an artistic form of writing in the Bible. This literary form was not discoverd in ancient records until the late 1920s (after the day of Joseph Smith) and is thus a proof of the Book of Mormon.
Click on the image to get the glue-in and show your class how the words are repeated in the verses. Also show how the apex points to verses 17-18 and what this teaches.