Here is a glue-in for the Word of Wisdom that addresses two fairly common concerns. First is concerning “hot drinks” in verse 9 and why Tea and Coffee are not specifically mentioned in Section 89. The second quote is concerning drugs and its place in the Word of Wisdom.
Here is the PDF of the presentation on the Learning Assessment I gave on Saturday. I hope it helps alleviate fears about giving it. Remember to talk to your coordinator about questions you have. I am also linking FORM A of the Learning Assessment. Most of the information from my presentation comes from the instructions in the form. Find out from your coordinator if you are to use FORM A or FORM B.
I will post stuff from my D&C 121-123 presentation later as we get closer to those sections.
Here is a worksheet that will help your class discover the principles in Doctrine & Covenants 82-83. The last question is extra and helps your class review and think back over the year and what blessed them.
Since so many teachers ask for a key, here you go. The verses referred to in order are: 1, 3, 7, 10, 17, 18, 19, 22-23, and 83:3, 83:4-5. Going over it as a class and having them justify what in that verse answers the question is the most important part of the worksheet.
The 2015 New Year is almost here; a time we all reflect on how to be a little better and more Christ like. With that in mind, I have started a blog called “Today’s Recharge” where each weekday I post a quick powerful thought from the scriptures (mostly D&C right now) to help re-energize a person’s mind and spirit. You can think of it as nourishment from the scriptures to help us be the men and women of God we were meant to be. They are mostly insights from the Institute class I teach each week. It’s made so that each morning you’ll get an email with a scripture and short recharging message to help you be the person you want to be. I want to invite you to go to http://todaysrecharge.blogspot.com and see some of those short posts. Also, please enter your email on the right side of the page. That way the new weekday posts will go automatically to your email. I hope this can be a bit of strength to you as you start out this New Year.
Here are the other half of the Scripture Mastery Word pictures for the D&C by Brother James Fullmer. As I mentioned before, to help your students memorize, you have probably already used fill in the blanks, and first letters of each word. Brother James Fullmer shared with me how word images can help your students in a similar manner. Rather than me explain it, open and save the two attachments below. If you click on the “Scripture Mastery” tab on the website, and then click on the “D&C Scripture Mastery” tab, you will see the other half that was shared earlier this year.
There is only half of the JS-H 1:15-20 but that took three pages. Thanks for sharing Brother Fullmer.
The first document is a glue-in where Philo Dibble (a witness to Joseph and Sidney having the Vision) gives some fascinating context of what he saw from his perspective.
The next is a color coded glue-in. I like to have my students color code Section 76: the Vision of God and Celestial glory is in Yellow; Terrestrial glory is in Orange, Telestial glory is in Red, and Lucifer and Sons of Perdition are in Gray. This glue-in shows those colors and how the verses are grouped in the Section.
The third help is a worksheet with different situations like, “Someone is giving a talk or lesson that seems boring” and then the class discusses what a Celestial, Terrestrial, and Telestial like person would do. Interesting perspectives.
Last is a group work activity to help them visualize the bizarre images from the Book of Revelation, and then the interpretation given from Joseph’s Q & A session with the Lord.
Section 65 is about the Daniel 2 prophecy of the stone cut out of the mountain without hands. The glue- in here has Joseph expressing his vision of how the Church will fill the earth. With this I would have your class take out some paper to answer quiz question from you. Go to lds.org and then under the tab “News”, go under “For News Media”. Then under the tab “Facts and Statistics” you will find a wealth of wonderful information about the Church. Quiz them with question from the page like: How many members of the Church? How many congregations? How many languages do we translate into? Missionaries, temples… See with student can guess closest to the correct numbers.
William E. McLellin plays a central part in D&C 66, 67, 68. The page here gives great information about him and also the rest of the story about his life. In it are lessons about how personal sins can lead one to criticism and fight against the Lord’s chosen leaders. It is also so interesting how he grew to hate Joseph, but his testimony of the Book of Mormon was as solid as can be.
In D&C 70 and 72 the theme of “Stewardship” if very prevalent. Have your class read through D&C 70:3, 4, 9, 11, 12; 72:3, and 16 and look for what is common in all of those verses. Ask them what is a “Steward” and what is a stewardship? Have them list stewardships they have been given like: family, mind, talents, abilities… The read the attachment here on what President McKay taught about stewardships and answering to the Savior. Powerful stuff.
Here is one of my favorite Church History stories. It has to do with Joseph Smith’s willingness to forgive a person who greatly betrayed and hurt him personally. Later that man, (W. W. Phelps) penned the hymn “Praise To The Man”. We can all learn from Joseph’s example of grace towards those who hurt us. Also there are some great questions to spark the discussion on forgiveness.
Here is a double-sided glue-in for Doctrine & Covenants 63. One for verses 9-16 about how an adulterous generation seeks signs. The second is for verse 34 and how the Saints will not entirely escape tribulations related to the second coming.
If you are not sure how to do a glue-in (or to teach your class how to use them, you can see the instructions under the "Seminary Resources" tab on the website. Or CLICK HERE.
Learning the keywords to references is essential to scripture chasing and being able to use the scriptures in the future. Here is a great handful of quizzes that help your students learn the key words and references. You will notice there are two attachments below.
The first attachment has 8 quizzes (for the first 13 Mastery scriptures) and the second attachment has 8 quizzes (for the last 12 Mastery scriptures). You could give one quiz a day for two weeks and then focus on the last 12 scripture masteries for two weeks. Or you may want to spread things out more. Thank you to Brother Eric Richards for passing this along!
Remember that when you give key words, and they are not able to give the answer, give them a hint from the mnemonics or rhyme, or what every you have been using to learn them. You can CLICK HERE to see the mnemonics I have provided for the Doctrine & Covenants Scripture Masteries.