This simple glue-in shares how Joseph Smith generally received revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants. Here Parley P. Pratt is expressing how he saw Joseph receive Section 50 of the Doctrine & Covenants. But you can use this when Parley is introduced in Section 32 or section 50 or any time you wish to give your students a better idea of how revelations were received. Before having a students read the quote, have them look for what impresses them about the process when Joseph received revelations.
Perhaps no other thing you do as a seminary teacher will have a greater lasting impact, than getting your students in a habit of daily scripture study. Our Church S&I Administrator, Chad Webb recently expressed his concern that the greatest barrier to youth graduating from Seminary this year, might be reading the scripture text for the year. Do you know how your students are doing with this? Find out and encourage them. So many students have not gotten into a habit of daily scripture study. The following might help.
As the poster and handout suggest, “Study Buddies” is “How to Never Miss Another Day of Scripture Study” again.
How it works is simple:
Here is a glue-in / worksheet for teaching Doctrine & Covenants 25 about Emma Smith. It will get your class searching through verses 4-15 on the characteristics of “An Elect Lady”. You may want to have them work on it in pairs. After going through it as a class, ask the young men which of these characteristics they admire most in young ladies, and why. Challenge them to develop these characteristics and be worthy of a spouse who has developed these traits.
Also here is a link to a great Ensign article about Emma Smith. August 1992. The original is better with original art work in the article. https://www.lds.org/ensign/1992/08/my-great-great-grandmother-emma-hale-smith?lang=eng
General Conference is almost here! The following is a game that helps you review and see how much they remember from General Conference. It will also help encourage them to watch Conference. Below is a PDF that has the rules in a bit more detail.
A quick summary of the game is that you assign students to make 4 multiple choice questions while they are watching General Conference. Then when you have seminary, you have the classroom set up like Family Feud and you play with the questions they provided. The instructions give the needed details.
Feel free to stop during the bowl, or after to discuss what inspired them.
Part of our charge as seminary teachers is to teach the words of the living Prophets. And there is no better time for this then General Conference. Because of our charge to teach the living Prophets, I've always given one day of makeup work for every hour they watch (and at least one page of notes for that hour). So all of our students would be able to make up 10 days (or hours) of makeup work in a short period of time. I let young ladies also count watching the Women's Broadcast. Thank you to Linda Sutton for sharing this idea with me.
To help your students memorize, you have probably already used fill in the blanks, and first letters of each word. Brother James Fullmer share 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. The one shows what it is with the words, and the other has the words removed. Just one more way to make Scripture Mastery fun for the class. Notice that these are only for the first 13 D&C Scripture Masteries. The other 12 will come later.
Section 19 is full of wonderful doctrines and principles. Here I have a worksheet that helps your students learn to identify some of those doctrines and principles in the scriptures by matching the principle with the verses. Make sure to take time and discuss the powerful principles and why it would be important to know these truths.
Section 20 has the blessing on the bread prayer. So below I have a fill-in-the-blank for the Sacrament prayer. Beware that if their teacher last year uses stuff that I share, your students may already have used this worksheet in May with Moroni 4. But it could also be thought of as a quiz if they have learned the prayer better since then. I think the most important principle with the sacrament prayers is that they memorize the 3 promises they covenant with the Lord during the Bread prayer, and also what the Lord promises in return.
It is also fun to ask the kids if the sacrament prayer in Moroni 4 and D&C 20:77 are exactly the same. Have them look for the difference. There is only one difference; towards the end of the prayer, the D&C version says “has” where the Book of Mormon version says, “hath”. Then ask the class which prayer do we use as a church, or does it even matter. It does matter and the one that is put on the cards for the Priests to read has the D&C version. Why? Because as a Church, we always go with the most recent revelation from God. So if when they are on missions and they need to bless the bread, ask them to use the D&C version in Section 20.
With Doctrine & Covenants 5 and 17 we learn about the Three Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses. This glue-in is a great time to take a closer look at who these people were. Many critics have pointed out that of the 11 witnesses, 6 of them fell away for at least some time from the church including all of the Three Witnesses. But to me, this makes their witness all the more strong. Although when away from the Church, it would have been a perfect opportunity to deny everything, every single one of them never denied their testimony of what they saw. What an incredible witness.
Have your class imagine that they lived in Joseph Smith’s time and they had the opportunity to ask the Prophet, “What would the Lord have me do?” Have that question written on the board and refer to it. Ask your class if they imagine that some elements of their personal revelation would have similarities to others’ who asked the Prophet the same question. President Joseph Fielding Smith taught that “in the early days of the Church the brethren came to the Prophet Joseph Smith asking what the Lord would have them do.” (D&C 6:6; 11:6; 12:6.)
Many have noticed that the first verses of Sections 6, 11, 12 and 14 are almost identical. This side by side comparison highlights the similarities and differences. Notice that the Lord’s will is very similar to them, and likewise to all of us. Have your class go through the verses and look for things the Lord wanted these four brethren to do, and the Lord would also have us do. The last verses of the sections are all different.
Your class can do the same with Sections 15 and 16 which are essentially identical to each other, but “The message is intimately and impressively personal” (see Section 15 heading).
After you have taught Joseph Smith – History, you can use this fun game to help review it. To play, put together groups of 3-5 students. Each group needs Instructions (page 6 of the PDF), a game board (page 7), the Card Placer (page 8), and Cut up set of cards (pages 1-5). The Instruction page on the PDF will explain how the BLOCKBUSTER game is played
If you don’t have time for the whole game, perhaps just read the questions to the class and see if they can get the right answer and identify which verse. This was shared with my by Eric Richards. Thanks Eric!
I wanted to pass along some great work that someone passed along to me. Nathan Richardson, of www.nathanrichardson.com made a wonderful graphical timeline similar to the timeline on the S&I bookmarks for the Book of Mormon and the Old Testament. For me, my mind can comprehend ideas better when they are in a format like this. It could be a great handout for your class now, or especially when you get into the sections around D&C 57. Click on the image to go there on Nathan’s webpage.
Also he has made a wonderful handout called, “Section Titles and Divisions in the Doctrine and Covenants”. This shows the grouping of the sections (similar to the pages just before Section 1 in your scriptures). When a student needs to do make up work, I would give them the handout and have them write in the section titles at the top of each section, in their own Doctrine and Covenants. Click on the image to go there on his website. Also there are many other neat things on his website.