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.
Two items for you. One for Sections 50 and the other for section 51.
Section 51 is my favorite sections for some of the details of the Law of Consecration and how it was implemented. This game shares how it can succeed and why it would also fail. Break your class into groups of 5. If there are a couple extra, you can have them be groups of 6, with one playing solely the bishop’s part. Explain that you have a treat (candy or something) for the winners but to not explain if it is for the individual winners, or the team. The instructions for the game are on the game sheet. You should see that as people are selfish, the group members all fail. As they are honest and work together, they all succeed.
For Section 50 the manual says that “some strange notions and false spirits had crept in among” the Saints but never says how VERY strange it was. The document below says some of those VERY BIZARRE people were doing. They are also shared in the Doctrine & Covenants Institute Student Manual in the intro to Section 50. Very interesting to read. I have taught this by at the beginning of class, ask the students what the Spirit feels like. Then after having a few share the peaceful and wonderful feelings the Spirit brings, I ask a student to come up and look up and spin in a circle, at the same time. After a while I stop them and ask how they feel. Usually it is kind of thrilling. Then I ask, “Is that feeling the Spirit? How is it different?” Then we talk about Satan’s counterfeits for the Spirit and read the weird stuff these inexperienced new member were doing and how Satan was trying to fool them with a counterfeit. Then we talk about how if Satan tries to do that today. Sometimes churches will try to create the thrill of a Big Concert experience in this same way.
Here is a worksheet to help you and your students through Doctrine & Covenants 42. The second page is the key. Perhaps have them work through it in pairs and then go over it as a class. If you are short on time, give them the verse numbers before each grouping. When going over it as a class, make sure you emphasis the big take away points you want your students to walk away with.
Here is a Double Sided glue-in for D&C 46. There are two wonderful quotes for understanding the Gifts of the Spirit, and the Gift of Tongues. With a double sided glue-in, that means that you can have one quote on one side, and the other quote on the other side of the same glue-in. Just print both pages of the PDF. Then when you make copies, have the copier print with both sides on the same page. Now since it is made as Landscape, you need to load one of the two pages upside-down when you load the copy machine. Otherwise, when it comes out, one of the quotes would be upside down. Play with your copy machine and you will find out what I am talking about.
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: