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 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
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.
The 3rd lesson in the D&C teaching manual is about the Great Apostasy. This glue-in (click on the image) is three of my favorite quotes that support the obvious need there was in the world for a Restoration of the Gospel. The quotes are from three very notable individuals: Martin Luther, Roger Williams, and Thomas Jefferson.
I have also changed the Weekly Attendance Word document. Once you have your class list, simply open the Word document and type in your students’ names. Then each week print a new one off. Teachers usually just put this sheet by the door and student’s write the time they arrived in the one spot, and if they read (including the weekends) in the other spot. That way, at the end of the week you can easily enter your attendance in WISE. It also helps you to be encouraging students. The sheet also keeps track of how students are doing with daily scripture study.
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?
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.
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