Lesson 35: God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Lesson 35: God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets

Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Key Principles:

  1. God speaks through his chosen prophets to reveal his word to the people.
  2. God pours out his Spirit on the people to help them understand and apply the words of the prophets.

Readiness Activity:

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Chapter 16: Bringing Up Children in Light and Truth Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Chapter 16: Bringing Up Children in Light and Truth

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Key Principles

  1. We have to be the example of what we want our children to become.
  2. If we have a plan in place, it is easier to create the home environment we want.

Readiness Activity:

Pass out a sheet of paper to each member in the class. Tell them that you are going to do some origami (you can fold the paper into whatever shape you want or whatever shape you have origami instructions for). The first time, only give verbal instructions to the members. Do not show them any step. No demonstrations! As you go along only giving verbal instructions the members will begin to get confused, especially if the instructions are not the most clear. After you are done, have the members hold up their finished products. Ask why there are so many varying finished products, and what would have made it easier (to see it done). Then, have them unfold or give them a new piece of paper, and walk them through the same instructions giving verbal instructions and visual demonstration.

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Lesson 12: “The Gathering of My People” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine

Lesson 12: “The Gathering of My People”

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine

Attention Activity:

Give each member of the class a piece of paper and something to write with. (This exercise works best if you actually have them write it down.) Ask class members to think of a favorite holiday. In the US it is probably Christmas, Thanksgiving, or the 4th of July. Now have them write on the paper in 5 minutes as much as they can of an explanation of their perfect example of that holiday—so if Christmas is their favorite, have them describe the perfect Christmas in as much detail as possible in 5 minutes. Continue reading

Lesson 11: “The Field Is White Already to Harvest” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine

Lesson 11: “The Field Is White Already to Harvest”

Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine

Attention Activity:

In class we are going to plan the perfect meal. Assign or ask for volunteers to decide what they would pick as the most perfect:

Doctrine and Covenants: Gospel Doctrine Lesson 10: “This Is My Voice unto All”

Readiness Activity:

Start by playing a D&C trivia game. It can be very simple. Split the class in two; ask questions and whoever answers first, their side gets a point. You can make it more complex if you want to make it like Jeopardy or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire or something. Just make sure not to embarrass anyone or put anyone on the spot too significantly where they might feel uncomfortable. Here are some sample questions:  (Hint: the answers to some of these questions are found in the “Chronological Order of Contents” right before Section 1) Continue reading

Chapter 21: The Gift of the Holy Ghost,” Gospel Principles

Attention Activity:

Bring in any object and put it under a towel. It can be anything you want, if it is an odd shape that is better. It can be a pair of shoes, some clothes, a stereo, just about anything. Start class by asking who would like the gift that you have under the towel. You want to try and get a few people to say they want it. (If you want to, you may talk to a couple of people beforehand and ask them to say that they want the gift.) Once you have a few people that would like your gift you can ask, “Why is it that you want this gift? Do you know what it is? Do you know what it will do for you? Do you know what you have to do to get it?” (You may even want to write these questions on the board.) Then ask, “What are some of the gift offers that you have received either in the mail or on the Internet? What are you going to get and what do you have to do to get it?” Continue reading

“Lesson 43: The Shepherds of Israel,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine

Attention Activity
Bring in two foods. One is really good and the other is really gross. The worse the better! Mix some stewed tomatoes and some SPAM. Something that is just totally terrible. Then have some chocolate or something really good. Ask for two volunteers to come up. They are each going to eat the food, just in a different order. One gets to eat the gross food first and then the good. The second gets to eat the good food first and then the bad. Which one is worse? Why does it matter which food is last? (Probably don’t want to have the people actually eat the food!)

Class Discussion
Go to Ezekiel 18:21-29 and look for the lesson of the object. Why would some people feel the way that they do in verse 29? Be sure to point out that it is not where we are now, but the direction we are headed. Never forget that in life. Get yourself going in the right direction and the Lord will be pleased with you.
Now that we understand the principle: it doesn’t matter what we have done, just the direction that we are going, let’s look at an application. Go to Ezekiel 34:2. Who are the shepherds that we are talking about? (It is the members of the church. They are the people of Israel. It is important to remember in this chapter that we are talking about members of the Church. Not “those” people, it is a warning to “us” people). Use some of the great verses in this chapter to teach that the Lord is not pleased when we do not take care of our people. There are people that need us, and we are not free of sin if we don’t take care of them. Share the two quotes from the manual.
Now we know what we need to do: get going in the right direction. We also know how: by taking care of the lost sheep. Now we just need to learn about our tool to make it happen. Ezekiel 37:15-17. These are the scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon. Ask, “How does the Book of Mormon help us get going in the right direction and make sure we are taking care of the lost sheep?” This is a question that you don’t want to rush! Ask the question, and then wait. People will answer if you give them time to think!
Close with your testimony.