Lesson 39: “How Beautiful upon the Mountains” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine

Lesson 39: “How Beautiful upon the Mountains”

Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine

Key Principles:

  1. We are sometimes unaware of our needs regarding the Atonement
  2. When we keep the Atonement in proper perspective, we have an easier time fulfilling our responsibilities.

Readiness Activity:

Bring in a variety of items, maybe 7-10 items. Things like a bag of cereal, car keys (to represent your car), a pillow, a blanket, a TV remote, a shirt, etc. For each item have the class write down a number from 1-10 of how important that item is with 10 being the highest. Have one of your items be an empty container with a lid. All that is in it is air. At this very moment, how important is that container? Probably a 1, meaning it is not very important at all. Now imagine Continue reading

Lesson 38: “Beside Me There Is No Saviour” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine

Lesson 38: “Beside Me There Is No Saviour”

Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine

Key Principles:

  1. Jesus Christ provides salvation for us in a way that no other entity can.
  2. Jesus is uniquely qualified for this position.

Readiness Activity:

No matter what your age you have thought about what you would do for a living. As a child we knew what we wanted to be when we grew up. Continue reading

Lesson 37: “Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things” Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Lesson 37: “Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”

Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Key Principles:

  1. We all have struggles and challenges.
  2. Jesus Christ is the source of strength and solution for the significant challenges we all face.

Readiness Activity:

Ask for a volunteer to come to the front of the class and have the volunteer bend over. Place a cup, full of uncooked rice, Continue reading

Lesson 36: The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Lesson 36: The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense

Old Testament: Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Key Principles:

  1. There are evils in the world that infect our lives as well.
  2. The safety against these evils is to protect ourselves in our homes, churches, and temples.

Readiness Activity:

Pick a food that is somewhat polarizing in regards to people liking it or not. Something like sushi, Continue reading

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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“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.