“Chapter 33: The Spiritual Gifts of Healing, Tongues, Prophecy, and Discerning of Spirits,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

                                      “Chapter 33: The Spiritual Gifts of Healing, Tongues, Prophecy, and Discerning of Spirits,”  Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

Attention Activity:

Ask every class member to pick a gift that has really been significant to them in their lives.  Some that they got a few years ago and still remember.  One that they remember receiving for Christmas or a birthday.  Have them write down why they remember that gift in particular over other gifts that they have received and forgotten about.

Have a few class members share.  (The purpose of this is mostly to get them thinking, moving, and sharing.  It warms the class up for the spiritual conversation.  Once you get the class going the lesson will go better than just coming in and having someone read and asking, “What do you think about that?”  You have to prime the pump a little.)  Then ask, “What are the criteria for a great gift?”  Not a good gift, but a great gift!  Write down some of the answers. Continue reading

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith “Chapter 32: Responding to Persecution with Faith and Courage”

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

 “Chapter 32: Responding to Persecution with Faith and Courage”

Attention Activity:

Ask the class to write down the objective for chess in as few words as possible.  (Capture the King).  Now ask the class as a whole or someone in the class to try to explain chess to someone who has never played before (bring a chess set in if you have one.)  This becomes much more difficult because you have to know how each piece moves in order to play.  Now we are going to relate this to the Gospel.  Have the class write down the purpose of life in as few words as possible.  (Return to Heaven, something like that.)  Just like chess it becomes more difficult to explain how to do that because of different players.  This chapter talks about three different players and how each one “moves.”  Us, Satan, and God.  Continue reading

Chapter 31: “God Shall Be with You Forever and Ever”: The Prophet in Liberty Jail, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

Chapter 31: “God Shall Be with You Forever and Ever”: The Prophet in Liberty Jail, Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

(For Chapter 30 Lesson, visit the Joseph Smith Manual button above)

Attention Activity:
Show some pictures of rooms inside the White House, Buckingham Palace, or Versailles Palace.  Ask what people think it would be like to spend one night in these places.  What about six months.  If you could spend six months in any one famous place, where would it be?  Then show a picture of Liberty Jail.  This is where the prophet would spend 4 months.  Share the quote from Mercy Fielding Thompson on page 360.  Why would the Lord have his chosen servants stay here as opposed to some of the other places that we looked at? Continue reading