Chapter 17: Sealing Power and Temple Blessings. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Chapter 17: Sealing Power and Temple Blessings

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Key Principles:

  1. Because of the restoration of sealing keys, we can be together forever as families.
  2. We must live worthy of these principles ourselves as well as help others receive them.

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.

Here is a good example of an origami project. 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 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