Chapter 18: Living by Every Word that Proceeds from the Mouth of God. Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Chapter 18: Living by Every Word that Proceeds from the Mouth of God

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

Key Teachings:

  1. We show we love God by keeping the commandments.
  2. When we choose to follow the Lord, we become people worth of the Celestial Kingdom

Readiness Activity:

Have a few members of the class stand up and create enough room so each of them can extend their arms to their sides (like they are an airplane). Show them what they are going to do by modeling how they are going to “flick the water off their fingers” by putting both hands in a fist (with your arms still extended) and then quickly flick all their fingers out (like you are doing popcorn popping on the apricot tree). 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

“Chapter 14: Priesthood Organization,” Gospel Principles

Attention Activity:

Bring in a glass and fill it to the brim with water. Pass it around the class and ask the class to pass it without spilling any of the water. After it gets to the last person, talk about how they handled the cup. Why were they so careful with it? What was the consequence if they didn’t hold it carefully? How could your mishandling of it affect others? How is this similar to how people are supposed to “hold” the priesthood? Continue reading

Chapter 13: The Priesthood,” Gospel Principles

Attention Activity:

Start the class with the words, “The Priesthood is like…” on the board. Have class members take one minute to come up with the best analogy they can to describe the Priesthood. Have a few share their ideas. Another fun way to do this is to come into class with a few things written on pieces of paper like, ice cream, BYU Football, or hand soap. Assign one word to each person or to groups and have them come up with ideas of how that item is like the Priesthood. Continue reading

“Chapter 39: Relief Society: Divine Organization of Women,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

“Chapter 39: Relief Society: Divine Organization of Women,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

Attention Activity:

Prepare about 7 different pieces of paper with 7 different medical problems on them.  For example, “Needs stitches on finger,” “Has the flu,” “broken arm,” etc.  Then prepare 7 cards with the resolution for those maladies.  So, “Stitches on finger,” “cast on arm,” etc.  Give the 7 sicknesses to 7 people and have them come to the front of the room without showing their card to anyone.  Then have the 7 medical procedures come up and try to give their paper to the right person, without looking at what the sickness is.  Obviously this will not work.  There may be some that get it right just by chance, but the majority will be wrong.  Now ask, “When are some times in our lives that we try to give relief without following the proper pattern?”  (You will have to wait on an answer here, but be patient, someone will answer if you wait for it.)  Then ask, “What is the proper pattern for administering relief to someone either spiritually or temporally?”  This weeks lesson is going to help answer that by looking at the Relief Society. Continue reading

“Chapter 38: The Wentworth Letter,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

“Chapter 38: The Wentworth Letter,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

Attention Activity:

This is an activity that you can do as with a lot of specialization if you would like.  The idea is that we are going to eventually list some of the main doctrines that a new member should know.  You can start the class by asking that question and listing ideas on the board, but that might be a little boring.  You can start by asking something that might be more interesting.  For example, what would someone new to cooking bread need to know.   New to fantasy football, new to fly fishing, new to having a teenager, new to having a tw0-year old, etc.  Pick something that will be fun and interesting to your class.  You may also prepare someone in your class who doesn’t usually talk too much to be prepared to share some thoughts about something that they are good at or interested in.  This will get them involved.  After the more fun example the class is more prepared to answer the question about what a new member needs to know.  Continue reading

“Chapter 37: Charity, the Pure Love of Christ,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

“Chapter 37: Charity, the Pure Love of Christ,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

Attention activity:

Have two people come up to the front of the class and sit with their backs to the chalkboard and give them paper and a pencil.  Have them close their eyes or blindfold them if you feel that is necessary to avoid cheating.  Then have one person come up to the chalkboard and give them a piece of chalk.  Tell them (without the other two people knowing what you are saying) to draw a picture of a nice sunny day on a farm.  Continue reading