“Chapter 36: Receiving the Ordinances and Blessings of the Temple,”
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith.
Bring (or print off and make) a couple small puzzles. Have a few small groups come to the front and do the puzzles. You can make it a race if you want to have a little fun with it. Leave one piece out of each puzzle so that when they finish, there is a piece in the middle missing. Ask, “What is the most important piece in a puzzle?” What you want to get at is that the whole is effected by each individual piece and no one piece is more nor less important than any other piece. Continue reading
Chapter 35: Redemption for the Dead,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
The main point of this activity and of this lesson is to show that God is equitable and gives a chance to each of His children. Make sure by the end of this attention activity that you have gotten that point across.
Start with a handful of seeds. You can use all of the same seeds (that you would plant in your garden), or a variety of different seeds. Continue reading
“Chapter 34: The Power of Forgiving,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
Give every member of the class a piece of paper. Have them write on the paper 5 things that they have done that week that they wish they had not done. All of us are imperfect, so there ought to be something. These will not be shared, and you really don’t want to get into having people share their sins! Just something that if you had to do it over again, you wouldn’t do. Now have them write down what they have specifically done to make up for these mistakes. (This is not intended to be a downer. Everyone has sins, this is just to prove a point.) Continue reading
“Chapter 33: The Spiritual Gifts of Healing, Tongues, Prophecy, and Discerning of Spirits,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
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”
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
(For Chapter 30 Lesson, visit the Joseph Smith Manual button above)
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
Chapter 30: Valiant in the Cause of Christ,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith
Give 10 people in the class a piece of paper with the name of a stock on it. (Click on this link. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the top 10 and bottom 10 performing stocks of 2007.) Tell the class that these people have a stock that is either at the top or the bottom in terms of return on investment. Ask the class to try and determine who has a top stock and who has a bottom stock. Have the class actually break the 10 volunteers with a stock into two groups–the top and the bottom groups. Talk bout why they put some of the stocks in each category. Then reveal the percentage of growth for each stock and see how the class did. Now ask, “What makes a stock go up or down in price?” (For an overview, click here.) Talk about how a company performs dictates how much growth or decline a stock will see. (You will want to move through this quickly because you don’t want to spend too much time on the attention activity and not have enough time for the actual lesson. Don’t get bogged down talking about stocks, it is just an example.) So, “Based on what we have talked about so far, how is the stock market like the Gospel?” Continue reading