Sunday, August 2, 2015

Seminary Preparations 2015

I can't believe summer is going by so quickly.  In just a few weeks school will begin and seminary will be back in full swing.  I decided to take a few minutes today to start making some of the worksheets and handouts I plan to share with my seminary students this year.  I have outlined a few weeks of lessons, but feel no where near ready.  With that said, I have decided I would go ahead and share a few of these ideas with all of you. 

This first handout is a reminder of the importance of personal scripture study.  I loved the quote by President Benson.

This second handout/glue in is a reminder to our students to look for the message of Christ, his coming and his atonement.  Students will have an opportunity to answer the question-Do you think it might be helpful to know that this book of scripture testifies of Jesus Christ? (pulled from this year's seminary manual)

The third handout is one that I put together after finding an old seminary teacher manual.  In this manual on pages 46-47 I discovered a section entitled Scriptural Evidence that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament.  I loved it so much because it shared scripture references from the Old and New Testament.  I have recreated this section into a worksheet so that our youth can take some time to discover for themselves the similarities found in both. 

The name Jehovah

The name Jehovah is “the covenant or proper name of the God of Israel. It denotes ‘the eternal I AM’ (Ex. 3:14; John 8:58). Jehovah is the premortal Jesus Christ and came to earth as a son of Mary (Mosiah 3:8; 15:1; 3 Ne. 15:1–5). Usually, when the word Lord appears in the Old Testament, it means ‘Jehovah.’ Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained, “In general, in the King James version of the Bible, the name Jehovah has been translated Lord” (Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. [1966], 392).
Jehovah is Christ: Jehovah was known to the ancient prophets (Ex. 6:3; Abr. 1:16). The Apostle Paul taught that Christ was the Jehovah of the Old Testament (Ex. 17:6; 1 Cor. 10:1–4). The brother of Jared in the Book of Mormon saw the premortal Christ and worshiped Him (Ether 3:13–15). Moroni also called Christ ‘Jehovah’ (Moro. 10:34). At the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery saw the resurrected Jehovah (D&C 110:3–4)” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Jehovah”).
In the King James Version of the Bible, the word LORD in small capital letters was used in place of the Hebrew letters that represented the name of Jehovah in the Hebrew Bible. Those letters are called the tetragrammaton and are represented in English by the letters YHWH, pronounced “Yahweh” by some and “Jehovah” by most members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Preparing for Baptism

Do you have a child that is approaching the age of Baptism?  Our little Braden will be turning 8 years old this upcoming July.  As we prepare for this special day in his life we are doing everything that we can to hold special Family Home Evenings in his honor.  Honoring the special covenants that he will be making with our Heavenly Father this summer.  Each week we are focusing our FHE on lessons that will help to guide him to the waters of baptism.  This week we are going to have a lesson on what he can do to prepare.  This is a little check-off sheet that we'll be using as part of this lesson.  The ideas for this check-off sheet came from two wonderful LDS resources.

LDS Resources
Lesson Twenty-nine:  Preparing for Baptism from the Family Home Evening Resource Book, 1997, page 120.

Resources Help Parents Prepare Children for Baptism by Rosemary M. Wixom and the Primary General Presidency.

I hope that we can do whatever it takes to prepare as many as possible to walk into the waters of baptism and enjoy the blessings that come from following in the footsteps of our Savior.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Countdown to Conference - Day 1

Uplifted By Conference
by:   Michael Young, Tenor
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
General conference always makes me feel especially grateful, particularly when I see the Lord’s tender mercies throughout the weekend. Right before we started the first session, one of the brethren sitting nearby said words I needed to hear about a problem I was facing and bore his testimony to me in very simple yet profound words. It set the tone for the rest of the conference.
In this opening session, the way the music and talks worked together to strengthen each other struck me. Elder David A. Bednar talked about blessings we sometimes overlook that come from the law of tithing, which worked hand in hand with the words of our song “Keep the Commandments.”  In this arrangement, we used the traditional first verse found in the hymnbook and then a second verse, which is not. It was written by the original author at a time in which she was experiencing a great trial in her life.
Afterward, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke about the faithful and those who have left the Church, pleading for them to find their faith again. The words to our song “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” could not have been more appropriate.
I left the session feeling spiritually renewed and more hopeful than I have been in a long time. I needed the reminder that the trials of life are a test to see if I will be true to the precious things I know. I needed a reminder that though the wheat and tares grow together for a while, God will soon come and take the righteous home to live with Him. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to be included when that day comes.
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Countdown to Conference - Day 2

Click on the link below or if you have trouble opening it, copy and paste it into your browser.  Listen to President Hinckley tell the story of how his walnut tree became the pulpit at the Conference Center.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Countdown to Conference - Day 3

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Countdown to Conference - Day 4


President Eyring

Monday, March 31, 2014

Understand the Spirit - Preach My Gospel

This week in seminary we are going to be talking about The Holy Ghost, Prayer, and Missionary Work.  I have not used Preach My Gospel that much this year so I decided that this would be a perfect week to try to incorporate the three topics.  I pulled sections of Preach My Gospel to create this little booklet that I plan on handing out to the youth.  The youth can use the copies in booklet format or can paste them into a journal notebook for future reference.  I love some of the study guides and missionary training questions that the youth can ponder and share with the class that come from this section of the manual.  Looking forward to this being a great tool to use this week.

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Countdown to Conference - Day 5

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Sunday, March 30, 2014