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.