Friday, 1 March 2013

The End

Perhaps regular readers have been wondering why I haven't posted anything recently. The time has come to pass on my class to someone else, and I have a new calling. Although I started out with the intention of engaging the youth in reading around their lessons, this did not really happen, and instead I found it more useful to share ideas and resources with other teachers. I hope this blog has been, and continues to be of use to somebody somewhere, but I don't intend to write any new posts in the near future. In Come, Follow Me the Church has now provided the kind of resource for teachers that I hoped they would, and the resources on there really are fantastic!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

How can I help others learn about Heavenly Father?

What do we believe about Heavenly Father?
(i.e. What did we learn last week from the scriptures?)

Also use Preach My Gospel pp.31-31 and True to the Faith p.74-76.

What experiences have you had in sharing the gospel with others?

See notes for Slide 1 - cut out the individual phrases and youth sort them. Put Korihor's on the board and compare with arguments youth have come across.

2 groups to read scriptures on Ammon and Aaron, answer questions and feed back to class.

What could you say next time you have the chance to share the gospel? (Perhaps 2 brave souls could roleplay this situation)

What do you feel prompted to do because of today's lesson? When will you do this?

Saturday, 12 January 2013

How can Studying the Scriptures Help me Learn About Heavenly Father?

What did you learn about the Godhead in Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women last week?

View the video The Blessings of Scripture:

There a few key points for discussion to pause and ask questions (or ask them at the end):

1. "If God spares my life I will cause the boy who drives the plough to know more of the scriptures than the Pope himself."

Do you think this came to pass? Why?

2. "Lord, open the King of England's eyes."

Who was the King in 1536? (Henry VIII)

Why did his eyes need to be opened? (He had the power to permit the translation of the Bible into English. King James did this in 1604 and it was completed in 1611.)

3. Who was this man and what was the offence?

4. His crime was to have translated and published the Bible in English.

Why do you think this was considered a crime punishable by death?

5. Why do you think there is a "growing spiritual illiteracy" today?

6. What happens when people don't have or don't use the scriptures?

 What do the Scriptures teach about God? (Look for answers in Bible Dictionary & Create Spider Diagram on the board.)

Group Activity - Groups to read selected verses and feed back what they learn about God from the Scriptures. (Model first with 1 Nephi 1:14,20) Add these to the diagram.

Isaiah 55; God's ways are higher than ours. His word fulfills its purpose.
2 Nephi 26:23–33; Everything He does is for our benefit. He does not exclude anybody.
Mosiah 2:19–25; He has given us everything. We can never repay him because he continually blesses us when we keep his commandments.
Doctrine and Covenants 1:17–39. He knows what will happen. He speaks from Heaven to the prophet. He cannot allow sin.

How does studying the scriptures help you to learn about Heavenly Father?
How can you use what you learned today to improve your scripture study?

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Come, Follow Me

The new youth curriculum for 2013 is called Come, Follow Me. Click on the link to go to the Church's introduction page for the new curriculum. You will notice that there is no manual for the lessons, but instead all of the materials are online so that they can be updated more reqularly. One of the reasons I started posting resources on here was so that teachers and students could find more up to date material on the topics covered in the now defunct Presidents of the Church and Preparing for Exaltation Manuals. I will leave these resources on the blog as they may come in handy when some topics are covered in Come, Follow Me. The first thing I wanted to know when I saw the new curriculum was how could I know that I wouldn't duplicate exactly what was being taught in Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women lessons. The answer is simple: although the overall topics are the same for Aaronic Priesthood, Young Women and Sunday school, there are different sub-headings to consider in each of the different lessons. To make it easy to see at-a-glance exactly what may be covered in the different lessons I have created an overview of the different topics and sub-headings for each quorum and auxiliary each month. This may be useful to parents as well as youth teachers and leaders so that they can follow up on their youth's gospel learning outside of Church classes and plan ways to build on and develop their learning in the home. In many cases, opportunities for youth to develop what they are learning will be necessary in order to complete their Duty to God and Personal Progress goals. See the document here. You can download it by right clicking on the box above and selecting "Save as" from the menu.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Course Review

I have downloaded a jeopardy template for the course review. Type 'jeopardy template' in a search engine, download a template and type the questions in.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

45 Salvation for the Dead

This is for enrichment activity 1, but the font has been changed when I uploaded it to slideshare. Feel free to download it and change it to a nicer-looking font.

44 Turn your heart

43 Being Friends With Our Brothers and Sisters

42 Honour Thy Father And Thy Mother

Students can use this questionnaire to evaluate their own obedience to the commandement to Honour their parents.

Also, the video Hannah's Faith to use with the relevant section of the lesson: