Sunday, 27 February 2011

Brigham Young - A Disciple Indeed

Here are the 6 reports assigned for next week. You need to read the one you have been assigned and be prepared to give a summary of it in class next week.

Learned Humility in His Early Years
Report 1

Brigham Young was born 1 June 1801 in Whitingham, Vermont, into a good family who were poor. He had only eleven days of formal schooling. In his later years he said, “We never had the opportunity of letters in our youth, but we had the privilege of picking up brush, chopping down trees, rolling logs, and working amongst the roots and getting our shins, feet and toes bruised. [He also learned to make bread, wash dishes, milk cows, and make butter]” (Preston Nibley, Brigham Young: The Man and His Work [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1936], p. 1).

Found a Marvelous Book
Report 2

In 1828 Brigham Young moved to Mendon, New York, just a short distance from where the Church would be organized. In 1830 he read a copy of the Book of Mormon. Samuel Smith, the brother of the Prophet Joseph, was on his first mission and sold the copy to Phineas Young, Brigham Young’s brother. Phineas read the book and was deeply impressed by it. He passed it on to his father, who read it, believed its teachings, and passed it on to Brigham. Brigham studied it very carefully and reported to his brother that he felt there was something in Mormonism.

Brigham Young later said, “‘I weighed the matter studiously for nearly two years … before I made up my mind to receive that Book. I looked at it on all sides … until I came to a certain knowledge of its truth. … I wished time sufficient to prove all things for myself’” (Susa Young Gates and Leah D. Widtsoe, The Life Story of Brigham Young [New York: Macmillan Company, 1930], p. 9). He was baptized in 1832.

Loved the Prophet Joseph Smith
Report 3
No mortal man affected the life of Brigham Young as deeply as did the Prophet Joseph Smith. The meeting of these two now famous men occurred in September of 1832, five months after Brigham’s baptism and a few weeks after the death of his first wife, Miriam Works. Brigham Young, who with his brother Joseph and his friend Heber C. Kimball had journeyed to Kirtland, Ohio, recorded his thoughts about this meeting. Brigham said, “We found the Prophet, and two or three of his brothers, chopping and hauling wood. Here my joy was full at the privilege of shaking the hand of the Prophet of God, and received the sure testimony, by the Spirit of prophecy, that he was all that any man could believe him to be, as a true Prophet” (“History of Brigham Young,” Millennial Star 25 [11 July 1863]:439).

Brigham Young was a staunch friend and follower of the Prophet Joseph Smith from the time of this meeting. He said later, “I feel like shouting Hallelujah, all the time, when I think that I ever knew Joseph Smith” (Discourses of Brigham Young [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1954], p. 458).

Served as a Missionary in England
Report 4

In the city of Nauvoo living conditions were unhealthy because of the swamps near the Mississippi River, and many of the Saints had become sick from malaria associated with the mosquitoes. At this time, Brigham Young and his fellow Apostles were called by the Lord to leave their families and to preach the gospel in England. They were not only very sick, but left their families sick as well. Brigham Young reports: “My health was so poor I was unable to go thirty rods [160 yards] to the river without assistance. … I left my wife sick, with a babe only ten days old, and all my children sick and unable to wait upon each other” (“History of Brigham Young,” Millennial Star 25 [10 Oct. 1863]:646). But he left his loved ones in the care of the Lord, whose servant he was, having the assurance that they would be cared for.

He was in England twelve months and sixteen days. As the president of the mission, he and his companions “baptized between seven and eight thousand [people], printed five thousand Books of Mormon, 3,000 Hymn Books, 2,500 volumes of the Millennial Star [a publication of the British mission], and 50,000 tracts” (Millennial Star 26 [2 Jan. 1864]:7). Also a shipping agency was established and a thousand converts emigrated to Nauvoo (see Millennial Star 26:7).

Defended the Prophet Joseph
Report 5

Brigham Young recorded:

“On a certain occasion several of the Twelve, the witnesses to the Book of Mormon, and others of the Authorities of the Church, held a council in the upper room of the [Kirtland] Temple. [They met because a few men, including some of the General Authorities, were opposed to the Prophet Joseph Smith and wanted to depose him and appoint David Whitmer as President of the Church.] Father John Smith, brother Heber C. Kimball and others … were opposed to such measures. I rose up [Brigham Young said], and in a plain and forcible manner told them that Joseph was a Prophet, and I knew it, and that they might rail and slander him as much as they pleased, they could not destroy the appointment of the Prophet of God, they could only destroy their own authority, cut the thread that bound them to the Prophet and to God and sink themselves to hell. Many were highly enraged [said Brigham] at my decided opposition to their measures. … This meeting was broken up without the apostates being able to unite on any decided measures of opposition” (Manuscript History of Brigham Young, 1801–1844, ed. Elden Jay Watson [Salt Lake City: Smith Secretarial Service, 1968], pp. 15–16).

Did Not Seek Positions
Report 6

Early in his career, responsibility fell to Brigham Young. He was a captain in Zion’s Camp, a small military force organized by the Prophet Joseph in 1834 to go to the aid of the Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, who had been driven from their homes. Brigham was President over the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and led the British Mission. Yet he did not seek such positions. His only desire was to proclaim the message of the restored gospel and to be schooled in the mysteries of God by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Brigham himself said, “I never let an opportunity pass of learning what the Prophet [Joseph] had to impart. This is the secret of the success of your humble servant” (in Journal of Discourses, 12:270).

The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve

Here are some more cards for another matching activity. You will need to shuffle them and see if they can be put back together again in the correct order - i.e. picture, name and date of ordination as an apostle. Note: This is not intended as a powerpoint presentation but to be printed out as handouts (6 per page) and cut out.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Scatter Game: Match the years with the President of the Church by dragging them over each other.

If you want to learn the years first choose 'flashcards' on the 'choose a study mode' tab at the bottom right.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Succession in the Presidency

For next week, just a few questions for you to try to find the answers to. Ask your parents or a leader for help if you need to. Comment here when you find out any of the answers.

1. When the President of the Church dies, how do we know who will be the next President?

2. Why were some people unsure about who should be the next President of the Church after Joseph Smith was killed?

3. Who is currently the Senior (longest-serving) Apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles?

Purposes of revelation

Here are the slides used to create the cards for today's matching activity. I think some of the guests to the site come here looking for ideas and resources for their sunday school lessons so I will upload them as I create them. You can view and download these slides from slideshare.

Sunday, 13 February 2011


1. Watch the video and think about this question:

Why is modern-day revelation so important to us?

Post your ideas below.

2. Think of examples of revelation that has been given either to prophets, apostles, leaders, parents or yourselves. What were the purposes of the revelation? (i.e. Why was it given?) Be prepared to share some of these in class next week. If you are stuck for ideas this talk might help you.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Energy drinks

Although this is nothing to do with next week's lesson, I thought it might be beneficial for you to have a look at an article from the Ensign about energy drinks, following the question about Red Bull in today's lesson. Feel free to comment on it. For the article click here.
How many prophets can you think of who have seen and spoken with the Lord? Comment their names below.

The following verses may help you:

Genesis 3:8–13
8And they heard the voice of the Lord God awalking in the garden bin the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

9And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

10And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

D&C 107:54–55;
54And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.

Genesis 5:22, 24;
And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:

24And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

D&C 107: 48-49
48Enoch was twenty-five years old when he was ordained under the hand of Adam; and he was sixty-five and Adam blessed him.

49And he saw the Lord, and he walked with him, and was before his face continually; and he walked with God three hundred and sixty-five years, making him four hundred and thirty years old when he was translated.

Genesis 6:9
9These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

Moses 8:27
27And thus Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord; for Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation; and he walked with God, as did also his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis 12:7;
7And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

Genesis 18:1;
1And the Lord aappeared unto [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;

Abraham 2:6
6But I, Abraham, and Lot, my brother’s son, prayed unto the Lord, and the Lord appeared unto me, and said unto me: Arise, and take Lot with thee; for I have purposed to take thee away out of Haran, and to make of thee a minister to bear my name in a strange land which I will give unto thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession, when they hearken to my voice.

Genesis 26:2
1And there was a afamine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto bAbimelech king of the cPhilistines unto Gerar.

2And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:

Exodus 24:9-11
9Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:

10And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

11And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink

Exodus 33:11
11And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

Isaiah 6:1
1In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Ezekiel 1:1

1Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God.

44:4 4Then brought he me the way of the north gate before the house: and I looked, and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord: and I fell upon my face.

Acts 7:55–56
55But [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

56And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Ether 3:6–15
6And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, behold, the Lord stretched forth his hand and touched the stones one by one with his finger. And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.

7And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?

8And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.

9And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more than this?

10And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.

11And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?

12And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art a God of truth, and canst not lie.

13And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.

14Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all mankind have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall become my sons and my daughters.

15And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast. Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image.

2 Nephi 11:2-3

2And now I, Nephi, write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, and I will send them forth unto all my children, for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him.

3And my brother, Jacob, also has seen him as I have seen him; wherefore, I will send their words forth unto my children to prove unto them that my words are true. Wherefore, by the words of three, God hath said, I will establish my word. Nevertheless, God sendeth more witnesses, and he proveth all his words.

Mormon 1:15
15And I, being fifteen years of age and being somewhat of a sober mind, therefore I was visited of the Lord, and tasted and knew of the goodness of Jesus.

Joseph Smith—History 1:17
17It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!