Monday, 26 September 2011

Elder Russel M. Nelson & President Spencer W. Kimball

I came across this blog post on Elder Nelson today which provides the answer to the machine that he helped to develop - apparently it was a heart - lung machine. Points 3 & 7 are directly related to our lesson yesterday in which we mentioned the fact that Russell M. Nelson who performed heart surgery on President Spencer W. Kimball.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Spencer W. Kimball: Model of Forgiveness

Presdient Kimball wrote a book called The Miracle of Forgiveness. In it he taught some very simple steps for us to follow in order to fully repent of our sins:

  • 1. We must awake to the fact that we have committed sins. Read 2 Corinthians 7:9–10.
  • 2. We must abandon sin. Read James 4:7.
  • 3. We must confess our sins: (1) to persons we have offended, (2) to the Lord himself, and (3) to the Lord’s authorized representatives if the sins are of a serious nature. (See Doctrine and Covenants 58:43: “By this ye may know if a man repenteth of his sins—behold, he will confess them and forsake them.”)
  • 4. We must make restitution where we can. (See Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 194: “The repentant sinner is required to make restitution insofar as it is possible.”)
  • 5. We must thenceforth keep the commandments of God. (See Doctrine and Covenants 1:32: “Nevertheless, he that repents and does the commandments of the Lord shall be forgiven.”)

  • To prepare for the lesson on this:
    As you listen to conference next week listen out for what is said on the topic of repentance!

    Spencer W. Kimball

    Today you chose and we discussed the following topics related to the life of President Spencer W. Kimball:

    blessings - we mentioned that President Kimball signed official declaration no. 2 allowing all worthy male members to hold the priesthood

    gospel - President Kimball added sections 137 & 138 to the Doctrine & Covenants which tell us about how the gospel is extended to all of Heavenly Father's children who have died

    milk President Kimball learned the value of hard work and dealing with tough people as he worked on a dairy

    great President Kimball was a great leader and encouraged members to 'lengthen your stride' by becoming even better

    prophet President Kimball overcame great adversity before he became the prophet, including heart trouble and throat cancer

    mission President Kimball declared that every young man should serve a mission, and encouraged people to serve (including my dad!) which doubled the missionary force.

    We also mentioned the second coming again, so when I get chance I will post some more on here about that. Scroll down to find the videos on President Kimball.

    Sunday, 18 September 2011

    Your invitation to General Conference

    Not that you needed it I'm sure, but here is your own personal invitation to come to October General Conference. Who could you share this invitation with that might otherwise not come to conference? We are promised that if we come spiritually prepared, there will be something to help each of us in our lives.

    Spencer W. Kimball: Raised in a Refiner's Fire

    Wordle: Spencer W. Kimball Click on the picture above to link to a larger version. This is a word cloud with key words from next week's lesson. Which 5 words would you associate most with President Kimball and why?

    Spencer W. Kimball

    Harold B. Lee: Dynamic Leader

    Apologies for not having posted anything for a couple of weeks, it has been a rather busy time for me!

    Today we have discussed the qualities of a good leader described in the scriptures, such as:

    humility, compassion, obedience, love, and the power of the priesthood.

    Harold B. Lee developed many of these qualities working on the general Church Welfare Program before he became President of the Church. He was always conscious of the needs of others and willing to help.

    What can you do to help others and/or be a good leader?

    Friday, 9 September 2011

    Harold B. Lee Video & Questions

    I have produced a series of questions to help focus students' attention during the video. Click on the link to see them.

    Sunday, 4 September 2011

    Searching the Scriptures

    Going back a bit, but a few weeks ago we looked at some answers to gospel questions from the scriptures, as Joseph Fielding Smith used to do.

    Here are the results you found in class:

    1. Why are the scriptures important?

    Exodus 24:1-4 The prophet delivers insights straight from the Lord for us.

    1 Nephi 19:23 We should 'liken' the scriptures to our own situation to learn lessons from the past.

    Jacob 5:1 The scriptures remind us of the words of the prophets.

    1 Nephi 13:26 The Book of Mormon clarifies some of the 'plain and precious truths that have been lost.

    2. What is God like?

    Moses 1:1-2 He spoke to Moses face to face on a high mountain.

    Moses 1:6 He knows all things, He is the only God and we are created in the similitude (likeness) of His Only Begotten (Jesus Christ).

    3. What will the Second Coming be like?

    Job 19:25 The Saviour shall stand on the earth at the latter day.

    D&C 34:9 Before the Second Coming the sun shall be darkened, the moon turned to blood, the stars shall fall from heaven and greater signs in heaven and earth.

    Excellent work everyone! Remember, whenever you want to find scriptures on a particular topic use the Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary or Index.

    Harold B. Lee: From Boy to Man, Close to God

    In preparation for next week's lesson, watch the video below of a lighning strike. Watch closely and note what happens to the tree that is struck. Also, there is a spectacular picture and a video about the damage that lightning can cause . What would be the most likely outcome if a person was struck by lightning?