Saturday, 31 December 2011

1 A Loving Father - An Eternal Plan

Objecitve: To learn how knowing God's plan can help us to make daily decisions with an eternal perspective.

In this week's lesson we will be thinking about the purpose of our earthly life in the context of the rest of the plan of salvation. Our life is a 'One-way ticket' and it's up to what we do that will decide our destination.

Lots of people go through life not really knowing what the purpose of their life. At times they wonder which direction they should take, but as the Cheshire Cat explained to Alice - unless you know where you want to get to it really doesn't matter which way you go. 

Thankfully, we DO know which way we should go if we remember to make choices in life based on what we know about the plan of salvation.
If we want to return to our Heavenly Father and be exalted then we must make decisions that will lead us to the celestial kingdom and not away from it.

Preparing for Exaltation

This year the course is Preparing for Exaltation.
Over the last year we learned about each one of our latter-day prophets and the things that they taught through their words and their deeds. I will ask those of you to share some of your favourite stories about the prophets, so come prepared. I hope you have been able to understand that as you stay close to the words of the living prophet throughout your life they will lead you back to Heavenly Father.
Throughout the coming year we will come across the words of the prophets again, and as we do I hope you will be able to remember some of the things that they said and did, but most of all I hope that we can all follow their guidance a little bit better this year as we learn how to prepare ourselves for exaltation. As we do this we can ensure that 2012 is indeed a happy new year as I know from experience that following the words of the prophet leads us to be happy.

Happy New Year!

Last year I posted a video about New Year's Resolutions and not looking back, but looking forward. I will begin the new year by asking the class what you are looking forward to in 2012. Come to class prepared with some ideas to share. Personally, I am looking forward to the Olympics coming here (particularly the football which I have bought some tickets for) and the prospect of being a homeowner for the first time. I'm sure there will be lots of other unexpected highs and lows along the way, but for now that's what I'm looking forward to.

What are you looking forward to in 2012?

What are you worried about in 2012?

Post your comments below

(you can still join in if you're not in my class - it would be interesting to get some of our readers in different parts of the world involved too, whether you're a teacher, a student, whether you come here regularly or this is your first time).

Sunday, 18 December 2011

QR Code

I have created a QR Code to allow you to scan and access this blog easily on your phone. I will put a copy on our classroom board. Here it is:

QR Code

LDS Mobile Applications

Get the gospel apps on your mobile!

I mentioned this in class a couple of weeks ago, so click on the picture above to go to the website to get LDS apps on your phone. I find it really useful to have the scriptures on my phone as it means I am never without them.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

President Thomas S. Monson: On the Lord's Errand

Next week, we will watch the DVD entitled 'On the Lord's Errand' all about President Monson's service throughout his life.

You can get a copy of the DVD from the online store, or find it on youtube.

Thomas S. Monson: Doer of the word

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Gordon B. Hinckley: Handling the Challenges of Today

President Hinckley taught that we can handle today's challenges if we will each make good choices so that they become habitual:

"Of course you face challenges. Every generation that has ever walked the earth has faced challenges. We could spend the entire evening talking about them. But of all the challenges that have been faced in the past, the ones we have today, I believe, are most easily handled. I say that because they are manageable. They largely involve individual behavioral decisions, but those decisions can be made and followed. And when that happens, the challenge is behind us.

I suppose that most of you are in school. I am pleased that you have that opportunity and that desire. I hope that you are studying diligently and that your great ambition is to get A grades in your various courses. I hope your teachers will be generous toward you and that your studies will yield top grades and an excellent education. I could wish nothing better for you in your schoolwork.

Tonight I am going to let your teachers give you the A’s that I hope you earn. I want to talk about some B’s. You get the A’s; I will give you the B’s.

1. Be grateful.
2. Be smart.
3. Be clean.
4. Be true.
5. Be humble.
6. Be prayerful."