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:

Sunday, 30 September 2012

41 Eternal Marriage

Here is the video on marriage in the covenant for today's lesson:

Also, The story 'What is it?' for Enrichment activity number 4.

You might like to use the picture below, which I found on an image search, if your youth are unlikely to be able to picture the Washington D.C. temple (like mine).

40 Home: A School for Eternity

I have made this handout for the lesson. Unfortunately it didn't turn out so well - the font must be one that isn't on slideshare. If you download the powerpoint file you can adjust it to nicer looking font.

Below are the wordstrips needed for today's lesson.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

39 Be of Good Cheer

The picture to the left shows President and Sister Hinckley visiting the house in Preston in 2004 where he served when he was a young missionary. He describes one of the experiences he had here as a turning point in his mission and his life: 
“I was not well when I arrived. Those first few weeks, because of illness and the opposition which we felt, I was discouraged. I wrote a letter home to my good father and said that I felt I was wasting my time and his money. He was my father and my stake president, and he was a wise and inspired man. He wrote a very short letter to me which said, ‘Dear Gordon, I have your recent letter. I have only one suggestion: forget yourself and go to work.’ Earlier that morning in our scripture class my companion and I had read these words of the Lord: ‘Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.’ (Mark 8:35.)
“Those words of the Master, followed by my father’s letter with his counsel to forget myself and go to work, went into my very being. With my father’s letter in hand, I went into our bedroom in the house at 15 Wadham Road, where we lived, and got on my knees and made a pledge with the Lord. I covenanted that I would try to forget myself and lose myself in His service.
“That July day in 1933 was my day of decision. A new light came into my life and a new joy into my heart. The fog of England seemed to lift, and I saw the sunlight. I had a rich and wonderful mission experience, for which I shall ever be grateful” (“Gospel to Great Britain,” Ensign, July 1987, 7).

The handout for the lesson may be printed from the powerpoint slides below:

Monday, 27 August 2012

38 Be Ye Clean

In this video, President Packer talks about 'Spiritual Crocodiles' waiting for us to drink the infested water so that they can drag us in and destroy us. In today's lesson we will talk about some of the things that entice us to the infested watering hole of immorality, and how those things can catch us out if we are not aware of the danger.

Often, youth ask where the limits are. This video helps us to understand the limits or standards of sexual purity and what we can do to keep well within them:

37: Honest in All Things

During this lesson you will be asked why it is better to be honest than to cheat for good grades on a test at school. Think about it as you watch this video:

36: Look Beyond Yourself

 Think about how the people in the following stories put the needs of others before their own. What would have happened if they hadn't?

1. Jonathan
Jonathan was the son of King Saul. Normally he would have been next in line to be king. However, the prophet Samuel anointed David to succeed Saul as king. In 1 Samuel, chapters 1 Samuel 19 and 1 Samuel 20, we read that Jonathan protected his friend David when Saul tried to kill David.

 2. Ruth

3. Joseph and Hyrum Smith

4. Jesus Christ

35: Give Yourself Away

"You can never love the Lord until you serve Him by serving His people."

In today's lesson you will be given some copies of this 'helping hand' to leave behind when you have done some service for somebody in your family. You might be surprised you quickly your enthusiasm to pass the hand on by serving somebody else can spread. Give it a go this week!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

33 Love Thy Neighbour

Jesus Christ gave us a perfect example of charity and love. This video portrays His visit to the Nephites after His death and resurrection.

What did He do to show charity and love for the people?

What can you do to show love to the Saviour and others?


Saturday, 4 August 2012

32 The Worth of a Soul

This is the story of Johnny Lingo! Watch the video and think about the following question...

What is the worth of a soul to our Heavenly Father?

Sunday, 29 July 2012

31: Your Attitude Makes a Difference

Look at these Mormonads on the theme of Attitude. Once we have learnt about why it is important to have a positive attitude, you are going to create your own mormonad to encourage others to have a positive attitude. Enjoy :) 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

30 The Blessings of Work

All of us have work to do in life. Whatever we achieve, we must first work at it. There would be no achievement without work, because something achieved without work wouldn't be much of an achievement. Work increases our self-esteem because through working to achieve something we learn that we can accomplish many worthwhile things when we put our minds to it.

Sometimes work can be hard or unpleasant. However, there are things that we can worked towards that can be fun or at least seem less of a chore if we do them with a postive attitude.

For example:

President Spencer W. Kimball sang, counted and memorised the Articles of Faith while he was doing his chore of milking the cows. This made the chore seem shorter, but also helped him practise his singing, his maths and learn the Articles of Faith at the same time. Imagine how miserable the chore would have been had he spent the time complaining or sulking about it rather than getting on and doing whilst practising other skills at the same time. Perhaps there are similar things you can do to make your work go faster, and learn other things at the same time?

As a missionary I used to recite the discussions and scriptures I was learning over and over in my head in between speaking to people door to door. It made the day go quicker and I passed off all the things I needed to memorise really quickly and I was more prepared to teach people with the Spirit when we did get in to be able to teach people because my mind was already on the lessons.

Work can help us to increase our talents and abilities. The video below gives us an example of how one young man in U.S.A set a goal and worked hard to accomplish it.

As you watch, think about the following questions:

What goals would you like to achieve in your life?

Do you work as hard as he did to achieve them?

Is there anything you can do to work harder to achieve your goals?

Saturday, 14 July 2012

29 Paying Tithing with the Right Attitude

 As part of this week's lesson we will watch a video called Windows of Heaven, a film about a miracle that took place when Lorenzo Snow was President of the Church. The video is not available anywhere online so if you would like to familiarise yourself with the story click here to see an excellent storyboard version of the story. The pictures could even be printed out and used as part of the lesson instead of the video.

The story of Lorenzo Snow shows us that the Lord directs his Church through revelation to the living prophet. The Church has been blessed because of the people's willingness to follow the prophet's counsel and obey the law of tithing. We have all been blessed because of the things that the Church provides for us by using our donations, but as we pay our tithing we increase our faith and reduce our greed and selfishness as we contribute to building up the Lord's kingdom.

Before you come to the lesson, think about how the Lord has blessed you or your family because of obedience to the law of tithing. Come prepared to share some of these things with the class.

There are some videos relevant to this lesson that you may wish to use from the Lorenzo Snow: Financing the Lord's Kingdom lesson in the Presidents of the Church part of this blog.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

28 Remember the Sabbath Day to Keep it Holy

 In this lesson we will discover that Sabbath Day activities are for our physical renewal, spiritual strength and to show our love for God.

There are some activities that are provided for us to meet these purposes, such as sacrament meeting, Sunday school, or youth firesides. However, most of our time on the Sabbath is for us to direct.

What activities do you enjoy doing on the Sabbath to meet (at least) one of the three purposes mentioned above (in bold)?

As part of the lesson we will be making a list of appropriate activites, but you can begin the list here in the comment section below, or add a sticky note to the wall I have created on Wallwisher.

Elder L.Tom Perry spoke in April 2011 General Conference about The Sabbath and the Sacrament. You can view an excerpt here, or the full talk here.
Below is a recording of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing the hymn "Sabbath Day". Listen carefully for activities at home or at church that are suggested for the Sabbath.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

26 The Wisdom of the Word of Wisdom

Although the revelation in section 89 was given over 150 years ago, it applies directly to our time. In 1833, the advertising methods we see today were unknown.
There were no radios, televisions or internet and printed material was limited. Since that time, advertising has become commonplace.
People who are concerned only with making money often use sophisticated advertising to sell bad products as well as good ones. Much advertising is aimed directly at young people, trying to convince them that harmful substances and products are commonplace and acceptable.

Look at the last two sentences again. Advertisers are targeting YOU to get you to put things into your body which are not good for it. They do this for one reason: to make THEMSELVES rich! This applies to companies who sell products specifically forbidden by the word of wisdom such as alcohol and tobacco, but also other things that will cause you to be unhealthy like junk food and sugary snacks and drinks. There was a documentary on the BBC this week called The Men Who Made us Fat that showed just  how advertisers have increased sales of junk food and snack food by creating the image that it's okay to eat these things between meals and by increasing portion sizes to sell more, even thpugh they know these things are bad for us.

Here's a task for you - pick a programme on TV this week and watch the adverts very carefully.

How many adverts are there in total, and how many are trying to get you to disobey the word of wisdom in some way?

What techniques do advertisers use to make you think that it's okay to take things into your body which may be harmful?

Comment below on your findings.... (anyone can do this by the way, you don't have to be in our class, the more the merrier!)

25 Controlling our Anger

How do you think this person feels?

What do you think could have caused him to feel like this?

How do you think they can avoid feeling like this?

Watch the video  - What does President Monson suggest we do to control anger?

Here are some slides to print off as cards for the role play situations listed in the enrichment activities section of the lesson:

Saturday, 16 June 2012

24 Self-Mastery

This car is a Maserati GranCabrio. To buy one new costs over £98,000 (as much as a house!) It has a top speed of 175 miles per hour or 171 miles per hour with the roof down and does 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds! In a couple of weeks I will have the chance to take one of these cars out on the road for a drive.

Would you like to go for a spin in a car like this?


What if it had no brakes? Would you still like to go for a ride in it?

Self mastery is like the brakes on a car - we need it in order to control the power within us!

This video is used in this week's lesson. As you watch, think about the consequences of the choices the man has. What will happen if he does this or that?


 You may also be interested in this footage of Roger Bannister's four minute mile:


How was self-mastery important to Roger Bannister in achieving the first four minute mile?

Sunday, 10 June 2012

23 Obedience: The First Law of Heaven

In this video, Elder Robert D. Hales explains that Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example of obedience, and if we follow it, it could change the world.

"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." John 6:38

Why do you think it was important for Jesus to be obedient to the will of the Father?

Why is it important for us to be obedient?

You can prepare for today's lesson by watching the video below about King Saul to remind you of the story:

22 Striving for Perfection

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf explains in this video how seeing ourselves as our Heavenly Father sees us can help us to overcome our imperfections.

In the following powerpoint there are some resources for the activities in the lesson manual. Feel free to download and print them for your lesson.

21 In Remembrance

Firstly, apologies for getting behind. I have not had any internet access at home in the last couple of weeks since we have moved house, but now I'm connected again it's time to get back on track.

So, for last week's lesson just a question. Those who were here can explain this I'm sure, but perhaps those who weren't might need a little bit of help:

Why do we use water for the sacrament when in Doctrine and Covenants 20:79 it says wine?

Clue (D&C 27:1-4)

Sunday, 20 May 2012

20 I Can Know for Myself

“A testimony in our day consists of three things: It consists of the knowledge that Jesus is the Lord, that he is the Son of the living God who was crucified for the sins of the world; it consists of the fact that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God called to restore the gospel truths and be the revealer of the knowledge of Christ for our day; and it consists of knowing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth, the one place where salvation is found, the organization which administers the gospel and therefore administers salvation to the sons of men”

Elder Bruce R. McConkie

19 Patriarchal Blessings

“Receive a patriarchal blessing. Study it carefully and regard it as personal scripture to you—for that is what it is. A patriarchal blessing is the inspired and prophetic statement of your life’s mission together with blessings, cautions, and admonitions as the patriarch may be prompted to give. … Receive your patriarchal blessing under the influence of fasting and prayer, and then read it regularly that you may know God’s will for you” President Ezra Taft Benson (in Conference Report, Apr. 1986)Patriarchal Blessings
View more presentations from John Pooley.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

18 Membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Scientists have studied why geese fly in a V-formation when they migrate, and they have found that flying this way is easier on the birds than flying alone. The first bird must fly against the full strength of the wind, but each succeeding bird in the formation has less air resistance to push against. Since the birds take turns being the leader (and having the hardest flight), they can fly longer without getting tired. The geese also honk to encourage each other to keep going.
When a goose gets sick or wounded and has to land, two other geese land with it. They stay with the injured bird until it dies or gains enough strength to fly again. Then they catch up with their flock.
How is membership in the Church similar?

17 We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet

William Fowler, a British convert baptized in Sheffield 1849, was so moved by the thought of a prophet of God living among the people that he wrote the words to the hymn “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”

Come to the lesson prepared by reviewing the Ninth Article of Faith so that you can say it from memory:

"We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

You can also prepare for the lesson by reviewing recent talks by President Monson in the Ensign or listening to his talks from General conference so that you can remember what the prophet has said recently.

16 Hold to the Rod

 In the picture of Lehi's dream you can see people holding onto the rod leading them to the tree of life. The interpretation of this dream was revealed to Nephi:

'And it came to pass that I beheld that the rod of iron, which my father had seen, was the word of God, which led to the fountain of living waters, or to the tree of life; which waters are a representation of the love of God; and I also beheld that the tree of life was a representation of the love of God.' (1 Nephi 11:25)

 This week we will be looking at how the word of God can help us in lots of different situations. You can prepare one or two ahead of time by reading them and finding relevant scriptures using the topical guide.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

15 Recognising Personal Revelation

Look at the three pictures above. The first is the Liahona, The second is Lehi's Dream and the third is the angel Moroni appearing to Joseph Smith. These are all examples of revelation. The fourth method of revelation is probably the most common - inspiration. This is when we are prompted by the Holy Ghost to do something. Can you think of examples when you, or someone you know, have receive revelation?

"Divine Revelation is one of the grandest concepts and prinicples of the gospel of Jesus Christ, for without it, man could not know of the things of God and could not be saved with any degree of salvation in the eternities. Continuous revelation from God to his saints, through the Holy Ghost... makes possible daily guidance along true paths and leads the faithful soul to complete and eternal salvation in the celestial kingdom." (Bible Dictionary, 762)

Sunday, 18 March 2012

14 The Gift of the Holy Ghost

One of the choicest blessings we will ever receive comes to each of us shortly after baptism, when bearers of the Melchizedek Priesthood place their hands on our head and say, “Receive the Holy Ghost.” We are then entitled to guidance from the Holy Ghost as long as we remain worthy. All of us face daily decisions—some small, some monumental—involving eternal blessings. The Holy Ghost can impress on our hearts and minds the direction the Lord would have us go. This gift from Heavenly Father is one of our greatest resources.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

13 Baptism: Taking Upon Ourselves the Name of Christ

Next week we will be talking about baptism.

Think back to the day you were baptised. What do you remember about it? 

I will share some of my memories here, and hopefully you can come prepared to class ready to share some of yours.

I was baptised in 1992 on the Sunday after my eighth birthday. I remember that lots of my extended family were there as well as my friends from church and a couple of my best friends from school. I had asked one of my teachers from primary to give a talk and although I do not really remember what was said, I was pleased that she had accepted the invitation to speak, because she had moved away to another ward since teaching me in primary and I felt honoured that she would return to speak at my baptism.

I remember that I received gifts from my family and friends - particularly a journal from my grandparents and a fancy pen from my aunt and uncle. I determined that I would write in it every day as I was now a member of the Church, and I did for a short while, but eventually my journal writing dropped off again as it has done from time to time ever since. If I can find the pages I wrote when I was eight I will bring them to the lesson to show you.

As far as the baptism itself, I only remember that the water was surprisingly warm and that my dad baptised me. I was surprised how quickly it all happened, and afterwards I felt like I wanted to do it again, but thought I would never get the chance to be baptised again. At that time I did not realise that when I was twelve I would go to the temple in London - Preston Temple was not yet completed when I turned twelve - and perform baptisms in place of members of my family who had died without having received the essential ordinance of baptism by the correct authority. I was pleased when I could go and do this as it reminded me of how I felt when I was baptised - I felt clean and pure and like I wanted to live my life in a good way to be as good as I could in order to make mine and others' lives happier.

Standing as Witnesses of God

This is one of the promises we make as part of our baptismal covenant. To learn more about how we can do this we will discuss the following scenarios, and what we would or should do in each one.

Last of all, here is the break the code activity to re-emphasise the promises we made in our baptism.

12 Repentance Is a Blessing

At the beginning of today's lesson I am going to play the song Come to Jesus  by Kenneth Cope and ask students what they think the lesson again. We may listen again to see what lyrics and scriptures stand out to them particularly as touching on the topic of repentance.

Also, I will show this picture of Jesus in Gethsemane as an image to support our discussion of how Jesus took our sins upon him when he prayed to the Father in Gethsemane.

Matthew 26:38-44

 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
 41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Luke 22:40-46

40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
 41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
 42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
 43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
 46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

And finally... Steps of Repentance Handout

I am going to print out this slide small as a handout to remind the students of the steps of repentance that we have discussed in the lesson: