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: