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)