Friday, 1 March 2013

The End

Perhaps regular readers have been wondering why I haven't posted anything recently. The time has come to pass on my class to someone else, and I have a new calling. Although I started out with the intention of engaging the youth in reading around their lessons, this did not really happen, and instead I found it more useful to share ideas and resources with other teachers. I hope this blog has been, and continues to be of use to somebody somewhere, but I don't intend to write any new posts in the near future. In Come, Follow Me the Church has now provided the kind of resource for teachers that I hoped they would, and the resources on there really are fantastic!

Sunday, 13 January 2013

How can I help others learn about Heavenly Father?

What do we believe about Heavenly Father?
(i.e. What did we learn last week from the scriptures?)

Also use Preach My Gospel pp.31-31 and True to the Faith p.74-76.

What experiences have you had in sharing the gospel with others?

See notes for Slide 1 - cut out the individual phrases and youth sort them. Put Korihor's on the board and compare with arguments youth have come across.

2 groups to read scriptures on Ammon and Aaron, answer questions and feed back to class.

What could you say next time you have the chance to share the gospel? (Perhaps 2 brave souls could roleplay this situation)

What do you feel prompted to do because of today's lesson? When will you do this?

Saturday, 12 January 2013

How can Studying the Scriptures Help me Learn About Heavenly Father?

What did you learn about the Godhead in Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women last week?

View the video The Blessings of Scripture:

There a few key points for discussion to pause and ask questions (or ask them at the end):

1. "If God spares my life I will cause the boy who drives the plough to know more of the scriptures than the Pope himself."

Do you think this came to pass? Why?

2. "Lord, open the King of England's eyes."

Who was the King in 1536? (Henry VIII)

Why did his eyes need to be opened? (He had the power to permit the translation of the Bible into English. King James did this in 1604 and it was completed in 1611.)

3. Who was this man and what was the offence?

4. His crime was to have translated and published the Bible in English.

Why do you think this was considered a crime punishable by death?

5. Why do you think there is a "growing spiritual illiteracy" today?

6. What happens when people don't have or don't use the scriptures?

 What do the Scriptures teach about God? (Look for answers in Bible Dictionary & Create Spider Diagram on the board.)

Group Activity - Groups to read selected verses and feed back what they learn about God from the Scriptures. (Model first with 1 Nephi 1:14,20) Add these to the diagram.

Isaiah 55; God's ways are higher than ours. His word fulfills its purpose.
2 Nephi 26:23–33; Everything He does is for our benefit. He does not exclude anybody.
Mosiah 2:19–25; He has given us everything. We can never repay him because he continually blesses us when we keep his commandments.
Doctrine and Covenants 1:17–39. He knows what will happen. He speaks from Heaven to the prophet. He cannot allow sin.

How does studying the scriptures help you to learn about Heavenly Father?
How can you use what you learned today to improve your scripture study?