This post is my personal favorite. It is also a bit deep. It is my best understanding to date and is the result of decades of study. I feel joy and gratitude writing it up, but also feel very responsible to communicate it in wisdom, balance and truth. This is possibly my magnum opus…because it took a lifetime of learning curves to even compose this. Continue reading Many Mormons Inner Beliefs Mimic The Trinity Doctrine
This is probably the simplest template I’ll post for turning a General Conference talk into a discussion-based lesson. This formula is actually the one my Gospel Doctrine class sees the most. Part of the reason it works well is because I tend to turn most class comments into a bit of conversation. Continue reading 2nd & 3rd Sunday Lesson Helps Template #2
I love strong women.
…conquering women. Continue reading To My Progressive and Feminist LDS Sisters
Starting in 2018 your Relief Society or ward leaders will pick out a random General Conference talk for every 2nd & 3rd Sunday lesson. What’s your plan once you know which talk it is?
Here is the Church website, listing some short lesson descriptions: Second & Third Sunday Meetings
This post will provide some ideas to help pull any General Conference talk into a discussion-rich experience with your Relief Society or Priesthood group. Once you’ve done it a time or two, you’ll find it is easier than you anticipated. Some additional templates and ideas will be posted in the future. Continue reading 2nd & 3rd Sunday Lesson Helps Template #1
The LDS Church website has just put out the 4th Sunday lessons for 2018.
There are six of them, all of them the same topic (Sabbath Day) and they are only one paragraph long. Even so, they are brilliantly original and very different from each other. These lesson plans cover January to June 2018. Here is the first one:
“Throughout history, God has associated certain mighty works with the Sabbath. These mighty works include the Creation (see Genesis 2:1–3), the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt (see Deuteronomy 5:15), and the Savior’s Resurrection (see John 20:1–19; Acts 20:7). Invite members to review these passages and discuss how remembering each of these events can help us honor the Sabbath day. What are some of the mighty works that God has done for us? How can we remember these things on the Sabbath day? As applicable, invite members to discuss questions like these in their families.”
Although it doesn’t look like a lot of material, they make great lessons! Take a look at a couple of step-by-step, completed lesson plans below. Paragraph #1, paragraph #2 and paragraph #3 are ready for you to use.
The Book of Mormon is this fantastic volume of text, which inflates my soul EVERY SINGLE TIME I pick it back up and read it.
Did you know Joseph Smith translated it in 65 days (with the help of a couple of scribes)? 65 days…that whole entire book. I can hardly read it in 65 days.
But they didn’t have a keyboard to type it out. They wrote it by hand with a fountain pen. Have you ever written with a fountain pen? You have to stop and refill it about every single short sentence. They had one at the Church History Museum and I got to try it out.
Preparing a lesson at the last minute? Bless your heart for even taking it on!
Do away with the guilt about not picking up the manual a week ago when you “should have” and give a wonderful lesson instead. Some of the best classes I’ve ever been to are impromptu and spontaneous.
Here’s how I get ready for a lesson when I’ve run out of time: