4th Sunday Lesson Helps ~ Sabbath Day #3

Welcome to our third 4th Sunday lesson on the Sabbath Day!  Hope it has been going well so far.

This is paragraph 3 from the 4th Sunday Lesson page at lds.org

Jesus Christ is our example of honoring the Sabbath.

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2nd & 3rd Sunday Lesson Helps Template #2

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

2nd & 3rd Sunday Lesson Helps Template #1

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

4th Sunday Lesson Helps ~ Sabbath Day #2

Here are some helps for our second 4th Sunday lesson on the Sabbath Day!

The instructions below assume you’ve read Sabbath Day ~ Paragraph 1.  If you find you would like even more detailed instructions on how to turn any one of these six Sabbath Day paragraphs into a full 45 min. class discussion, please see the instructions for Sabbath Day ~ Paragraph 1.

This is paragraph 2 from the 4th Sunday Lesson page at lds.org.

Jesus Christ is the Lord of the Sabbath.

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4th Sunday Lesson Helps ~ Sabbath Day #1

First, if you’ve been called or asked to teach on the 4th Sunday in 2018 and you’ve accepted, you’re our genuine heroine (or hero) indeed!  We treasure all the brave souls at Church we can get.

Second, take a deep breath.  Be assured there is more than enough material in each paragraph to have a wonderful Relief Society or Priesthood discussion.  You will not need to hunt for extra material.  That’s a promise.  We’re just not used to seeing the lesson topics in this format.  Personally…I love the challenge of this new material.  It has the potential to make Relief Society and Priesthood MUCH more interesting.

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4th Sunday Lesson Helps For 2018

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:

The Sabbath is a day to remember what God has done for us.

“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.

Lesson Helps Sabbath #1

Lesson Helps Sabbath #2

Lesson Helps Sabbath #3

Help! Last Minute Gospel Lesson Prep

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:

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Gordon B. Hinckley Lesson 4 Helps (Complete)

President Gordon B. Hinckley is the “history prophet” and a story teller.  He uses stories to paint a three-dimensional picture to increase our understanding and awareness.  It appears a lot of this year’s lessons will be passing out his stories as reading assignments and then discussing the moral of the story.  This is new territory for me, but I do love the variety and am grateful for the different personalities and teaching styles.

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Gordon B. Hinckley Lesson 3 Helps (Complete)

A self-smirk and an inward chuckle surfaced when I read the title of this lesson.

Cultivating an Attitude of Happiness and a Spirit of Optimism

This topic could not have been more timely!  Currently, I’m feeling supreme frustration over an HOA association I belong to ~ and my cynical side was fully lit up. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley Lesson 3 Helps (Complete)