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LDS Passover Seder Meal in Seminary – our experience

The Thursday and Friday before Thanksgiving we covered the Passover in our Old Testament reading. I elected to put on an abbreviated Passover meal during Seminary to cement in my students’ minds the symbols in the passover meal and meaning behind them, since we’ll be referring back to them often during the next several weeks of class. I’ve been to Passover services before run by other churches, and I’ve helped do some very abbreviated Passover-style meals for other activities at Church, too, so I didn’t go into this blind. It’s kind of a big production — not huge — but more than you would usually do for Seminary, so weigh the temperment of your class and the amount of time…

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Moses

Here’s the lesson report for Monday – Thursday this week. Exodus 1-2 Today we began the story of Moses and the Exodus. I debated for a while whether or not to focus this lesson in on courageous women or courageous people. I went back and forth for several days trying to decide whether it would come off too feminazi to focus in on just the courageous women…. Eventually I decided to go ahead and focus on the women, not because they are females, but because they were people who were courageous behind the scenes. Their part only amounted to a few verses, but their efforts were part of what eventually occurred: the freeing of the Hebrews. We started out with…

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Quarter One is DONE

The quarter is over — report cards passed out, new reading charts distributed. I can’t believe it’s gone by so fast! I was talking about how much we’ve done so far, when Jared pointed out that I have only 3 quarters left. :-/ This week has been a short week because of Veteran’s day and Election Day. Both of those are school hoidays here, and so we only teach 3 days this week. It made the week seem a little choppy, but it wasn’t bad. Genesis 46-47 Again — I was struggling with the lesson for a Monday. I hate it when that happens. The material in these chapters was no good for teaching. It was just a history lesson,…

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Amok Time

If you get the reference in my title, you’re my new BFF. Okay, you’ll never get it. So I’ll just tell you. Amok Time was the name of a Star Trek The Original Series episode where Spock goes crazy with the 7-year Pon Farr, or Vulcan mating ritual. Tuesday’s lesson on Genesis 35 and 39 could easily have been named Amok Time instead of Joseph Resists Potiphar’s Wife. Tuesday was the first day I was attempting to teach an entire lesson completely from the lesson manual. It’s hard to say if it was a total disaster or if it was genius. The manual suggests that you contrast Judah with Joseph and their temptations. Good grief. You have never heard so…

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