New Scripture Mastery Passages for Book of Mormon 2013

Today another Seminary teacher came to observe my classroom (more on that later), and she mentioned something that the kids had talked about in class yesterday: the scripture mastery passages have changed!  I decided to take a quick look this afternoon before the kids get home to see what changes have been made. There are 8 changes to the Book of Mormon scripture mastery list as best I can tell. There are 7 new passages — meaning 7 eliminations — and one scripture mastery has been made longer.  The net change in number of verses to memorize is three. NEW (15) – OLD (12), so the new Book of Mormon scripture mastery list adds 3 verses to memorize. Here is the…

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1 and 2 Timothy

1 Timothy 1-6 This lesson was easy enough to prepare once I figured out what to do.  There were several tiny, mini lessons in this text.  I could have pulled one out and made a full lesson on one, but none of them were really long enough to spend a full lesson on, and I did feel like different topics would appeal to different students.  I needed a method to cover a variety of material without me lecturing.  The manual was unhelpful — I wish they would do fewer lessons that talk “about” the scriptures and more lessons that require kids to get “in” the scriptures.  I realize that most kids think the scriptures are boring, but they aren’t.  All…

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1 and 2 Thessalonians

The people at Thessalonica must have been pretty great bunch of folks.  Paul gushes over them, and then their faith is so strong in the second coming that they literally quit their jobs in anticipation of the event they thought would be soon!  These were fun books to cover. 1 Thessalonians 1-5 I spent a little time discussing the background of the people at Thessalonica and what kind of people they were.  On the board I wrote a couple of questions to guide our lesson: Let’s learn what kind of people were in the church at Thessalonica. Find some verses that show how Paul and other leaders felt about the people at Thessalonica. In what ways did 1 Thessalonians remind…

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Spring Break Recovery

Last week was spring break — it was kind of an unplanned whirlwind of activity, and I didn’t get the asparagus bed in or as much done on the website as I hoped.  ‘Twas always thus, I suppose.  We got in the car to drive to the church building we’ve been moved to Sunday, when someone suggested that we go to Disney World.  So we did. I can see a danger in having such a longer trip to church on Sundays — our family might start thinking.  Aloud. Dangerous. We left church after sacrament, came home, packed, booked a hotel, and left.  We were on the road about 2 hours after making the decision.  Jared was taking two days off and…

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Aaronic Priesthood Restoration Commemoration Celebration ideas

This year the Aaronic Priesthood restoration date (May 15, 1829) is on a weekday, and I have been planning to have a little commemoration party during Seminary. After the results of the basic doctrines survey, I may instead do an activity on the essential nature of temple covenants.  Or I may do both.   We’ll just see… Anyway, I did a little research today, and the information on Priesthood commemmoration activities is pretty much nonexistant.  Men just don’t do activities on the level that women do, nor do they talk about it, and really, what can be said about a “Father/Son/Aaronic Priesthood/ActivityThatKillsTwoBirdsWithOneStone” campout anyway?  Back in the day, Aaronic Priesthood activities seem to have been slightly different. The Deseret News…

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