2 Nephi 9-19

The title of this entry makes it sound like I’ve got a whole lot of catching up to do.  Truthfully — nope. I caught a cold last Monday and by Tuesday I was wasted and had to cancel class, so I didn’t teach 2 Nephi 11,16.  The next two days, my husband taught. My plan had been to teach a super short lesson and then show the Mountain of the Lord video over two days (72 minutes), using up a Flex Day.  I figured it was providential — an easy lesson while I was out sick. Well, the hubs tried, but he ended up running over.  He didn’t finish the video the second day, so I had to run 15…

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2 Nephi 5-8

2 Nephi 5 To prepare for this lesson I taped a big sheet of bulletin board paper to the wall and drew this basic map: I will add to it throughout the year to help students keep track of where things are happening in relation to each other as the story progresses. I opened with a brief description of what is happening in the story to keep everyone on track. Lehi has died, and the family has broken up.  Nephi’s group is living apart “after the manner of happiness”. I passed out a styrofoam plate and marker to each student for our lesson opener.  On the computer (displayed on the TV) I typed “What is the secret to happiness?”  They…

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2 Nephi 3-4

2 Nephi 3 I took this lesson straight from the manual again with a few alterations. I drew the little stick men on the board with the scriptures and had 4 kids come up and write who each represented. Then I erased all the stick men except the one for Joseph Smith, and I had assigned students come up and write the things they discovered about Joseph Smith using the following verses Chalk Talk style: 6,7,8,9,11,13,14,15,17 After explaining about the Bible and Book of Mormon will grow together, I used the questions on page 84 in the manual.  Read the BY and GBH quotes from the manual, and then asked the kids to bear their testimonies of JS. Several of…

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2 Nephi 2 Part 2

This lesson was super, super easy.  The manual had a group activity that worked out perfectly.  I was like the others who reported back on the Facebook group — the activity went too long and bled into the following day’s lesson. I didn’t make a handout for this lesson because …. drum roll … the church already provided one!  I rarely use the online lesson planner (I know — you’d think someone as nerdy as I am would live on it) but this time I happened to be on it and found a link to the group activity handout already formatted and ready to go.  It was ugly, but I used it anyway since it meant I didn’t have to…

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2 Nephi 2 part 1, The Fall

Wow.  This was a difficult lesson.  I read on the Facebook group that one teacher spent five days on 2 Nephi 2.  I thought that was ridiculous, but after today, I can see why. I got a Facebook message on Friday from a student saying that she was bringing an investigator to class. This is the second investigator we have had come to class this year. I am not going to lie: it’s exhausting to plan for them. In addition to a General Conference review, I figured I better add in a “What is the Fall?” section to our lesson.  Anyway, I had the kids take out their notebooks and write something that touched them from General Conference.  Then I…

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1 Nephi Wrapup, 2 Nephi 1

1 Nephi 21:16–22:31 I used the lesson manual a little bit for this lesson, and I can’t say it went super well.  I had a list of verses to read aloud regarding the scattering and gathering of Israel, and we had a short discussion.  I also had students summarize some of the terms from the previous lesson because we had so many students absent, including “furnace of affliction” and “graven on the palms of my hands”. That, in particular, went well. For the final 10-15 minutes I used the Character Study Worksheets that I got from the Facebook Group to help students review their study of Nephi.  This was a great activity idea, and it worked great in class.  I…

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Isaiah in the Book of Mormon

I am going to cover only the last three Seminary lessons in this post, because I’m a little short on time.  I am going to GET MY HAIR DONE for the first time in months — what a relief.  I’ve been so busy the past three months that I couldn’t spare the 3 hours to get there.  I had an appointment last weekend, but I ended up pushing it back because of my visiting teaching and because I volunteered to help out at the school with a potato dinner for the band.  My hair is down to my shoulders, my roots are two inches, and I can’t WAIT to get it cut back to normal! 1 Nephi 18 This morning…

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