Students will learn about the organization of the church
Students will review the duties of church offices/priesthood with an eye toward the duties of the members
With this group, I try to give a little background history information at the beginning of each lesson. Since it’s a week between lessons, I summarize last week’s lesson to remind them what they learned, and then continue the story. In this regard, the new D&C manual is horrible. If you plan on giving your lessons any contiuity, plan on reading on your own. I happen to already know a fair amount about church history, and I have lots of resources, so this is easy for me, but it might not be for others.
After explaining some church history, including some details about the publishing process for the Book of Mormon, I transitioned with “Now, it’s time to organize the church.” We talked about the date of the revelations in this section. Noted that D&C 20 is called “The Constitution” and that it was read often in its entirety during meetings. D&C 20 is basically like the Church Handbook of Instructions for the early church. I may
In my notes I had this whole section divided into verses to help students see how things are organized: who is God, what is the Son, baptism, apostles, etc. I ended up really focusing in on the duties of members of the church as shown in D&C 20:68–84. I had a non-member investigator, so we hit baptism hard (71-74). After verse 75, I showed this movie by Quentin L Cook:
We spent most of the lesson talking about duties of the members and the sacrament with these questions and whatever follow up questions came up. I had a random Catholic nonmember show up, so I was careful to encourage her to attend church, too, even if it wasn’t ours. She was digging it, but didn’t come back the next week.
What does expedient mean? Why expedient?
What does it mean to take upon the name of the Son? How does this relate to when you took your husband’s name when you got married (most of my class are older married or widowed women)?
What significance does the blood of Christ have for us?
Showed two more movies
Used these questions to follow up
How does taking the sacrament help you feel the Holy Ghost?
How does taking the sacrament help you grow spiritually?