D&C 121-123: The Missouri Mormon War and Extermination Order

This was a fun lesson to research.  I am really enjoying the Joseph Smith Papers videos and finding they are very helpful in setting the stage for my class.  Since they are older and I have more time per lesson, we are able to get into some really interesting history details. I was interested to

Legitimate leaves! Day 15

It’s been a few days since I’ve looked at my tomato seedlings, and I’m excited to see that so many of them are looking so good! Several of the seedlings that I thought weren’t going to come up have come up. Right now only the two Italian Roma pucks remain barren. I think they probably

Tomato seedlings – Day 6

Hooray! Most of my tomatoes have sprouted! The Italian Roma has not sprouted any, but all the others have at least one sprout. Once Stupice and one Mortgage Lifter haven’t sprouted yet. But other than that I’m really happy with the success on these tomato seedlings. Last year I put the tomato seedlings under the

Tomatoes planted

After last year’s disaster, I decided to try again growing my own tomatoes from seed.  This year I’ve planted six varieties: Stupice (blue label) Mortgage Lifter (purple label) Bush Steak Hybrid (yellow label) Cherokee Purple (purple label) Italian Grape – unknown variety (green label) Italian Roma – unknown variety (green label) My little stakes are

D&C 113-120

So this was the easiest lesson I’ve prepared all year.  I used to have easy ones like this all the time when I was teaching Seminary, but this is the first time that it’s come so easily for one of these multi-chapter weekly lessons. I have been recording the Joseph Smith Papers documentary videos off

Jenny Smith is a fool, Elder Christofferson.

I am ashamed to admit this, but when Elder Christofferson was called to be an apostle, I was unimpressed.  “Why did they call that guy?” (1) I wondered.  He seemed less polished and charismatic than what I was expecting given the latest crop of super human apostles we seem to be getting lately. I was

D&C 88-108, 137

Whoa.  It’s been a while. :) We ended up having class canceled a couple of times due to poor weather this month (unplanned), we missed one day because school was out (planned), and I’m pretty sure that I’ve only taught three times since my last post. D&C 106-108, 137 I’m not sure why D&C 137

D&C 77-87

We had a school holiday and so it has been two weeks since our last lesson.  This was a super interesting experience.  Another random person showed up for class.  As class started going on, it came out that she had studied with the Mormons before briefly, and her husband was a “priest in the Mormon

D&C 76 – Weeks 1 and 2

I was really nervous about teaching D&C 76.  There is so much information, and since I only teach weekly, I was pretty confident we would not get to all the material without rushing.  Additionally, because I teach adults it’s extremely difficult for me to judge how much people already know about the harder/deeper doctrines of

The activity that kills you but won’t die

Well, it came up again on our Seminary Teacher’s Facebook group–The Activity That Won’t Die: the Flight 227 airplane crash activity. I was astonished to see it appear on the page, actually.  I thought I had squelched it years ago with my forum posts regarding the First Presidency letter warning members not to wear all

I am a Machine

I worked on MormonShare.com over the weekend and was able to get a new Feeds importer working properly and I indexed about 200 new items to the website by hand, and probably automatically imported another 300.  Now they are tagged so they’ll show up in the activities, printables section, and even the sharing time lesson

How to write an LDS Funeral Talk: 5 Tips

Have you been asked to write an LDS Funeral Talk? It’s a daunting proposition. Fortunately, there are some guidelines you can use. Tip 1: Speak Words of Comfort “A comforting, spiritual funeral is of great importance. It helps console the bereaved and establishes a transition from mourning to the reality that we must move forward