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6-month planning meeting

We held our 6-month planning and leadership meeting this morning. I am not sure where I got the idea for holding this event before General Conference, but that has turned out to be a great choice.  It’s a day free of other church meetings, and since we are in the Eastern time zone, General Conference doesn’t begin for us until noon, which frees up the morning for YW. We invite all three young women class presidencies, their secretaries, the bishopric member over YW, all YW leaders, and our secretary to this meeting.  We meet in someone’s home and have breakfast together first thing at 9am.  Today we had leadership training on conducting (bishopric member), planning activities (first counselor), and why…

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Must the presidency sit at the front during meetings?

I’ve been in three Relief Society presidencies, and each group has had someone ask if they have to sit at at the front of the classroom during meetings.  In the past I’ve said it’s up to you, but today I stumbled on this article from Elder Boyd K. Packer (The Unwritten Order of Things, Brigham Young University devotional, 15 Oct. 1996).  He says something different: The things I am going to tell you about are not so rigid that the Church will fall apart if they are not strictly observed all the time. But they do set a tone, a standard, of dignity and order and will improve our meetings and classwork; they will improve the activities. If you know them…

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What if Seminary was foever cancelled?

Last week I read a blog entry from Leading LDS titled “What if Elder’s Quorum was Forever Cancelled“. It really got me to thinking about the meetings we hold in the Church. Would people have missed Relief Society if it was cancelled when I was president? How about now in Seminary? Do my students consider Seminary vital in their lives? Do they miss it over the summer? I hope they miss Seminary over the summer. I had a few tell me they were sad it was ending, though most were glad to not get up so early in the morning, as was I. I hope that all my lesson preparation is with that goal: helping students understand that gospel study…

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Teaching Technique: Removing Barriers and classroom setup

I promised to write about this lesson some time ago, but hadn’t gotten around to it. The weekend before I taught this lesson was inservice meeting. For me, the actual lesson material is easy. I don’t have any trouble reading a passage and picking out something awesome to share or have the kids discuss. What I need is “techniques”. Now I know that you’re probably reading “gimmicks” here. I don’t mean cutesy little games and stuff to entertain my kids while slipping in a gospel golden nugget or two, I’m talking about actual techniques that teachers use that help them own and control a classroom so they can get maximum participation from their students. You know how it is —…

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10 Tips for Giving a Great Talk

Primary Object Lesson Talks You will get some good ideas from my LDS Object Lessons for simple Primary talks. Top Ten tips for Giving a Great Talk by Robert Felts, New Era, August 2000 from LDS.org Accept the assignment cheerfully, and pray for guidance, especially if you aren’t comfortable with the assigned topic. Start outlining your talk at least a week before your assignment. Use scriptures. Try to memorize the verses for your talk. Include your own spiritual experiences and testimony. Make sure your notes are easily readable. If you’re really ambitious, try memorizing your talk so you don’t need notes. Rehearse in front of a mirror. Practice standing straight on both feet without shifting or making nervous gestures. Avoid “ums”…

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Utilizing Internet Tools to Fulfill the Three-fold Mission of the Church

With the increase in use of social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook, LDS church members are finding exciting ways to preach the gospel and fulfill their callings using online tools. Proclaiming the Gospel LDS App – This clever Facebook App will help you share information about your faith more easily on Facebook. “Most Church members on Facebook have both Mormon and non-Mormon friends. By simply being yourself online, non-Mormons will get a feel for what you do on Sundays, where you were for 18-24 months, where you were married, and other aspects of your faith.” says the More Good Foundation, owner of the app. Many members share favorite scriptures on the “Favorite Quotes” section of Facebook. Other members use…

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