Tag: Relief Society

The myth of “Church Approved” resources

I got an email today asking me if my website was church approved.  I thought I had squelched the myth of “church approved” 11 years ago…  Guess not. This question indicates a misinterpretation of Church leaders’ teachings that just gets me so frustrated that I felt it merited a public response.  This post originally appeared

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

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

D&C 60-64

Well, that went well.  I felt the spirit more strongly during this Relief Society gospel study lesson than in our previous lessons.  I started out by debunking that Mormon myth about the devil having control of the waters in D&C 61.  Easy.  Hopefully it’s clear to everyone that the destroyer is not the devil, but

D&C 8-9, 11-16

After last week, I thought that the class might be dwindling to an unsustainable level. Even though people keep expressing “interest” many were not showing up or were scheduling other appointments during class time. I was thinking that we might be approaching a time that we would have reassess the need for the class. But

My Lesson is Boring!

AC expressed a common concern on the LDS Seminary Teacher Facebook Group: “I’m a new teacher this year, not creative at all and need desperate help. I have my two boys in my class and they both tell me I’m boring.” Here’s what I said: Please know that everything I’m about to say is intended

Increasing Student Participation during Gospel Lessons

Most gospel teachers struggle with classroom participation. Sometimes you’ll get a classroom of students who are very active and loud, and other times you may have a classroom of very quiet students. We want students to enjoy each other, but “between the prayers” we want them to talk about the gospel — not Friday night’s

Evaluating A Gospel Lesson – 10 Questions to Ask

After a lesson is complete, you may feel elated or even discouraged.  Evaluating your teaching is an important, often neglected, step that can help you improve as a teacher.  Evaluating your lessons is the “report” part of the Return and Report pattern taught in the temple.  Reporting, by asking questions of yourself, prayerfully consulting the Lord,

“Charming” Relief Society jewelry

My gorgeous Relief Society charm is up for sale!!!  And, because I designed the charm and have it manufactured overseas, I can offer these charms at the best prices anywhere!  Yay me! You can get them for $1.49 at this link: Relief Society Charm, until I have to raise the price to their regular retail

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