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Catastrophe averted….

It was a rough night. I kept waking up, unable to sleep. Tried watching TV, but that didn’t help. Anyway, at some point around 4:30-5:00am I did fall asleep. Imagine my surprise when I woke to my backup alarm going off at 6am! Somehow I had turned on the wrong alarm on my alarm clock and slept until the first kids started arriving for Seminary! I jumped up, grabbed some jeans and a sweatshirt, and asked my DS to run downstairs and open the back door while I brushed my teeth and picked up my lesson materials. We were able to start class on time, but it’s only because I was too lazy to take everything down last night. :)…

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Adam is Obedient and the Fall

I got up this morning a little earlier than usual, which was a good thing. I had not cleaned up the basement or set up the tables, so it took me a good bit of work to get ready for class this morning. The first group of kids helped me set up chairs, and so I was able to get the computer set up for our music and get my materials ready for class. Today each zone took an assignment to talk about Fall. I used this worksheet. One zone took a column on the page, and I asked the last zone to take the bottom section “lessons learned from Adam and Eve” and add some more things to that…

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Pictures of My Daily Home Study Seminary Classroom

Thought I’d start out by posting some pictures of my Seminary classroom in case anyone was interested. It’s always helpful to me to actually *see* what something looks like, as opposed to reading about it. My students enter the house through the basement door greeted by a sign that reads welcome to Seminary and has a picture of a cell phone in airplane mode. When they come in, they sign in at the door. I used to use this Seminary sign in sheet, but I changed it to make things easier for me. The new form has my students names in alphabetical order (to match the attendance form I use) along with a blank for if they did the reading…

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Two week veteran

I was getting worried yesterday afternoon that I wasn’t going to have time to prepare my lesson. People kept calling and coming over related to the upcoming Time Out for Women, and the DAR thing, plus I set up a VT appointment and some other stuff. Jared ended up taking DS to mutual so I could finish preparing my lesson. I really can’t tell you how long I took since I kept getting tiny little snippets all day long. Now I’ve taught for 2 weeks. Well, almost two weeks since I missed Monday. But so far things are going okay. Today I tried to let the class president control the class during opening exercises, which didn’t work so well. I…

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Creation 2

Today we covered Moses 3. I was out late last night with a DAR Fall Muster meeting registration I had signed up to help with, and when coupled with a family “crisis”, I didn’t get much time to work on my lesson for today. Luckily I had taken some notes on the material while we were in Connecticut on Monday and had enough that I could teach. Plus, the kids were in a playful mood, so I let them goof off a bit more than usual during opening exercises to take up some time. Since today was Thursday, we did Moments instead of Magic Squares. One student shared how she stood up and said she was Mormon when someone was…

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Mid-week report

We went out of town over the weekend to visit some family in Connecticut. My cousins Andy and Ricky had a combined homecoming/farewell at their church on Sunday and so we drove up to see them and for the service. My grandma and Uncle Randy flew in from Utah to visit, too, so it was a really good visit. My grandma’s memory is deteriorating a little bit more and more. She’s still fun to talk to, though, and it was nice to see her. The cousins are always fun. It takes them a few hours to remember that they like us and to get over the fact that we don’t exclusively wear plain jane, tight t-shirts with no ornamentation and…

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Is the Bible Inferior?

For today’s reading I asked the kids to read 1 Nephi 13: 19-29, 40; 1 Nephi 14:23 and Mormon 7:8–9. Our discussion today was on whether the Bible was inferior scripture or not. They’ve heard all their lives that “plain and precious parts” have been removed, and the difficulty of reading the Bible sometimes means it gets less attention in the Church. I wanted to debunk that idea and give them tools for answering nonmembers questions about our thoughts on the Bible. This lesson is based on something that was presented at inservice meeting, but that I altered and cut down. That version was more lecture style; mine was discussion and I used fewer passages. I had gone over the…

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Plan of Salvation Part Deux and Education the Key to Opportunity

GREAT NEWS!!! The county transportation department was able to find transportation on a bus for our kids, and now the Seminary students will be able to ride the bus from my house to school each morning! Now all the mommies have to do is get the kids here, and the kids’ ride to school is taken care of. What a blessing for the families! Brother and Sister Dingess brought over the tables and chairs last night, so I’m all set now for class. Tomorrow we really will need tables (making scripture mastery posters), so I’m glad that the tables are here for that lesson. God had mercy on me today, and all of the kids were in their seats at…

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Plan of Salvation

Today was plan of salvation. When I was planning for the lesson today, it became apparent that we were not going to be able to cover the plan in any depth in just one day. Guess the lesson pacing schedule was right after all :) Next year we will spend 2 days on plan of salvation for sure. We spent today’s time in discussion and doing a few glue-ins for our journals. I had planned to have them move into preparing to teach the PofS, but the discussion was kind of somber and we ended up with only a few minutes anyway. Tomorrow we will finish plan of salvation and spend a very few minutes on Education. We had a…

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Second day of Seminary

I’m not as tired as I was yesterday — slept a lot better. I kept waking up during the night sure I was going to miss my alarm. Hopefully I will be able to sleep even better tonight. I didn’t mention it yesterday (because I thought it was not big deal), but I started out yesterday’s lesson differently than I had written. I mentioned that I had been on Facebook and saw some slightly disparaging remarks about Seminary. “I have to go to Seminary tomorrow,” and the like. I then talked briefly about semantics, or the importance of speaking accurately. I also mentioned a woman, Sister S, that most of the kids know from our neighboring ward. She attended seminary…

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First Day of Seminary

Well, it’s over. All the preparing and fretting and lack of sleep culminated in a slightly rocky first day of Seminary. I’m so relieved to be finally teaching! Several of the kids arrived right at 6:00 am, which astonished me. We start at 6:10, and I don’t know if people weren’t sure how long it would take to get to the house or what. Maybe I’m the only person that plans to arrive 1 minute before anything starts. Anyway, I was still setting up a few things when we started. My tables still aren’t in from wherever the church orders tables, so we sat on the couches and I brought in a couple of extra chairs. Our class president had…

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My heart is racing….

Tomorow’s the big day — Seminary starts. My stomach is churning and I’ve not been able to sleep well this past week. We are having some trouble with DS, and when compounded with my anxiety about Seminary and the shoulder pains, it’s been a rough week. I’ve been practicing getting up on time. I forgot how much I like getting up early. This schedule will really help me get going in the mornings. Today I printed the SLAMM and APPLY posters and hung them up. I also did some refining on my Plan of Salvation lesson. I will probably prepare a short lesson for Education, the Key to Opportunity as well. I have to say, the “Key to Opportunity” videos…

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