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Not much Seminary preparation last week…

For the past several days we’ve had the entire family here for a reunion. Phew. Fourteen people running around here. It was fun. Due to the chaos, the only thing I got done Seminary related was to start work on the first few lessons for the first week of class. I’m not even done reading Matthew yet….. Ah, well. I don’t think I’m going to have time to finish up the entire New Testament before class begins. I’ve read the Gospels many times, so I think I may skip Mark, Luke, and John in favor of familiarizing myself again with the epistles. Seminary is just five weeks away for me! The Olympics have started. NBC’s coverage has been pretty terrible.…

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Google Seven Nexus for LDS Gospel App

I love the functionality of the new gospel library app, and I’ve been seeking my own holy grail of smart devices on which to run it. My husband bought me a Nexus seven as a surprise gift. It came in the mail yesterday. I’m writing this blog entry using Dragon dictation. Dragon is very accurate and makes typing on the tablet much easier. It’s made a lot of progress since I last tested it. Since I’m using the tablet- even with the Swype keyboard- it’s difficult to type. Dragon dictation makes it much easier and faster to get words on to the tablet. I’m enjoying the widgets a great deal, especially the Gmail widget. I’m surprised how productive I feel…

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Teach the New Testament in book order or chronologically…..

The last few days I’ve been second guessing myself about what order to teach the books of the New Testament. I had decided to teach in book order, but now I’m not sure. Both of the teachers I’ve talked to teach it as the Life of Christ in chronological order using whichever book has the main story. Then they teach epistles. There are several different pacing guides in the New Testament found on pages 277-278 of the teacher manual. I am leaning toward teaching the books in order myself so that it’s easier for my students to follow along with the assigned reading. If I weren’t using assigned reading, teaching the scriptures like the options in the manual or even…

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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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I Wish I Taught Seminary in South Carolina!

I read in USA Today this article:http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-07-03/religion-courses… It describes how students are allowed to receive credit toward graduation through released time courses. Wow. Of course the grading that equates to a high school course, I wouldn’t enjoy as much….. Tuesday I had my meeting with the SI representative and the new Stake Representative. They gave me the New Testament manual and videos for next year. (The videos are actually the old videos — the new stuff isn’t out yet.) I was surprised how well the meeting went. I admit I had been kind of dreading it, since last year my interview culminated with a worried call by the SI guy to the Bishopric. LOL. I explained what I did last…

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