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D&C 41-44

This lesson didn’t turn out how I expected, but it was a nice lesson.  This is one of those rare cases where I probably got more out of the lesson than anyone, but I think we all learned something. To open the lesson, I reminded them of the overview we had last week about the Saints gathering to Ohio, and shared a story from the manual about Lucy Smith leading a group of Saints to Ohio, asking the students to listen for how the Lord showed he was aware of the Saints as they traveled: Lucy Mack Smith led a group of 80 Church members from Fayette, New York, to Ohio. As they traveled by boat on the Cayuga and…

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D&C 36-40

Ha! I found my lesson notes for this lesson!  I am going to back date it so that it shows in order on the website, but really I’m writing this three weeks after I gave the lesson, so hopefully I can remember how it went. This was the At The Ohio lesson for me, so I spent a good bit of time giving the class an overview of the Kirkland era.  I have listed in my notes several lesson objectives: students will get an overview of the Kirtland era, understand that it overlaps Missouri. Student will understand unity DYC 38 per lesson manual AGAIN our v28 our tone is meek v41 (have no idea what this meant now) Students will…

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D&C 30-35

I felt good about this lesson when it was over.  My attempt to accommodate my visually impaired student was successful, and the discussion was pretty great. The student in class who was a former seminary teacher texted me afterward to thank me for it.  It’s nice to have a good lesson every now and again. I started out with my “look over what you read and share something you liked” bit again.  It works well with this group, and since some of the ladies are slackers who don’t read, it gives them a chance to look at and preview the material before I dive in.  I’m not a good “from scratch” teacher.  I really rely on students having some background…

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D&C 24-29

This lesson felt a lot better to me for some reason.  I didn’t spend as much time on Emma as I expected to, given the audience, but it worked out fine. My outline is pretty sparse, but I’ll try to fill in the deets. Started out by asking students to look over these sections and share what they liked.  This always opens a good discussion.  Once they came back to Emma, I started in with the lesson proper. D&C 25 – Elect Tossed in some biographical information as it came up about Emma.  Some was from Mormon Engima and other bits from Rough Stone Rolling and some from Mormon Polygamy. What does elect mean?  Cf to D&C 29:7 D&C 27…

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D&C 20-23

Okay — this lesson bombed for me.  Even I was bored teaching this junk.  The ladies seemed fine with it, but I was bored to death. My lesson objectives were Students will learn about the organization of the church Students will review the duties of church offices/priesthood with an eye toward the duties of the members With this group, I try to give a little background history information at the beginning of each lesson.  Since it’s a week between lessons, I summarize last week’s lesson to remind them what they learned, and then continue the story.  In this regard, the new D&C manual is horrible.  If you plan on giving your lessons any contiuity, plan on reading on your own. …

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How to Teach with the Spirit

When I first began teaching, I kept hearing people say that teachers should “teach with the Spirit”.  What did that even mean?  It’s not like I can control when the Holy Ghost testifies or if another person can hear or listen to him, right?  Does teaching with the spirit mean I should scrap the manual and wing my lessons? A lot of teachers I observed didn’t feel a lesson was successful unless someone had cried.  Was that an indicator of teaching with the spirit?  Isn’t this emotionally manipulative? I spent a lot of years very confused about how to “teach with the Spirit”.  I’ve since learned what teaching with the spirit means to me, but I turned to the Seminary…

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What’s new with the website?

I’ve completed the move to WordPress, or at least, I’ve completed it far enough to take the website live, anyway.  I’ll blog another day about why I moved to WordPress from Drupal, but for now, I’m just going to make a quick run-down of the new features of the site. Streamlined Menus I hate to admit it, but LDS.org may have gotten this right.  Less menu options is better on the top-level pages of a site.  For the past ten years I’ve usually put all the menu options on the site, linking to all of the main pages, but at this point when I’ve got thousands of pages of valuable content to link and index, the time had come for…

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