D&C 124-127: Establishment of Nauvoo

I can’t find my notes for this lesson.  This was a good lesson — as good as or better than last week — and so I don’t know why I can’t find my notes. I’m wondering if I just taught this straight out of the manual.  It’s all marked up in my online version….. I pitched this on our Facebook group as “Come find out why there’s an almost 2 year gap between D&C 123 and 124”.  I did a little bit of history at the beginning of this lesson, too.  We talked about the kind treatment of the citizens of Quincy, the Day of God’s Power where Joseph healed many who were ill from malaria in the swampy area,…

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D&C 121-123: The Missouri Mormon War and Extermination Order

This was a fun lesson to research.  I am really enjoying the Joseph Smith Papers videos and finding they are very helpful in setting the stage for my class.  Since they are older and I have more time per lesson, we are able to get into some really interesting history details. I was interested to know that sections 121-3 are all from a 29 page letter Joseph Smith wrote while in Liberty Jail. You learn something new every day (or at least you do on a good day). For this class, I wrote over three pages of notes from the videos to help me stay on track and to help students follow what was happening during this Liberty Jail period.…

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D&C 113-120

So this was the easiest lesson I’ve prepared all year.  I used to have easy ones like this all the time when I was teaching Seminary, but this is the first time that it’s come so easily for one of these multi-chapter weekly lessons. I have been recording the Joseph Smith Papers documentary videos off of BYUTV for a while now, and several of them have given me good information and insights. Joseph Smith and the Law Part Two works PERFECTLY for this lesson. The video starts out with a good explanation that briefly explains the apostasy in Kirtland and what caused the move to Missouri. The last half of the video talks about many of the revelations received at…

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D&C 88-108, 137

Whoa.  It’s been a while. :) We ended up having class canceled a couple of times due to poor weather this month (unplanned), we missed one day because school was out (planned), and I’m pretty sure that I’ve only taught three times since my last post. D&C 106-108, 137 I’m not sure why D&C 137 was tossed in with this material, though I will say it did end up fitting perfectly with my class’s discussion.  We had a very wide ranging discussion on the Priesthood in conjunction with D&C 107.  I made a handout with the offices and duties of each of the Priesthoods in one column.  In the second column, I listed the two priesthoods.  I had planned for…

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D&C 77-87

We had a school holiday and so it has been two weeks since our last lesson.  This was a super interesting experience.  Another random person showed up for class.  As class started going on, it came out that she had studied with the Mormons before briefly, and her husband was a “priest in the Mormon church” who left in order to marry a Catholic woman.  He’s had a hard time with his decision to leave the church. Anyway, this woman seemed to be genuinely interested if not fully open, and she has a very solid understanding of the scriptures.  Not shy, she dominated our conversation.  It was interesting to see how the interaction went down. I was SUPER anxious as…

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D&C 76 – Weeks 1 and 2

I was really nervous about teaching D&C 76.  There is so much information, and since I only teach weekly, I was pretty confident we would not get to all the material without rushing.  Additionally, because I teach adults it’s extremely difficult for me to judge how much people already know about the harder/deeper doctrines of the gospel, like the degrees of glory. I had the feeling that I should really push the idea of scripture study aids with this section of scripture.  I think it’s very important for gospel teachers to teach gospel students how to use the scripture study aids to enhance their personal study and to learn how to find answers to their own questions.  It’s something I…

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Teaching the Seminary manual with exactness or GTLH 3?

I’ve been subbing in seminary for less than 24 hours, and I’ve already got some feedback for Salt Lake. I love teaching Seminary, but I do wish it were under different circumstances. One of the Seminary teachers in our unit had an unspeakable family tragedy last week and she will be unable to teach for an undetermined period of time. A member of the bishopric covered three classes for her last week, and they gave me the option after Sacrament meeting yesterday of taking over so that the bishopric member could get back to his regular duties. Since I’ve taught Seminary to all but one of the students before, a transportation need is met by the bus at my house,…

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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 s/he is an angel of God’s whose job it is to tear things up when instructed.  That thing about missionaries not being able to swim because the devil has control of the waters is junk, too. Anyway, I went into the lesson using my old favorite What Did You Underline? This started a good discussion.  The verses we used were D&C 60:2, 3, 5, 7, 8–9,…

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D&C 57-59

I had a fun time with this lesson.  I felt like I had a clear focus, which gave me a chance to really push my lesson home.  I do wish I had more time to polish it, but I spent the day Monday Christmas-ing up the house for my daughter, and didn’t realize I hadn’t planned my lesson until I went to bed. I decided to read the text, and it was apparent that I had already read and marked it up the previous week, but I literally could not remember a thing about what I had planned to do.  I spend the evening locating a few quotes, reading the different manual approaches, and came up with my ideas. Then…

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D&C 49-56

I followed up on our challenge to introduce ourselves to new move-ins and seek to welcome them to our ward at the beginning of class.  No stories to share, but I’ll follow up again later. Last week we did not get to the gifts of the spirit in D&C 46, and since a student mentioned it was some of her favorite scripture, I asked her to do a 15 minute presentation at the beginning of class.  She did so, and did a great job.  There were a couple of questions about what some of the more obscure gifts of the spirit are, and I explained those.  Easy. To start off our lesson on the Shakers and D&C 49, I had…

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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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