Seminary Moments

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

At the Ohio lesson

In December 1830 the Saints were commanded to move to Ohio(see D&C 37:3), and in January 1831 they were 
promised that they would be “endowed with power from on high” if they would obey (D&C 38:32).
Those who gathered in Ohio were greatly blessed. Continuous revelations led the Saints to deeper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, they received the blessings that came from building a temple and preaching the gospel. While the Church grew in numbers and spiritual strength in Ohio, severe opposition also increased against the Church and its leaders. 
The Prophet Joseph Smith lived in Kirtland from January 1831 to January 1838.
Explain that in January 1831, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his wife,Emma, as well as Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge, left New York for Ohio. Most of the New York Saints followed during the next five months.

I made up four Mini-lessons- and had them rotate from station to station

The Law of the Church
Sir Isaac Newton is well known for his three laws of motion. The first law of motion, the law of inertia, states that objects at rest will remain at rest, and objects in motion will remain in motion, unless acted on by an outside force. Inertia, a resistance to change, depends on both mass and friction. In this activity you will observe the inertia of a penny at rest.

I found this activity online...they had to put the index card on the cup with a penny on top of the card. Then flip the 
card out having the penny fall into the cup. 

Using their scriptures and journals answer some questions about the Law of the Church (D&C 42)


D&C 38:32 and 88: 119 the promised to endow the saints with power from on high and gave them commandments.
I had a Kirkland Ohio Temple fact sheet for them to read and questions for them to answer
They were to then build a edible temple out of marshmallows, graham crackers and frosting

D&C 42: 6-7 the Lord gave them commandments about missionary work
Once the Kirtland Temple had been dedicated and the keys for the gathering of Israel had been restored, members of the 
Church began to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in more places.

Using their scriptures: Map 3 in the Church History Maps section (“The New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio Area of the USA”).
 they found that:
Kirtland was an ideal location to begin to send missionaries throughout the world. Kirtland was near several main routes of transportation in the United States. From Kirtland, missionaries only had to travel short distances to access steamboats on
America’s major rivers and Lake Erie. They also had access to a national road system to the south and a canal system to the north. Because of this,Kirtland was the point of departure for missions to Canada, other parts of the United States, and Great Britain.
Because of missionary work during this time, the membership of the Church throughout the world increased by thousands.In 1837, 
Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde were called along with five others on a mission to Great Britain, where they baptized around 2,000 people. By 1838, when the Saints left Kirtland because of persecution, there were about 2,000 members of the Church living in
Kirtland and nearly 18,000 worldwide

Mini-lesson 4—Other Significant Revelations and Events       
Read D&C 42:61
Joseph Smith arrived in Ohio, the Lord told him that he would “receive revelation upon revelation” if he would ask God.
-Turn to the chronological order of contents of the Doctrine and Covenants (located after the introduction).

Determine the location where most of the revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants were received. 

Locate D&C 76; 89; 107; 137. Read the section introduction and skim the section summary located before the first verse.
In your journal write why each of these sections is significant.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Which way do you Face?

Write and Pass Activity
- give each student a copy of the talk
- Put Name on Top
- Everyone uses a different color pencil
-start reading and underlining and writing notes in margins of what you think or what stands out to you. 
-Every two minutes the alarm rings then  pass it to the person on their left or right. 
-The 2 minute timer starts up again and you can read notes from the person before you then continue reading where you left off and underline and write notes.
-In the end they have read and highlighted the whole talk plus got thoughts from others.

-return the paper to the original owner and a discussion follows.
 This was a fun activity. 
Thank you to a fellow seminary teacher, Robyn Childers for the idea.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

 I brought in my son's mission calls and passed them around. Most of them in the class had never seen one before. They loved looking through them.

I made small suitcases and gave one to each of them...caution, the girls LOVED them, the boys not so much :)
They were to copy down in their suitcases what to pack and what to leave behind.
I asked the question, "What is a missionary supposed to pack?"
Then I asked "What should a missionary leave behind"
I was looking for "sin"

To help students understand why it is important for prospective missionaries to repent of their sins,  we read aloud the following statements by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
“In this battle between good and evil, you cannot play for the adversary whenever temptation comes along and then expect to suit up for the Savior at temple and mission time as if nothing has happened. … God will not be mocked. …
“… The Lord has drawn lines of worthiness for those called to labor with Him in this work. No missionary can be unrepentant of sexual transgression or profane language or pornographic indulgence and then expect to challenge others to repent of those very things! … The Spirit will not be with you, and the words will choke in your throat as you speak them. You cannot travel down what Lehi called ‘forbidden paths’ [1 Nephi 8:28] and expect to guide others to the ‘strait and narrow’ [2 Nephi 31:18] one—it can’t be done” (“We Are All Enlisted,” Ensign orLiahona, Nov. 2011, 45).

Elder Holland:
“Whoever you are and whatever you have done, you can be forgiven. Every one of you … can leave behind any transgression with which you may struggle. It is the miracle of forgiveness; it is the miracle of the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. But you cannot do it without an active commitment to the gospel, and you cannot do it without repentance where it is needed. I am asking you … to be active and be clean. If required, I am asking you to get active and get clean” (“We Are All Enlisted,” 45).

Saturday, January 3, 2015

D&C 30-36 Missionary Handbook

Using D&C 30-36, they were to read and come up with what the Lord says about Missionaries...companions, spiritual preparation, conduct, attitude and their calling

Friday, January 2, 2015

D&C 29 Comic Strip

 Make a comic strip on board of 9 sections w/ the following scriptures in each section:
1.    Moses 3:16-17
2.    D&C 29: 40
3.    D&C 29: 41
4.    D&C 29:42
5.    Helaman 14:16
6.    Helaman 14:17
7.    Helaman 14:18
8.    D&C 29: 43-45

9.    D&C 29: 46-50

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Scripture mastery Turkey shoot

 They LOVE this tradition we started last year...
 Divide into teams. Give a scripture mastery clue and they race to find it. The WHOLE team has to find it and hold their scriptures up when they do.  If they answer correctly, they get to send a member to the board to shoot a turkey. which ever one they hit, that is the point value the team gets

D&C 28 Satan imitates

President James E. Faust of the First Presidency cautioned us to avoid activities that may invite Satan’s influence into our lives:
“Satan is not an enlightening subject. I consider him to be the great imitator. …
“It is not good practice to become intrigued by Satan and his mysteries. No good can come from getting close to evil. Like playing with fire, it is too easy to get burned. … The only safe course is to keep well distanced from him and any of his wicked activities or nefarious practices. The mischief of devil worship, sorcery, witchcraft, voodooism, casting spells, black magic, and all other forms of demonism should always be avoided” (“The Forces That Will Save Us,” Ensign, Jan. 2007, 5).

In 1830, the Prophet Joseph Smith encountered a challenge because Church members did not understand the order of revelation in the Church. Hiram Page claimed to receive revelations for the Church through the medium of a special stone, and some Church members, including Oliver Cowdery, believed him. Shortly before a Church conference that was held on September 26, 1830, the Lord revealed truths that helped Oliver Cowdery and others understand the order of revelation in the Church.