Seminary Moments

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Drops of oil D&C 45

I started off class with giving a Word Search. They needed to find 15 words and figure out what we would be discussing in class.
(I Googled word search games, typed in some words that pertained to the topic. So easy and a fun activity for the students)
Many of them were getting a few words, but still couldn't guess what we would be discussing. So I asked if they wanted help. Some took the help, others said, "No, I want to do it on my own" ahhh that was playing right in with the lesson!
We read Matt. 25:1-13
we found out that
the Bridegroom was the Savior
The arrival meant the Second Coming
10 Virgins represent the wise/foolish members of the church
We watched a short video clip called "They that are wise" which plays out the scripture in Matthew 25 about the 10 Virgins
5 of the Virgins were wise, zealous and devoted
5 were inactive and lukewarm
10 had a testimony
Only 5 were valiant
The oil represents the Holy Ghost and "drops" of righteous living.

I love this quote by Spencer W. Kimball:
"In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living. Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, home teaching, control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures-each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to the store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions, marriage in the covenant for eternity-these,too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can, at midnight, refuel our exhausted lamps" (Faith Precedes the Miracle, [1972], 256).

Here is the music portion of the video: it shows what Pres. Kimball was saying about each act accumulates over time and adds to our preparedness...

Often times we feel as if life is so hard and we almost want to give up. Have we been trying to do everything ourselves? Do we ask for help when needed? Do we add to our "oil" supply as Pres. Kimball mentioned in the above quote?

I gave them each a bag with "drops" of M&M's. Each time they ate one throughout the day, I wanted them to remember the lesson. It takes us drop by drop to prepare, learn and apply the gospel principals so that we will constantly have the fuel we need.

1 comment:

  1. I am thankful for your seminary blog! We are a week behind you, and it is really nice getting ideas from what you teach. Thank you for sharing your testimony and teaching methods.