This morning was the start to our Easter Holy Week.My students were greeted at the entrance hall with the floors covered in palm leaves.This opened our devotional discussion on Palm Sunday.During devotional time next week, we will discuss what happened…
Making the Most of LDS General ConferenceThe week before LDS General Conference, I spend time encouraging my students to prepare their hearts and minds for the messages from our leaders.As part of the preparation, I challenge them to write down one que…
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 […]
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It’s spring time which means General Conference will be here before we know it. Seventeen LDS Bloggers are joining me to share a few of our favorite things. We are so excited to be giving away over $400 in prizes. It’s been a treat to work with …
I think it’s pretty evident that Personal Progress and General Conference go together better than Peanut Butter & Chocolate! Personal Progress is designed to help us draw closer to Christ and become like Him, and General Conference offers us specific revelation to help us do that!
Of course we know that General Conference serves as a great value project, but I went through the value experiences and found quite a few that include studying the teaching found in General Conference.
The first principle of the gospel is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Learn about faith from the scriptures and living prophets. Read Hebrews 11; Alma 32:17–43; Ether 12:6–22; and Joseph Smith—History 1:11–20. Read two general conference talks on faith. Exercise your own faith by establishing a habit of prayer in your life. Begin by regularly saying your morning and evening prayers. After three weeks of following this pattern, discuss with a parent or leader what you have learned about faith and how daily personal prayer has strengthened your faith. In your journal express your feelings about faith and prayer.
As a young woman you are blessed with divine feminine qualities. Increase your understanding of and appreciation for womanhood. Read Proverbs 31:10–31 and two talks on womanhood from a conference issue of the Church magazines. Review what “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” says about being a wife and a mother. Then ask your mother or another mother you admire what she thinks are important attributes for being a mother. List the attributes in your journal. Then choose one of those attributes and strive to develop it. After two weeks report your success to a parent or leader.
Learn about the importance of patriarchal blessings by studying about them in True to the Faith and recent conference talks. Find out why they are given and who can give them. Discuss with a parent or Church leader how to prepare to receive a patriarchal blessing and how it can teach you of your worth and identity and be a guide throughout your life. If you have not received your blessing, prepare to receive it.
Select a gospel principle you would like to understand better (for example, faith, repentance, charity, eternal families, or baptismal covenants). Read scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets that relate to the principle. Prepare a five-minute talk on the subject and give the talk in a sacrament meeting, in a Young Women meeting, to your family, or to your class. Record in your journal how you can apply this gospel principle in your life.
ANY Choice and Accountability Experience
In my opinion, it seems like the majority of conference talks touch on the topics covered in these experiences, so it should be easy to find one to correlate with the experience of your choice!
Teach a lesson about service in family home evening or in another setting. Use pictures, music, examples [from General Conference], or demonstrations in your lesson. You may want to use the manual Teaching, No Greater Call as a resource.
List the issues, trends, and problems that weaken the family. Read the First Presidency message, “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”, and the section on family in For the Strength of Youth. Then research in the Church magazines the counsel of those whom we sustain as prophets, seers, and revelators. Write in your journal your plan to strengthen your present family and the values and traditions you want to establish with your future family.
ANY Virtue Experience
As with Choice and Accountability, so many talks touch on the topics discussed in the value of Virtue, so there should be no problem finding one that fits!
I have a few empty walls by my kids rooms. So I wanted to make a few quotes (prints) to lift them up and motivate them as they see them daily. I can’t decide which I like best so I think I will get a frame for these and change them out every othe…
Welcome Back and Time to Finish Strong!We returned to school and Seminary today after a much-needed Spring Break.Prior to the break, I had hit a “Seminary Wall” and was feeling more burned out than I can remember feeling in the last 3 years. I recogniz…
To review the song “Follow the Prophet,” I created this easy matching game. Prepare by printing two copies of the document below. Card stock or heavy bond paper is best so that the pictures cannot be seen through the back, but regular print…
I’ll admit that I’m not a huge Pinterest person— despite the fact that it appears otherwise—but every once in a while I’ll find something that really makes me smile. One thing I’ve seen abundantly over the past few weeks are several handouts with the phrase “Make the Most of General Conference” attached to a packet of M&M’s.
I thought the idea was so cute that it got me thinking of creating a companion handout. Another thing I’ve seen are poems using M&M’s, rotating it to make a 3, a W, and an E, each standing for something. I love President Uchtdorf’s advice for conference preparation, where he lists three things we can do, so I just sort of combined the two ideas and the result is a cute, fun handout with 3 Ways to Enjoy General Conference.
And even though I adore all the other handouts I’ve encountered, I really wanted cohesion, so I created my own “Make the Most” handout, designed to be similar to an actual M&M’s package.
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