This information was originally published at http://kenalford.com/semlist/2002/02feb02.htm and sent out as part of Ken Alford’s email list to Seminary teachers.
Scripture Mastery Devotional Preparation Activity Day
This idea is similar to the idea above, but students are given time to prepare devotionals. If your students are like mine, devotionals are too often done “on the fly”. This activity day gives you and your students the opportunity to “fix it”.
To make this activity day a success, I recommend that you bring doctrinal church books, New Era magazines, and Ensign magazines so students can search for material to share during their future devotionals.
Provide students with an outline of the “devotional format” you would like them to use — for example, perhaps something like:
- Introduce the scripture (background, setting, doctrine, missionary application, etc.)
- Read the entire scripture.
- Briefly explain why you chose this scripture.
- Share a relevant short story, poem, or quotation.
- Bear your testimony regarding the truthfulness of this Gospel principle, what it means to you, and why you selected it.
Kenneth L. Alford
Title: Associate Professor
Office: 316D JSB
Bio: Dr. Kenneth L. Alford is an Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine. After serving almost 30 years on active duty in the United States Army, he retired as a Colonel in 2008. While on active military duty, Ken served in numerous assignments, including the Pentagon, eight years teaching computer science and information systems engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and four years as a Professor of Behavioral Science and Department Chair at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. After serving in the England Bristol Mission, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University, a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Southern California, a Master of Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in computer science from George Mason University. He has published and presented on a wide variety of subjects during his career. His current research focuses on Latter-day Saint military service. Ken and his wife, Sherilee, have four children and thirteen grandchildren.