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Apostle Orson Hyde Dedicates the Holy Land by Clark Kelley Price

3 Nephi 5:24; D&C 110:11 And as surely as the Lord liveth, will he gather in from the four quarters of the earth all the remnant of the seed of Jacob, who are scattered abroad upon all the face of the earth. 3 Nephi 5:24 During the 1836 dedication of the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith prayed fervently for the gathering of Israel. Several days later Moses appeared in the Kirtland…
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Billboard Words

These words say a lot without a lot of letters. And they are meant to draw our attention in a hurry–just like a billboard–and usually there is a message just after them that we were intended to focus on. Look for “Wo”(especially double or triple Wos), “O,” “Thus,” “And Thus we see,” “Behold,” “Nevertheless,” “Therefore,” “Yea”,” “Now,” “Likewise,” “Let us,” “Finally,” etc. Today, we use superlatives such as: “good, better,…
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Action Words

Sometimes the way the Lord uses verbs, or action words, is very specific and powerful. Look for words that describe actions, what people are doing or to do, etc. Ponder why the Lord chose such language and not another similar but different word. Look For: Look for the words that are action words–that describes what someone or something is doing, etc. Example: John 14:15 “If you love me, keep the…
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Equal Signs

The Lord often uses “formulas” to show how to obtain certain blessings or outcomes. Mark these with an equal signs. They signal a plain truth of the gospel. Look For: Look for places where the Lord defines something or ties two or more things together. Words like “is,” “like,” or “in other words” Example: D&C 93:24 Def. of Truth 3 Nephi 11:29 Contention is of the devil. (therefore what does…
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The prophets foretold that Jesus Christ would come to earth.

Primary Talks

Many prophets foretold that Jesus Christ would come to earth. Adam, Enoch, Abraham, Noah, Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Nephi, Lehi, Alma, Samuel the Lamanite, and many, many other prophets taught that Jesus Christ would come. In fact, all of the prophets testified of Christ. 3 Nephi 20:24 says “Verily I say unto you, yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have…
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Answers to prayers come from Heavenly Father in many ways.

Primary Talks

The Savior taught, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). To the Nephites He said, “Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall…
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If I live worthily, the Holy Ghost will help me choose the right.

Primary Talks

Elder LeGrand Richards made this statement: “I would rather have my children and my children’s children enjoy the companionship of the Holy Ghost than any other companionship in this world because if they will heed the promptings of that Spirit, he will lead them into all truth and see them safely back into the presence of their Father in heaven” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1966, 112; or Improvement Era, June…
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I wonder what I’ll be good at?

Luke 15 While we were watching this fantastic movie this morning: all of the students were commenting on how talented this sand story artist, Joe Castillo is. Then, one of my least introspective students asked himself aloud: “I wonder what I’ll be good at?” Another Freshman turned to him and said, “I know man! Me, too!” I didn’t know what to say to him that wouldn’t sound like a platitude,…
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Regional Seminary Inservice Report – Leading Discussions with Good Questions and Lesson Ideas

We had a regional inservice training the first weekend in January. In this area, Seminary and Institute teachers are invited to a Saturday training that lasts for several hours. This one went from 9 AM to 3 PM, and included lunch. Lunch was the best part :) Our meetings start off with a kind of a keynote address and then we get to choose courses from two sessions in the…
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Strong and Immovable

Object Lesson

Items Needed: A feather, a large rock Lesson Idea: Place the feather on a table and ask someone to come and blow the feather off the table.  Place the rock on the table and have another person come and try to blow it off the table.  You may want to have several people together try to blow the rock off the table. Discussion:  We must be strong.  Our testimonies must…
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