Warn Your Neighbor

Here is a great attention activity for #dandc88:77-85 that comes from the old seminary manual. It is about warning your neighbor. I used it this morning and it went really well!
From the old manual~~
“Give the first student who arrives in class a note with the following message: ‘Notice: All those who fold their arms for at least one minute during the devotional today will receive a reward.’ Watch and see if the student shares that information with others. After the devotional, give a small reward to each student who followed the instructions, and then ask the first student: Why did you (or didn’t you) share the information about the reward with other students? Tell students: Imagine you knew a natural disaster was approaching your town. Would you warn your neighbors? Why or why not? Do we have the responsibility to do so? How quickly would you want others to warn you if you were unaware? Read D&C 88:81-82 and ask: How do those verses relate to the example? Why does the Lord want us to warn others? Read verses 77-80. What must we do before we can warn our neighbors? Who do you think the word ‘neighbor’ refers to?”
The student that I gave the note to had shared the information with some but not with others (which was perfect!). After the devotional I went around the classroom with a bag of Twix bars and rewarded those who had folded their arms during the devotional. Those who hadn’t were kind of amazed that I actually didn’t give them one!
I then added a detour into #dandc137:6-8 to offer those who didn’t know about the “law” to receive their reward post-devotional. :)
It certainly got everyone’s attention!
What a brilliant idea. Too bad I’m already in section 89….I’ll have to keep this in mind for the next time. :-)
I think it would also work really well with D&C 137.
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This is perfect. Thanks.
Thank you Jeanne, I used this on Friday with a slight, but more obvious alteration. I had them stand up whenever they said “suffer/ed” when we were working on memorizing D&C 19:16-19. It so confused those who hadn’t been told, but by the end of the scripture mastery time, they decided to follow their peer’s examples. It lead to a really good discussion about how powerful just our examples can be in “warning” our neighbors.

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Role of a Learner 2014

working in small groups to figure out the”Role of a Learner”

Role of a Learner 2014

Role of a Learner 2014

Role of a Learner 2014

Role of a Learner 2014

I gave them each this handout (from fellow seminary teacher Becky Edwards) and told them take two different colored pens, to go to a quite spot and discuss how to be a “learner”. Then we met back together to share what they learned.

Keys to Active Learning

Read these quotes. Mark in one color what actions you’re being invited to take to obtain spiritual learning.   Mark in a second color the promised blessings of doing these things.

1. “The very process of formulating a question, raising a hand, asking a question and listening attentively is an expression of faith. This principle of seeking learning by faith invites individualized teaching by the Holy Ghost”  (Elder David A. Bednar, Address to Australian Saints, April 2008).

2. “Assure that there is abundant participation because that use of agency by a student authorizes the Holy Ghost to instruct. It also helps the student retain your message.  As students verbalize truths, they are confirmed in their souls and strengthen their personal testimonies” (Elder Richard G. Scott, “To Understand and Live Truth,” Feb. 4, 2005).          

3. “We are to help students learn to explain, share, and testify of the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel. We are to give them opportunities to do so with each other in class.  We are to encourage them to do so outside of class with family and others” (The Teaching Emphasis in the Church Educational System, November 14, 2007).

4. “When you encourage students to raise their hand to respond to a question, they signify to the Holy Spirit their willingness to learn.  That use of moral agency will allow the Spirit to motivate and give them more powerful guidance during your time together. Participation allows individuals to experience being led by the Spirit. They learn to recognize and feel what spiritual guidance is. It is through the repeated process of feeling impressions, recording them, and obeying them that one learns to depend on the direction of the Spirit more than on communication through the five senses” (Richard G. Scott, “Helping Others to Be Spiritually Led,” 8/11/1998).

5. “Do you know how to get the most benefit from this time together?  Write down the impressions you feel…Spiritual moments in life often come when it seems difficult to record them.  Yet that special effort to crystallize in a permanent record sacred impressions of the Holy Ghost is powerfully rewarded.  Begin now even if you have to borrow paper and pencil to do it.” (Richard G. Scott, BYU-I Devot., Feb. 24, 2004)


6. 1 Nephi 19:23 – …I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.

7.  D&C 88:122 – Appoint among yourselves a teacher, and let not all be spokesmen at once; but let one speak at a time and let all listen unto his sayings, that when all have spoken that all may be edified of all, and that every man may have an equal privilege.

8. “The person at the pulpit’s most important purpose is to teach by the Spirit.  Those in attendance must hear by the Spirit.  The best way to hear by the Spirit that I have found is simply to have in your heart a prayer for the person who is speaking.  If you will pray for the person who is speaking you will hear things you would not otherwise hear.  The Spirit will say things that He might not otherwise say.” (Elder Dunn, quoted by Kelly Haws in Priesthood training mtg)


I Accept God’s Invitation to be an Active Learner this Year in Seminary.


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