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At the Ohio lesson

In December 1830 the Saints were commanded to move to Ohio(see D&C 37:3), and in January 1831 they were 

promised that they would be “endowed with power from on high” if they would obey (D&C 38:32).

Those who gathered in Ohio were greatly blessed. Continuous revelations led the Saints to deeper understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, they received the blessings that came from building a temple and preaching the gospel. While the Church grew in numbers and spiritual strength in Ohio, severe opposition also increased against the Church and its leaders. 

The Prophet Joseph Smith lived in Kirtland from January 1831 to January 1838.

Explain that in January 1831, the Prophet Joseph Smith and his wife,Emma, as well as Sidney Rigdon and Edward Partridge, left New York for Ohio. Most of the New York Saints followed during the next five months.


I made up four Mini-lessons- and had them rotate from station to station


At the Ohio lesson

At the Ohio lesson

The Law of the Church

Sir Isaac Newton is well known for his three laws of motion. The first law of motion, the law of inertia, states that objects at rest will remain at rest, and objects in motion will remain in motion, unless acted on by an outside force. Inertia, a resistance to change, depends on both mass and friction. In this activity you will observe the inertia of a penny at rest.
I found this activity online…they had to put the index card on the cup with a penny on top of the card. Then flip the 
card out having the penny fall into the cup. 
Using their scriptures and journals answer some questions about the Law of the Church (D&C 42)
                                             At the Ohio lesson

D&C 38:32 and 88: 119 the promised to endow the saints with power from on high and gave them commandments.
I had a Kirkland Ohio Temple fact sheet for them to read and questions for them to answer
They were to then build a edible temple out of marshmallows, graham crackers and frosting

At the Ohio lesson

At the Ohio lesson
D&C 42: 6-7 the Lord gave them commandments about missionary work
Once the Kirtland Temple had been dedicated and the keys for the gathering of Israel had been restored, members of the 

Church began to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in more places.

Using their scriptures: Map 3 in the Church History Maps section (“The New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio Area of the USA”).
 they found that:
Kirtland was an ideal location to begin to send missionaries throughout the world. Kirtland was near several main routes of transportation in the United States. From Kirtland, missionaries only had to travel short distances to access steamboats on

America’s major rivers and Lake Erie. They also had access to a national road system to the south and a canal system to the north. Because of this,Kirtland was the point of departure for missions to Canada, other parts of the United States, and Great Britain.

Because of missionary work during this time, the membership of the Church throughout the world increased by thousands.In 1837, 
Elders Heber C. Kimball and Orson Hyde were called along with five others on a mission to Great Britain, where they baptized around 2,000 people. By 1838, when the Saints left Kirtland because of persecution, there were about 2,000 members of the Church living in
Kirtland and nearly 18,000 worldwide

Mini-lesson 4—Other Significant Revelations and Events       

Read D&C 42:61

Joseph Smith arrived in Ohio, the Lord told him that he would “receive revelation upon revelation” if he would ask God.

-Turn to the chronological order of contents of the Doctrine and Covenants (located after the introduction).

Determine the location where most of the revelations recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants were received. 

Locate D&C 76; 89; 107; 137. Read the section introduction and skim the section summary located before the first verse.

In your journal write why each of these sections is significant.

Do my efforts really matter?

Object Lesson

Before recounting this story, hold up a marble and tell the group that it represents Abinadi. Ask the group how many people they think were converted through Abinadi’s efforts. Write their guesses on the blackboard. Then recount for them Abinadi’s short history as recorded in Mosiah 11-17. In summary, Abinadi, in fervent love and obedience to the Lord, boldly testified against wicked King Noah and his priests. Abinadi was ridiculed,…
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Sharing the Light

Object Lesson

Because this lesson uses live flame, it is best done out of doors at camp or family home evening. “Primary teacher Pam Lareaux told about a time her grandmother took her into a darkened room, lit a candle, and showed Pam how she could light other candles from her own. Then Pam’s grandmother taught her the importance of being an example and sharing her testimony. The lesson was so powerful…
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The Light Shining in Darkness

Object Lesson

Source: From a book by Robert Folgrum, as quoted here Turn the light off in the room. Have one person hold the flashlight up and shine it down on the mirror. (You’ll have to experiment to find the best way to do this.) The person with the mirror’s task is to see if they can reflect the light into the darkest corner of the room. Let two or three people…
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Share Your Light

Object Lesson

In a darkened room, light one of the candles with the match or lighter and explain that this candle can represent anyone. Use the lit candle to the light the other candle(s) and explain that when we share our testimonies of the Gospel (the Love of God, or the Light of Christ), our light does not diminish, but rather both candles glow brightly. Notice, also, that the more candles are…
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Comitment of Aplying Gosple principles

Object Lesson

Hand somone in the class a pencil, and ask them to “try to drop it” once the person drops the pencil, pick it up and say , “no maybe my instructions weren’t clear, I said TRY to drop the pencil” they might act confused, and maybe drop it again if so just repeat the process, but if they hold onto it and do not drop it, then say, ” no…
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Feed My Sheep

Object Lesson

While introducing the lesson to the class, display the basket of goodies where all in the class can see. Start eating the contents of the basket and show extreme enjoyment of eating each morsel you put into your mouth, without offering anything to anyone else. (ensure no one helps themselves). While you continue to enjoy eating, ask each girl in the room to share what they love about the Gospel….
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“A candle loses nothing by lighting another”

Object Lesson

This is a simple and easy, yet thought provoking object lesson. It can also be applied in many different ways. Start by lighting one of the candles, ask for a volunteer and give them a candle. Then light the other candle from the candle already lit. What did they observe? Did the candle lose any of it’s momentum from sharing it’s flame. No, in fact it shines brighter. Hence, “a…
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Friendshipping/ reactivating

Object Lesson

Hold up the burned matches and say, “These represent the sisters in our R.S. who no longer worship with us. Their testimony light once burned brightly, but has gradually become cold. Do you think it is possible to relight a once lit match?” [They will answer, ‘yes’] “The same is true of these sisters [Ward members]. If I were to continually contact a lit match again and again to these…
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Temple Work

Object Lesson

Before the lesson begins (on genealogy or temple work or redeeming the dead), pull aside one person and ask them to help you out. So that others who are in class can hear tell them you are going to need to tie them up (do so gently) to the chair. Let them know they will be unable to participate in the lesson, but they can listen. Only when you remove…
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Sharing the gospel is a “piece of cake”

Object Lesson

The teacher sits in front of the class devouring a piece of delicious chocolate cake, while verbalizing how delicious it is; how moist; how chocolatey; how delectable. The class watches and becomes a bit jealous. The teacher asks, “Oh, did you guys want some of this cake?” the class of course says “yes”. Compare that with the gospel. The gospel is a delicious chocolate cake that we often keep to…
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