The Ashburn Virginia Stake made a great video with ideas on how to make or alter clothing when preparing for Trek. The video includes instructions on fabric types that are safe around fire, skirt lengths, and how to make a man's shirt for trek. It also has information on what to read to prepare for trek.
Go to the Washington DC Temple on the Metro. Just get on the red line and get off at Forest Glen station and take the free temple shuttle. Make sure to check the schedule at http://templeshuttle.org before going.
Then to give a break from the reading (and to rouse the sleepy-headed students), I passed out a "3-Minute Test." This was a quick little quiz to test "obedience" and precision to directions.
You can easily make your own. Start off by announcing that they are to read through the entire test before doing anything. But then have a series of at least 20 "commandments", like writing their name on the paper, standing and twirling in a circle, answering a math problem in the corner of the page, etc. THEN have as the final direction on the page (number 20 or so), "Do none of the above."
Today we played a memory game. I had previously selected 8 scripture mastery scriptures that I felt needed review. Drawing a big sixteen-square table, I then mixed up scripture references and key words all over the board. Then I covered them with colorful paper.
Then after opening exercises, devotional, etc., I divided the class into two teams. They each had their scriptures in hand. Taking turns, a student from team A would select two squares to remove to see if they had found the matching keyword to the matching reference (to determine which was team A and B, I simply thought of a number between 1 and 20 and let each team guess a number. I try very hard to not show favoritism).
Here is a list of 35 questions that all but the most suspicious will find inoffensive and nonthreatening. They are compiled with the intent of providing you with the ability to start a spiritual or gospel conversation with a close or casual friend.
What traditions did your family have?
When was the most peaceful day you have had?
What goals do you have for your children?
What biblical name do you like?
What is one thing you are sure about?
What was a piece of advice that your father gave you?
What was a piece of advice that your mother gave you?
How would you like your family to commemorate your life?
Under What circumstances would you adopt a child?
What is your favorite thing about your dad?
What is your favorite thing about your mom?
Following is Seminary Mom's scripture mastery game idea:
1. I cut out circles of paper using the base of a small glass for tracing a well-rounded circle (not that a perfect circle really matters).
2. I wrote the historical setting on each individual circle for twelve of the scripture masteries I wanted to focus on for the day. (I found the historical setting on the front of the scripture mastery cards given the students. On another day, I might write the doctrinal teaching or missionary application, etc.)
3. I placed the circles in the muffin tin with the writing all "face up". (As we played the game, we turned over the papers "face down" once that scripture had been done.)
(Probably obvious, but I prepared all this before class :0)
Today we reviewed four chapters in Alma - chapters 27 through 30. To start off, we read the chapter heading for Alma 27. Then the students divided into teams of two. They shared with one another something meaningful they had found in that chapter or a reason why they thought Mormon went to the bother of including these verses.
I wrote this script to be used as a base for planning LDS Christmas programs. This contains the text of the Christmas story from Luke and Matthew, directly from the scriptures. It also has suggested hymns and songs to be sung in each section.
Read the text, and then chose songs you like or that your pianist/organist can play. If you don't have time to present the entire thing, just
Every year, Memphis singles enjoy their annual Spudwood Derby. After a great baked potato bar, singles are separated into teams that make a "spudwood" derby car out of a raw potato. Using a pinewood derby track, toothpicks, paring knives, and a set of pinewood derby tires, each team races in several heats to get bragging rights for the next year.