Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Forgiving Others- Part 2

Object Lesson:

In 2 Corinthians 2:11, the Apostle Paul teaches that when we don't forgive others, we give satan an advantage over us.
I showed this powerful video, click HERE  and used the following object lesson based on a few ideas I have seen.

This object lesson demonstrates the protection that forgiving others brings to us.
Other applications for this object lesson: Put on the whole armor of God-Arming ourselves with spiritual protection, etc.

Here are the supplies and method:
1) Jar of "Forgiveness" aka Liquid Dishwashing Soap (I used Dawn)
2) Container of "Temptation, Evil, Spiritual Danger, Wickedness" aka Ground Pepper
3) Clear glass bowl filled with water
 The bowl of clean water represents the world
 Add some Temptation, Evil, Spiritual Danger, and Wickedness to the world
Dip your finger into the world  filled with evil and it will come out covered with pepper, "evil"
Clean your finger completely and dip it into the jar of "Forgiveness"
Dip the finger coated with "Forgiveness" in the center of the dirty water.
The "Temptation, Evil, Spiritual Danger, and Wickedness" scatter to the edges of the bowl and will not stick to your finger that is protected with "Forgiveness"
 Your finger will come out clean demonstrating that forgiving others protects us from satan's influences. Satan will not have an advantage over us when we forgive others.

Forgiving Others

In 2 Corinthians 2:11, Paul teaches that when we don't forgive others, we give satan an advantage over us.
This powerful video featuring Kristy Glass shows the importance of forgiving others-even those who never apologize to us. Click HERE to view.
I told my students that one of the most difficult things they would ever have to do is to forgive someone who does not show remorse or never apologizes.
Forgiving others is not for them, it is for us and Kristy clearly shares this principle.

Image from Soulseeds

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

General Conference Countdown Part 2

We made our General Conference Countdown paper chain this morning. It was a wonderful activity that supported Acts 27 when Paul and the other prisoners were taken on a ship. He warned everyone that it was not a safe time to travel due to weather conditions. It was storm season. He tried to warn them but they tried to sail anyhow. This ended with the prisoners and crew shipwrecked. We discussed how heading the counsel of Prophets will help us avoid storms, whirlwinds, and experiencing our own "shipwreck"

With 31 days until General Conference, on 15 of the paper strips, we wrote the names of the current Prophet, his counselors, and the 12 Apostles.
On the remaining strips of paper, we wrote principles and doctrines we have received counsel on from Prophets.
Each day, during devotional, we will remove a link. If there is a name, we will learn about that person, if there is a doctrine or principle, we will discuss quotes and scriptures that teach and give counsel on that subject.

I love when I have an idea and I can feel the Lord take over and fine tune the details. He is in charge.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

General Conference Countdown

Tomorrow, March 1, my Seminary Class will make a General Conference countdown paper chain.
I am still developing the idea, but each day that we remove a link, I would like to share a quote about preparing for General Conference, following the counsel received in General Conference, how to take notes, etc.

Will edit as this plan evolves.
Feel free to leave a comment as to how this can be memorable and effective.

Passover 2017

Each year, I host a Passover Seder with my Seminary Class.
It is a much anticipated event for my students and fondly remember for those who are graduated.

I just read that BYU is hosting Passover Seders this year.
Very exciting. I will be out there for at least one of the dates. Maybe I will attend?
Here is a link for past years of my Seminary Passover Seder

Your Seder does not have to be elaborate, simple is best.
Most important is the experience, the discussion of symbols, etc.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Apostle Paul

As I am teaching the New Testament, I am developing a great love for the Apostle Paul (Saul) and his ability to teach and connect with a variety of audiences with confidence. I appreciate that he reaches "the one" yet can teach an entire town.
He teaches with the power of the Holy Ghost, knowing this is his greatest source of strength.
This is an example I strive to emulate in my teaching.
Illustration by Dan Burr
I recently read this article that describes much of what I admire about Paul.
It is fitting for all teachers. The Apostle Paul as Master Teacher

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Journal Writing Ideas

This is a wonderful article containing 100 Journal writing prompts.
It could be used in a Sunday Youth lesson, Fireside, Seminary Lesson, or a weekly activity for Young Women or Young Men.

Copy the list and cut into strips with each idea on one strip.
Place them inside a "Journal Jar" that the youth decorate during the activity.