Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Scripture Scrolls and Ezekiel 37

Our Class "Scripture Scrolls"

This idea comes from Jenny Smith at Mormon Share
It was easier to make than antcipated.
I got the rolling pins from  Wmt and I have seen them on Amazon
Each day, a student acts as class scribe and writes or draws something from our lesson that day.
It has been a fun way to keep a class journal and the keep the students engaged.
We will display it at our end of the year breakfast and awards activity.
Today, I used this with Ezekiel 37, when teaching about 
the sticks of Judah and Joseph.

I introduced the scripture scrolls a few months after class had started.
It came along when we were needing a change of pace in our classroom routine.
The photos below show the kids catching up on what we had studied to that point.
It is fun to hear them ask to be the scribe for certain day when they have a great idea 
for what they want to write or draw.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Kiss Them Good-bye

This is a reminder I use at the parent/youth meeting prior to Young Women Camp. This approach is fun and delivers the message with little questions as to the electronics rule.
It would work just as well in a Seminary parent/student meeting before the year starts or at a mid-year meeting.
Depending on how you use electronics in your Seminary classroom, this will open a dialog as to when, where, what, how electronics are used and to kiss them good-bye if not properly used.

Click HERE for details.    

Friday, March 4, 2016

Overcoming Obstacles- Reaching Goals

Ezra 1-6
The Persian King Cyrus released the Israelites from captivity in Babylon and allowed them to return to Jerusalem to re-build the Temple.
They face many obstacles as they were re-building of the Temple, at one point, even stopping the process due to the Samaritans' complaints about  them.
After many years of not working on the temple, King Darius, also of Persia reconfirmed King Cyrus commission for the Jews to re-build the Temple
The temple was eventually completed and dedicated.
The lesson  (#103 in the LDS Old Testament Seminary Manual) suggests using a diagram on the board of a soccer field. The made for a great application object lesson.

Application Activity and Discussion:
Obstacles can slow us down but cannot stop us from reaching our ultimate goal of eternal life.
Each student had 2 colored pieces of paper that they wrote on and pinned to their shirts.
On the bright pink, they wrote an obstacle/temptation that could keep them from their ultimate goal
On the bright blue, they wrote something they can do to remove or overcome obstacles in their lives.

We went to the gym where there are soccer goals on each end.
One of the goals was labelled with positive goals (see photo below)
Each student had their obstacle pinned to their shirts and they lined up in a strategic formation to block the goal
One student tried to kick the ball in and could not because of all the obstacles.
After a few tries, I removed some of the students (obstacles) and they covered up the paper labelled with an obstacle and pinned the paper that showed something they can do to remove or overcome obstacles in their lives. They stood behind the kicker and now cheered him on and coached him as he tried to score.
I continued to remove a few obstacles at a time and the kicker was able to get closer and closer to the goal with less and less opposition.
Eventually, all obstacles were removed and the kicker was able to score (reach his ultimate goal of eternal life)

We discussed the symbolism of re-building the Temple compared to our need for re-building (repenting)  in our lives and removing our own obstacles.
Students shared the tools they can use for removing obstacles such as daily prayer, no R-rated movies, attending Seminary, careful use of Social Media, loving others, etc.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Elisha Multiplies the Widow's Oil

2 Kings 4
Elisha multiplies the widow's oil.
"When you do your part, the Lord adds His power to your efforts"
-President Henry B Eyring-
These bottles of water provided an effective visual for this lesson.
The small bottle represents the  amount of oil the widow had when she met Elisha.
She was almost out of oil with no hope of having more.
She was in great debt and it appeared the only solution to pay her debts was to have her sons become enslaved to her creditors to work off the debt.
Elisha told her to borrow many vessels from her neighbors and bring them to her house.
She obeyed the Prophet Elisha, even though it did not seem to be a solution to her great debt.
I had multiple cups/vessels on the table and tried to fill them using the small water bottle.
Only 2 were filled. Then I brought out the large water bottle and every vessel was filled.
 Elisha performed a miracle and multiplied the widow's oil so every vessel could be filled and her sons could go sell the oil. They made enough money to pay the debts and be able to live comfortably without having to leave their mother.

We are all this widow, in need of the Lord's blessings and miracles in our lives. He is ready to pour down blessings and bring miracles to our lives as we exercise faith and obedience.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Meeting Your Goliaths with Stones of Faith

Meeting Your Goliaths With Stones of Faith
When studying the account of David and Goliath, 1 Samuel 17,  it is important to focus on the tools used to defeat Goliath rather than be awed or intimidated by his size.

This is true in our lives. If we spend our energies being intimidated and discouraged by the size of our personal Goliaths (adversities, trials, and temptations),  we risk overlooking the simple tools (stones of faith) Father in Heaven has given us to defeat our adversities, trials, and temptations.

As my mother taught me, focus on the solutions, not the problems.

In preparation to teach this principle and to reinforce the importance of using our stones of faith, I am making each student a bag filled with "stones of faith". (see photos below)
Each stone will be labelled with one of attributes President Thomas S Monson taught us to use in his adddress, "Meeting Your Goliath"   


I also purchased these wooden sling shots  from Amazon (I know...not the type that David used) and we will label some softer stones (perhaps crumbled up paper or large marshmallows) and shoot them at a drawing of Goliath (drawing in process at press time) Will post an update. I want the students to see the size of Goliath but spend more time on the stones of faith available to slay him.

A little history on the "Stones of Faith" idea:
I am basing this idea on one I used several years ago when I made "Value Rocks" for a Young Women activity. Before the "Value Rocks", my friend and I made "Gratitude Rocks" as part of table decorations for Thanksgiving. They were great conversation starters at our Ward Thanksgiving Dinner.

I will post photos when my  "Stones of Faith" are complete.
These photos are from several year ago when I used the Value Rocks 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Be A Bellringer

Christmas gift with a message:
I like to give a bell necklace to my students with the  following quote by Elaine S Cannon, a former LDS General Young Women President
Be A Bellringer
"A Bellringer is someone who 
sounds a call,
issues a warning,
rings a signal, or chimes a time.
A bellringer, you see, 
makes things happen."
-Elaine Cannon-

This year, I found some adorable

Read more HERE

Bells pictured are from RTD Trading Co

Friday, October 9, 2015

Gensis 18 Is Any Thing Too Hard for the Lord?

Genesis 18
My students enjoyed acting out (see photos below) the account of  the 3 visitors to Abraham's tent, Sarah learning that she would have a son named, Isaac, and Abraham pleading with the Lord to save any righteous people in Sodom.

We made doors for Abraham's tent, enjoyed bread, and milk, and "dressed" a calf for the meal shared with the 3 visitors.

I find that these activities create great discussion and help the students relate and internalize the messages being taught. For example, why did Sarah stay in the tent? How were women viewed in the OT times and culture?

Here was our best discussion  point and where I planned to spend the most time:

Genesis 17: 14
"Is  any thing too hard for the Lord?" 
I asked them:
1) How do we make it hard for the Lord to bless us?
2) How can we make it easier for the Lord to bless us?

I made sure that they understood still that the Lord has His own timing and, just like Abraham and Sarah, we must continue to keep our covenants and stay close to the Lord even when we don't experience an immediate blessing.

Again..GREAT discussion with these questions.
Visual Examples + Great Questions + Great Discussion=
The doctrines and principles enter our students' minds and stay in their hearts.

I have a feeling we are going to enjoy using this roll of paper for many more lessons this year.
These are the doors to Abraham's tent in progress and then ready to function.

This is the calf the young herdsman boy was instructed to "dress" for the meal of bread, milk, and meat Abraham served his 3 visitors.