Thursday, September 22, 2016

Moses 1:39 Chalkboard Printout "Eternal Life of Man"

I created this printout to give to my seminary class at the end of the year.  If you would like to use it just right click your mouse and save it into your pictures, or copy and paste it into your printing program.

It is sized for an 4x6 printout.  I had it professionally printed at Costco.  Then I placed it in a dollar store frame and gave it with a treat at the end of the year.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

LDS Seminary - Incentives for coming on time!


Fruit by the Foot:

Fruit Roll-Ups

Gummy Bears

Candy Corn

Gummy Eyes

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

LDS New Testament Seminary Lesson Handouts

Sometimes I like to give the students a journal sized handout that goes with the lesson.  As I do these handouts I will post them here for other people to use them. To use them just copy and paste them into your print program, or save it into your pictures.  Enjoy!

Doctrinal Mastery New Testament Teacher Material

The Mortal Ministry of Jesus at a Glance 
(journal and scripture size)

Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge

Lesson 1: Introduction to the New Testament

Lesson 7: Matthew 3

Lesson 12: Matthew 7

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Celebrating Purim in my LDS Seminary Classroom

Here is a handout that you can give your students:

Journal sized handout:

Purim How-To Guide

Videos to show the students:

The Maccabeats - Purim Song

The Fountainheads


Raise Your Mask Purim

I made some easy Hamantashen cookies with pie crust and milk chocolate chips.  Here's how:

I bought some ready made pie crust  and rolled it out.

Then using a small mason jar I cut out as many circles as I could.  It made about 17 circles per pie crust.
I placed about 9 chocolate chips in the center of each circle.

I outlined each circle with water using my finger.  Then I folded up one of the sides.

Then I folded up the other two sides.  Make sure that you pinch the corners tightly or it will pull apart when it is baked.

I baked them in a 450 degree oven until brown (about 7 minutes).

They really were yummy and fun to eat!

Funfetti Cheesecake Hamantaschen

Here is a link to 36 mouthwatering Hamantashen that you can make from Buzz Feed:

Here is an explanation of Purim from the LDS Old Testament Manuel:

Esther: Queen of Persia and Advocate for Her People (Esther)

LDS Old Testament Student Manual Kings-Malachi, (1982), 329–32

 Esther 9:17–32. The Festival of Purim

The pur (plural purim), or lots, Haman used (see Esther 3:7) to determine the day of destruction for the Jews were now viewed by the Jews as a great blessing. The fact that the lot had fallen on a day some distance into the future allowed Esther and Mordecai time to save the people. In celebration of this great deliverance, the Jews initiated a new festival which is still observed among them to this day. It is called Purim for the lots cast by Haman and is a festival of great joy. A modern Jewish writer described its celebration:
Purim is the nearest thing Judaism has to a carnival. It is another full-moon celebration, falling on the fourteenth of Adar, usually in February or March. The origin of the holy day is in the Book of Esther. The occasion is, of course, the famous deliverance of the Persian Jews from their Hitler-like oppressor, Haman. …
“The day before Purim is the Fast of Esther, a sunrise-to-sundown abstention. At sundown the synagogues fill up. The marked difference between this and all other occasions of the Jewish year is the number of children on hand. Purim is Children’s Night in the house of the Lord. It always has been, and the children sense their rights and exercise them. They carry flags and noisemakers, the traditional whirling rattles called ‘groggers,’ which can make a staggering racket. After the evening prayers the reading of the Book of Esther begins, solemnly enough, with the customary blessing over a scroll and the chanting of the opening verses in a special musical mode heard only on this holiday. The children are poised, waiting. The Reader chants through the first and second chapters and comes at last to the long-awaited sentence, ‘After these things, the king raised to power Haman the Agagite’—but nobody hears the last two words. The name ‘Haman’ triggers off stamping, pounding, and a hurricane of groggers. The Reader waits patiently. The din dies. He chants on, and soon strikes another ‘Haman.’ Bedlam breaks loose again. This continues, and since Haman is now a chief figure in the story, the noisy outbursts come pretty frequently.  The children, far from getting tired or bored, warm to the work. They do it with sure mob instinct: poised silence during the reading, explosions on each ‘Haman.’ Passages occur where Haman’s name crops up several times in a very short space. The children’s assaults come like pistol shots. The Reader’s patience wears thin and finally breaks. It is impossible to read with so many interruptions. He gestures angrily at the children through the grogger storm and shoots a glance of appeal to the rabbi. This, of course, is what the children have been waiting for. The stag is down. Thereafter to the end it is a merciless battle between the Reader and the children. He tries to slur over the thick-falling ‘Hamans,’ they trip him every time with raucous salvos. He stumbles on to the final verse, exhausted, beaten, furious, and all is disordered hilarity in the synagogue. It is perhaps not quite fair to make the Reader stand in for Haman on this evening, but that is approximately what happens. …
“Beyond this gaiety, it carries four religious obligations: to hear the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther) read, to distribute largesse to the poor, to make a feast, and to exchange presents with neighbors and friends. This last institution is Shalakh Manos, the Sending of Gifts: things that can be eaten and drunk the same day.” (Herman Wouk, This Is My God, pp. 98–100.)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Minute to Win it - Old Testament Bible Style Games

In Seminary this year we are studying the Old Testament.  For our Christmas party I thought that it would be fun to have a review of the year so far with Minute to Win it games.  Here is what I came up with.
I gave each team 5 apples and had them do their best to stack them.  The team who had the most apples stacked at one minute won.

You could also have a person from each team eat an apple and the person who eats most of the apple wins.

For this one you will need 2 jars and a bunch of plastic animals.   I taped a picture of Noah's Ark to the outside.  Each person puts the jar by their feet.  

While standing straight each person tries to drop an animal into the jar from their nose.  The teams that has the most animals is the jar at one minute wins.

Each team is given a stack of cups.  The team who has the tallest tower at one minute wins.

For this one you will need 2 empty tissue boxes, 2 belts and 16 ping pong balls. Put slits on the two sides of the tissue box to slip the belt through.  Fill each tissue box with 8 ping pong balls.  Each person playing ties the belt around his waist with the box in the back.  They both have one minute to dance around until all of the ping pong balls (seeds) have been bounced out of the tissue box.

For this you will need 2 straws, 40 marshmallows, and two plates. Each person will have one minutes to get 20 marshmallows (sheep) into the plate (the pen) with the straw.

For this challenge you will need 10 3"x 14" pieces of poster board and about 40 cups.  Give each player 5 pieces of poster board and a stack of cups.  Each player builds a ladder with the poster board for rungs.  The team with the tallest ladder wins.

Each team gets a copy of Joseph's coat to color.  They have one minute to color it on their head.  Each player must use at least five colors.  The team is allowed to give advice on how to color in the lines.  The team that does the best job wins.

This one I did not end up doing.  Here's how it could be done.  You will need 20 old Bibles.    Each team will have one member help another team member stack 5 Bibles in each hand.  Then they will have to walk across the room with all 10 Bibles without dropping them.  The team that gets all 10 Bibles across the room first wins.

This challenge is in reference to Deuteronomy 33:17.   Give each team a bag of Honeycomb cereal.  Each team will have one member lie down on the ground while another team member stacks the honeycomb cereal, one on top of the other, to look like a unicorn horn.  The team that has the tallest horn wins (without cheating).

For this challenge you will need to print out two pictures of the brick wall below onto cardstock. Fold the cardstock in half like a card.  Place the cards at one end of the table.  Both teams have a member blow the card across the table and then try to get the card to hang off the edge without falling off.  If the card falls off then they have to start all over.

This is all the further we have studied this year.  If we come up with more games I will be sure to post them on here. 
Good Luck!