Sunday, October 16, 2016

Celebrating The Passover in my LDS Seminary Classroom

Exodus 12
 11 ¶And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.
12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.
 13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

The lesson I taught pretty much came from the LDS Old Testament Manual Lesson 45: Exodus 12–13.  I'm just including it on here to complete my Jewish holidays that I covered in my class.

I brought crackers, lamb or roast beef, horseradish and grape juice to class.  I gave each student a small blue plate with a napkin and a small cup.  We passed out a small sample to each student.  The first year I went out and found lamb, but hardly any of the students would try it so the second year I used roast beef.  

I also put out all of my plaques of Egypt in a jar.  To see how to make it click here.  We discussed the plaques and how the Lord saved Israel from those plaques.  Then we read Exodus 12:11-13.

Here is what the food represents:

Lamb is Jesus Christ

Blood is the Atonement of Jesus Christ
Bitter herbs is bondage and sin
Unleavened bread is repentance and the removal of sin
Have the students taste the horseradish.  After they have tasted it then have them take a taste of the cracker.  They will notice that the cracker removes the bitter taste of the horseradish.  The atonement of Christ removes the bitterness of sin from our live.  The manual does such a good job of explaining this.  Click here to read it.
I also gave them a copy of this handout for their journals:

The students loved it!  
The church has a video of the passover to show the students: The Passover
There's also a few fun videos that you could show before class to the students:
These videos are fun for the students to watch to see how the modern Jews still celebrate the holiday after thousands of years.  I also think it's helpful for them to see that they really are not very different from us!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Celebrating Yom Kippur in my LDS Seminary class

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement ... and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. (Lev. 23:27.)

Yom Kippur is the day of atonement for the Jewish people.  It is considered one of the holiest days of the year.  It's a day of repentance of sins committed against God. The day should be spent concentrated on prayer, repentance, and self-improvement before returning to the usual daily routine after the holiday. It is celebrated in September or October.   Many Jews wear white and fast on this day.  They often stay home from work and observe several prayers throughout the day.  

Here are some great articles:

Symbols of the Harvest: Old Testament Holy Days and the Lord's Ministry from
By Lenet H. Read
"Anciently, it was on this day that the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and there give an offering of blood that would atone for the sins of Israel, reuniting Israel with God. It was on this day that the ritual of the scapegoat was performed, where Aaron symbolically transferred all the sins of Israel upon the head of a goat.

"Christ performed the act of atonement in the meridian of time. But the majority of Judah rejected the atonement. We know that in the last days there will be a refining by affliction of all mankind, with the nation of Israel a central figure in that refinement preparatory to their acceptance of Christ*s atoning work. Christ gives this description of those days:

"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

"And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved." (Matt. 24:21-22.")

Symbols of the Harvest: Old Testament Holy Days and theLord's Ministry from

The scapegoat on the day of Atonement

The law of Moses provided a foreshadowing of Barabbas’s release centuries before it happened. The law of Moses taught that once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest selected two goats. One goat became the scapegoat and was released alive into the wilderness, while the other was ‘for the Lord’ and was killed as an offering for the sins of the people (seeLeviticus 16:8–10). The high priest then took blood from the slain goat into the Holy of Holies of the tabernacle. He sprinkled it on the lid of the ark of the covenant (called the mercy seat), symbolically making atonement for the sins of Israel.
Gerald N. Lund, who later became a member of the Seventy, explained how the events on the Day of Atonement foreshadowed the Savior’s offering of His blood: “Christ, as the lamb of Jehovah as well as High Priest, shed his own blood to enter the heavenly Holy of Holies where that blood ransomed from their sins those who would believe in him and obey his commandments. (See Heb. 9:11–14, 24–2810:11–22D&C 45:3–5.)” (Jesus Christ, Key to the Plan of Salvation [1991], 67).

Yom Kippur: When is the Jewish Day of Atonement and what is it about? in the International Business Times

I showed the video  Ya'ale Tahanunenu - Yom Kippur.  It's about a man who looks into a mirror and marks his good deeds and his bad deeds. Then he washes the mirror in a river for atonement.  It went well with this quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency:

I printed out the smaller version and added a small circular 1" mirror that I got in the craft department at JoAnn's.  I placed the mirror in the center of the circle.  
The students placed the quote in their journals.

The day went well.  I wore white and gave them a short explanation of the Jewish traditions.  I was able to continue with a lesson on the Atonement out of the Doctrinal Mastery New Testament Manual.

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

Cuties or Oranges

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

Lesson 30: Matthew 26:1–30

I placed a 1" mirror that I bought at JoAnn's in the center of the circle.

Lesson 37: Mark 6

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.)