Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lighting the World this Christmas in my LDS Seminary Classroom #LighttheWorld

This year the LDS Church is celebrating the Christmas 
season by encouraging all of us to "Light the World" by doing simple acts of service for others. 

Every day in December they have a different video to watch.
To see this video click here.  

Light the World Day #1

I  started off my class by showing the first video.

I cut a lot of 1" strips of paper out of bright yellow paper.  I gave a paper to each student for them to write something that they could do that day to "light the world."  

Then they turned the papers in and we started to make a "light the world" chain.  I put the extra papers by the sign in sheet so that they could add to the chain every morning.  I will post a picture of our chain when we are finished.   

I decided to do a little review of some of the things we have talked about this year.

Service Stones
I put a fluorescent light out on the table.  We turned off all the lights and as we talked we went over some of the scriptures that we have studied in our New Testament Seminary Class.  Then I turned on the fluorescent light with the Service Stones underneath it.  

Then  we discussed what it felt like to be in darkness and how hard it would have been in Jesus' day to work and to get around at night.
I turned off the light again so they could see the Service Stones and how they lit up.  Then I handed each student one of the Service Stones that I had made out of a clear glass stone and glow in the dark paint. 

 Here's a picture below of how I created the Service Stone.  I painted just the flat side of the stone with glow in the dark paint.  I put on 2 coats of paint.  The paint will come off easily, so tell them to be careful with them. 

I told them to place the stone upside down by their bed each night as they read their scriptures.  When they turn off the light they can turn the stone over and it will glow.  As they fall asleep they can think of an act of service that they can do the next day to help "Light the World".  The theme for the day is "Jesus lifted other's burdens and so can you.

Light the World Day #2-4

Since we happened to be at John 14:15, I basically taught the lesson from the New Testament Doctrinal Mastery Manual on Commandments.   We cross referenced it with Matthew 22:36-39, which brought us to the second greatest commandment "Love thy neighbor as thyself."  We discussed how the "Light the World" campaign would help us to love our neighbors more.

I also gave them this handout for their journals:

Since it was Friday I went over each of the themes for the entire weekend and discussed things that we could do in each area.  


I really feel like it's making an impact on the students.  I like reading through their acts of service and some of them are just "smile" or "hold the door" and others have been things like "I gave a Book of Mormon to friend" and "I put up Christmas lights for an elderly person in my ward."

Here's how our "Light the World" chain is growing:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Minute to Win it - New Testament Bible Style Games

In Seminary this year we are studying the New Testament.  For our Thanksgiving 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.

Luke 2:7
 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

For this one you will need 2 jars and a bunch of plastic animals.   I taped a picture of a stable 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 team that has the most animals in the jar at one minute wins.

Printout for the stable:

Matthew 4:19
19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

I bought a bunch of small balloons and some toy nets at the dollar store.  I blew up all the balloons and drew faces on them with a sharpie.  I placed all the balloons at one end of the room.  
Then each group had to run across the room and get a balloon with the net.  Then they had to bring it back to a person holding a bag and place it into the bag.  The team with the most balloons won.

Mark 4:31-32
31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
I gave each team a very small piece of mustard colored crayon and a blank piece of paper.  Each team member placed the blank sheet of paper on his head.
Then each team had a minute to draw a mustard tree on the paper.  The team with the best and the biggest mustard tree won.

Luke 4:4
And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
For this challenge we buttered peanut butter onto a piece of bread.  We placed it at the end of the table.  Then each team had to bounce a ping pong ball across the table and get it to stick to the peanut butter.  The first team successful won.

 Matthew 19:24
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Tie a string to a printout of a camel (I have a printout below if you need one.)
Place about 10 needles in floral foam.  Line them up the best you can.  Have each team thread the needles with the string tied to the camel.  The team that threads the most needles wins.

Luke 15:4-5

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

The printout for the sheep is in the Eye of the Needle section above.  I had only one sheep.  I hid the sheep in the room. The first team to find the sheep won.

Matthew 10:35
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
Give one roll of toilet paper on a large spoon to each team.  One team member holds the spoon while the other team member turns around to wrap the toilet paper around himself.  The team that can get the most toilet paper wrapped around, without breaking it, wins.

Matthew 21:12
12 ¶And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,
I printed out a copy of the temple onto cardstock and cut it out.
I also printed out two of the box templates above onto cardstock. Fold the box on each of the lines and fold the corners in to create a box.  Attach the printout of the temple to the box.

Fill each temple box with 30 cocoa puff cereals.  Have each team use a straw to remove the cocoa puffs.  The team that removes the most cocoa puffs wins.

John 10:14
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

Use the fence in the printout above (in the eye of the needle section).  Fold the fence into a square with a little opening.  Place 10 marshmallow outside of the fence.  Each team has to blow the marshmallows inside the fence.  This is really hard because the fence moves when you blow on the marshmallow, but it is fun.  If it's too hard, then tape the fence to a plate.  The team with the most marshmallows inside the fence wins.

Mark 4:37
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
I do not have picture for this challenge yet. Fold a boat out of paper.  Each team places their boat on the edge of the table. They use a large untied balloon to try to blow their boat across the table.  Use the air in the balloon to push the boat. If the balloon runs out of air, then the team member has to blow it back up. The team to get their boat the furthest wins.

For the Champions I made these trophies out of Toblerones.  

Just print out the picture below.  Cut it out and glue it to the top of a Toblerone.  The students loved it.

Thanks for visiting Holly's Home.  I hope that your Minute to Win it challenge turns out as well as mine did.  
Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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 LDS.org
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 LDS.org

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.