Sunday, November 29, 2015

Let your LDS Seminary Students Teach the Book of Leviticus - Handouts of the summary of the lessons.

For the lessons in Leviticus I let my students teach it to the class. I went through the manual and made a handout for each of the Leviticus lessons.  Then I divided my class into 5 groups and gave each group a printout of the handouts below.  I let each group decided how they wanted to teach it and who would teach what.  I gave them about 15 minutes to prepare.  I then had the students give their lesson a group at a time.  It took a couple of days and they did a fantastic job.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Handout from the Conference Talk "Blessed and Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God by Elder Von G. Keetch

I found these awesome Gummy Blue Sharks at the Industrial Costco for $4.50 for a box of 12! 

I just had to use them with the Conference Talk "Happy Are Those Who Keep the Commandments of God" by Elder Von G. Keetch of the Seventy.  

I decided to make a handout to go with the Gummy Blue Sharks that I could use for a Visiting Teaching handout this month.  I will also use it for my Seminary class in the future.  Here is a copy of the handout.  I printed mine on blue paper.  To use it just click on the picture to make it large. Then save it into your pictures, or copy and paste it into your printing program.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

RED Read Every Day - Help your students to remember to read their scriptures every day!

In my Old Testament Seminary class I am trying to get the students to read their scriptures every day. I had a friend who told me about RED - Read Every Day.  I loved the idea!  So I gave each of my students a small piece of string to tie onto their clothing, or back pack, or purse, etc. so that they would remember to read.

I started out by just giving them the string and having them tie it onto an item of clothing that they see every day.  I didn't tell them what it was for.  We have been studying Moses and I had a student come up who had a U of U back pack.  I asked how many of the students loved his back pack, and how many hated his back pack. Then we talked about other symbols that they loved.

After that I showed them all the items that were in the tabernacle and talked about what they symbolized.  Then I asked them about the color red.  What had we talked about that was red?  The answer was mostly the blood that Moses had sprinkled on the congregation and the red on the door at the Passover.  

This is when I brought up reading their scriptures.  I compared it to the Passover and the atonement.  If Jesus could die for use, we can at least Read Every Day!  I told them that the RED string was a symbol to remind them to Read Every Day.  I asked them how the destroying angel would pass them by if they were reading their scriptures.

The lesson went great!  I ended by giving all those who have been reading some RED candy.  I will continue to give the students who are reading RED candy every so often.  I am hoping to see the students reading their scriptures on a more regular basis.

Here is the string that I used:

I just wrapped it around my hand once for every student.  Then I cut it.

I stored it in a plastic bag.

Then they tied on something that would help them to remember to read.
About once a week I put out a big RED bucket full of RED candy.  It's a treat for all the students who have been Reading Every Day!

It's been a few weeks and some of my students still have their string tied to their item.  The reading has improved in my class.  I have one student who has completed it for this semester, and several who are getting close.

Update:  It's been a year and I actually have a few students from my last year who are still wearing their RED string!  And did they read?  YES!!!

I had a day where we did a Book Worm Wednesday reading competition.  I passed out a few gummy worms to each student while they read a chapter that I was teaching about.  I also timed them to see how long it would take to finish reading the chapter.  The first student to finish got a bag of gummy worms.  The student who won read the chapter in a minute and a half! Then I pointed out that they can get their reading done in just a few minutes every day!

I also keep a bag of various kinds of RED candy. Every few days I pass it around for all the students who have read that day.  

Another thing that I do at the beginning of the year is have the students give a unique way to get their reading done during the day.  I have them tell me as part of their devotional.  I make a large list that I keep next to the sign in sheet so that it reminds them of all the ways that they can get their reading done.

To see all of my Old Testament Seminary ideas click here.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot)

Exodus 34
 22 ¶And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

Leviticus 23
 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths:

 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

Here is an explanation from the LDS Institute Manual: The feast of Tabernacles (also called the feast of Booths or the feast of Ingathering) occurred five days after the day of Atonement on the fifteenth day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which corresponds to our late September or early October. The feast of Tabernacles began and ended on a Sabbath and so was eight days in length.
A distinctive part of this celebration was the erecting of temporary huts or booths (succoth, in Hebrew) made from the boughs of trees. The people stayed in these huts for the duration of the feast. This requirement reminded the people of the goodness of the Lord during their forty-year sojourn in the wilderness of Sinai and the blessing that was theirs to live permanently, if they were obedient, in the promised land.
There are some great images of booths (sukkah) that I shared with the students from Google images.
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and I told them about waving the Arbah Minim which is a citron, a palm frond, three myrtle twigs and two willow twigs.  They combine them all together, bless them and then wave them in six different directions. They represent Israel joining together.

Waving The Arbah Minim

I also found a really fun video to show the students before class: