Church History Lesson #29 — “Building the Kingdom in Nauvoo”

Church History Lesson #29 — “Building the Kingdom in Nauvoo” This week in I substituted in Gospel Doctrine. We led off by talking about a person who was well known as a charismatic leader. He had a fervent band of followers and he sold them on a vision of “draining the swamp” and making a city […]

Be a Better Teacher: The Essays

The following are notes and slides from a Teacher Development class I put on for the Sunday School + Auxiliary teachers in the Laguna Creek 1st Ward.   Additional Content Links to the essays on LDS.org “How will the Gospel Topics section be enhanced?” – video clip “How does the Gospel Topics help me?” – video clip “What […]

Be a Better Teacher: Going Deep

The following are notes and slides from a Teacher Development class I put on for the Sunday School + Auxiliary teachers in the Laguna Creek 1st Ward.   Additional materials shared in class: Higher Order Questions        

Old Testament #6 – Noah

“When it starts raining, it is too late to begin building the ark. … We … need to listen to the Lord’s spokesmen. We need to calmly continue to move ahead and prepare for what will surely come. We need not panic or fear, for if we are prepared, spiritually and temporally, we and our […]

Old Testament #2 – “Thou Wast Chosen…”

“God himself, who sits enthroned in yonder heaven, is a man like one of you. That is the great secret. If the veil were rent today and you were to see the great God who holds this world in its orbit and upholds all things by his power, you would see him in the image […]

Old Testament Lesson #0 – An Introduction

A friend told me that this would be the year she actually read the Old Testament for Sunday School. Everything was going fine…until she got about 6 chapters in and finds stories about drunken prophets, cursed familial bloodlines, and questionable or detestable intimate relationships. The further she dug, the worse it got. So what do we […]

Sermon in a Sketch: Circles of Awareness

What I don’t know vastly outnumbers what I do know. What I can actually influence is only a small portion of what I do know. What I can control is an even smaller portion of what I can influence. But I can control something. And I can expand my influence. And my knowledge. So there […]

D&C #44 – “Being a Good Citizen”

 “True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt Points to Ponder What does it […]

D&C #41 – “Every Member A Missionary”

“Now, what of the future? What of the years that lie ahead? It looks promising indeed. People are beginning to see us for what we are and for the values we espouse. … “If we will go forward, never losing sight of our goal, speaking ill of no one, living the great principles we know to […]