LDS Sunday School

I have the great privilege of teaching the 12-13 year old youth class in Sunday School for the Chancellor Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the 2012 year. I’ll make a point of updating this page with the lesson material and any topics we are discussing. This year we’re covering the Preparing for Exaltation manual and focusing on the Plan of Salvation. I hope you find things which can help your own classes, and spark conversations at Home Evening and amongst your friends as well.

Plan of Salvation

Plan of Salvation

Lesson 11: Faith in Jesus Christ

Key Concept

The biggest point in the lesson, and one I think is important as well is that faith is both a motivating force and a belief which drives the motivation.  I know that lots of times we make these same points, and in the church, fast and testimony meeting uses these as fundamental building blocks, but this lesson tries hard not to cloud it.  Faith motivates.  Faith is the foundation for that motivation.  It’s that simple.  And when that faith is built upon the rock that is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it motivates and supports the most awesome power indeed.  If there hasn’t been a lesson you’ve wanted to share with your family thus far, then this is definitely one to choose.

 

20120318 Lesson 11 Handout

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Lesson 10: Fasting...Hungry or Full?

Key Concept

Rather than being spiritually uplifted through fasting, many people merely experience hunger. We should see that we can become spiritually “full” by preparing, praying, and fasting with a purpose. When we abstain from food and take spiritual nourishment during the fast, the Lord blesses us with his Spirit.

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20120311 lesson 10 handout

 

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Lesson 9: The Power of Personal Prayer

Key Concept:

Prayer is such a frequent practice in the Church that we often take it for granted. Remind class members that although we should pray daily, prayer is not merely an everyday routine to be taken lightly. It is an opportunity to sincerely thank Heavenly Father for our blessings and ask him for guidance in our lives. Heavenly Father loves to have us pray. He listens to our prayers and answers them.

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20120304 lesson 9 handout

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Lesson 8: Three Kingdoms of Glory

Key Concept:

We should strive for exaltation in the celestial kingdom by keeping the commandments and exercising faith in Jesus Christ.  By understanding more about the mansions which have been prepared for us in the Kingdom of our Father in Heaven, we can better understand our role in securing eternal salvation for ourselves and our family.

This is a very long lesson, and I’m posting this early to make sure the class has time to digest the message and read the necessary scriptures to really engage this topic.  Please work with your children and go over these concepts and the natures of the three kingdoms since a single 45 minute class session will not nearly be enough to get through this material.

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20120219 lesson 8 handout

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Lesson 7: What Happens After Death?

Key Concept:

This life is a temporary state where our body and spirit are joined for mutual experience.  The Resurrection, as a part of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, is a gift to all persons and will reunite our bodies and spirits eternally.

This is perhaps one of the toughest questions in life, and one that we are asked and re-asked throughout our lives.  This lesson aims to provide a firm foundation and real answers to this question and provide the scriptural basis for our reasoning as Latter-day Saints.  Please take the time to ponder the scriptures and the messages in this lesson.  It’s one that will remain with you and serve you will as you journey through this life.

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Class Handout

lesson 7 diagram

lesson 7 diagram

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Lesson 6: Adversity

Lesson 6:  Adversity Can Help Us Grow

Key Concept:  We need to come to see our trials and troubles as opportunities to grow, expand, and learn about ourselves and our divine nature.

Adversity is tough.  There’s no getting around it to be sure.  However, as a popular proverb amongst sailors points out: “We cannot control the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”  This basically means that while we cannot always choose the means by which adversity will come or the severity of it, we can control how we react to each trial as it comes to us.  This is not new advice by any means, but hopefully we can present some interesting ways that it might be met and understood in this lesson.

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Lesson 5: Mortality

Lesson 5:  Mortality:  A Time to Learn Through Experience

Key Concept:

Mortality is a time for us to gain a physical body, and through it to learn and experience the things that this life has to offer so that we can gain the knowledge, understanding, temperance, and control we need to be able to return to our Heavenly Father.

Many times, we get bogged down in the aspects of our daily lives that require immediate and complete attention.  One of the goals of this lesson is to try and develop ways we can always retain some focus on the greater, more eternal aspects of our lives so that we can become more in tune with those aspects of our natures and allow them to help influence our reactions to different situations.

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Lesson 4: The Atonement of Jesus Christ

Lesson 4:  The Atonement of Jesus Christ

Key Concept:  Help gain an appreciation for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and its role in enabling us to gain exaltation.  Help everyone to understand that the Atonement is the idea of becoming “at one” with our Heavenly Father and that is was designed from the beginning to help us return to him and overcome the Fall of Adam and Eve (see Lesson 3).

Key Scriptures:

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Lesson 3: The Fall of Adam and Eve

Lesson 3: The Fall of Adam and Eve

Key Concept:  The fall of Adam and Eve allowed each of us to enter into mortality.

20120115 lesson 3 Presentation and Notes

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Lesson 2: Agency: The Power to Choose

A discussion of our moral agency — a gift given before the foundation of the world — and its relation to each of us as Heavenly Father’s children.  The importance of understanding how our choices influence who we are and what we become, and a conversation about how we are not free to choose the consequences of our choices.

Principles of Agency

  1. Law
  2. Knowledge of the Law
  3. Opposition — Good and Evil
  4. Freedom of Choice
  5. Responsibility for Choices

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