Christian Apology: On some common heresies…

I wanted to capture the thoughts of a young man who came to me during our recent trip this past week for Baptisms for the Dead at the Washington Temple. He asked me about the way in which the Zoramites recite their common prayer from the Rameumptom. He wanted to know what I thought of the Zoramites’ prayer and what it meant. It put me on the spot a bit, but the power of the [...]

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On Journal/Blog/Record Keeping…

The Come Follow Me theme for the month of August is Marriage and Family. While I don’t have a permanent teaching schedule any longer (I’m Sunday School President for those keeping track of my callings), I do make sure to prepare the youth lesson for Come Follow Me in case I’m called on to substitute a class. So having plunked down on this lovely Saturday night to do my reading, it came from the first [...]

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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.

20120311 lesson 10

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.

20120304 lesson [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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:

John 1:1–3, [...]

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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.

Key Scriptures: Genesis 1:28; 2:16–17 (Moses 2:28; 3:16–17); 2 Nephi 2:19–20, 22–25; Moses 4:6–12.

20120115 lesson 3 Presentation and Notes

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