As Jesus taught

Before I continue with this observation I need to point out that I am not a teacher by trade only by calling.  I have no formal training only a few thoughts on the subject.  I claim no authority or expertise only opinion.  Here on some ideas I have thought about concerning teaching as Jesus taught. Continue reading

General Conference thoughts: Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing

Here is the perspective of a single sister learning to adapt to the adjusted church schedule.  My study habits at home have not changed.  I have always attempted to study the lessons prior to attending class.  For me not a lot has changed on the home front.

However, on the church front it has become a little more challenging to receive what I need in class.  With the alternate Sunday schedule it is not always easy to get the broader study that comes with discussion.  I have had to develop other ways to get that last piece of the picture to come together.

With fewer opportunities to serve at church I have also had to change my mindset on callings.  This has opened doors for me to spend more of my energy and talents in the community rather than the church.

Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing

by Elder David A. Bednar

Come, Follow Me observations and insights from the trenches

Over a year ago, I was called to serve as a Gospel Doctrine teacher for a ward in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It is my second go-around in this calling as I taught this class for three years starting in 2006.  After teaching Gospel Doctrine I went into Young Women and had the opportunity to usher in the era of the Come, Follow Me for youth.  Once you teach using that format, you can’t really go back to the old style of gospel teaching.  So when I started my second round of Gospel Doctrine, I taught using the new format.  In January of this year, when the format for Sunday School changed to the Come, Follow Me lessons I was excited.  Don’t tell anyone but this is probably my favorite calling.  I love to teach.  I love the scriptures.  It’s a good combination for me.  While I have no other expertise than my love of this calling to write this post I thought I’d share a few observations I have noticed about Sunday School.  Keep in mind, this is only my opinion and since I really have nowhere else to share my thoughts, here we go. Continue reading

Peter’s denial vs Judas’ betrayal

A few months ago, while we finished our study of the four Gospels in the Come, Follow Me lessons for the New Testament I had the thought, “what is the difference between Peter’s denial of Christ and the betrayal by Judas that led to the arrest of Jesus?” Is Judas synonymous with betrayal because his actions ultimately led to the crucifixion of Jesus or was there something more I was missing?  I do not claim to be a gospel scholar or scriptorian.  These are simply my thoughts as I pondered the difference between these two men and why one is honored and one is sullied. Continue reading

A Christmas Invitation

Here’s an invitation for you this Christmas season.

First, let me explain. The other day I had the opportunity to share a lesson during church. I used as my resource President Boyd K. Packer’s General Conference address “The Reason for Our Hope.” It is a great talk on how we need to be nurturing our testimonies in Christ daily. It will be our testimony of Christ that will enable us to withstand the trials and adversities life tends to throw us.

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