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RS/MP Chapter 23: Individual Responsibility (Joseph Fielding Smith Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on November 15, 2014

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RS/MP Chapter 21: Proclaiming the Gospel to the World (Joseph Fielding Smith Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on November 7, 2014

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2015 Summer Seminar of the Mormon Theology Seminar — Call for Applications!

Posted by joespencer on November 6, 2014

Summer Seminar CFA 2015

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Lost Sheep or Dumb Asses?

Posted by BrianJ on October 3, 2014

The Book of Isaiah opens by properly sharing its theme, but I don’t know in what tone it was meant to be delivered. It starts out clearly enough, “The vision concerning Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah son of Amoz saw…,” but should we read what follows as a rebuke or a beckon?

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RS/MP Chapter 19: In the World but Not of the World (Joseph Fielding Smith Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on September 29, 2014

The lesson can be found online here.

From the life

From the manual:

I met a number of young men who said, “We came in the Church because of the lives of these young men and because they taught us the principles of the gospel.” Read the rest of this entry »

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CFP: AAR-PNW 2015

Posted by kirkcaudle on September 13, 2014

The 2015 Annual Meeting of The Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion will be held at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, March 27-29, 2015.

SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014

General Guidelines for Submitting Proposals -  (click on the title to open) 

SUBMISSIONS SHOULD BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE PROGRAM UNIT CHAIR/CO-CHAIRS USING THE “Individual Proposal Participant Form for Submissions 2015(click on the title to open)

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RS/MP Chapter 17: Sealing Power and Temple Blessings (Joseph Fielding Smith Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on September 11, 2014

The lesson can be found online here.

From the life

I like the final quote of this section: Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 18: Living by Every Word That Proceeds from the Mouth of God

Posted by jennywebb on September 9, 2014

The lesson is available here on lds.org.

The following is not a lesson plan, but rather a series of questions and thoughts intended to aid in the study of the lesson material.

From the Life

This section opens with a quote from President Smith that really summarizes the main themes that will be explored throughout this chapter:

I am seeking after my salvation, and I know that I can find it only in obedience to the laws of the Lord in keeping the commandments, in performing works of righteousness, following in the footsteps of our file leader, Jesus, the exemplar and the head of all.

While the themes of law, obedience, journeying or following, and salvation will be repeated throughout this chapter, what strikes me most about this opening quotation is its underlying reliance on humility, hope, and equality. “I am seeking after my salvation” he says. Note the date—1969—less than 4 months before he will become the prophet and following 59 years of service as an apostle. After a literal lifetime of service in the Church, President Smith is going about his existence like all the rest of us: seeking after our salvation.

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Thanks for Nothing; Two Ironies of the Book of Job

Posted by BrianJ on August 26, 2014

We just discussed the Book of Job in Sunday School. Two ironies* struck me:

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RS/MP Chapter 16: Bringing Up Children in Light and Truth

Posted by jennywebb on August 13, 2014

The lesson is available here on lds.org.

The following is not a lesson plan, but rather a series of questions and thoughts intended to aid in the study of the lesson material.

From the Life

President Smith recalls the various ways in which both of his parent each taught him the Gospel with evident fondness. I found his description of his mother’s methods interesting. He says,

She used to teach me and put in my hands, when I was old enough to read, things that I could understand.

While this whole section could serve as an argument for reading and telling stories with one’s children, the part that struck me here wasn’t so much the reading, but the emphasis on his mother’s actions: she “put in [his] hands” the things that she wanted to teach him. As an image, that implies that his mother understood both what she wanted to teach her son as well her son’s preparation and abilities to learn from such material. The principle I take away here is that parents (and teachers generally) can be more effective teachers when they know their students well enough to give them material that not only teaches the point the teacher wishes to convey, but does so in a manner that the child can understand. The limitation isn’t on the content itself, but rather the way in which it is presented and made accessible. Read the rest of this entry »

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