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Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 7: The Abrahamic Covenant (and how it relates to Adam & to us)

Posted by Karen on February 18, 2014

For some reason, even after spending years and years doing the same 45 minute lesson on the Abrahamic Covenant, I always felt like I didn’t quite understand the Abrahamic Covenant. Or, at the least, I couldn’t see how the facts relayed through the lesson manual fit into the rest of the scriptures. I’ve been on a quest for the last few years to figure out, as much as I can, how this covenant relates to other places in scripture that talk about covenants, Abraham, priesthood, and so on.

So, I thought some of you teaching Lesson 7 this Sunday might find it helpful to see how the Abrahamic Covenant fits into the history before Abraham comes along. At least, it’s been very helpful for me, so I’ll share it just in case it’s helpful for anyone else. :)

I see the Abrahamic Covenant as a renewal or a resurrection of promises given to Adam and Eve. Here is are those promises, as I see them:

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Comfort in Our Weakness

Posted by Karen on July 23, 2013

(This is a repost from a post I did on another blog several months ago.)

“This morning I take great comfort in knowing that I am one of the truly weak things of the world.” – Elder Bednar

What an interesting statement. (I love it!) Why “take comfort” in knowing you are weak?

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The “Law” of D&C 132

Posted by Karen on May 29, 2013

After studying some references to the Abrahamic Covenant, things jumped out at me in D&C 132 that never had before. It made me see D&C 132 in a different light. Here are some thoughts on the first half of D&C 132.

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Better Searching at lds.org!

Posted by Karen on May 28, 2013

For years I’ve had a hard time finding what I was looking for at lds.org. Typing in a few words from a talk I remembered, even from the title of a talk I remembered, hardly ever got me to the right place. I was concerned that serious improvement needed to be made with thousands of youth leaders looking to find up-to-date, relevant talks on lds.org. Well, it happened! The searching at lds.org has been improved! A lot of work has been put into it and the results are awesome.

For a comparison, here’s one example. Less than a year ago I was looking for Sis. Beck’s talk “Mothers Who Know” for a lesson in Young Women’s. I typed in “mothers who know” and “beck.” Her talk “Mothers Who Know” didn’t even come up on the first page of search results. I also tried just typing in Mothers Who Know. If did come up, but it was the ninth hit! Unfortunately, her talk was listed only after link after link of older, less relevant talks by men. That’s okay in some circumstances, but for a YW leader looking for a talk by a mother about motherhood, it was pretty discouraging.

Today, I searched for “mothers who know.” It was the first hit. It was in a group titled “Top Results,” which also included the same talk on the Mormon Channel and a talk by Sheri Dew. Following the first group of search results was one titled “General Conference.” First listed? Sis. Beck’s talk again. A third group of results was titled “Magazines,” which included a visiting teaching message that quoted Sis. Beck’s talk. The fourth group of results (see how thorough and organized this is?) was titled “Scriptures.” Then came “Manuals” and then “Broadcasts” and then “News and Events” and then “Images” and finally “Music.” Now that’s a great way to show any teacher what resources are available!

So if you, like me, had given up on using lds.org to search for what you needed, it’s time to try again!

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Grace and the “Person in the Pit” (from the New Youth Curriculum for March 2013)

Posted by Karen on March 2, 2013

(By the way, I added the example of Moroni from Ether 12 near the end of the post on March 3.)

I was looking at the outline on Grace in the New Youth Curriculum for YW (https://www.lds.org/youth/learn/yw/atonement/grace?lang=eng) and found this little analogy (which I’m calling the “Person in the Pit”):

Draw on the board a simple diagram of a person at the bottom of a pit, with another person standing at the top of the pit, lowering a ladder. Ask the young women what is required in order for the person in the pit to be saved. What is the role of the person at the top of the pit? What is the role of the person in the pit? What does this diagram teach the young women about how the Savior’s grace saves us?

I thought it would be interesting to answer this question by posing another question: What would be the interpretation if King Benjamin were telling this same story? Read the rest of this entry »

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New Youth Curriculum: Trusting the texts

Posted by Karen on November 27, 2012

One thing I really like about the new youth curriculum is its focus on current talks and on the scriptures. (While the old manuals left room for that focus, it wasn’t the automatic fallback by any stretch of the imagination.) Potentially, this change pulls the attention away from a set lesson plan performed by a teacher and focuses the attention on texts that the leaders and youth have in common.

This focus on common texts reminds me of a book by Jacque Ranciere we read here at Feast a few years ago called “The Ignorant Schoolmaster.” Part of what I learned from that book is that focusing both teacher and student on a book levels the playing field and opens up the student to work on their own. Below are a few thoughts based on that book and how it relates to the new curriculum. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Family of Adam and Eve & the Abrahamic Covenant

Posted by Karen on November 17, 2012

In Abraham’s day there was confusion as to who actually held the right to priesthood. The Pharaohs claimed they had it from Ham, and Abraham’s fathers – who did actually have the right – didn’t believe in their own tradition (Abr. 1:27). Abraham said that the right he claimed – known today as the “Abrahamic Covenant” – was the one that “came down from the fathers, from the beginning of time … or the first man, who is Adam, or first father, through the fathers unto me” (Abr. 1:3) – and he had the book to prove it (see Abr. 1:31 and Moses 6).

What was this right, or Covenant?

Abraham explained that it actually began with Adam. According to Genesis, Moses, Alma, etc., after Adam and Eve left the garden angels were sent to teach them the gospel and give them commandments and covenants. In this post I am going to look at what this had to do with Adam and Eve’s children, and what connection this may have with Abraham and the Abrahamic Covenant.

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“The Purpose of Covenants and Ordinances” YW Lesson 17, Manual 1

Posted by Karen on May 4, 2012

From my perspective, it seemed like the purpose of this lesson was to teach YW about covenants and ordinances through what they have already experienced in baptism/confirmation/sacrament, and all this as a preparation for the temple. I think that’s a great idea and a great way to prepare them for the temple and the covenants there.

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Lessons from Abraham on “Honoring Parents” YW Lesson 9, Manual 1

Posted by Karen on March 21, 2012

(These notes were originally posted at Beginnings New March 15, 2012)

I think that I don’t need to bring up the concern that not every YW has parents that should be fully obeyed and honored in the many ways we would hope they should be. But what then does this lesson teach to someone who doesn’t have the “ideal” parents – and, by looking at that, what does this lesson teach to all of us  about what it actually means to honor our parents? I would like to look at Abraham’s story, but first, I want to quote from Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk “Faith of Our Father” from 2008:

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“Finding Joy Now” – YW Lesson 6, Manual 1

Posted by Karen on February 8, 2012

Lesson 6‘s title instantly directed me to two talks by Pres. Uchtdorf and a scripture in Moses. Some of those who commented, here (on an older post, incidentally) and at Beginnings New, expressed some concern about last week’s lesson topic as being too focused on the future, and specifically on a future situation (mothering) that might not even happen for some of the young women in our classrooms. Perhaps this lesson is a subtle recognition of that fact: this week’s question is how do we have joy, now?

This situation is so well addressed by Pres. Uchtdorf’s image of the “Golden Ticket” in his talk Forget Me Not that I couldn’t write a post without quoting it:

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