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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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RS/MP Lesson 3: “Lifelong Conversion: Continuing to Advance in the Principles of Truth” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on February 2, 2013

(The lesson can be found online here.)

Overview and teaching strategy

The last two sections of this lesson were the most striking and meaningful to me, so I will focus my comments on just those two sections. 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 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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“Finding Joy In Our Divine Potential” (YW Lesson 5, Manual 1)

Posted by Karen on January 27, 2012

(Note: An earlier version of this post was first published at Beginnings New, a blog focused entirely on the YW lessons and program.)

Here are some quotations from talks by Elder Ballard, Sister Beck, and Sis. Dew, with references to D&C 138, Moses 5, and 1 Nephi 8. I’ve added some of my own thoughts and questions along the way on how this might help someone teach about the divine potential of Young Women.

On Women’s Unique Gifts

Elder Ballard:

Sisters, we, your brethren, cannot do what you were divinely designated to do from before the foundation of the world. We may try, but we cannot ever hope to replicate your unique gifts. There is nothing in this world as personal, as nurturing, or as life changing as the influence of a righteous woman.

It seems to me we will have a lot to learn, once we cross the veil, as to what exactly is so unique about each gender, and to what extent which gifts cannot be “replicated.” For now, I believe the most important point to gain from Elder Ballard is that whatever those gifts exactly are, there are gifts that cannot be replicated. As Sis. Beck puts it, “We have the female half to take care of, and if we don’t do our part, no one else is going to do it for us.” (Visiting Teaching Message, “Understand the Divine Roles of Women,” Feb. 2009.)

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“Always Remember…” (YW Lesson 4, Manual 1 – Seeking the Companionship of the Holy Ghost)

Posted by Karen on January 19, 2012

Lately I’ve been thinking more and more about the sacrament prayer’s promise that as we “always remember Him” we can “always have His Spirit” with us. What is it about “remembering” that brings the Spirit? How do we remember? Do we confess His hand in all things? And does that mean that we see everything as His work? As grace? Is it that we always remember His love for us? The “greatness of God, … his goodness and long-suffering towards [us]“?

I did a search for “always remember” in the scriptures at lds.org. Besides references to the sacrament, I found references to several other passages that might open up other ways of thinking about remembering.

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Some thoughts on 1 Peter 2:18-25 from “Following the Example of Jesus Christ” – YW Lesson 3, Manual 1

Posted by Karen on January 10, 2012

(YW Posts by Karen are cross-posted here and at Beginnings New.)

When I taught some awesome Beehives back in 2009, I remember them picking this section of verses and working through them together. Here are some thoughts on these verses from 1 Peter 2:

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Discussions without Destinations: A Tangent From “Jesus Christ, Our Savior” – YW Lesson 2, Manual 1

Posted by Karen on January 6, 2012

(A similar discussion is also taking place at Beginnings New.)

Elder Bednar recently published a book titled Increase In Learning. I received that book for Christmas, and between reading that book, and coming across a certain suggestion in the outline for Lesson 2, I’ve been doing a lot more thinking about methodology than specific texts this week.

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