I am sending out this idea now because so many are approaching the end of the year and this will take a bit of planning. This is a nice event to help end the year. On this day you will probably want to ask some parents and/or bishopric members to help cook and/or help kids pass off scriptures. Depending on your budget, you can also assign out to parents different parts of the breakfast to bring or help make (pancakes, bacon, juice, plates, forks…).
On the given day, the kids will walk into the seminary to the smell of an incredible breakfast (remember the power of bacon!). Then they will go to their class(es) and be given the instructions and score sheet. Then they have the next 25 minutes, or so, to pass off as many scriptures as they can in order to get to the needed 320 points. They can pass it off with strait memorization or using the first letter of each word (for fewer points). Tell the kids not to worry if they have already passed off scriptures. That will just make it much easier to pass it off again. Once they have passed off enough scriptures to you or your parent helpers, then they are released to go into the place where the breakfast is there for them. The paper is there ticket to eat.
I am sending this out as a Word document so you can adjust and modify to your needs. Good luck and have fun.
Here are two helps for teaching the book of Ezekiel. Click on the picture to download the two handouts. The first is for teaching Ezekiel 38-39. Those chapters describe the battle of Gog and Magog that is prior to the Lord’s return. In those chapters it mentions a bunch of nations and places that will be involved. The older Institute manual said what each of those places were that would fight against Israel (Iran, Russia…) while the newer manual (post 1989) has it taken out because of the post cold war world environment. It is very interesting as these relationships are being formed in the Middle East today.
The second help has to do with the temple described in Ezekiel 47. Sometimes students worry the Second Coming could come any day. This glue in and quote from Joseph Smith make it very clear that certain events (such as the building of the temple in Jerusalem) MUST happen before the Lord’s return. It is fun to read the quote and try to identify which have happened and which have not.
Click on the image to download the instructions for Bucket Ball (minus the cool looking kid). This far into the school year, you should not let students tell each other the references when a clue is given. Otherwise, what is the point of the game. If someone is stuck, then let the other students on their team tell them to turn pages one way or the other, but not tell the reference.
Have you ever thought about what the purpose of Scripture Mastery is? I hope we give our students a vision of the usefulness of scripture mastery and a vision of these scriptures helping themselves, and giving them the ability to bless the lives of others around them.
So now that we are getting closer to the end of the year, students need to get to this application level in their understanding of scripture mastery. Scripture Masteries must become applicable to life. In real life, students are not even given the key words before they need to share a Scripture Mastery; they only have real life situations that come up. This handout helps them use the Old Testament Scripture Masteries and translate them into everyday situations. If student’s can’t make this transition to real life situation, then all our work with Scripture Mastery was in VAIN.
Maybe for the rest of the year, instead of giving them key words or other clues for chasing, try only giving them real life situations like the ones on this work sheet. Not only do I use this as a class assignment, but I also use it for role-play situations.