I start out by asking the class who’s class this is. Answers may be “Your class” or “Our class” but help lead then to see that it is the Lord’s class and He described in the scriptures how he wants his class to go. Then I ask them what is the first thing that happens after the Welcome, and then the next. That makes the outline on the board of:
-THOUGHT & LESSON
Then next to those items on the board we dive into the scriptures where the Lord has outline how he wants each one of those to go.
-SONG -D&C 25:12 -Look for how we should sing in seminary.
o What is the difference between a “song” and a “song of the heart”?
o What is the blessing we will get upon our heads?
-PRAYER –D&C 42:14 -Look for the role of the Spirit.
o What are the common things we should pray for in our prayers in Seminary? (list)
o What is the difference between a “prayer” and a “prayer of faith”? (Actions back up what you are praying for”) How can our actions back up those specific things on the list?
o The next part of the verse bringo up the only rule I have in seminary. So I ask them:
o What do we have to have to teach?
o What if it isn’t there?
o What does this mean the one rule in seminary should be? (See handout).
o Then I show how everything can be answered by this one rule.
THOUGHT & LESSON–D&C 88:122 -Look for things we should do as a class.
o What are some things we should be doing? How?
o When “Listening” comes up, show the Chinese graphic (See handout) and show how the wise Chinese put many elements into this one word. Point out each element individually and ask why that element was included. It hopefully will teach how to listen to each other effectively, one at a time, and edify each other.
o Go through verses 123-124 also and have them look for how those things would bless the seminary class. With this I like to share the graphic how “Seminary is a Safe Place” and how we should not feel threatened to share our thoughts with the rest of the class.
I also like to share Matthew 18:20 and ask, “What does it mean to ‘gather in his name’? Then I challenge them to live the principles we learned to make this an incredible seminary class this year.
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Hope this helped.