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Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge

 

Doctrinal Mastery offers a clear framework to help all people learn and apply divine principles for acquiring spiritual knowledge. The principles behind this process include (1) acting in faith, (2) examining concepts and questions with an eternal perspective, and (3) seeking further understanding through divinely appointed sources.

  • Conditions for Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge
  • Have an honest desire to know the truth
  • Be willing to live according to the truth
  • Sincere prayer
  • Serious study

A Revealed Pattern for Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge

Act in Faith

  • Trust God and turn to Him first in sincere prayer, serious study, and obedience to commandments. “Hold fast to what you already know” (Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” General Conference, Apr 2013).
  • Wait patiently (see Article of Faith 9).
  • Examine Concepts and Questions with an Eternal Perspective
  • Consider / reframe the question in the context of the Plan
  • Examine historical questions in context – but don’t focus solely on history
  • Seek Further Understanding through Divinely Appointed Sources

Helping Others Acquire Spiritual Knowledge

  • Listen carefully and prayerfully
  • Teach and testify of gospel truths
  • Invite them to act in faith
  • Follow through

Resources

The Latest

Final Exam Time

Here’s a terrific story for the week leading up to Final exams at the end of a school term:

 

Christmas Activities

ORIGINAL TALK:  https://video.byui.edu/media/Jeffrey+R.+Holland+%22Christmas+Comfort%22/0_gdiah3ma/13418722


Book of Mormon Handouts and Activities

Life of Mormon (Mormon 1)

Ether 12


CIUFA

“Spiritual understanding rarely comes from a lecture. Spiritually, the classroom of faith becomes less like a lecture hall and more like a fitness center. Students do not get stronger by watching someone else do the exercises. As students learn and then participate, their spiritual strength increases. Invite students to teach and to share; encourage them to act in faith and to report on what they are learning.” (Elder Neal L Anderson, 28 February 2014 Evening with a General Authority).

Attached are more than 40 plug-and-play templates based on the Fundamental Outcomes of the teaching and learning pattern.

Note to fellow teachers: If I ever feel like I need a bit of variety or if I just need a change of pace– or if I find that I’ve run out of time to prepare a great experience in the scriptures for my students– I can grab any one of these lesson templates and just fill in the passages from that day’s lesson and I’m ready to ‘teach’.  

I’ve come to know that we should let the students discover, explain, share and testify in class, rather than me doing all the work.

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Doctrinal Mastery

Book of Mormon DM Mneumonics


General Conference

Once the slideshow is started, each point box will change color after being selected. Running time: Approximately 40mins.

For Kahoots, press “PLAY” and then choose to have each class member compete against each other OR to play in small teams.  Be sure to click the “RANDOMIZE ORDER OF ANSWERS” button (I also like to click the “DISPLAY GAME PIN THROUGHOUT” and “AUTOMATICALLY MOVE THROUGH QUESTIONS” buttons). Running time: 20mins.

And… it’s time for Conference Memes:

CIUFA

“Spiritual understanding rarely comes from a lecture. Spiritually, the classroom of faith becomes less like a lecture hall and more like a fitness center. Students do not get stronger by watching someone else do the exercises. As students learn and then participate, their spiritual strength increases. Invite students to teach and to share; encourage them to act in faith and to report on what they are learning.” (Elder Neal L Anderson, 28 February 2014 Evening with a General Authority).

Attached are more than 40 plug-and-play templates based on the Fundamental Outcomes of the teaching and learning pattern.

Note to fellow teachers: If I ever feel like I need a bit of variety or if I just need a change of pace– or if I find that I’ve run out of time to prepare a great experience in the scriptures for my students– I can grab any one of these lesson templates and just fill in the passages from that day’s lesson and I’m ready to ‘teach’.  

I’ve come to know that we should let the students discover, explain, share and testify in class, rather than me doing all the work.

default icon CIUFA-Templates.pptx