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We are used to different styles of teaching in the Church because we emphasize the doctrine rather than the ability of whoever happens to be teaching. But we can learn something from every teacher and get something out of every lesson with these five questions to ask ourselves during Sunday School.
Let’s be honest. Not all Sunday School lessons are created equal. Some are thought-provoking and stay with us for weeks, and some leave us feeling unsatisfied.
In a church with a volunteer and everchanging “clergy,” we are simply going to connect with some teachers more than others. Some personalities click differently with others, so it’s quite normal to be sitting in a lesson that leaves us bored while our neighbor is practically glowing in rapt attention. It’s a great experience when the lesson grabs us, and the teacher expresses things in a way that really hits home, but how can we get the most value from any lesson or talk?
Actively molding our participation and expectations can help us get the most out of any Sunday School lesson. As we listen to a lesson, here are five questions we can ask ourselves that create a more positive and beneficial learning experience for each of us.
1. Who is this lesson intended for?
It is helpful to remember that even if what the teacher is saying or the way they are saying it doesn’t sit perfectly with us, it may be exactly what someone else needs to hear.
If a teacher says something that seems contrary to the way we think about things, chances are the underlying doctrine is the same, even if your perspectives are different. There are often different angles of looking at a specific topic, and it’s important to remember that though the teacher may be emphasizing one angle, they are not invalidating others. Often, it’s helpful to cut the teacher a little slack and give them the benefit of the doubt.
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Church Releases New Mormon Channel Kids App
The Church recently released a new story book app designed to "entertain curious minds and busy fingers with uplifting, interactive tales." With this app, kids can brush up on their reading skills, play interactive games that build enthusiasm for learning, and gain a deeper understanding of gospel values.
Elder Holland: How to Improve Even When We’ve Failed Before
As you might suppose, in the course of more than a quarter century as a General Authority, I have met, spoken with, and sometimes had to interview hundreds of people who have had problems—people who have struggled or are sorrowful or who feel blocked in their progress because of a transgression in their lives. The purpose of those visits and interviews has always been to lift that burden from their lives.
Chances are, you saw a Mormon story or two in the news or online this year--and not just on LDS.org. Check out these Mormon pictures, stories, and videos that went viral in 2014.
Looking for more top LDS stories from this past year? Make sure to check out the top LDS news stories of 2014.
LDS Olympian Faced with Modesty Dilemma at Photo Shoot
When presented with an immodest dress to wear in a photo shoot promoting heart health, Noelle Pikus-Pace had a decision to make: wear the dress for a good cause, or stick to her standards.
This story of LDS Olympian Noelle Pikus Pace standing up for modesty at a photo shoot reached so far that even The Big Band Theory star Mayim Bialik wrote about it on her Facebook page. Her post sums up exactly why this piece went "viral":
"You don't have to be Mormon to appreciate this Olympic athlete's story about what happened at a photo shoot when she was asked to 'sex it up.' What a well-spoken young woman. Admirable!"
This year saw a lot of big-time LDS news. From a brand new Church-sponsored cinematic release to native languages used in general conference for the first time ever, check out what big stories made 2014 special.
Church Releases New Page & Video about Temple Garments
In October, the Church released a transparent video explaining the sacred nature of temple garments by comparing them to religious clothing worn by people of other religions. The video generated a lot of public interest, drawing the attention of major news outlets such as the Washington Post and USA Today and becoming explosive on social media where it generated a lot of positive feedback.
In response to this popularity, the Church released an announcement explaining the reason behind this video: to provide accurate online information for others to access as a resource.
General Conference Speakers May Now Give Talks in Native Language
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See The Countries the First Presidency & The Twelve Visited in 2014
The First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 travel the world meeting with members and doing good. Find out all the neat places they visited and things they did in 2014!
5 Quotes That Show the True Character of the Prophet Joseph
Latter-day Saints often learn that Joseph Smith was generous and charismatic, but there is no better way to learn about his attributes than to study his own words. Here are five quotations from Joseph's own writings that reveal more about his character:
1. “I was grieved to hear that Hiram [Hyrum Smith] had lost his little Child I think we Can in Some degree simpathise with him but we all must be reconciled to our lots and Say the will of the Lord be done.”