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Countdown to conference: 'Ponder the New Proclamation' with this free daily study guide

by | Jul. 31, 2020


August 9–15

This week is focused on the second paragraph of the proclamation. It's not too late to join us as we prepare for October general conference!

Two hundred years ago, on a beautiful spring morning in 1820, young Joseph Smith, seeking to know which church to join, went into the woods to pray near his home in upstate New York, USA. He had questions regarding the salvation of his soul and trusted that God would direct him.

Sunday Scripture

Read and ponder Joseph Smith—History 1:5–14.

In this account, we read Joseph's words of what led him to the Sacred Grove. 

Monday Movie

Watch “The Hope of God’s Light.”

In this video, Todd shares his journey to find God and the role prayer played in that journey.

Tuesday Talk

Study President Henry B. Eyring’s talk, “Prayers of Faith.”

 

President Eyring taught in April general conference, "Joseph Smith is an example of how to grow in such spiritual power. He showed us that the prayer of faith is the key to revelation from God. He prayed in faith, believing that God the Father would answer his prayer. He prayed in faith, believing that only through Jesus Christ could he be freed from the guilt he felt for his sins. And he prayed in faith, believing that he needed to find the true Church of Jesus Christ to gain that forgiveness."

Wednesday Worship

Listen to The Bonner Family perform “I Am Here.”

Thursday Time to Memorize

Take some time to memorize this week’s paragraph. Below are some fill-in-the-blank guides and memorization tips. Click here for a printable PDF.

Fill-in-the-blank Guides

Two hundred years ago, on a beautiful spring morning in 1820, young Joseph Smith, seeking to know which church to join, went into the woods to pray near his home in upstate New York, USA. He had questions regarding the salvation of his soul and trusted that God would direct him.

Two hundred y____ ago, on a b________ spring morning i_ 1820, young J_____ Smith, seeking t_ know which c_____ to join, w___ into the w____ to pray n___ his home i_ upstate New Y___, USA. He h__ questions regarding t__ salvation of h__ soul and t______ that God w____ direct him.

Two h______ y____ ago, o_ a b________ s_____ morning i_ 1___, young J_____ S____, seeking t_ k___ which c_____ t_ join, w___ i___ the w____ t_ pray n___ h__ home i_ u______ New Y___, U__. He h__ q________ regarding t__ s________ of h__ s___ and t______ t___ God w____ d_____ him.

T__ h______ y____ a__, o_ a b________ s_____ m______ i_ 1___, y____ J_____ S____, s______ t_ k___ w____ c_____ t_ j___, w___ i___ t__ w____ t_ p___ n___ h__ h___ i_ u______ N__ Y___, U__. H_ h__ q________ r________ t__ s________ o_ h__ s___ a__ t______ t___ G__ w____ d_____ h__.

Tips

Here are some tips to help break down the information in this paragraph topically.

Two sentences:

  • 1. Context for Joseph Smith’s prayer
    • • When (Three parts: Two hundred years ago, beautiful spring morning, 1820)
    • • Who (Young Joseph Smith)
    • • Why (Seeking to know which church to join)
    • • Where (Three parts: woods, near his home, upstate New York, USA)
  • 2. What
    • • Questions regarding salvation of his soul
    • • Trusted that God would direct him

You could also try saving this paragraph as your phone background and reviewing it each time you see it.

Friday Feelings

Record what you have learned about trusting that God will direct you.*

Saturday Share

Talking about the important role women played in the Restoration, President Russell M. Nelson said, “I think of how Joseph went into the woods to pray near their home in Palmyra, New York. Where did he go? He went to the Sacred Grove. Why did he go there? Because that’s where Mother went when she wanted to pray.”

Share with someone how you have found sacred spaces where you can pray.


* Image titleYou may also like Hear Him: A Study Guide on Personal Revelation. Its pages are filled with inspirational messages, study ideas, writing prompts, journaling space, and shareable cards meant to help guide a more personal study of revelation. This is perfect for carrying with your scriptures or in your bag so you can pull it out during a (sometimes rare) quiet moment and study throughout your day. Available now at DeseretBook.com

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