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COME FOLLOW ME: BOOK OF MORMON-TEACHING IDEAS & RESOURCES | ALMA 36-38

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Come Follow Me: Book of Mormon, Teaching Ideas and Free Resources

ALMA 36-38

QUESTIONS TO PONDER:

Each Come Follow Me Lesson asks important and reflective questions. When I first began my individual study these questions threw me off. Simply because many of these questions required so much depth and individual reflection in order to answer honestly. My first approach to come follow me was to get in, get out, get it done, check it off. These questions simply didn’t allow me to do so. In fact, I felt a little sick when I would read a question like, “How does the spirit speak to you?” and I wouldn’t know the answer right away. After a time, and pondering on that specific question I realized IT’S OKAY. In fact, I think these questions were meant to be set aside, thought about, and pondered. When we try and come up with the quick easy, obvious, answer, we are depriving ourselves of an opportunity to reflect, ponder, pray, and RECEIVE REVELATION. Is this not the whole reason for Come Follow Me? Are we not trying to finetune and recognize how we, and how to receive personal revelation.

So each week I will list out some of the questions issued in Come Follow Me. Maybe you pick to ponder about all of them, maybe you pick just one. Whatever you do, ponder on this for the ENTIRE week. Pray about it, discuss it with loved ones, then at the start of the new week, take the time to write down your impressions or thoughts, share them with your family, testify of powerful insights.

  • How has this truth affected you?
  • How does this account of repentance and forgiveness inspire you to follow Alma’s example and turn to the Savior?
  • Have you ever thought about what a miracle and blessing it is to have the scriptures today?As you read Alma 37, look for the blessings that come from having the scriptures.
    • How have you experienced these blessings?
    • How can we use the scriptures to help “show forth [God’s] power unto future generations”? (Alma 37:18).
  • In Alma 37:38–47, Alma compares “the word of Christ” to the Liahona. As you ponder this comparison, reflect on the ways you have experienced the miracle and power of Christ’s teachings “day by day”
  • As you read Alma 37:6–7, ponder and record ways you’ve seen this principle at work in your life. What are some small and simple things the Lord uses to bless you and accomplish His work?
  • From Alma 36:5–26 that teaches about being “born of God.” What do we learn from these verses? Perhaps family members could share how they have applied the principles Alma described.
  • Alma 36:18–21, 24 How could we use these verses to help someone see that repentance is a joyful experience, not a dreadful one? How can repentance inspire us to share the gospel with others?
  • What are some of the “small and simple things” (Alma 37:6) that bring about great things in our lives?
    • In what ways is the word of Christ like the Liahona?
    • How can we help each other study the scriptures more diligently?
  • Why is it wise to learn to keep the commandments while “in [our] youth”?
  • Does your family know what a bridle is? Maybe you could show them a picture of one and talk about how it is used to control an animal.
    • What does it mean to “bridle [our] passions”?
    • How does bridling our passions help us be “filled with love”?

Lesson:

I was excited to find that this week’s Come Follow Me Lesson included one of my favorite scriptures that was the center of a favorite Relief Society Lesson I had once prepared to teach.

While preparing this lesson, I had what I can only attribute to as a spiritual insight with how to introduce the lesson. I began this lesson as an Inquiry Lesson, meaning the lesson begins with questions posed, problems, or scenarios, and then it is up to the learner to find the answers, make the connections, or essentially to identify the lesson’s objective without it being told to them. I’ll try and introduce the ideas I’d like to share with you in the same way:

Below you will find one of my favorite paintings, “ Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (By Georges Seurat)”

 

Take a moment just to observe the painting.

  • What do you see?
  • What do you notice?
  • Does the painting evoke any emotion, memory…etc.
  • What do you notice about this painting that is unlike other paintings?
  • Observe the images of the painting below, what do you notice now?

What you are observing is a painting technique known as pointillism:

“One form of painting that developed in the late 1800s involves using tiny dots of primary colors (Red, Yellow, Blue) to create pictures in which secondary colors can be seen. This technique is called pointillism, and it was first used to describe the work of French artist Georges Seurat.

Pointillism is often considered part of the Post-impressionist movement. It was primarily invented by painters George Seurat and Paul Signac. While Impressionists used small dabs of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism took this to the next level using only small dots of pure color to compose an entire painting. –Wonderopolis

This painting is by far the most famous of the Pointillism paintings. It was George Seurat’s masterpiece. It is over 6 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Every bit of the painting is done with tiny little dots of pure color. Seurat worked on it for around two years. You can see it today at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

    • 1999:    In the first of the evening’s blockbuster sales, Seurat’s “Island of the Grand Jatte” (1884) sold for $35.2 million, including commissions.  With inflation being around 55.6 million today
    • Estimated 3,456,000 dots make up the painting. 
    • Seurat called the style of painting Divisionism when he invented it, but the name was changed over time.
    • The smaller the dots, the clearer the painting and the sharper the lines, just like with the screen resolution on a computer monitor.
    • In many ways, Pointillism was as much a science as an art.
    • Vincent Van Gogh experimented with the Pointillism technique. It is evident in his 1887 self-portrait.
    • The style often used dots of complementary colors to make their subjects more vibrant. Complementary colors are colors of the opposite hue, for example, red and green or blue and orange.

Now, with that introduction to pointillism… how does this relate to the scripture found in Alma 37:6

Now ye may suppose that this is afoolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by bsmall and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

Above is the graphic organizer I created to help guide the Relief Society lesson mentioned above. I’ve uploaded this handout/graphic organizer as a free download for you. This would implement perfectly with Come Follow Me this week for your family or individual study or a lesson within your auxiliary. This FREE Download includes the depictions of “ Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (By Georges Seurat)” as well as my notes on pointillism.

This is a FREE digital product. Feel free to add your own notes or edits, but remember this is for Personal Use Only. Feel free to point friends and family to the website membership (FREE) if interested in sharing this download with a different household.

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Consider these questions & quotes as you consider how the idea of pointillism relates to the gospel theme of Small & Simple Things: (These questions & quotes, as well as others, can be found on the free graphic organizer above.) 

  • We are taught many small and simple things in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be reminded that in total and over a significant period of time, these seemingly small things bring to pass great things.”
  • What are some of the examples given of small & simple things we can do that will result in spiritual uplift and growth? Can you think of others?
  • Though each of these practices may seem to be small and simple, over time they result in powerful spiritual uplift and growth. Why is this a result:
  • How has one of these small & simple things blessed your life?
  • “Those “seemingly insignificant” private decisions include how we use our time, what we view on television and the internet, what we read, the art and music with which we surround ourselves at work and at home, what we seek for entertainment, and how we apply our commitment, to be honest, and truthful. Another seemingly small and simple thing is being civil and cheerful in our personal interactions.”
  • Do you feel something nudging you toward self-improvement/repentance while reading above? What’s one small & simple thing you can start doing?
  • “Another source of spiritual uplift and growth is an ongoing practice of repenting, even of seemingly small transgressions. Our own inspired self-evaluations can help us see how we have fallen short and how we can do better.”
  • “At the same time, we must be aware that Satan will use small and simple things to lead us into despair and misery.” – M. Russel Ballard
  • “The spiritual pattern of small and simple things bringing forth great things produces firmness and steadfastness, deepening devotion, and more complete conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel.”             -David A. Bednar
  • What are some of the blessings and promises given to those that apply the spiritual pattern of small and simple things? Have you seen this in your own life?

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Comment below your takeaways, insight, and thoughts when relating the concept of pointillism to the Gospel Concept of Small & Simple Things. ****This was the BEST part of the Relief Society lesson.

I could list off my ideas and thoughts and insight, but I promise the best insight and ideas will come from your ideas shared in the comments below!

The talk I used to guide and base this lesson was, “Small & Simple Things” by Oaks. This is arguably one of my favorite addresses given by President Oaks. You will notice many of the quotes I used on the FREE graphic organizer above were taken directly from this address.

Consider adding this video segment of his address to your lesson:

Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (By Georges Seurat)” isn’t a favorite painting of mine because I love the colors or the scenery or even the very literal image of the painting itself. This is ironic because it is these requirements that determine other favorite art pieces. No, this painting by  Seurat is a favorite because of what you see when you look closely. In fact, its a favorite for what I see that’s not even there… It is a favorite because of the reminder that our finished live’s masterpiece will be made up of the small & simple strokes, compounded over time. Though the strokes are small and simple, each is intentional.

Lesson Extensions:

Consider having your children or students practice pointillism while creating, coloring, or painting the Liahona. For younger children, I would use the Free Liahona coloring page below, along with q-tips and paint! A blank piece of paper is perfect for older children and teens. Instead of using q tips try fine point markers. Also, consider making their piece of paper smaller to concentrate their work and dots. As your students or children work on their pointillism art. Discuss ideas such as what the dots could represent in their lives. Consider gospel habits we are asked to keep. What about this quote: 

“Those “seemingly insignificant” private decisions include how we use our time, what we view on television and the internet, what we read, the art and music with which we surround ourselves at work and at home, what we seek for entertainment, and how we apply our commitment to be honest and truthful. Another seemingly small and simple thing is being civil and cheerful in our personal interactions.”

Discuss the beauty and detail of the piece when their are more small and simple dots as opposed to few. Consider the idea of how even though each dot is small and simple, it takes thought and intent of where to place it. Again… How does this relate to our own lives and the idea found in Alma 37?

Now ye may suppose that this is afoolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by bsmall and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.

 

Click Here to Download the Coloring Page (pg.4)

Chiasmus Alma 36 Breakdown Activity

In Alma 36 we come across one of the most intricate and beautiful examples of a chiasmus found in the Book of Mormon, let alone known. The ENTIRE chapter of Alma 36 is written in this ancient, poetic form.

“In his blessing to his son Helaman, Alma uses chiasmus in recounting his conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This chart illustrates the deep structure of Alma 36. Jesus Christ is the crux of the chiasm, just as he is the center of the gospel and the only means whereby salvation can be attained. The turning point in Alma’s conversion was not the appearance of the angel or the fear of eternal banishment, but calling on the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Fittingly, Alma makes this spiritual turning point the literary focal point of this entire chapter, one of the finest examples of chiastic composition anywhere in world literature.”

John W. Welch

I was hoping to find a worksheet of sorts that would allow the learner to essentially experience, and breakdown the Alma 36 chiasmus. When I couldn’t find anything, I felt that I should take the time to create it, and add this as a second activity you could do with your students or family.

To truly appreciate the intricacies found in this chapter, one needs to devote the time and attention these scriptures deserve. I feel this graphic organizer|worksheet will do just that. This free download includes 3 forms.

  1. The first is a color-coded key that relates each parallel line, underlines the commonalities, and highlights the contrasts. This is best for observing and noticing.
  2. The second is more of a worksheet. The verses and words are listed but it is up to the reader to color code the parallel lines, underline the commonalities of each line, and highlight the contrasts found in the parallelism.
  3. Lastly, is a less supported version. This one requires the reader to discover the parallel statement in the verses that follow the turning point. As well as what the learner was required to do in the second version.

This may sound complicated, but with the color-coded key supporting your guidance, this should be very straight forward, and extremely eye-opening! Honestly, my appreciation for this chapter of scripture was increased as I worked on creating the key. It is one thing to know that the Book of Mormon includes text that follows the ancient poetic literary form known as Chiasmus. It is another to study scripture and understand the depth, complexity, and beauty found.

There will be some that argue and belittle by saying technically chiasmus can be found in many types of literature like speeches, or even children’s literature like Dr. Seuss. If you take this comment at face value with no experience to combat it these little things can be faith shaking, and hopefully promote spiritual searching and study.  However, when|if you’ve taken the time to study this chapter there is spiritual insight and solid ground that can be gained.

I love physical, concrete evidence of the Book of Mormon. However, have learned that those things are simply a cherry on top. I truly believe there will never be enough physical, concrete evidence to prove without a doubt the Book of Mormon’s legitimacy, just as I believe there will never be enough physical, concrete evidence to disprove it. What is the point of faith in either case? The validity was always meant to be searched out spiritually.

My hope is that you study this physical evidence of the Book of Mormon’s validity you will also gain spiritual insight, that this chapter wasn’t authored by a young farm boy, rather, translated. Little else matters when that spiritual insight is gained.

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Below I will include a few of my favorite resources to aid your study of chiasmus and this chapter:

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Education Week Address by John Welch, credited with discovering chiasmus in the Book of Mormon

 

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Teaching Ideas for Toddlers & Young Children

Watch or Listen To:

With a 2-year-old and 4-year-old, I understand the STRUGGLE and the attention span you are dealing with. Below are some of my favorite videos or audio recordings|podcasts you can listen to and watch with your children. My favorites right now are the Book of Mormon Story videos.**Different from the newly released B.O.M. videos. These are illustrated and READ stories to your children. THESE are PERFECT for when everyone is strapped in the car seat. My 4-year-old now requests these over the radio. Each segment is only 2-4 minutes long. This allows us to listen, review and discuss together, and listen again throughout the week.  Many of the videos I share can be found on the Saint’s Radio Channel App. (Formerly Mormon Channel App, If you don’t already have this, DOWNLOAD NOW.)

Cute video put out by the Church about friendship & forgiveness 

I am absolutely LOVING the YouTube Channel, Latter Day Kids. Each week they put out a beautifully illustrated video meant for young children to be used in conjunction with the Come Follow Me Lessons. This week’s video is all about All Things Denoting there is a God! You can even head to their website to download discussion questions to go along with the video and a fun coloring page.

Click Here to access this week’s Printables and Activities

If you have trouble finding the activity from the link above this one is a direct link, however, please remember to subscribe to Latter Day Kids as a way to THANK them for sharing their talents FREELY. 

Click here to subscribe to Latter Day Kids

 

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Wonderful Podcast geared towards younger (Primary) reviewing some of the chapters this week.

Try this link if you’re having trouble playing the podcast:

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Activity

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Come Follow Me Suggestions:

  • Read Alma 37:6–7, and invite the children to crouch down every time you read the word “small.” Show them a few small things that can make big things happen or move big things, such as a battery or a car key. What big things happen or move because of these small things? Help the children think of some small or simple things God wants us to do. What big things can happen because of these small or simple commandments?

  • Show a picture or two of small things that accumulate into big things, such as a blade of grass and a field, or a raindrop and a lake. Testify that even small, simple actions can make a big difference in our lives and in the lives of others. Encourage the children to talk about some simple, good things they do every day, or share your own examples. Invite the children to pick one simple, good thing they can do this week and to draw a picture of themselves doing it. Invite them to take their drawings home and share them with their families.

  • Small Things For Alma 36–38 Read Alma 37:6 together. Crouch down when you hear the word “small” and jump up and spread your arms wide when you hear the word “great.” You could use the scripture verse or repeat the phrase, “Small things can make a great difference!” Talk about how small things like reading the scriptures or praying can make a great difference.

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Teaching Ideas for Families

Watch or Listen To:

Finding time to make Come Follow Me can be tough, it can also be tough to keep the attention of family members. The Book of Mormon videos recently released by the church are a WONDERFUL resource. 

Click Here for the Free Living Scripture Lesson Plan this Week

 

 

CLICK HERE: Listen to the Podcast: Stories from General Conference: Repentance

 

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Activity Suggestions:

 

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Activity Suggestion from Ensign: 

Alma 37:38–47 (July 20–26) Liahona Treasure Hunt

Read Alma 37:38–40 together, which describes the Liahona. When Lehi’s family was faithful, the Lord used this compass to guide them.

  1. Draw a circle with an arrow in it. Ask someone to hold this pretend Liahona.

  2. Pick a small object to use as treasure. Have someone leave the room while the rest hide the treasure. Then ask the person to come back in the room and try to find it.

  3. If that person shares one way they can keep the commandments this week, the person with the Liahona can point them toward the treasure.

  4. Each person takes a turn searching and holding the Liahona.

Discussion: How does God try to lead and guide us in our lives? When have you felt that God was guiding you? For additional insights, read and discuss Alma 37:41–47.

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Individual Study & Extension

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:MOST IMPORTANT PART:

Comment below and share YOUR favorite resources for this week of Come Follow Me in the Book of Mormon. Join the conversation on @livingonlemonlane on Instagram and stay updated on new blog posts!  If you enjoyed this PLEASE SHARE! Till next week.

Achieving true ward or branch unity may be as difficult as it is rare. But great progress can be made in each ward and branch of the Church as leaders and members apply the following principles: (1) learn the doctrine, (2) eliminate contention, (3) forgive others, (4) watch over and strengthen each other, and (5) sacrifice for the kingdom of God. […] Our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, are one, even as we must become one. Let us, therefore, be fully committed as disciples of the Lord to become united as a church and as a people.

-Be Ye One: By Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie
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Loved these thoughts from the Strength of Youth magazine:
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“There’s a style of painting called pointillism where artists apply small colored dots all over a surface to create an image instead of mixing colors together on a palette and using large brush strokes. When you stand close to these paintings, all you can see are individual dots of color.
However, when you take a step back, the dots blend together to reveal a picture.
The individual colored dots all work together to create something beautiful. Just like the dots, we are all unique individuals. Heavenly Father sees the “full picture.” He sees us all as His sons and daughters, “heirs to the kingdom of God” (4 Nephi 1:17). If we can also learn how to step back and see the bigger picture, we can learn how to love and work with people who are different from us. Here are some things we can do to work at being unified.
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As you work to build unity with others, you might see we’re not as different from each other as we think. As we learn to see each other as Heavenly Father sees us, we will come to understand that everyone is needed and belongs in the kingdom of God. We are each a wonderful dot of color in a beautiful mural. And let’s face it, it just wouldn’t be the same without you.”
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Not sure about you, but while reading through the suggested activities to try with your class or family in Come Follow Me, the activities dealing with the idea of being one… felt EXTREMELY relevant to my little family, and my little children, and their little rivalries. I thought I would make a quick printable to go along with this suggested activity:
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“To teach children what it means to “be one,” you could help them count the members of your family and talk about why each person is important to your family. Emphasize that together you are one family. You could help your children draw a large 1 on a poster and decorate it with names and drawings or pictures of each family member. You could also write on the poster things you will do to be more united as a family. You might also watch the video “Love in Our Hearts” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) or read Moses 7:18.”
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I also want to note that our “scipture study” may not look like your traditional scripture study… and that’s ok! The Lord LOVES effort. So no… At the moment we are not sitting down and opening our scriptures for a formal study, we aren’t even reading a children’s version of the scriptures. Instead, thanks to my husband, we are simply working on memorizing a SINGLE VERSE of scripture each morning. We will use that same verse of scripture until my kiddos have it mastered. This feels doable. This feels obtainable. This is currently working for us. I’m hoping we can do a single verse each week, a verse that can be found in the assigned Come Follow Me reading!
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“I like to think of this spiritual armor not as a solid piece of metal molded to fit the body, but more like chain mail. Chain mail consists of dozens of tiny pieces of steel fastened together to allow the user greater flexibility without losing protection. I say that because it has been my experience, covering many more years than you have yet been privileged to live, that there is not one great and grand thing we can do to arm ourselves spiritually. True spiritual power lies in numerous smaller acts woven together in a fabric of spiritual fortification that protects and shields from all evil.”
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Like a warrior we need our spiritual armor at the start of the day!
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“Scripture Study and Pray to start the day!”
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If you’ve followed me for long you know I love all things March and Irish ☘️ it’s in my blood 🙃
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My love of March shows in my resources, of all the months to have the most projects... March (of all the months???) is at the top of the list!
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I just added this CELTIC KNOT inspired Lucky Clover Craft and it turned out so fun! Use either the DIGITAL version and insert pictures into the leaves that represent why you’re lucky, or pick from one of the 18 different top layer options to create a beautiful clover like the one shown above! If you do go this route make sure to check out the EDITABLE bulletin board kit to really put these beauties on display!
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Do you love March? Why or why not? Drop a comment below 💛💛
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Emma Smith. Call me a cynic, but if you put value on the fact that none of the witnesses ever recounted their testimony of the Book of Mormon, I put 10 fold that value on Emma.
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My heart swells and breaks a little when I think of dear Emma. She is someone that I can not wait to meet, to hug, and to cry with. She endured SO much, and loved Joseph with a depth that seems unobtainable.
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I know we need to be careful putting early Saints on a pedestal, but that’s just it, much of the pedestal I place her on is grounded in how “human” she is to me.
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Emma often doesn’t get the credit she is due based on other’s quick assumptions. I used to be one of them.... What I do know is that the more I learn about Emma, the more I love and look up to her. If ever there was a model of strength, courage and endurance, it would be her.
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What do you think? Comment below 💛
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This beautiful depiction of Emma and Joseph is by the incredibly talented @rosedatocdall I dare say it’s my favorite to date. 💛💛💛
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“I have never seen a woman in my life, who would endure every species of fatigue and hardship, from month to month, and from year to year, with that unflinching courage, zeal and patience, which she has always done; for I know that which she has had to endure; that she has been tossed upon the ocean of uncertainty; that she has breasted the storm of persecution, and buffeted the rage of men and devils, until she has been swallowed up in a sea of trouble which [would] have borne down almost any other woman.”3

-Lucy Mack Smith
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Art that stops you in your tracks... If ever there was a picture that perfectly illustrated the scripture, D&C 25:12, “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart...” I think it would be this one?
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What’s your favorite hymn? Drop it in the comments below!
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I loved reading @comefollowmemusic thoughts on this and had to share! Do you follow @comefollowmemusic ? Each week they share a FREE schedule based on music that correlates with what we are learning in #comefollowme
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What’s a song that you feel in your soul? Tell me in the comments💛
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🎨 @pattic.art (one of my absolute FAVORITES)
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Had to share this caption from one of my new FAVORITE accounts to follow while studying Doctrine and Covenants for #comefollowme @saintsofhistory takes an early saint and posts a brief but extremely entertaining biography about each individual. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for the post dedicated to Emma! Read an excerpt of @saintsofhistory post below. Also check out this early artwork by @emilyshayart another one of my favorite artists/ illustrators 😭😍
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In 1825, 21-year-old Emma met 19-year-old Joseph Smith when a guy named Josiah Stowell hired Joseph to help him dig for purported lost silver near Harmony, PA. The Smiths often took random jobs like this to help provide for the family, but Joseph’s current living + all the rumors about him still didn’t impress Emma’s dad. But she was done being with all the single ladies, so she put her hand up and Joseph liked it so he put a ring on it—they eloped and were married on Jan. 18, 1827 in South Bainbridge, NY.
Fast forward to June 15, 1828: At the same time Martin Harris was losing 116 pages of The Book of Mormon, Emma nearly died. After an agonizing labor, she gave birth to her first child, but the baby was very frail and died soon afterward. Little did she know that her first three children would not live beyond a day, and of the nine children she bore, only four would grow to adulthood. Emma and Joseph named this first baby Alvin.
Now let’s jump to July 1830: Soon after Emma’s “memorable” baptism day (see Joseph Knight Sr. post), the Lord sent a revelation just for her, now known as Doctrine & Covenants 25. (Go read p.36-38 in “Revelations in Context”—good stuff.) Among other things, Emma is assigned to “make a selection of sacred hymns.” Today, 26 of Emma’s original selections are still in our hymn book. Zero came from Beyonce.
Of course, Emma later became the first president of the Relief Society, fulfilling, at least in part, her designation by the Lord as an “elect lady” according to Joseph in 1842.
Emma was a leader in public and in private—often left to face life’s challenges alone when her husband was falsely accused and imprisoned.
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Selection Sunday and PI Day falling on the same day... Somebody pinch me. Two of my very favorites because of the projects you can start in your classroom 😍 Take for instance my March Math Madness PBL
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Think March Madness + Fantasy Basketball + Lots of Math + A sprinkle of ELA = Engagement & Excitement & Learning 💛🏀💛
Students are separated into the 4 divisions then work together to put together a new starting 5 from players in their division. #dreamteam Each round their individual players are awards point values for how they played. At the end of each round students will calculate their team’s total points and decide which dream team comes out victorious! There are some really great opportunities to see Math in action. There’s opportunity for measurement conversion, converting fractions to decimals, ordering decimals, ratios, mean-median-mode, adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals...etc. This is quickly becoming another tried and true favorite in the classroom!
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Also if you think your too late to the table, the only thing you are late for is brackets! The dream team activity can be started before any round! Second round would actually be ideal 👊🏻👊🏻 LOTS of FREEBIE extensions for this product that can stand on their own! Head to the website for more details!
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