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25 minutes | 3 years ago
How to Have an Effective First Sunday Council Meeting
Are you nervous about holding a First Sunday Council Meeting? Have you been holding them and they aren’t going as you hoped? We are here to help. A new change to the 2018 Come, Follow Me Curriculum for Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society classes is the addition of a First Sunday Council Meeting. This is a departure from the old way of having a lesson selected at the Presidency’s discretion. If you aren’t careful, you might fall right back into that old way. I invited Kurt Francom of Leading LDS to join us because he recently shared 6 Tips for First Sunday Council Meetings. We expound of each of his points and how you can incorporate them to lead an effective First Sunday Council Meeting. Kurt mentions a helpful resource called 7 Unbreakable Rules of Church Meetings. For reference the 6 tips are: No lessons, videos, quotes, talks, or books Set Rules & Expectations You need a clear vision statement Obsess over the room setup Send topics ahead of time Stimulate debate Are you looking for additional resources on how to lead a council? Continue reading How to Have an Effective First Sunday Council Meeting at This Mormon Life.
17 minutes | 3 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 25: Move Forward with Faith
When faced with hard trials, how do you Move Forward with Faith? We go out on location to discuss Chapter 25: Move Forward with Faith from the Gordon B. Hinckley Manual. It brings an end to the Third Hour of Power podcast series, but also allows us the freedom to broaden the range of what we produce for the podcast for you and how it can enhance our mission. The end of this lesson features President Hinckley pleading with the Lord to increase of the faith of the Latter-day Saints. It was from a General Conference talk in 1987. You can view it here. It might be good to share with your class. Start the video at 15:32. I invited my friend Mario to join us for this episode. Mario’s story in remarkable. I remember when when he first showed up in a polo and shorts. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 25: Move Forward with Faith at This Mormon Life.
25 minutes | 3 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 24: The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Vast in Its Reach, Intimate in Its Effect
Christmas is the perfect time to remember the impact of the Atonement of Jesus Christ: Vast in Its Reach, Intimate in Its Effect We are reaching the end of the Gordon B. Hinckley Manual, Chapter 24: The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Vast in Its Reach, Intimate in Its Effect. This is a tent pole lesson. I recommend you find a way to fit it into your teaching schedule if you are behind. There is going to be a lot of emphasis on the Nativity during December, but we should also take time to focus on the Atonement. The Lesson quotes President Hinckley; There would be no Christmas if there had not been Easter. The babe Jesus of Bethlehem would be but another baby without the redeeming Christ of Gethsemane and Calvary, and the triumphant fact of the Resurrection. I brought on Ryan Shupe to be my guest for this lesson. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 24: The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Vast in Its Reach, Intimate in Its Effect at This Mormon Life.
13 minutes | 3 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 23: The Blessings of the Holy Temple
What do you do to receive the blessings of the Holy Temple? I found that living so close to the temple hasn’t increased my attendance. It still takes an concerted effort to attend regularly and partake in the blessings of the Holy Temple. I am joined my son Garren to discuss Chapter 23: The Blessings of the Temple. Garren is a Deacon now and he shares some of his feelings when it comes to going to the Temple. If you need more help in getting more from the Temple, we share 4 Tips to Get More From the Temple. In fact there was a time I was struggling with something, and I went to the Temple for help. When the Church announced policy on the children of same sex parents I had concerns. You can read about what happened when I took my concern to the Lord and went to the Temple. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 23: The Blessings of the Holy Temple at This Mormon Life.
17 minutes | 3 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 22: Reaching Out with Love to New Converts and Less-Active Members
Are you reaching out with love to new converts and less-active members? Being a new convert to the Church or returning after an absence can be hard. In this episode we talk about how to make that transition a joy for those making it. We are discussing Chapter 22: Reaching Out with Love to New Converts and Less-Active Members from the Gordon B. Hinckley Manual. Converts who join the Church give up a lot, sometimes even family. When Al Carraway joined the Church she lost her relationship with her father for many years. She recounts it in her book, “More Than the Tattooed Mormon“. Read our review here. Hearing about her experience at Cafe Rio caused me to check how I treat people who might not look like they ‘fit the mold’. Less-active members can also have a difficult transition back to the fold. My sister Summer had such a journey. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 22: Reaching Out with Love to New Converts and Less-Active Members at This Mormon Life.
22 minutes | 3 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 21: The Latter-Day Miracle of Missionary Work
How has The Latter-Day Miracle of Missionary Work impacted you? I often say that if your last significant spiritual experience was on your mission, you might have missed the point. Perhaps we can extend that your last missionary experience too. Now in full disclosure, I am pretty sure my last significant missionary experience was on my mission. This lesson is meant to help people like me take part in The Latter-Day Miracle of Missionary Work. Member missionary work can be a challenge and this episode is meant to help you get some ideas and inspiration for sharing the gospel. I loved the Apostolic promise that Elder Anderson gave in his talk, “It’s a Miracle”. This is why the missionaries need your referrals. Otherwise they do stuff like this all day. My wife Kristie joins us and shared some of the things she does to help our kids prepare to serve missions some day. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 21: The Latter-Day Miracle of Missionary Work at This Mormon Life.
17 minutes | 4 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 20: Fellowship with Those Who Are Not of Our Faith
How do you Fellowship with Those Who Are Not of Our Faith? We have some great ways to help you get more from Chapter 20: Fellowship with Those Who Are Not of Our Faith from the Gordon B. Hinckley Manual. There are some great examples from the life of President Hinckley of great ways for us to learn how to connect with our community. This episode I am joined by my little sister Summer. We served together on the Public Affairs Committee for our Stake during Mormon Helping Hands. There was a shift one year on how we did executed it, and we didn’t really agree with it at first. Summer is a blogger and YouTuber with Elevate Everyday. She writes about fashion, motherhood, and beauty. She was on the podcast before and I interviewed her about her return to the Church during Easter. I wrote an article about how to create strong ties in a ward. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 20: Fellowship with Those Who Are Not of Our Faith at This Mormon Life.
21 minutes | 4 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 19- Priesthood Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ
Ever wonder what happens when the Prophet isn’t able to function fully? How about how the Apostles make decisions? Let’s talk about Priesthood Leadership! General Conference is here! We are excited to talk about Chapter 19- Priesthood Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ from the Gordon B. Hinckley Manual. This lesson does a great job at sharing some of the insights to First Presidency and Twelve Apostles. It was really interesting to read about the times when President Hinckley was the only healthy member of the First Presidency. We are seeing some of that today with President Monson participating in Conference from home. Heather of LDS Youth Leadership joins us again. She just wrote a great article for Suicide Awareness Month and you should read it to learn the signs of depression and how you can help. Heather’s article, “What Everyone Should Know About Teen Suicide Prevention” can help you be a first-responder when it comes to mental health. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 19- Priesthood Leadership in the Church of Jesus Christ at This Mormon Life.
17 minutes | 4 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 18: Virtue—a Cornerstone on Which to Build Our Lives
We are learning about Virtue because it is so much more than just a Young Woman Value I invited my wife to be my guest to talk about this sensitive and important topic. Chapter 18 of the Gordon B. Hinckley Manual is entitled: Virtue—a Cornerstone on Which to Build Our Lives In this episode we deal with the topic of Pornography. I think it is essential as a teacher, you must assume that someone in your class is struggling with this issue. If you have a class of 15-20, I assure you, one or more are dealing with this. The last section does a wonderful job at offering hope to those who have made mistakes. Kristie and I had “the talk” with our son last night. Kristie wrote a great article for Our Kerrazy Adventure, Talking to our Kids About Sex. You don’t want your child learning these things from anyone but you. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 18: Virtue—a Cornerstone on Which to Build Our Lives at This Mormon Life.
18 minutes | 4 years ago
Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 17: Continue in the Great Process of Learning
How have you continued in the great process of learning since you ended your formal education? Have you ever gone back to school to get more education? We discuss both formal and informal education in the episode as we talk about lesson 17 from the Gordon B. Hinckley Manual “Continue in the Great Process of Learning”. We often think about learning so we can get a degree and get a great job and support a family. That is certainly part of it. We also discus great resources for informal learning. There are some great quotes of why women need to continue in the great process of learning. (hint: it isn’t in case their husband dies) I mention a great article by my wife, and recent guest, on how to get your kids to read. An article was just published by Elder Kim B Clark on Learning for the Whole Soul. Continue reading Gordon B. Hinckley- Chapter 17: Continue in the Great Process of Learning at This Mormon Life.
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