Friday, January 1, 2016

Book of Mormon Lessons

The Book of Mormon lesson link page is complete!
Click on "Book of Mormon Lessons" (in red lettering in the gray field above) for links to all the Book of Mormon lessons.

Image from the Salt Lake Tribune

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Extra Lessons For the Rest of the Year

I have several lessons that will work well for the Christmas/New Year season if you've run out of lessons.

1) A highlight of the ideas from the book The Purpose of Christmas, by Rick Warren at this link. Be aware, it does not quote any church sources, it is exclusively notes from the book, but they do correlate with gospel principles. You would probably need to expand upon it and provide quotes from prophets.

2) If you didn't already use it: New Testament Lesson #3, which goes into detail about the Nativity, using a Nativity set as a visual aid.

3) A lesson on having a willingness to believe, as exemplified by Emer Harris (unsung brother to Martin Harris) and John the Beloved at this link.

4) "Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ Today"

5) A lesson on rescuing our youth who are straying (or thinking about it) at this link.

6) A lesson on peace here.

7) For the New Year, "How to Effect Permanent Change: Lessons from the Anti-Nephi-Lehies"

8) On a topic of recent interest, "Women and the Priesthood"

9) The Power of the Atonement to Heal Us from the Damage Done by Others"

10) A lesson I've given to Young Women a couple of times on decision-making called "Forks in the Road"

11) "Jesus Christ, The Son of God"

Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Testament Lessons

Please feel free to leave a comment as you use my lessons: I love feedback! And I love to hear in which part of the world you are teaching.

#1 "That Ye Might Believe That Jesus Is the Christ"

#2 "My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord"

#3 "Unto You Is Born...a Saviour"

#4 "Prepare Ye The Way of the Lord"

#5 "Born Again"

#6 "They Straightway Left Their Nets"

#7 "He Took Our Infirmities, and Bare Our Sicknesses"

#8 The Sermon on the Mount

#9 "Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God"

#10 "Take My Yoke Upon You, and Learn of Me"

#11 "He Spake Many Things unto Them in Parables"

#12 "I Am the Bread of Life"

#13 "I Will Give unto Thee the Keys of the Kingdom"

#14 "Who Is My Neighbour?"

#15 "I Am the Light of the World"

#16 "I Was Blind, Now I See"

#17 "What Shall I Do That I May Inherit Eternal Life?"

#18 "He Was Lost, and is Found"

#19 "Thy Faith Hath Saved Thee"

#20 "Woe unto You...Hypocrites"

#21 "What is the Sign of Thy Coming?" (The Olivet Discourse)

#22 "Inherit the Kingdom Prepared For You"

#23 "Love One Another, As I Have Loved You"

#24 "This is Life Eternal"

#25 "Not My Will, But Thine, Be Done"

#26 "To This End Was I Born"

#27 "He Is Not Here, for He Is Risen"

#28 "We Are Witnesses"

#29 "The Number of the Disciples Was Multiplied"

#30 "God is No Respecter of Persons"

#31 "And So Were the Churches Established in the Faith"

#32 "Live in the Spirit"

#33 "Ye Are the Temple of God"

#34 "Keep the Ordinances, As I Delivered Them"

#35 "Be Ye Reconciled to God"

#36 "Beloved of God, Called to be Saints"

#37 Jesus Christ: "The Author and Finisher of Our Faith"

#38 "Thou Hast Testified of Me"

#39 "For the Perfecting of the Saints"

#40 "I Can Do All Things Through Christ"

#41 "I Have Finished My Course"

#42 "Pure Religion"

#43 "A Chosen Generation"

#44 "God is Love"

Preparation for New Testament Lesson #45

#45 "He That Overcometh Shall Inherit All Things"

#46: "He Will Dwell with Them, and They Shall Be His People"

Monday, December 30, 2013

Old Testament Lessons

Here are links to the first ten Old Testament Lessons,  You can find all the Old Testament lessons by clicking "2010" on the sidebar, which is when they were originally posted.

Lesson #1  "This is My Work and My Glory."  Moses 1 as an introduction to the Bible and an excellent example of how to resist pornography

Teaching Tip  My Seven Dispensations Memory Aid

Lesson #2  "Thou Wast Chosen Before Thou Wast Born." Preordination and hope for members of dysfunctional families

Lesson Addition  "The Amazing King James Translation"

Lesson #3 "The Creation."  Creativity as a godly attribute

Lesson #4  "Because of My Transgression My Eyes are Opened."  The conflicting commandments given by God to Adam and Eve, leading to the Fall and Redemption

Teaching Tip An easy way to have scriptures read aloud by class members

Lesson #5 "If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted." Tom Holdman, Palmyra Temple stained glass artist as an example of triumph over adversity

Lesson #6 "Noah Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House."  Additional insights into the story of Noah found in the Joseph Smith Translation, particularly the beautiful but little-known Covenant of the Rainbow

Lesson #7  "The Abrahamic Covenant."  The Abrahamic Covenant simplified.  What it means to belong to the House of Israel

Lesson #8  "Living Righteously in a Wicked World."  Comparisons between Abraham and Lot

Lesson #9  "God Will Provide Himself a Lamb."  Abraham's sacrifice as a type of Christ

Supplement to Lesson #9  "Ishmael, Our Brother."  Understanding the faith of our cousins, the Muslims

Lesson #10  "Birthright Blessings; Marriage in the Covenant."

Lesson #11 on Joseph   "How Can I Do This Great Wickedness?" on the importance of Joseph, and the birthright

Lesson #12 on Joseph  "Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction" includes comparisons to the Prodigal Son, and Joseph as a type of Christ

Lesson #13  "Bondage, Passover, and Exodus"

Lesson #14  "Ye Shall Be a Peculiar Treasure Unto Me"

Lesson #15  "Look To God and Live"

Lesson #16  "I Cannot Go Beyond the Word of God"

Lesson #17  "Beware Lest Thou Forget"

Lesson #18  "Be Strong and of a Good Courage"

Lesson #19  "The Reign of the Judges"

Lesson #20  "All the City ... Doth Know Thou Art a Virtuous Woman"

Lesson #21  "God Will Honor Those who Honor Him"

Lesson #22  "The Lord Looketh On the Heart"

Lesson #23  "The Lord Be Between Thee and Me Forever"

Lesson #24  "Create in Me a Clean Heart"

Lesson #25  "Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord"

Lesson #26  "King Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness"

Supplement to Lesson #26

Lesson #27  "The Influence of Wicked and Righteous Leaders"

Lesson #28  "After the Fire a Still Small Voice"

Lesson #29  "He Took Up the Mantle of Elijah"

Lesson #30  "Come to the House of the Lord"

Lesson #31  "Happy is the Man that Findeth Wisdom"

Lesson #32  "I Know that My Redeemer Liveth"

Lesson #33  "Sharing the Gospel With the World

Lesson #34  "I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness"

Lesson #35  "God Reveals His Secrets to His Prophets"

Lesson #36  "The Glory of Zion Will Be a Defense"

Lesson #37  "Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things"

Supplement to Lesson #37

Lesson #38  "Beside Me There is No Savior"

Lesson #39  "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains"

Lesson #40  "Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent"

Lesson #41  "I Have Made Thee This Day ... an Iron Pillar"

Lesson #42  "I Will Write It in their Hearts"

Lesson #43  "The Shepherds of Israel"

Lesson #44  "Every Thing Shall Live Whither the River Cometh"

Lesson #45  "If I Perish, I Perish"

Lesson #46  "A Kingdom, Which Shall Never Be Destroyed"

Lesson #47  "Let Us Rise Up and Build"/Christmas Lesson

Lesson #48  "The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord"

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Merry Christmas for Missionaries!

Here is a fun Christmas package idea for missionaries.  Individually wrap all the little gifts listed below and attach the appropriate scriptures.  Enclose them all in one big package, and your missionary's gift-opening time on Christmas morning will have a spiritual bend and will also last a little bit longer.  (You may want to label the mini nativity set to be opened as soon as the package is received, so that the missionaries can have it as a Christmas decoration.)


How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
(Old Testament | Isaiah 52:7)


He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.
(Old Testament | Psalms 147:3)


And I also command you that ye keep a record of this people, according as I have done…
(Book of Mormon | Alma 37:2)

Canned Cheese          

Hast thou not poured me out as milk, and curdled me like cheese?
(Old Testament | Job 10:10)


And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan
(Old Testament | Jeremiah 50:19)

Hand Warmers

He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
(Old Testament | Psalms 147:17)


For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing
(New Testament | Matthew 13:15)


…and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
(New Testament | Revelation 7:17)

Scotch Tape

Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
(Old Testament | Isaiah 8:16)


And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities…
(Old Testament | Amos 4:6)


Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?  and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father [knowing].  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
(New Testament | Matthew 10:29 - 31)

Hershey’s Treasures

And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure
(Old Testament | Genesis 43:23)

Hershey’s Kisses

Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity.
(New Testament | 1 Peter 5:14)

Hand Sanitizer or Soap

The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.
(Old Testament | Job 17:9)


My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck.
(Old Testament | Proverbs 6:20 - 21)

Mini Flashlight or LED Key Ring

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
(Old Testament | Psalms 119:105)

Temple Tie Tack

…the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
(Old Testament | Malachi 3:1)
Small Teddy Bear

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
(New Testament | Galatians 6:2)

Super Glue

And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
(New Testament | Colossians 3:14)

Scripture Marking Pencil

Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled.
(Doctrine and Covenants | Section 1:37)

Fingernail Clippers

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?  and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
(Old Testament | Psalms 8:3 - 4)


The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.
(Old Testament | Proverbs 15:7)

Small Nativity Set

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
(New Testament | Luke 2:7)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Book of Mormon Pocket-Sized Study Guide

I was sent a copy of the "Book of Mormon Perspective Chart: The Ultimate Pocket-Sized Study Guide" by its maker, Matthew Wilson, and asked to comment on its usefulness.  I can indeed endorse this little aid for two reasons:
  1. It is comprehensive.
    1. It contains a chart of the assemblage of the Book from the various plates.
    2. It shows a timeline of the various peoples, major events, places, doctrines and personal relationships of the Book of Mormon with references to the pertinent scriptures.  It might actually be instructive just to read through the items on the timeline as an overview of the entire Book of Mormon.
    3. It has a pertinent map of the exodus from Jerusalem.
    4. It shows the great missionary journeys of the Book of Mormon.
    5. It includes Seminary Scripture Mastery verses
  2. It is unbelievably portable. 
    1. This is the greatest advantage of this little guide.  It literally folds up to slightly larger than the size of a playing card.  It opens up to 24 times that size, and then folds easily and flatly again inside the laminated cover cards that protect it.  It stays flat when folded.  It can easily be carried in any size scriptures, or inside the cover of an electronic reading device.
This is a great little study guide which would be handy for this coming year's Gospel Doctrine Book of Mormon study, for Seminary students, for missionaries, and for use by any individuals wishing to understand the Book of Mormon better.  I definitely intend to use it myself this coming year!

It is available at Deseret Book,, or  It will soon be at Seagull Book as well.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Remaining Doctrine and Covenants Lessons

I began this blog four years ago with Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #39, so I have run full-circuit now!  The lessons were originally given in my ward from 1998-2001.  Here are links to the remainder of the Doctrine and Covenants Lessons as originally posted:

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #39 "The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn To Their Fathers"  highlights the great Vision of the Redemption of the Dead received by Joseph F. Smith.

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #40 Finding Joy in Temple and Family History Work  discusses family history work done in Joseph and Emma Smith's family.

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #41 "Every Member a Missionary" includes the story of Jim and Janette Wyatt, missionaries to the South Seas.

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #42 Continuing Revelation to Latter-day Prophets focuses on the revelation to extend the Priesthood to all worthy male members of the Church.

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #43 "Take Upon You My Whole Armor" explains the scripture on the armor of God.

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #44 Being Good Citizens tells the story of Pat and Clyde Braegger, mayors of Providence, Utah.

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #45 "The Family is Ordained of God"  includes a story from my personal life (forgive me for that).

Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #46 "Zion--The Pure in Heart" contains just a small essay on unity.