Friday, February 24, 2012

Book of Mormon Lesson #10 "He Inviteth All to Come Unto Him"

2 Nephi 26-30

No deep doctrinal lesson this time, just a little game to use as a springboard for discussion.  Remember: there is no rule against having fun in Gospel Doctrine!

CELESTIAL PYRAMID GAME

Some of you will remember the American TV show, "The $10,000 Pyramid."  To win $10,000, the contestant would have to guess the category of each box in the pyramid in order, while a partner slowly read to the person items in the category.  The Pyramid itself had a category which the player also had to guess after guessing each box's category.  And of course it all had to be done in a time limit.

This pyramid game won't earn anyone $10,000 but it has more important categories!  To prepare the game, make 10 numbered boxes out of paper.  On the back of each box list the category.  The teacher reads the items in the category, and the class members guess the category.  (The entire class is on the same team.)  The teacher can give clues to the page number or verse number in the scriptures if needed.  When the class guesses the category of Box #1, the teacher turns the box over to reveal its category.  Commentary and discussion of the topic can take place, then the class moves on to guessing Box #2, and so on until they reach Box #9.  They then must look at all the categories and decide what the category of the entire "Celestial Pyramid" is, upon which Box #10 will be turned over and the class has won the game.

Inform the class that the game includes a slight review from last week's lesson--an important truth from Chapter 25.



BOX #1:  THE RIGHT WAY [TO LIVE] (2 Ne. 25:29; p. 100)
  • To believe Christ
  • To deny him not
  • To bow down before him
  • To worship him with all your might, mind and strength and your whole soul
BOX #2:  PRIESTCRAFTS (2 Ne. 26:29; p. 103)
  • They preach
  • They set themselves up for a light unto the world
  • They seek gain
  • They seek praise
  • The seek not the welfare of Zion
BOX #3:  THINGS THE LORD GOD HAS COMMANDED NOT TO DO (2 Ne. 26:32; p. 103)
  • Murder
  • Lie
  • Steal
  • Take the name of the Lord in vain
  • Envy
  • Have malice
  • Contend
  • Commit whoredoms
BOX #4:  THOSE CHRIST INVITES TO COME TO HIM (2 Ne. 26:33; p. 103)
  • Black people
  • White people
  • Slaves
  • Free people
  • Males
  • Females
  • The heathen
  • The Jews
  • The Gentiles
  • All people
BOX #5: WAYS THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL VISIT THE WICKED IN THE LAST DAYS (2 Ne. 27:2; p. 104)
  • With thunder
  • With earthquake
  • With great noise
  • With storm
  • With tempest
  • With flame of devouring fire.
BOX #6: CHURCHES BUILT UP AND NOT UNTO THE LORD (2 Ne. 28:3-14; p. 107-108)
  • Those who contend one with another
  • Those who teach with their learning but deny the power of the Holy Ghost
  • Those who say there is no God today
  • Those who say God has finished his work and there are no more miracles
  • Those who say, "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die"
  • Those who say, "God will justify in committing a little sin"
  • Those who have gone out of the way and become corrupted
  • Those who rob the poor to build fine sanctuaries and to wear fine clothing
BOX #7: WAYS THE CHURCHES HAVE BECOME CORRUPTED (2 Ne. 28:12; p. 107)
  • Pride
  • False teachers
  • False doctrines
BOX #8: WAYS THE DEVIL WILL GRASP SOULS AND DRAG THEM DOWN TO HELL (2 Ne. 28:19-22; p. 108)
  • Stirring up to anger against good
  • Saying "All is well in Zion"
  • Flattering
  • Telling them there is no hell
  • Telling them he is no devil for there is none
  • Whispering in their ears
BOX #9: THOSE WHO WILL WRITE THE WORD OF GOD (2 Ne. 29:12; p. 110-111)
  • The Jews
  • The Nephies
  • The other tribes of Israel
  • All nations of the earth
BOX #10 (ENTIRE PYRAMID): PROPHECIES ABOUT THE LAST DAYS

Check out reader Aaron's fun "bonus round" in the comments below.  Thanks, Aaron!

10 comments:

JoAnn said...

Thank you! What a fabulous teacher you are!!

Jill said...

Wonderful idea! I appreciate all your posts they are so insightful and have helped my testimony of the Book of Mormon increase. You're awesome!

Jared said...

I'm confident that if everybody you've helped left a comment, it would crash the Blogger servers. I've been using a lot of your insights (and giving credit) since I was called as a GD teacher last year. I've been struggling with this week's lesson (so many good topics, but nothing is grabbing me), so I think we're going to play the Pyramid. Thanks again for all the hard work you do to help us all out.

WrayLynn said...

I just wanted to thank you so much for your blog! I recently found it and it is helping me so much in preparing my lessons. I was struggling with this week's lesson as well and I think the Celestial Pyramid game will be wonderful. Thanks again for all your hard work.

Lex-a-roo said...

My class is going to love this activity!

4kidsandcrazy said...

Thank you! This looks so fun! We are going to give to a go today in my class. I always love your insight and dedication. Thank you again.

kim said...

I always come to your blog after reading my lesson for the week. The class I teach is 15 turning 16 and you always have something that grabs my attention so I know it will grab theirs! You have a gift for teaching.

Sillyhappykitty said...

Thank you Nancy, I appreciate all your hard work, as do my 14 and 15 year old students!

Aaron said...

Another FANTASTIC lesson. I wanted to add on a little part about the coming forth about the Book of Mormon - and I did it in true Pyramid style. If you'll remember, one of the pyramids in the bonus round (usually 2nd pyramid) was always "What _____ would say." So, I've made up some quotes from my studies of Joseph Smith - History 1:61-65:

BOX #8: THINGS THAT PROFESSOR CHARLES ANTHON MIGHT SAY (2 Ne. 27:15-20; p. 105)
• “Hmmmm, those characters sure are interesting.”
• “Yeah, that’s a pretty good translation - probably the best I’ve ever seen.”
• “Here’s a certificate to show that those characters are indeed genuine.”
• “But, since I’m the one who actually teaches at Columbia University, it’s probably best if I take a look at the rest of the book so I can translate it.”
• “So, these came from some “golden plates” . . . and how did the young man find these plates?”
• “Can I see that certificate I just gave you for a quick second?” <>
• “I cannot read a sealed book.”

Angie Allen said...

The advantage of the internet is that this great blog is still serving us teachers for another round of the Book of Mormon! This pyramid game will be great in SS this week on the heels of the Provo City Center Temple Dedication. And I teach the adults! Thanks for all the great lessons over the past few years; they have helped me immensely!