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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 15: “Seek Ye Earnestly the Best Gifts”

Compare[1] Purpose To help class members identify gifts of the Spirit, seek to obtain them, and use them to serve others understand them in context, and see through issues with them. Attention Activity The teacher should begin by standing up on a … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 14: The Law of Consecration – An Economist’s Evaluation

The next section in the Exploring Mormon Institute is about “The Law of Consecration.” This is a subject near and dear to my heart. While studying economics at BYU, I was reading “Approaching Zion”[1] by Hugh Nibley. I decided it would be … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 13: Investigating apologetic responses to things discussed so far

 

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lessons 11 and 12: “The Field is White Already to Harvest”

Compare[1] Purpose To explain the the 1800s mindset that would lead people to join the Mormons. Attention Activity Take your smart phone and put it away from you just out of reach. Now scoot away from your computer and think … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 10: “This is My Voice unto All”

Compare[1] Purpose To illustrate that thinking the scriptures apply to us is “magic” thinking and that the church basically teaches a form of divination through it. Attention Activity Imagine that you saw an old woman in a turban, with stars … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 9: “The Only True and Living Church”

Compare[1] Purpose To help students understand that there is very little that is unique to the LDS faith, and that a lot was borrowed from other sources. This plays into the LDS idea that the church came from an original … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013- D&C Lesson 8: “The Restoration of the Priesthood”

Compare[1] Purpose To question the restoration of the priesthood events and story as we’ve heard it from correlated manuals. To make people think about why the story is so different and why the correlation committee changed the parts they did. … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 7: “The First Principles and Ordinances of the Gospel”

Compare[1] Everyone have a great Martin Luther King day holiday? Great. Anyone do anything special? Yes, Jimmy? Oh, that’s very interesting, thanks for sharing. Attention activity: Have everyone say, “Well duh!” Now, have everyone recite the fourth article of faith. The … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 6: “I Will Tell You in Your Mind and in Your Heart, by the Holy Ghost”

Compare [1] Note: We’ve covered that personal revelation can be a horrible guide, but we DO get gut impulses and moments of real inspiration where bits of our subconscious/bodies know things that we don’t. We’re going to focus on that. Also, … Continue reading

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Exploring Mormon Institute 2013 – D&C Lesson 5: “This Is the Spirit of Revelation”

Purpose To help class members understand how to prepare to receive understand the difficulties, problems, and errors caused by personal revelation and to encourage them to do so help them view such a source skeptically. Attention Activity Look at these pictures:     What … Continue reading

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