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by Kendra Halterman / ga02092008

I thought I would share the Liahona activity I came up with...it might fit in with the "crossing the sea" lesson. I was really nervous about doing this, but the boys did really well (maybe it's because only half of them were there). At any rate...I had someone watch my class for a few minutes while I set this up. To begin with, I showed a large picture of the Liahona. Taped to the back was an envelope with 2 papers. The first read:
 
Liahona Activity
 
The Three (Class) Commandments:
 
1. Thou shalt not run in the halls
2. Thou shalt only speak in a whisper
3. Thou shalt keep thy hands and feet to thyself
 
After making sure they were clear on these, I gave someone with scriptures the following paper from the envelope:
 
The Liahona says:
 
Read: Doctrine & Covenants 119:3.  Then proceed to the corresponding location in the church building.
 
We then walked together reverently to the place where the tithing envelopes are stored. I had placed two envelopes there. On the outside, one said "Disobedient" and the other said "Diligent." If the boys had broken any of the 3 commandments on the way to the tithing envelopes, they would open the envelope marked "Disobedient" which read:
 
The Liahona can't work!  Go back to class and REPENT: By losing 5 pts. (we have a class point system).  Review the 3 commandments and read I Nephi 16:5.
 
After "repenting" they would get the next direction from the Liahona, or if they were "diligent" as my boys were, they would open that envelope immediately which read:
 
The Liahona says:
 
Read: Doctrine and Covenants 62:4.  Then proceed to that location.
 
I was nervous about this one, but we are the last ward and I knew we could call off the activity immediately if they weren't trying to be reverent. I put the envelopes on the floor near the sacrament table. Again, there was "diligent" and "disobedient".
 
Disobedient read:
 
"The Liahona can't work!  Go back to class and REPENT: By losing 5 pts.  Review the 3 commandments and read 1 Nephi 16:24.
 
Diligent read:
 
The Liahona says:
 
Read: 1 Nephi 2: 9.  Then proceed to that location.  
 
The next envelopes were taped to the side of the drinking fountain. Same routine.
 
Disobedient:
 
The Liahona can't work!  Go back to class and REPENT: By losing 5 pts.  Review the 3 commandments and read 1 Nephi 16:28.
 
Diligent:
 
The Liahona says:
 
Read: Doctrine and Covenants 51:12.  Then proceed to that location.  
 
This lead us to our bishop's office "The Promised Land" where the following message was waiting on his desk:
 
Congratulations!  You've reached the Promised Land!  Your class earns 20pts!
 
Of course, you could have some other prize there (milk and honey anyone?), but it was nice to end at the bishop's office and give him a minute to counsel with the boys before heading back to class. We had several people comment on how reverent these boys were as they moved through the halls and one boy said he wished we could do this every week.  When we got back to class, we talked a little about repenting (since they hadn't had to do that along the way) and brought it back to the Holy Ghost and how it won't guide us if we aren't trying to be obedient, etc.

ADDITIONAL NOTE:  Click here for some clipart of the Liahona.




 
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