Gospel Doctrine is one of the most intimidating callings out there. I was the gospel doctrine teacher in my ward for over 5 years and have learned a ton about how to study and teach the scriptures. This week’s teaching tip focuses on how to tackle this amazing calling (or any other teaching calling) each week without stressing yourself out.
Maria Eckersley is a graphic designer and stay-at-home mom of six. You can find more of her teaching tips on her site, MeckMom.com and her YouTube channel Maria Eckersley.
We’ve heard you and we here at SugarDoodle want to try something new for those Relief Society instructors requesting help. I’m a visual learner, and do well with a take home that reminds me of the concepts learned during instruction. And for me, even as an adult, this method of learning is still quite effective. It’s much of why I became a doodler by trade. This week, I’m excited to offer a handout that may help you simplify your lesson preparation, and stay clear from, as President Uchtdorf refers to as, a foolish sacrifice. Remember his talk found HERE and the example of spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade pot holders for each member of the class? Let us spend those hours for you, so you can spend time in the scriptures and other gospel study during your prep time.
Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Howard W. Hunter is our study manual this year. I started with an upcoming lesson for June found in Chapter 10, The Scriptures: The Most Profitable of All Study. I shared a post a few weeks back about prayer and hard work found HERE. The scriptures to me are right there at the top of the same list of habits to learn. Scriptures are pretty much the answer to 99% of the questions asked in our church meetings and it’s definitely one of the most basic ways we can stay happy in this life. I absolutely loved this lesson using quotes from President Howard W. Hunter. His ideas on scripture study are spot on. I created a little cheat sheet for your class to refer to during or after your lesson, you decide whether you give it to them before class starts or at the end of class. I created this first handout in black and white. It’s a one pager, easy to copy or print off with a minimal cost. You can color it or they can color it, doodle on it, make more notes, it’s up to them. You might find sisters using their scripture markers or pulling out the diaper bag crayons to doodle and take notes from their own conclusions on their personal cheat sheet. The printable can be found in the Sugardoodle Shop HERE. You might even want to share this resource with the priesthood instructors. The next thing you may find is they just might add a lace cloth to the table. Study on!
This guest post was submitted by Aimee Ferre. She grew up in the desert of East Mesa in Arizona, but married a mountain loving Utah boy. She currently lives in Sandy, Utah and is a mom to 3 daughters. She owns a small crafting business where she creates holiday decor and specializes in hand-lettering. You can always find her creating new projects or planning gatherings for friends and family. Follow her on Instagram to see what is currently on her desk or find her blog at www.aimeeferre.com.
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