Sunday, July 24, 2011

Pinch-Hitter for Today's class

Hi, everyone,

I know I said I would create more flyers, and I'm sorry I haven't. Life's been so crazy that I haven't picked it up again. I hope to do so again, but right now I have to spend all my free time getting our house ready to sell or preparing to teach again in the fall. Nothing else...unless I'm in Boston, and then I'm doing the latter in between trying to do more wifely things.

Meanwhile, having these flyers online still sure helped me today (and a few others). I was in the Boston 1st Ward sacrament meeting, and there was a mixup in which our Gospel Doctrine teacher wasn't there, and there wasn't even any sub. So, when I found this out, I figured, maybe I should just volunteer, since I had done it so much before. So I did. Still, before I got up there, I printed out the flyer that I had done 4 years ago (for Lesson 27), and the teacher's handbook lesson notes, as well as a study guide, said a quick but fervent prayer that I would teach what the Lord would want me to, and got up there. The flyer came in handy for two key quotes I wanted to use, and, of course, it's important to stick to the scriptures established for that lesson, so I pretty much did that: read those all important passages or asked for volunteers to read them, and talked about how AMAZING these particular actions were. It *IS* SO amazing when you think about it: Jesus had risen from being dead! Many people today simply don't believe that. But he didn't just show up in ghost form to 1 or 2 people; first, he talked to the women who were the first to recognize this AS a miracle; he hung out and showed his wounds to the disciples, and even ate with them. I always thought it was pretty cool that the first people he showed himself to were women. Maybe the women had more faith; maybe the women relied less on logic for knowledge they had; maybe the women showed him the wonderful love they had for Him more readily, who knows.

Meanwhile, I wish I had had a chance to look up the "Today's Word" that I had put on my previously done flyer. "Tetellesti" is the word. It is Ancient Greek for "it is finished," the very last words that Christ uttered in his mortal life. It also translates to mean "it is successfully completed," or "it is achieved," and most significantly, "paid in full." Apparently, in the times when Jesus lived, when a person was in jail, the jailers would put a sign over the prisoner's door indicating how much time he had served, and when he had served his entire sentence, the sign would read, "PAID in FULL." Also, when a debter had fully repaid his monetary debt, he would get a piece of paper indicating that the debt was fully paid back, and the word "Tetellesti" would be written upon the sheet. The root word "telos" refers to a pivotal moment in time. All of these things simply blow me away in how profound they are. Christ paid in full every person's debt by dying on the cross and rising again: Tetellesti. Another person writing about this word pointed out that it is the perfect tense of the verb, indicating it happened in the past, and is still happening in the present.. Another amazing connection. I wish I had been able to bring all this up in Gospel Doctrine class as I was teaching it, but it still is a very cool piece of information. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Study Sheets for Gospel Doctrine Lessons

I got so much out of doing my flyers a few years ago as I was teaching the Gospel Doctrine class, I'm going to study BEFORE the lesson by creating a flyer for myself--frequently based on the ones I made as teacher, but with the focus differently--as the student studies the lesson! These are strictly for my own preparation for the class, but anyone who wants to use these themselves is more than welcome. Today, the main site is down for a bit at the time I was searching, but I'm sure it will be up soon for others.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Lesson 1: "This is My Work and My Glory"

Feel free to use these flyers in your Gospel Doctrine classes or to help you study this new year's focus: The Old Testament. Just a note: I am not the Gospel Doctrine teacher, and we have a fine one here at our branch, but I missed doing these so much, I thought I'd try to start them up again. Enjoy!
I still have Microsoft Publisher 2003, so if you have Publisher 2007, some things might be different. I will also post a pdf version for those who do not have the software or do not need to make any changes.
Lesson 1" This is My Work and My Glory [.pub] [.pdf]

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Back from Oblivion

Sorry, everybody, I kind of dropped off the face of the earth for a while. Our current Gospel Doctrine teacher is great, but I admit that when I had that calling, I did much, much better at reading the lessons beforehand! I gotta repent. Speaking of which, I'll throw in a little joke that my mom cut out and sent me:
Once there was a painter who was very poor. When his parish church needed repainting the members of the congregation and the church elders got together and when bids were considered for the job, offered him the job because while his bid was not the lowest it was close and he was of their congregation. So the painter bought paint for the job and set to work. When he got about three quarters of the job finished it became apparent that he wouldnt have enough paint. Well his bid was about as low as he could go and so he decided to thin his paint some so that it would spread farther. Well he got about half of the remainder done and concluded that he would have to thin what he had left just a little and his paint would stretch to cover the whole church.
Unfortunately, that night a terrible storm came to the town and when the painter was awakened by the crash of thunder he realized the thinned paint wouldn't stick to the walls of the church and would be washed away. The painter is panicked and he realizes that he has betrayed the trust put in him by his neighbors and that he will be shamed in front of everyone.
As soon as the next day has dawned, he rushed out of the house to the church and sees all of the thinned paint covering the lawn in front of the church. Faced with humiliation and possible ruin of his business, he does what is only natural and falls down on his knees and prays.
"God," he says, "please forgive me and help me to see the error of my ways." Just then the heavens open above him and he is bathed in a pearly radiance from above. A voice can be heard in the sudden stillness of the morning that rings as if it comes from Heaven itself. God speaks to the painter and says: "Repaint and thin no more!"
Okay, no more next posting will contain some contemplation...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Released . . .

As wards and branches grow and change, so, too, do callings. As it happens (inevitably it is often when becomes comfortable with a calling), I’ve been released from my calling as Gospel Doctrine teacher to serve in another needed area of the branch. Therefore, I will no longer be handing out flyers in my class (won’t be my class). However, I’ve grown fond of making these flyers and, as the site meter indicates, many others have also. I’d like to continue doing these online at least in some form, but I’m not yet positive what form that will take. Doing the flyers has helped me to read the lesson ahead of time, so I may simply use the flyers to help myself prepare for the lesson as a student. I’m not positive what change in format that may make in the flyers, but I’m sure there will be some change.

One thing that may change is the reliability of the postings. Since I don’t have to have a flyer for my in-person students, on a way-too-busy week, I may not be able to post a flyer simply for myself and online readers, so forgive me ahead of time for any lapses that may occur. This spring alone my health issues have caused me to seek substitutes more often than usual: I had surgery on a torn rotator cuff in January, which is slowly but surely healing, lately, more slowly as I have been hit with a 1-2-3 punch of ear infection, sinus infection, and bronchitis, made worse by starting up while out of town at a work conference, so I currently completely miserable and will have a setback with my shoulder physical therapy, since I have been so weakened. Combine all that with the fatigue from my MS and my exhaustion after being gone for another 10 days to help my aging parents move into a retirement home, with my mother having Alzheimer’s and you could understand that I might need a rest of some sort. All this and I’m actually on a sabbatical this semester! Not that my body would know this! Anyway, if you have any thoughts or comments you want to pass along, I’m available, as always, at and would love to hear from you. I’d appreciate any thoughts you might have about how the flyer or blog might change, especially, or if you think these physical setbacks are the Lord’s ways of telling me to take a rest entirely.

On a brighter note, our youngest got his mission call—San Fernando mission, Spanish-speaking—and an acceptance to BYU within the last couple weeks as well! Lots of changes ahead!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Lesson 13: "The Allegory of the Olive Trees" [.pdf] [.pub]

I was not able to post Lesson 12 online because I was out of town taking care of some family business--but I will before Sunday (4/13).

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Lesson 10: "He Inviteth All to Come unto Him" [.pdf] [.pub]

and (these are on the SAME flyer)

Lesson 11: Press Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ" [.pdf] [.pub]

We have Branch Conference next week, so the 2 lessons are being given together so we don't get too far behind everyone else.

p.s. Sorry for the mistake in the link address; typing w/my left hand is fraught w/peril!. It is fixed now. Thanks for the comment alerting me. 1:16 EST 3/9/08