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Structural chapter reading chart: The Old Testament, Seminary selected readings

Structural chapter reading chart: The Old Testament, Seminary selected readings

This chart is identical to the structural chapter reading chart for the Old Testament, except I have greyed out many chapters so that only the selected readings from the Seminary Old Testament course are highlighted. I have also added the books of Moses and Abraham. I think Seminary students (and teachers!) would greatly benefit from using a progress-tracking chart like this, because they can learn something about the organization of the books while they read. Becoming oriented is central to understanding and retaining what you’re reading.

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Kings of Judah and Israel: Chart

Kings of Judah and Israel: Chart

I created this chart to help you keep straight the various rulers in the biblical books of Kings and Chronicles, especially because many have the same names. It’s color-coded to match my map and scripture timeline (forthcoming). A few patterns and insights emerge after looking at the chart, which can lead to some useful personal applications.

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He’s Been There, a song about Jesus Christ

He’s Been There, a song about Jesus Christ

Guest post by Jelaire Richardson. This is a song I wrote about the Atonement of Jesus Christ while I was in the Missionary Training Center. We usually summarize the atonement by saying, “We are imperfect, so we need a Savior.” But I love how Chieko Okazaki takes a different approach by stating its inverse: “Perfect people do not need a Savior.” I was struggling with learning Dutch and sometimes felt like I didn’t deserve help learning the language because I wasn’t the perfect missionary. …

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Structural chapter reading chart: The New Testament

Structural chapter reading chart: The New Testament

This reading chart not only helps you track your progress as you read the New Testament; it also helps you learn how the books are arranged, their major and minor subdivisions, as well as their internal storylines that are not always explicitly explained in the text itself. Now you can spend less time orienting yourself and more time gaining insights.

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Music practice charts

Music practice charts

Guest post by Jelaire Richardson. I made these practice charts to help our children keep track of their musical instrument practice sessions. These are non-calendar based practice charts that have room for 30 “days” of practice tracking. Use stamps or stickers to mark off your days. There’s one for piano, for violin, and one with a generic musical note, each in color and greyscale. There’s a place for the student’s name and date.

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Structural chapter reading chart: The Old Testament

Structural chapter reading chart: The Old Testament

This chart helps you track your reading progress in the Old Testament by showing the structure of its storyline. It shows the natural major and minor subdivisions of books so that you spend less time orienting yourself and more time gaining insights.

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Structural chapter reading chart: The Book of Mormon

Structural chapter reading chart: The Book of Mormon

This chart helps you track your reading progress in the Book of Mormon by showing the structure of its storyline. It shows the natural major and minor subdivisions of books so that you spend less time orienting yourself and more time gaining insights.

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General conference notes worksheet: Chinese

General conference notes worksheet: Chinese

這個表格能幫助你在總會大會做筆記。表格上的空格除了作筆記之外,也能協助你快速紀錄新目標,讓你在大會之後記得重新讀某些演講、或是重訪某些重要的講詞。這對成人和青少年都應該是很好的資源。我在設計這個表格的時候,設計的主要對象是我的侄子和侄女。我希望能幫助青少年更能從總會大會中有所收穫。

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2 Nephi 3—Four Josephs

2 Nephi 3—Four Josephs

Here’s a brief PowerPoint slideshow and lesson plan that helps answer, “Who are the four people Lehi talks about in 2 Ne. 3 who are all named Joseph?” I’ve also made a timeline where you can try to figure out what order the Josephs were born in (i.e., who came first on a timeline of world history). Also included are helpful application questions for why this matters today.

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Scripture Mastery: Daily class reciting

Scripture Mastery: Daily class reciting

Use the new scripture mastery cards to help your class or family learn their Scripture Mastery scriptures by daily reciting. It only adds about 30 seconds to your day.

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Geographical timeline of early Church history

Geographical timeline of early Church history

This timeline gives you a simple overview of where the Saints were and what events took place in any given year. It’s especially useful when reading the Doctrine and Covenants, for seeing what events were going on at the time a section was received. It covers the five major migrations of the early Latter-day Saints: New York, Ohio, MIssouri, Illinois, and Utah.

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Werkblad algemene conferentie

Werkblad algemene conferentie

Hier is een werkblad om volwassenen en jongeren te helpen om aanmerkingen te maken tijdens HLD algemene conferentie. Ik probeerde te denken aan manieren om een tiener of jongere interesse in algemene conferentie te wekken. Wat zou hen helpen te leren om naar de gesprekken te luisteren en zelfs aantekeningen maken? Ik besloot dat het zou kunnen helpen om een beetje trivia toe te voegen, alleen maar om hun interesse wekken. …

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General conference notes worksheet: Example

General conference notes worksheet: Example

This time last year, I posted a worksheet for taking notes at general conference. Go to that post to download a blank worksheet for yourself to write on. This post provides a version of that same worksheet, but with it already filled out in blue ink. I’m providing it here so you can see one example of how you might use the blank worksheet when taking notes at general conference.

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BibleVideos.org chronological index

BibleVideos.org chronological index

The LDS Church has been producing a fantastic set of short videos depicting stories from the New Testament, found at BibleVideos.org. Here is a table of all the videos currently up, placed in roughly chronological order.

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The original chapter breaks in the Book of Mormon

The original chapter breaks in the Book of Mormon

Did you know that the Book of Mormon prophets had different chapter breaks than we do now? Why did the book of Alma originally have only 30 chapters, and now it has 63? Here’s a table that shows the original chapter breaks in the Book of Mormon and a post on how knowing this can help your personal scripture study.

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Chronological reading checklist for the Doctrine and Covenants

Chronological reading checklist for the Doctrine and Covenants

Track your reading of the D&C in conjunction with Joseph Smith—History and the Articles of Faith where three levels of headings help you see the geographical and thematic elements. There are two versions of this chart: one in numerical order (i.e., the same order the sections are printed in your bound copy of the scriptures) and the other in chronological order. The dates are based on the new 2013 edition of the D&C, with a few possible exceptions based on the Church’s Joseph Smith Papers project, including research by Robert Woodford and Steven Harper.

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Some handouts for a Doctrine and Covenants overview

Some handouts for a Doctrine and Covenants overview

Four Doctrine and Covenants Overview Handouts: 1. Helpful titles for sections, 2. a timeline of when the sections were given, 3. a diagram to help you read the it in chronological order, and 4. a chronological checklist to help you keep your personal scripture study goals as you read the D&C in chronological order. Especially useful for seminary or the Sunday school curriculum to help you understand the basic structure of the Doctrine and Covenants.

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The Book of Mormon without punctuation

The Book of Mormon without punctuation

Here is a Microsoft Word document I’ve created with the full text of the Book of Mormon with all the punctuation removed. I’ve done this because it more closely approximates what the original manuscript (and the printer’s manuscript) looked like as Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. While the translation was performed by a prophet based on inspiration, the paragraphing, sentence breaks, and punctuation were performed by a regular, non-LDS, educated man based on ordinary, mundane principles.

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Voting criteria for Latter-day Saints

Voting criteria for Latter-day Saints

Guest post by Jelaire Richardson. Have you ever had someone tell you, “You shouldn’t be using the words of Church leaders in determining how you feel about certain issues. That’s just plain inappropriate.” Is using the words of Church leaders to guide us in our political decisions even something we should try to do? And what exactly have they said? Use this chart to examine your reasons for voting, to see what Church leaders have said to look for when voting, and possibly help revise your reasons.

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Spiritual death paper

Spiritual death paper

If someone asked you, “Has a baby experienced spiritual death?” would you know the answer? The answer is: Yes and No. Why? Because there are two kinds of spiritual death. This article shows how widely this concept is misunderstood by many Latter-day Saints. Misunderstanding the six elements of the two types of spiritual death has in the past resulted in false doctrines such as original sin, infant baptism, universalism, theistic amorality, unjust God, and incomplete theodicy.

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