Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Ultimate Elder's Quorum Teaching: What say ye?

I've been asked to teach Lesson 9 on "Resisting Temptation" in Elder's Quorum in two weeks. So far, my preparation has consisted of: praying for guidance and reading the lesson manual twice. I've a number of ideas; but wanted to throw this open for discussion:

What makes the Ultimate Elder's Quorum Lesson? Is it the teacher? The class? The preparation? Snacks? Video games?

The bloggernacle seems full of threads either praising/complaining about Sunday School; but I haven't seen much on Elder's Quorum. Please provide your thoughts. What say ye?

re: snacks. They are deemed permissible; but then the Quorum has to move to the cultural hall and out of the Sacrament meeting room. Too much disruption?

re: video games. Ok, this was more of a pun to play on Ultimate Fighting than a serious suggestion.

re: preparation. We've been exhorted to read the manual before the lesson. What more should an Elder-participant do?

re: Teaching. The manual says outside resources aren't necessary. Yet, Sunday School complaints seem to be that they are too banal and scripture based. What more, if anything, should the the Elder-teaching do?

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3 Comments:

Blogger Rusty said...

Lyle,
You shouldn't so easily dismiss video games. Your attendance would surely increase and I'm sure you can find some parallel between resisting temptation and resisting enemy attack :)

I think a lot of the suggestions in the Bloggernacle about Gospel Doctrine would surely apply to Elder's Quorum. I'd say that one of the most important things you can prepare are good questions. Questions that are formed in a way to make the class think beyond "faith, Jesus, the Atonement, love, etc".

7:19 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

I think you should ignore the bloggernacle and focus in on the Teaching: No Greater Call manual.

And pray and fast for the spirit, and that others might feel the spirit as you teach.

10:01 AM  
Blogger W. Lyle Stamps said...

Ok: so, to add to the list, we have:

1. pray
2. preparation of lesson/read lesson
3. possibly fast
4. good questions, i.e. non-primary questions that will make the class think and apply the gospel. that is probably a topic worthy of a post of its own.
5. Video. While I'm not sure what games would work...I do think that visual learners need some cues in the lesson.

How about suggestions, anyone, about scenese from movies where temptation is successfully resisted that can be shown in church?

10:49 AM  

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