Making the transition from seminary to institute

One of my responsibilities in our stake is to work with the young single adults, our YSA branch presidency, and the Institute Teacher. One of our biggest challenges is in getting the YSA to attend institute. When you are a youth in the Church, it is generally expected that you will attend seminary. Not everyone goes, […]

Our Youth/Young Single Adults and the sexualized world we live in

Over the last 2 1/2 years I’ve worked with both the Young Single Adults in my stake and the YM in my ward. With my new calling, I have responsibility over Young Single Adults. Over this time, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to ponder on  what can be done to help the 12-30 age groups. […]

Old Testament Institute Lesson – Week 5

Here is the next entry in my series from the Old Testament Institute class that I was teaching. These notes cover Exodus 1 – 19. I have decided not to include any pictures since I’m not sure of copyright issues with them. To recap… I was a Stake Institute Teacher. I taught a group of […]

Old Testament Institute Lesson – Week 4

Here is the next entry in my series from the Old Testament Institute class that I’m teaching. These notes cover Genesis 12 – 23. I have decided not to include any pictures since I’m not sure of copyright issues with them. To recap… I’m a Stake Institute Teacher. I teach a group of about a […]

Talk repeats by General Authorities

If you are lucky enough to go to enough meetings, chances are you’ve heard the same story told numerous times by a General Authority. This came to mind the other day when in the Institute class I teach we were talking about Elder Jeffrey R. Holland powerful talk (The First Great Commandment) from the Sunday […]

Old Testament Institute Lesson – Week 3 (Genesis 12 – 23)

Here is the next entry in my series from the Old Testament Institute class that I’m teaching. These notes cover Genesis 12 – 23. I have decided not to include any pictures since I’m not sure of copyright issues with them. To recap… I’m a Stake Institute Teacher. I teach a group of about a […]

Old Testament Institute Lesson – Week 2 (Genesis 3 – 11)

Here is the next entry in my series from the Old Testament Institute class that I’m teaching. These notes cover Genesis 3 – 11. I have decided not to include any pictures since I’m not sure of copyright issues with them. To recap… I’m a Stake Institute Teacher. I teach a group of about a […]

Old Testament Institute Lesson – Week 1 (Introduction, Genesis 1-2)

As I’ve mentioned before, my current calling is to be a Stake Institute Teacher. It is a very rewarding calling. I love meeting with the YSA and I love teaching, so it seems like a perfect calling. Previously we have studied the Pearl of Great Price, the Book of Mormon, The Gospel and the Productive […]

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

This isn’t really Church related, but I couldn’t resist sharing it. My 4-year-old son is in Jr Kindergarten and there is currently a female student teacher working with his regular teacher. One of the YSA at Church is going to the local university to become a teacher, and we tease my 6-year-old son that she […]

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