How Rare a Possession - YouTube
Mormon's Lament - YouTube
How do you lean? What type of leaner are you? (See Leaning Style Questionnaire - ncsu.edu)
Elizabeth Sumner - WGU student success Specialist)
Types of Leaning:
The more you discuss the information aloud the better.
Attend recorded and/or live webinars.
Use verbal analogies and storytelling to demonstrate and talk through your point.
Act things out, use gestures, or move around while studying, all of which helps to engage the kinesthetic leaner.
Use models, charts, or diagrams to show relationships.
Read the text and then convert the information into pictures, notes, diagrams, or mind maps.
Study in a quiet place away from distractions.
The savior understood this and taught with different methodologies - Teaching the Saviour way
John 9:1-41 - Jesus Heals a man bon blind Video
How and what types of leaning occurred in this video?
Notice the movement in this video - he is always moving from one place to another
Someone is always moving from one place to another
Through this experience - He believes and knows Jesus is the Christ
His parents bare testimony
Each of us leans things in different ways and at different speeds. Most of us are a combination of each of these leaners.
How do you think an understanding of how we lean can help us be better leaners and not make as many mistakes in life?
Which method is the best? Is there a best way?
Through the use of the scriptures we can be Auditory/Visual leaners and lean from seeing/hearing the truth and obeying it or watching the mistakes of others and not making them ourselves. Some people must lean by their experiences - and the experiences of others.
-Alfred Sheinwold (Bridge player/master)
Have you used this principle in your life? How has it been helpful... or not?
The scriptures provide us this type of information about how to live our lives - and not make the same mistakes others have in the past.
We lean not only from the mistakes of others but from others example in doing good, and being diligent/obedient as well
Let us look at the life of a man by the name of Mormon - and perhaps lean a bit from his life that we can apply to ourselves...
Let us lean from the experiences of this man and his family!
Who was Mormon?
2 When Ammaron hid the records I was 10 years old - he talked to me - You are sober child
4 Nephi 1:47-49 Ammaron - 3rd Prophet 320 yrs after coming of Christ hides records in the Earth
3 When you are 24 remember what you have seen - and get the plates
4 Take plates of Nephi - and engrave what you have observed
5 I am a descendant of Nephi - my fathers name was Mormon
What do we lean about Mormon from these verses?
he was a descendant of Nephi - his father's name was Mormon
Why did Ammaron choose Mormon - according to these verses? (v2)
What do you think he meant by quick to observe? Was he perhaps a visual leaner?
What does it mean to be sober? How should we be sober today in our day?
Winning the war against evil - October 2008 Elder James J. Hamula
In referring to the perils of our day, I do not intend to inspire fear, but sobeness. Being sober means being eanest and serious in assessing your circumstances and careful and circumspect in weighing the consequences of your actions. Sobeness therefore yields good judgment, as well as measured conduct. No wonder then that prophets counsel young men to be sober. Remember Mormon’s observation that what made Helaman’s 2,000 stripling warriors so effective in battle was not just their courage, strength, and trustworthiness, but their “sobeness.” Mormon valued such a trait because he was blessed to possess it himself. It was Mormon who was entrusted with the sacred records of the Nephite nation at only 10 years of age because he was a “sober child” and “quick to observe.” And it was Mormon who, at age 15, was “visited of the Lord” and “knew of the goodness of Jesus” because he was of a “sober mind.”
So, as we enter the final climactic stages of the war against Satan, be sober, my young friends. Understand that you cannot partake of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco. You cannot participate in ponography or other immoral activity. You cannot lie, cheat, or steal. You cannot use false, demeaning, or dirty language. You cannot deface your body with tattoos and other piercings. You cannot do these things and be victorious in the battle for your own soul, let alone be a valiant warrior in the great struggle for the souls of all the rest of our Father’s children.
8 Began to be a war between Nephites and Lamanites - Lots of ites
How does moving affect an individual?
Do you think this experience living in Zarahemla changed him?
How does war affect a country and its people?
15 I being 15 years of age - I was visited of the Lord and knew of Jesus
16 I endeavored to preach but was forbidden - they willfully rebelled
17 I remained among them but was forbidden to preach
18 Gadianton robbers infested the land - could not hide up treasures - slippery
19 Sorceries, Witchcraft, Magic, Power of the evil one
What do we lean from these verses about the situation/status of the people?
What was Mormon's opinion of it all?
Why was he forbidden to teach them - how do you think that made him feel?
Why were the disciples taken away? (Iniquity)
What do you think he was visited of the Lord and knew Jesus meant?
Ensign 1970 October - Sterling W. Sill
When he was only ten years of age, Mormon received the divine call to his life's work of compiling this book for our benefit. Morm. 1:2 Then, like young Samuel at Shiloh, he received a personal visitation from the Lord at age 15. Morm. 1:15 At age 16 he was appointed to lead the armies of the Nephite republic against its adversaries, the Lamanites, and his commission extended over 58 years, until his death at age 74. Morm. 2:2 Morm. 6:6 Morm. 8:3 No weakling or coward survives a test like that. Mormon was a prophet, an author, a historian, and he had the most extended military career on record.
He taught his soldiers the arts and strategies of war. But he also taught them that the most important qualification for being a good soldier is to be a good man. Through Mormon, God offered the Nephite army victory at any time that they would obey those laws of righteousness on which all military as well as all other success finally depends. The greatest nations of the past have fallen because they have disobeyed God's laws of success. And if we desire to be good soldiers, we must avoid their mistakes. A roadside billboard for an oil company says "A Clean Engine Produces Power"—and so do a clean mind and a loyal heart.
Why did their treasures become slippery?
Ensign 1974 - what the scriptures say about witchcraft, sorcery, magic and the power of the evil one
28 there is a curse upon all on this land that work darkness and are ripe - they will be destroyed
29 keep these secret plans, oaths, covenants from this people
31 cursed be the land forever unto those workers of darkness and secret combinations
32 trust not these secret plans unto this people
Mormon 2:1-2 - he becomes leader of their armies at the age of 16
At the age of 16 he became the leader of all of their armies... what does that tell us of this man?
What does this tell us of how the Lord strengthens/empowers an individual if they put their lives in his hands...?
Mormon 2:18-19 continual scene of wickedness before his eyes, woe is me - heart of sorry because of them - I shall be lifted up
Can you relate to his comments about the behavior of the people around him?
What can we lean from his comments concening this?
How did he maintain his faith even though all around him were wicked? How can we do the same?
11-13 I Mormon did utterly refuse to lead them - but it was without faith
14 When they had swon by all that had been forbidden them - they would avenge themselves
15-16 Vengeance is the Lords - I utterly refused to lead them!
20-22 All must stand before the judgment seat of Christ and be judged
How can this relate to us in our day?
What was his attitude toward his people.. and why?
When is vengeance toward our enemies allowed... if ever? Section 98:23-38 3 strikes and your out law :)
Have you ever felt this way... that there is no hope?
Mormon 5:1-2 I repents and leads them again - without hope
Mormon 5:8-11 I do not desire to harrow up the souls of men with such an awful scene
21-22 The day soon cometh you will be resurrected and judged - if only you had repented!
Can you imagine his feelings at this time... of sadness and sorrow.
Nephi also saw this day
2 Nephi 26:7-11 Oh the pain and anguish of my soul - loss of my people nigh consumeth me
How did these men experience these awesome trials - and maintain their conviction/testimony and dedication to the gospel of Jesus Christ?
What do we lean from them?
How can we emulate their faithfulness and dedication in such difficult and perioulous times that we live in?
Are there similarities?
Will we as a nation repeat the attitudes/behaviors of the Nephites?
Will we be proud, arrogant, and full of iniquity to the point we will be wiped out like they were?
After all this let us review his final words to his people.
Mormon 7 - He speaks to the remnant of this people who are spared
5 you must repent of all your sins and believe in Jesus Christ - and his resurrection
6-7 all mankind shall be brought before him to be judged
8 Therefore, Repent and be baptized in Jesus name
9 this was written to the intent that you would believe
10 you will know you are of the house of Israel - believe be baptized and it will be well with you
Mormon 8 - Moroni continues his record - speaks of the coming forth of the book of Mormon
2 after the battle - Nephites were hunted and destroyed
3 My father was killed by them - I remain alone to write their sad tale - whether they will slay me - I know not
4 I hide them up and it mattereth not whither I go
5 I have not or for I am alone - my father hat been slain and all my kinsfolk - I have not friends nor wither to go
Doesn't he sound depressed and sad! and alone!
Moroni speaks of the day when the Book of Mormon will come forth
32 Churches built up to get gain
33 O ye wicked and perverse people - why to get gain - transfigured the holy word of God?
34 the Lord hath shown me great and marvelous things - concening your time
35 I speak unto you as if ye were present - but Jesus Christ has shown you unto me - I know your doing
36 I know you walk in the pride of your hearts - envying, strife, malice, persecutions
37 ye love your money, and substance and clothing, instead of the poor and needy
38 ye pollutions and hypocrites - sell yourselves for not - seek praise of world
39 why do ye adon yourself with that which have no life - and let the hungry suffer?
40 why do you build up secret abominations to get gain - and murder
41 the sword of vengeance hangeth over you - and will come
Mormon 9 - Moroni speaks to those who believe not in Jesus Christ - The Atheist among us - Its just to good not to read!
2-5 Will you believe when he appears before you and you cringe in guilt?
6-9 Do you deny the revelations of God - and the miracles and gifts of God? He is the same as always - you don't understand
10-11 I will show you a god of miracles
12-15 The creation of Adam is a miracle, the fall of Adam is a miracle, and the redemption through Christ is a miracle!
All will be brought back and be judged - and the filthy will be filthy still.
16-20 Is not the creation a miracle - did not Jesus do mighty miracles - has god changed? - you know not God!
21-25 Whosoever believeth and is baptized shall be saved - and miracles shall follow them - God's words shall all be confirmed
26-29 Be wise, repent, be baptized, and endure to the end - and you will be saved!