Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: Getting Started

Here are some resources to get you started on Lesson 16. Here is a lesson I like it because it provides historical information on Polly Peck Knight. Joseph attended her funeral the same day he received Section 59. Unfortunately, I cannot figure out who wrote it. And, while I am not a Meridian Magazine kind of guy, I thought this article by Breck England had a pretty thorough exposition of the Sabbath. Feast Upon the Word does a serious verse-by-verse analysis of Section 59 here.

If you know of other good sources, please feel free to post them here.


  1. The lesson material for D&C 59 is authored by Kurt Neumiller in his LDS Seminar series. Links are provided at ldsgospeldoctrine.net.

  2. Doug: Thanks for the citation to Kurt Neumiller. I don't know why I could not find that.

  3. Teacher, I have been following your blog for some time now. I find the various approaches presented and discussed useful and thought-provoking. May I share my general teaching approach for consideration? I have been teaching gospel doctrine for about 6-years. Several years ago I began producing a handout for my youth classes. I have continued this practice with my adult Sunday school class. The content for each handout is 100% from the lesson manual. I add appropriate supporting quotes and pictures. By doing this I am able to focus more deeply on specific topics while still giving class members material to enhance their personal study. Also, because we meet in the ward chapel, I use the handout to replace blackboard discussions. I don't need to track down library materials. Ward members who are not able to attend class have expressed their gratitude for having the lesson materials available. If you are interested my available handouts are posted on my blog at: dcsimpson.info.

  4. Hey all,

    I taught a lesson on sabbath observance in priesthood a few years back. In an effort to show how seriously many cultures take sabbath observance I played a snippet from the film Fiddler on the Roof where they show the hustle and bustle of everyone getting ready for sundown on Fri, and then the reverence that follows as they have their sabbath meal. The scene is set to against a reverent-ish song, but I can't remember now which one.

    This worked really well as an attention getter, and discussion starter. I would love to show it again for GosDoct, but I teach in the chapel. What to do? Pretty sure if I ask I'll be told no.

    Any thoughts?

  5. Doug: I checked out your website. Your handouts are great. You clearly put a lot of effort into them, and I think you are smart to focus on the material in the manual - - everyone can feel comfortable using them. Thanks for the resource.

    Whutznekst: That is a great idea as an "attention activity." That scene really shows how the Sabbath was a day set apart from others for the Russian Jews - - at least the Broadway version of Russian Jews. Most people of "a certain age" probably remember the scene, so maybe just describing it would work, if you are unable to actually show it. But I really like the idea. I am not teaching this week or I would probably use it myself!


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