It has taken me a while to figure out what to teach about this Sunday. There is so much information and not nearly enough time. I finally decided to teach both “What was Joseph Smith’s role in the Restoration?” and “Why is the First Vision Important?” together.
I’m planning to start the lesson by listening to the first part of The Prophet Joseph Smith talk by Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge. I want to listen to the First Vision section.
Then I would like the girls to answer the question “Joseph Smith is important because________”
After sharing I want to have one of the girls read D & C 135:3 to the class.
After reading D & C I’m going to let the girls read Joseph Smith History 1:7-20 I’m not sure if we will read it as a class or divide it up, it depends on how our time goes. I want the girls to read the first vision looking for gospel truths that are taught.
After reading the first vision I plan on listening/reading the section “The Flood of Revelation” from Elder Crobridge’s talk.
Then talk about how the truths taught in the first vision are different from other religions and how our lives would be different if we didn’t know these truths. As well as Why the First Vision is significant in the history of the world? And why is it important to us as individuals?
If we have time I would like to read a couple of paragraphs from Elder Uchtdorf’s talk “The Fruits of the First Vison”
I want to end with reading one of the last paragraphs from Elder Corbridge –
“There is no dispute about what Joseph Smith accomplished, only how he did what he did and why. And there are not many options. He was either pretender or prophet. Either he did what he did alone, or he had the help of heaven. Look at the evidence, but look at all of the evidence, the entire mosaic of his life, not any single piece. Most importantly, do as young Joseph and “ask … God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given [you].” This is not only how you may learn the truth about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith; it is also the pattern to know the truth of all things.
As much as I love to plan how the lesson is going to go, I just need to have the information so that the spirit can direct the way things need to go.
Follow this link for a PDF of the handout.