Terri and I have had some wonderful opportunities to teach while on this mission. In addition to being able to go out with the missionaries while teaching investigators, we have been given assignments to teach in the local Branch.
Over the winter Terri taught Seminary while I taught Institute. These both stopped for the summer. Terri then began teaching the youth Sunday School class on Sundays. She has had great success in getting the youth to come to church, and to her class–some come to church just for her class! Even the missionaries come to her class to learn.
I have been given opportunities to teach the Priesthood quorum now and then. Last Sunday I taught about the sacrament. Here is my lesson outline for those interested:
Howard W Hunter / Chapter 15: The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper
- Read Section I: The Passover declares that death has no permanent power on us.
- The blood of the Lamb on the doorpost saved the Israelites
- The Seder meal, or eating the flesh of the lamb, was done to remember the Passover
- The three ‘pillars’ or proof of the Messiah:
- Ancient Jewish theology taught how to recognize the Messiah when he came: it was called the Three Pillars or Three Proofs of the Messiah:
- The Messiah had to be of royal blood: a descendant of King David, and actually in-line to become the King of Israel
- The Messiah had to show proof of Priesthood power and purity by performing miracles. In Jewish theology any man could gain power from God by living a pure and perfect life. The more righteous a man was, the greater his ability to receive revelation and perform miracles. This also meant that the performance of miracles was proof of a man’s righteousness!
- The Messiah was to be a prophet like unto Moses. The proof of this was that the Messiah would cause manna to appear again—the Messiah would feed the Israelites bread from heaven
- Read John 6:1-15 Feeding the 5,000 on Passover
- Read John 6:30-59 The Bread of Life Sermon
- Read Section II: During a feast commemorating the Passover, the Savior instituted the ordinance of the sacrament.
- Symbolism of the Sacrament
- The sacrament table represents the Altar of sacrifice
- The cloth covering the bread and water represent the burial cloth or shroud of Christ
- The bread and water represent the two parts to Christ’s atonement:
- The bread represents Christ’s death on the cross—the sacrifice of his physical body and his power of resurrection
- The water represents Christ’s blood that was spilled in the Garden of Gethsemane to atone for the sins of mankind
- The higher meaning of the ordinance of the Sacrament
- D&C 20:77 The blessing on the bread
- See note 77d: What does the word “Spirit” mean? Referred to John 14:16
- John 14:16-23 Describes ‘another Comforter’ or the ‘Second Comforter’
- See note 23b: What does the word ‘abode’ refer to? Referred to D&C 130:3
- D&C130:3 The appearance of Christ and the Father is a real event!
- See not 3b: What does the word “appearance” refer to? Referred to D&C 93:1
- D&C93:1 All who keep the commandments will see the face of God I have learned over the years how inspired the new scriptures are. During the late 70’s and early 80’s the Church spent countless hours updating and cross-referencing the King James Bible with our modern scriptures (the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price). It took years to accomplish because they did not just want to cross-reference words, but ideas and concepts! They wanted to be able to reference other scriptures that would enlighten the mind on the real meaning behind the scriptural passage being read. This took time and inspiration at the highest levels–guided by Apotles such as Bruce R McConkie. So, now when we read our scriptures and desire to have a more complete knowledge of an idea or doctrine, all we have to do is follow the references attached to the scripture that will lead us to other passages that enhance or expand the scope of what we are reading. We tried that in class on sunday–did a ‘scripture chase’ with the doctrine in the sacramental prayers, and were all enlightened.