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25 January 2002

Seminary Activity Days



January and February can be a challenging time for many Seminary students. Christmas break is behind them, and Spring Break looks "forever" away which makes this a perfect time to try some new scripture mastery activities!

I personally recommend, whenever possible, having a scripture mastery game day one week and a scripture mastery activity day (something other than a game) the following week -- and then generally continuing that pattern.

Numerous scripture mastery game ideas are available at various locations online, through CES coordinators, other teachers, and in the Seminary Scripture Mastery Resource packets.

In the next several [Seminary-Notes] messages, we'll consider some ideas for "non-game" scripture mastery activity days that you might wish to try. The first idea is to hold two "scripture mastery scripture chain" activity days.

Scripture Mastery Scripture Chain Activity Day (Day 1) 

Assign small student teams to create scripture chains that follow the doctrines and principles of scripture mastery keywords throughout the four Standard Works. I recommend that each scripture chain should begin with one of the scripture mastery scriptures.

The "Topical Guide" in the back of the Bible is an excellent resource for creating scripture chains.

It helps students if you take a scripture mastery keyword, such as "Faith," turn to the Topical Guide, and show them how to look for connections between scriptures (rather than simply chaining all of the scriptures in the Topical Guide together in order, as some students will attempt to do).

Scripture Mastery Scripture Chain Activity Day (Day 2) 

Have the student teams, from the Day 1 activity, share their scripture chains with the entire class -- explaining why they selected the scriptures they did and placed them in the order they did. Students can then add the new scripture chains to their scriptures.

It's often helpful to have students select a blank page in their scriptures, write "Scripture Chains" on the top, and then use it to keep track of all of the scripture chains they've added to their scriptures.

Students can write the Gospel doctrine/principle/topic or scripture mastery keywords and the starting scripture for each scripture chain on their "Scripture Chains" page, for example:

Faith.   Alma 32:21

Next to each scripture in the scripture chain, students can add the reference to the next scripture in the chain. (I like to use the mathematical symbol for "infinity" to show that one scripture has been chained to another.

Some individuals like to chain the last scripture back to the first scripture in the chain, but I prefer to leave the end of the chain open so that additional scriptures may be added in the future. 

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Ken Alford 

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