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Sunday, March 8, 2009

St. Patrick's Seminary Devotional

This is what we decided to do for Brady's Seminary Devotional this Month. As a side note, I added a label "Seminary Devotional" for the convenience of those looking for Seminary Devotionals. My goal is to do them early and not at the last minute (like February's). That way you will be able to use these ideas too.

Brady let me know he wanted to give it on Shamrocks. A friend told him that the Shamrock represents the Godhead. I never knew that. I went to research this and indeed, I found it! This is what I found:

Shamrocks and St. Patrick's Day
During the
Saint Patrick's Day season, shamrocks are everywhere - from storefront displays to classroom bulletin boards. Even people's lapels sport the green three leaf clover. As the unofficial state flower of Ireland, the shamrock is the most prolific symbol of the Irish holiday.

Legend teaches that the first shamrock was a sacred plant discovered by the Druids of Ireland. These Celtic pagans revered the shamrock for its triad leaf formation, as three was a mystical number in their religion.

In the 5th century,
Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to teach the doctrine of the Holy Trinity to the Irish pagans. With the three leaves representing the father, the son, and the holy spirit. Saint Patrick is credited with introducing Christianity to Ireland and converting hundreds of Celtic castles.

Isn't that cool??? So with that in mind ... we went with the Shamrock theme. I decided to make everyone in the class a Shamrock pin. I've made these before - years ago. I had a couple in my craft supplies and had to figure out how to do it again.

Below is how I put these together.
Take a pipe cleaner and fold it in half 3 times.
Unfold and leave all the creases. The middle of the pipe cleaner is the top leaf. Twist on the next crease.
Then make the two other leaves by twisting the pipe cleaner - leaving a bend at the top and twisting together. The remaining pipe cleaner sections are the stem that you twist together and it makes the stem.

Then shape the leaves. I make kind of a heart. Dipped in the wide leave part like a heart and pointed down as the bottom of the heart for each leaf.
Then I purchased some pins and stuck them onto the back - wa-ll-a a Shamrock pin. Brady will tell them to think about the Godhead, their love, example and hope for us throughout the day as they wear it.
I've also made a Shamrock out of hearts and a stem (Idea sparked from the Visiting Teaching craft I received from Hand Picked Daisy this month). I made three hearts with "Heavenly Father", "Jesus Christ" and the "Holy Ghost" on each heart. Using a small brad, I connected each heart and stem. We'll keep it folded as a heart and then unfold it - showing the love these three personages have for us and they "the Godhead" want us to follow their teaching and return to them again.
For the clover, I copy this on green scrapbook paper. Cut them out. I just use the scrap paper (edges) from the sheet and cut a free handed stem. Then I use a small scrap booking brad to put the leaves and stem together. 

The Godhead is more important to us then any treasure we may receive in this life. We need to seek after knowledge in the gospel and follow their example. The treat is a pot of gold for each person in the class.
Scripture: First Article of Faith: We believe in God the Eternal Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost.

D and C 130:22 "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man's; the Son also; but the Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us.

Conclusion: I hope that as we go about the day today and when we see a Shamrock we will understand its meaning of the Godhead. That the Godhead is three different personages and that they LOVE us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Additional idea:

If you could have your choice of any gift in the world, what would it be? There are many wonderful gifts we might receive in this life, but President Wilford Woodruff taught that there is one that is more precious than all the rest. President Woodruff said, “You may have the administration of angels, you may see many miracles; … but I claim that the gift of the Holy Ghost is the greatest gift that can be bestowed upon man.”

 Heavenly Father promises this great gift to all who are baptized and keep their baptismal covenant. There are important things you must do so that the Holy Ghost will be your constant companion. Heavenly Father gives the Holy Ghost to those who obey Him. You obey Him when you choose to be baptized. You obey Him when you pray each day and study His words in the scriptures. You obey Him when you obey your parents. You obey Him when you are kind, honest, patient, and loving toward others. You obey Him when you keep His commandments. You obey Him by remembering His Son, Jesus Christ, and trying to do what He would have you do. As you do these things, you will be worthy to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost.

Why is it important to have the Holy Ghost as a companion? The Holy Ghost will guide you and help you to choose the right (see D&C 11:12–14). You must learn to choose the right in order to be worthy to live again with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

The Holy Ghost is called the Comforter (see John 14:26). He can give you peace and comfort when you are sad or lonely or worried.

How can you know when you have the Holy Ghost with you? When you feel love or joy or peace or patience, when you are gentle and kind, you are feeling the influence of the Holy Ghost in your life.
Sometimes we say that the Holy Ghost “whispers.” We hear His voice with more than our ears—we “hear” Him with our minds and our hearts (see D&C 8:2).

President Ezra Taft Benson gave this important counsel: “Pray to Heavenly Father to bless you with His Spirit at all times. … The Holy Ghost is … a gift from Heavenly Father. … He whispers to you in a still, small voice to do right. When you do good, you feel good, and that is the Holy Ghost speaking to you. The Holy Ghost is a wonderful companion. He is always there to help you.” (Ensign, May 1989, page 82.)

When you are baptized, confirmed and told to receive the Holy Ghost, and keep your promises to Heavenly Father, He will bless you with the greatest gift in this world: the gift of the Holy Ghost.


Small House said...

That was a great idea. Not to mention a lot of work. Thanks for the visiting teaching idea. I'm for sure stealing that idea. THANK YOU!!! I'm always using your great ideas!!

Liked your primary post to.
I miss primary and YW!!

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

That is an awesome idea. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I LOVE your blog.


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