Lesson 1 (from The Gods are Among the People)
The Gods are Among the People: This lesson will focus on the historical and political events that allowed Joseph Smith to form a new church. The lesson includes background on the American Revolution and Constitution.
1. Have the phrase "The Constitution of the United States" written on the board as students come into class. Each student should spend the first part of the class writing a journal entry on what the Constitution meant to Joseph Smith and why it was important then, and now. Then discuss the answers the students came up with as a class.
2. Divide the class into small groups. Have them make a timeline of events that they believe are important to Joseph Smith's future formation of a church. These events should be mentioned in Chapter 1 of the book. Share these timelines with the class, and each presentation should include why the events...
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