The Godhead, Part 2

“The Godhead, Part 2,” Doctrinal Mastery Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Teacher Material (2017)


Introduction

The teaching materials for the learning experience on “The Godhead” are divided into two parts. Part 2 contains a practice exercise that will help students apply the doctrine they learned from the Doctrinal Mastery Core Document and the doctrinal mastery passages found in Doctrine and Covenants 130:22–23 and 29:10–11. This lesson also includes a cumulative review of all of the doctrinal mastery passages that students have studied so far during the school year.

Note: The practice exercise and the doctrinal mastery review in this lesson may be taught in a single class session or during two separate class sessions. If they are taught during two class sessions, allow adequate time for your regular sequential scripture lesson from the Doctrine and Covenants.

Practice Exercise (25 minutes)

handout iconDivide students into missionary companionships. Provide each pair with the accompanying handout, and give students sufficient time to complete the assignment.

handout, Helping Others Come to Know God

Helping Others Come to Know God

  1. Read the following scenario aloud with your companion.

    You and your companion are missionaries. You meet a pleasant elderly man named Ben. You talk to Ben and set up an appointment with him. When your companion asks him what his beliefs are about God, Ben says, “I’ve always thought of God as an essence that is everywhere at once.” You and your companion both feel that it would be helpful for Ben to understand the true nature of the Godhead.

  2. Prepare a brief lesson on the Godhead, and include the following:

    • A correction to the misunderstanding your investigator has about God

    • Scriptures that explain the correct doctrine of the Godhead

    • An explanation on how having a correct understanding of God would help Ben

  3. Be ready to teach your lesson to the class.

Note: You may want to adapt the scenario according to your students’ experiences and needs. You may also want to substitute names that are more common where you live.

Invite companionships to present their finished lesson to the class. (With large classes, you might consider having each companionship pair off with another companionship and teach each other or asking only a few companionships to teach the class.)

Conclude by testifying of the truths discussed in class. Invite your students to look for opportunities to help others gain a correct understanding of the Godhead.

Doctrinal Mastery Cumulative Review (15 minutes)

Write the following doctrinal mastery passages on the board:

Doctrine and Covenants 88:118

Doctrine and Covenants 8:2–3

Doctrine and Covenants 6:36

Doctrine and Covenants 130:22–23

Doctrine and Covenants 29:10–11

To help students deepen their understanding of these doctrinal mastery passages, ask them each to choose one passage for the following activity.

First, invite students to write down either a true statement or a false statement describing the doctrinal mastery passage they have chosen. Then collect the statements and read them aloud to the class. For each statement, invite students to nod their heads or put their thumbs up if they agree that the statement is true. (You may need to adjust how students respond in the affirmative based on cultural norms.) If students know the statement is false, ask them to raise their hand and say, “That isn’t true!” Invite students to find the doctrinal mastery passage that can correct the statement. Allow the students to explain what was false about the statement and what would make it true. (An example of a false statement would be: the Holy Ghost has a body of flesh and bones. The scripture the students should turn to is Doctrine and Covenants 130:22–23. The statement should be corrected to say: the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit.)