How did Jesus Learn?

How did Jesus learn? We are learning how he taught with the Sunday School class, “Teaching the Savior’s Way.” While attending that class I had the thought, “How did Jesus learn?” The first thing that came to mind was that he “continued from grace to grace until he received a fullness.” (D&C 93:13) What does “grace to grace” mean? Are there other ways Jesus learns?

Here are a few ways:

  • He “continued from grace to grace, until he received a fullness.” (D&C 93:13)

  • Jesus Christ learned “obedience by the things which he suffered” (Hebrews 5:8)

  • Jesus learned a little at a time: “It is not wisdom that we should have all knowledge at once presented before us; but that we should have a little at a time; then we can comprehend it” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith[2007], 268). And I, John, saw that [Jesus] received not of the fullness at the first, but received grace for grace (D&C 93:12)

  • He sought “learning even by study and also by faith” (D&C 109:7)

  • Jesus learned and grew in grace and in the knowledge of God (2 Peter 3:18)

  • He was proven to see if he would all everything commanded him (Abraham 3:25)

  • He experienced and worked through the struggle, sorrow, and joys which improved his learning ability. (Moses 4:22-23)

  • Jesus was taught by both his earthly and heavenly father! (he was homeschooled and learned several languages)

  • He endured through hardships: He “endure it well” (D&C 121:8) and “all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” (D&C 122:7)

  • He was motivated to learn because of his love for Father

How do you learn? Is it the same way Jesus learned? Are you helping your children learn in this manner?

Lighten Up!

What comes to mind when you hear “Lighten Up?” I’m not using this term in the sense that someone is placing too much emphasis on a trivial matter or has their priorities out of whack. I’m using it in reference to:

Jesus is the LIGHT of the World. Look up to Christ and bask in his sonlight.

Homeschooling our children is a big deal. It deserves heartfelt attention. If we try to do it in our own strength, we may become “too tense.” We need to give our efforts “a rest.” If we feel called to teach our children, and we are, then we need to “Lighten Up!” that calling with the idea that it’s not a chore, but a blessing, a gift Christ is giving us.

Satan wants to steal, cheat and lie. Don’t listen to him. He doesn’t want our children to learn God’s Glory. If he can worm his way in with doubts, comparisons, and reminders of past mistakes, this can cloud our attitude. Don’t let him.

Lighten Up!

Over the next few weeks in this blog, on our video podcasts, and in a live class, I will be teaching ways to “Lighten Up!” and give our efforts “a rest” and allow God to be the teacher for both you and your children. I hope you will join me.

Theology

It is fun to see a child understand a new concept, but it is more rewarding to see them make connections to heaven and increase their spiritual education. Joseph Smith said, “There is no knowledge, no learning that can compensate the individual for the loss of his belief in heaven and in the saving principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. An education that leads a man from these central truths cannot compensate him for the great loss of spiritual things.” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:321-322.)

Keeping this in mind I taught my children with a visual aid of a tree.

Parley P. Pratt in his book, Key to the Science of Theology, said, “All that is useful, great and good, all that is calculated to sustain, comfort, instruct, edify, purify, refine or exalt intelligences, originated by this science [of Theology] and this science alone, all other sciences being but branches growing out of this root.”

I drew a tree with a large trunk and eight branches. I taught them that all learning “grows out” of Theology, the study and belief in God. We then labeled the trunk Theology and each of the branches a different subject of learning. I then asked them what they thought the roots could represent. After much discussion we came to the conclusion that the roots represented correct principles of the gospel, the word and laws of God.

Over the next fifteen years this concept has grown tremendously in our home. We even commissioned an artist, my mom, to paint us a friendly tree with eight branches that hangs in our living room.

Over the next several months we are dedicating our live video podcasts to sharing with you what we have learned from this experience in hopes that it will assist you in your homes.

5 Ways to Enhance Your Walk with God

God wants us to be successful homeschoolers. He wants us to feel confident and strong in our duty to teach our children. Alma, talking to those that believe (in homeschooling) saying, “I have said these things unto you that I might awaken you…that ye may walk after the holy order of God.” (Alma 7:22)

Here are five ways to get your homeschool in order and strengthen your walk with God:

1. Identify Your Needs
What do you want to accomplish? What are the needs of your children? Have a monthly checkup to stay in touch with their changing needs.
2. Develop a Plan
Every homeschool begins with an idea – a vision that becomes a reality with a detailed plan and daily action based on the goals to achieve that plan. (Think about the Plan of Salvation, also see M. Russell Ballard’s talk, Return and Receive.)
3. Help your children succeed in their goals
Children need training, resources and encouragement to succeed. Get to know them. Your relationship with them must come before you “teach” them. Creating an environment of trust that allows good habits to grow.
4. Manage your inventory
Homeschoolers are known for having many books (and I’m no exception – love them books). Managing the space for and the number of books is important, but not as important as getting rid of bad habits and replacing them with habits that improve your spirituality, helping you stay more focused and productive.
5. Express Gratitude
Tell your children thank you for helping you to learn. Thank your spouse for the support, love and help. Thank your Father in Heaven for the opportunity to learn, grow and provide a good education for your family.
As you strive to live these basic principles, Heavenly Father will bless you in your homeschooling choices and help you reach your troubled children too. Let our prayer be, “that they may grow up in thee, [Lord] and receive a fulness of the Holy Ghost, and be organized according to thy laws, and be prepared to obtain every needful thing.”

Would you like some organization skills to go along with your walk with God? My friend Molly Christensen is a very organized person with talent and ideas oozing out of her. She and her wonderful sister Marika are sharing their organizational secrets and tips. They will be sharing their cooking and cleaning tips and how to be a housekeeper, a mother and a homeschool teacher all at the same time. Or at least to be able to find peace in doing it all. Check out our interview with Molly and if this is something you struggle with take her up on her offer and get started. 🙂

Teach so they Become Effective Teachers

As a missionary, I memorized the Standard of Truth written by Joseph Smith. I always thought that it was meant only for missionaries. But recently I have concluded that it is for mothers too.

The Lord has asked us as covenant keeper to proclaim the Lord’s teachings unto the entire world and to prepare to accomplish what the Prophet Joseph Smith proclaimed – to see that “the truth of God [goes] forth boldly, nobly … till it has penetrated every continent … swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished. …” (Documentary History of the Church, vol. 4, p. 540.)

In order to proclaim and to prepare the world, we must teach our children not only to be righteous covenant keepers but to become effective teachers too. As mothers we are their teachers, but how are we teaching them to become teachers?
Here is how to teach them how to teach:

The church has two new manuals/programs to help us: Gospel Teaching and Learning and Teaching Christ’s Way. They are both fantastic in helping us become better teachers and teaching how to teach.
Here are a few things the Savior said about teaching:

It is our duty as mothers to prepare our children “to develop a strong foundation and belief in the true gospel of Jesus Christ” and to improve our teaching techniques to bring about worthwhile changes in their lives. It is our responsibility to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77) and teach it effectively so that we, ourselves, our children and their children will be able to perceive and comprehend the teachings of our Master. And we help them by teaching them to teach effectively.

The next few Table Talk Discussions will be focusing on a learning pattern to help you and your children how to teach effectively so that we, as mothers, are preparing to accomplish and witness the “truth of God [going] forth boldly, nobly, till it has penetrated every continent … swept every country and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of Godshall be accomplished. …”

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