Summer Math Class

Summer Math Pilot Class

What a concept! Who would choose to work on math during the summer? YOU would! Because this is not like any other math class out there. This is Math in Action and Creation. It is falling more in love with Christ while learning math (mostly geometry) skills. 

I’m looking for families to join this class twice a week for 8 weeks (16 classes). These have to attend 60% of the time and give feedback for the content and presentation. For more details go to

The Smell of Thy Nose

In today’s temple, we manipulate light to show progression, in the ancient Biblical Tabernacle they used smell to show a change in atmosphere and progression.

The desert was bright, hot, windy and dirty. Inside the Holy room was cool, clean, dark, with soft carpet and filled with sweet smells. 

All five senses were appealed to:

  • Smell – incense, bread, wine
  • Taste – bread and wine
  • Sight – light, smoke (cloud), beauty
  • Feel – carpet, smoke, shade, spirit
  • Hear – quiet, pleasant


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“The Smell of Thy Nose” Devotional Guide Available NOW!

We have prepared a PDF “The Smell of Thy Nose” Devotional Guide for you to use with your family. Table Talk Discussion #62 goes along with the guide.

Be of Good Cheer Before My Face

In the Hebrew language they use the plural for face (faces) as indicated by the suffix ים  iym.

Most words in the Hebrew language expresses the idea of motion or denote objects of action. The action behind paniym is the expression of emotion and thoughts in the face, and since we have an infinite number of thoughts and emotions the Hebrew word is plural.

This Hebrew word more precisely means the “presence” or the “wholeness” of an individual who is ONE with God.

Can others see the presence of God when they look into your face?

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“Be of Good Cheer Before My Face” Devotional Guide Available NOW!

We have prepared a PDF “Be of Good Cheer Before My Face” Devotional Guide for you to use with your family. Table Talk Discussion #63 goes along with the guide.

Why Study Theology?

Have you ever studied theology? Whenever I thought of theology I thought of a attending Catholic seminary and learning how to teach about God at the pulpit. (This idea may have come from a movie I watched or when I attended Catholic mass with my friends. ) In the Lectures on Faith, a book written by Joseph Smith and other leaders in the church about faith, states, “Faith is truly the first principle in the science of theology.” This statement brought up many questions for me, as I hope it does for you. Faith, we learn from a young age, is the first principle (see the fourth Article of Faith). Faith is “future oriented dependence” on God. Faith is what framed the worlds, the power that organized the planets and created every visible creation. So, then, what is the “Science of Theology?”

I went to “my professors,” CES classes and lectures, for the answer.

Science is an area of knowledge that is the object of study, covering general truth or operations of general laws especially as obtained or tested through the scientific method. Theology is “the study of religious faith experiences and practices; understanding the study of God and God’s relationship to the world.” The Science of Theology is “an exact science” (it must be exact or it is not Godly). The Scientific Method is the rules and methods for the pursuit of knowledge involving the finding and stating of problems. The collection of facts through observation and experiment. And the making and testing ideas that need to be proven right or wrong. (taken from David Christensen’s lessons from the Lectures on Faith and Parley P. Pratt’s book, “The Science of Theology”)

Faith is used throughout the scientific method. Let’s take a look at how Alma used it. First, you plant a seed with faith that it will grow. As it grows and you have faith, it will continue to grow and produce fruit (results) holding to the vision of what the fruit will be like, taste, what you’ll make with it, etc. This is the time (during the waiting) that spiritual gifts are given developed and where faith is increased. Faith is used in each step of the process until the result is received.

You can try this with everything you are learning.

Say you want to learn about crystals and how they grow. Open your scriptures up to Alma 32:26 and insert what you are questioning or testing in the following manner

 Now, we will compare [what you are testing] unto a seed (principle). Now, if ye give place, that a [what you are testing] may be planted in your heart, behold, if [what you are testing] be a true seed, or a good seed (correct principle), if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed (correct principle), or that the [what you are testing] is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me. (continue…on your own)

Watch how at each step of learning you are growing the understanding of how the principle of growth is applied to crystals. You are using the scientific method, proving the principle you have chosen is true or false, works or does not.

Why study Theology? Because, Theology, Christ’s relationship with the world, is throughout ALL learning, every subject. Theology is the first science we should study.

Try replacing “what you are testing” with “an attribute of Christ.”

What will you do differently because of this study?

Time to Apply

Do you “practice” applying with your children? Researcher have found that many public school classrooms spend very little to no time teaching children how to APPLY what they have learned. Nor do they give them time to learn the skill, they quickly move on to the next topic in order to “get it all in.” Homeschoolers are better at allowing children to APPLY their learning.

There are two types of application or ways to transfer your knowledge to an actual skill. Many scholars call this “transfer.”

The first type is “near” transfer which is focused on learning in one area are more easily applied to similar situation. For example learning to drive a car can be applied to learning to drive a truck. Or learning to write an essay can help you write for a newspaper.

The second type is far application (transfer). This is when use our judgement in applying skills and knowledge we have from one context to a substantially different one. For example applying the skill you learned in playing chess to running for a political office or being a CEO. Or watching steam come out of a pot and relate it to a steam engine.

Understanding these two types of application can help you teach your children learn to apply what they learn to real life situations. Plus, it helps them develop their brain to be able to apply the knowledge God gives them to improve their life and their joy.

How Do You DISCOVER Principles?

Principles are discovered NOT created or invented. Do you know how to discover them?

There are two types of principles, causal and sequential. Causal principles are principles that cause change. They usually have multiple causes and/or multiple effects. Sequential principles follow a sequence of natural events.

Causal principles are discovered by looking for cause-and-effect relationships between two or more changes. You do this by analyzing the actions, attitudes, and behaviors of individuals or groups, and identifying the blessings or consequences that came as a result. Here is how:

Discover Causal Principles by: 

      1. Choose a whole concept from an inspiring story, poem, talk, piece of art, music, etc. something filled with light and truth and touches the HEART. Research the context around the concept.
      2. Discover the FACTS by asking questions like, 
        • “What is the moral or point of the story?” 
        • “Why do you think the writer included these events or passages?” 
        • “What did the author intend for us to learn?” 
        • “What are some of the fundamental truths taught?” 
        • “What does God want me to understand about this?”
        • “Is there any consequences/blessing to an action or behavior?” “If so, what?”
      3. Write a clear, believable, simple, “if-then” or cause and effect statement of principle. For example, “If I keep the commandments of the Lord, he will prosper me in the land.” This helps us UNDERSTAND the message the Lord desires us to discover. 

In the Marriage manual we read, “In a religious principle the if part is a statement of general counsel from the Lord. The then part is the promised results of obeying or disobeying that counsel. God determines the then part according to His wisdom.”

More examples include:

“If we choose to obey the Lord, He will be with us” (Shadrach , Meshach  & Abednego  in the furnace)

“When we make and keep covenants with the Lord, He permits us to enter His Holy house.”

      1. Ask yourself, “How does this principle APPLY to my life?” Make connections between this principle and your life. If this principle speaks to your SPIRIT, choose an action and commit to do it. 

Sequential principles follow a sequence of natural events. It is a relationship between two or more changes in which one change does not cause the next, it just naturally precedes it. Don’t get confused with a procedure which is a sequence of actions performed by a person. The growth of a plant follows sequential principles. Following a recipe is a procedure.

Sequential principles may be linear (with a beginning and an end) or cyclical (with no beginning or end).

Cyclical principles are sequential principle of natural events that repeat the same pattern, they have no beginning or end. An example is a seed grows into a plant, into a flower into more seeds and continues the cycle or the life cycle of a frog or our circulatory system.

Another type of cycle is an Agency Cycle or the Pride Cycle, these are cycles you can change, stop or “jump off” by the choices you make.

Linear principles are sequential principle of natural events that do not repeat, they have a beginning and an end. An example would be the history of the earth or the Plan of Salvation. One event does not “cause” the other, it naturally occurs.

Discover Sequential Principles by: 

      1. Looking for natural patterns, things that happen one after another naturally. Things that make a logical progression, that are natural links.
      2. Looking for patterns that come after or before each other 
      3. Write out their order in a cycle or a line.
      1. Ask yourself, “How does this principle APPLY to my life?” Make connections between this principle and your life. If this principle speaks to your SPIRIT, choose an action and commit to do it. 


Teaching with principles is far more effective than teaching with procedure or concepts. For more see, The Principle Effect at

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