The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the RE Classroom

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Welcome to a Curriculum Pack about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I put together in 2004. The article I wrote for PCfRE describes the rationale behind the pack .

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however through the formulation of this pack I have striven to be as objective as possible, in designing tasks that I would be comfortable using in my classroom. The activities make no truth claims, however, Latter-day Saints around the world would add their testimony to mine as to their truthfulness. Surely that is the basis of good RE- some people believe this, it makes them behave in a certain way, therefore we can build bridges of understanding and tolerance. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Christian Church with latter-day prophets and apostles. It is my hope that this fact can be taught through the contents of this pack.

The contents of this pack are intended to be parts of different units of work rather than a stand alone complete unit. In this pack you will find:

  • An introduction to the Church written for inclusion in an Agreed Syllabus.
  • Task and information sheets about the Prophet Joseph Smith, his First Vison, the Restoration of the Book of Mormon and the Organisation of the Church. These are designed for KS3 but could easily be used in a GCSE unit on Arguments for the Existence of God. There is also an exploration of Joseph Smith’s First Vision in light of William James and Rudolph Otto that can be used for A-Level.
  • Utilising a Church produced video of The Prodigal Son, there is a lesson designed around this. This can fit well into KS3 .
  • There is a unit of work on the Last Week of Jesus’ life and it’s importance to Christians today. This is based around the Church produced video The Lamb of God.
  • Arguments for the Existence of God can slot well into any GCSE course- both the Religious Revelation and Experience arguments are covered within this curriculum pack.
  • Some work about Christian attitudes to drugs and those who use drugs. This again can slot into any GCSE course. It covers a few attitudes but focuses on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

This is by no means comprehensive, there are other areas I would hope to develop including Rites of Passage (including baptism by immersion, and eternal marriage), Places of Worship (Churches and Temples) and other social issues. If you would like any other material of an educational nature  or to comment on the pack itself please do not hesitate to contact me . Should you need general Church material your local ward (see http://www.lds.org) will be able to help.

Finally I should make clear this is not an official Church publication and any errors are mine and mine alone.

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