I never remember to bring my camera to class, and if I had, this would be a much more interesting post. Today we studied 3 Nephi 11:20-27. In preparation for it, I blocked off a section of my classroom beginning with the door where my class enters. I created a very simple obstacle course with these guidelines/requirements posted in at least 6 different places in the room.
1. Sign in
2. Walk on the long wooden board
3. Weave through the cones, following the arrows
4. Sit on the bench
5. Write your name on the chalkboard
6. Put a ball from the basket into the bag
7. Walk in
Again, it was very simple, and I put arrows and signs everywhere along the way. These were my requirements to enter into my classroom. My class exhibited the exact reaction I needed for my lesson.
- A few were very careful to heed the signs and followed the instructions exactly as described.
- A few didn't see any signs and were sent back to the door to read the instructions and re-enter.
- A few followed some guidelines and missed other guidelines. They were sent back until all requirements were met.
- A few were lazy and went the wrong way, or skipped past some steps. They, too, were sent back until all requirements were met.
When they didn't see the purpose behind the activity (or gave me the "it's-6:00 a.m.-and-I'm-too-tired" look), I simply asked them, "Would you like to join the rest of us in class?" If they answered yes, I asked them to follow the simple steps outlined and they would be allowed to enter with the rest of us. Everyone eventually complied.
Now that Christ is with the Nephites in the New World, he begins to establish his Church. He calls 12 men, including Nephi the prophet, and gives them the authority to baptize. "On this wise shall ye baptize; and there shall be no disputations among you. Verily I say unto you, that whoso repenteth of his sins through your words, and desireth to be baptized in my name, on this wise shall ye baptize them—Behold, ye shall go down and stand in the water, and in my name shall ye baptize them. And now behold, these are the words which ye shall say, calling them by name, saying: Having authority given me of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. And then shall ye immerse them in the water, and come forth again out of the water. And after this manner shall ye baptize in my name; for behold, verily I say unto you, that the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost are one; and I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one." (3 Nephi 11:22-27 )