In my teaching experience, I have learned (over and over) that teaching my students the doctrine of the Godhead is one of the most crucial things I can teach to them. If taught clearly, it gives them so many “whys” to why they want to keep the commandments. It brings together the entire plan of salvation. I suppose this may be why this is the very first doctrine that appears on The Basic Doctrines list, I posted about last week.
Typically, the way I teach them is by drawing a triangle on a board and labeling the 3 corners with the Godhead (Heavenly Father at the Top, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost on the bottom 2 corners), and I have them do the same in their journals. And then I have them answer the following questions and I write their answers on the board and they put them into their journals.
- What do you know about these 3 people?
- What do they look like?
- What are their different roles and responsibilities?
- How are they the same?
- How are they different?
- What are some things you know they have already done?
- What are some things they are going to do in the future?
- What is your personal relationship with them?
You can come up with quite a list. And you can easily add to that list as you study God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost separately.
*If you have young children, you and your husband could come up with a list and then write or draw them separately onto sheets of paper. On your floor you could tape out a triangle and label it like above. Then have your children figure out which paper goes where on the triangles.
*Next week I will post about how this doctrine makes all the difference in understanding the Plan of Salvation – about who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. That is a wonderful discussion you could have with your family.