Sunday, May 4, 2014

Return & report

Lesson notes from my lesson today on "Return & Report" (with a little "Choice & Accountability thrown in):

Gettysburg_Campaign.pngJeb Stuart’s role in the  battle of Gettysburg:
  • What role did Stuart’s cavalry play?
  • What can we learn from that?
Dangers of ignoring SIGINT, HUMINT, & recon
Soda straw of video on Predator drone vs. noise of radar

“The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior
will improve behavior. … That is why we stress so forcefully the study of the doctrines of the gospel”
Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. (“Little Children,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 17).

Temple! Instead, look at Abraham 4:31 - 5:4

"When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates" (see Thomas S. Monson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1970, 107).

Discussion of mechanics of reporting home teaching (probably could have and should have left this out)

Records of Samuel the Lamanite - 3 Ne 23:7-13
Book of remembrance kept - Moses 6:5

When Elder Ballard was a young bishop, a rowdy nine-year-old boy caused his Primary teacher a lot of angst. After several weeks the teacher escorted the boy into the bishop’s office and said, ‘Bishop, here’s one of your flock. Tend it.’ 

Bishop Ballard wasn’t sure what to do. But at that moment an impression came: ask the child to report every week about his behavior in Primary. Bishop Ballard issued that challenge, and it changed the boy’s attitude. The child saw that he could do things differently. 

‘I didn’t have that idea of accountability in mind before he landed on my doorstep,’ Elder Ballard says. ‘But the Lord, by the power of the Spirit, inspires a worthy and a righteous teacher or leader to know what to do and what to say to bring the best out of anyone, in particular our young people.’ 

Incidentally, that nine-year-old turned out to be ‘terrific,’ Elder Ballard says. He served a mission, married in the temple, and became a great leader.”

Prayer as a reporting mechanism (Not covered)
Flip the coin: Reporting as a way to recognize our achievements (Not covered)
Murmuring vs. constructive criticism (Not covered)
D&C 121:41-46 (Not covered)

Supplemental links: