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The Deseret Bookshelf App can be a great resource to help you plan your lessons. I’ve been using and enjoying it for a few weeks now and have found many ways LDS teachers can use it.
Read eBooks and Listen to Audiobooks on Your Topic
Deseret Bookshelf Plus provides unlimited access to Deseret Book’s Audiobooks and 1,500 eBooks. With all of those books, there’s bound to be a few that line up with the lesson you’re preparing to teach. I know that any time I hear or read someone else’s thoughts on a gospel topic, it helps me to understand it better. Here are a few examples of what you could listen to or read to help you with the Come, Follow Me monthly themes:
The Plan of Salvation- Jesus Christ, Key to the Plan of Salvation by Gerald Lund
The Atonement of Jesus Christ- The Continuous Atonement for Teens by Brad Wilcox
Marriage and Family- Fighting for and Not with Your Family by Hank Smith
Find Quotes in the Quote Vault on Your Topic
The Deseret Bookshelf has a collection of quotes on a variety of gospel topics. Some from materials produced by Deseret Book and some from Church-produced resources. The are organized by topic, author and source. You can even add a quote for your own use.
Create a Quote Meme to Share with Your Class Members
While you’re in the quote vault, you can create memes from the quotes. You can share them via text or social media with someone who needs a boost, groups or on your own profile. This could be a great way to continue the discussion with your class members during the week or to let them know you’re thinking of them. You can print them directly from the app (iPhone only) and use them as a visual or handout for your lesson. If you don’t have an iPhone, you can email the meme to yourself for printing. You can even enter your own quote and make it a meme using the quote vault. No more searching the internet for the handout that has the quote you want!
Find Church Materials on Your Topic
The Deseret Bookshelf App has conference talks, the scriptures, lesson manuals and pretty much anything you might find in the gospel library. Any text you can read in the app you can highlight, tag, bookmark and write notes on. This makes it so much easier to find something later. I don’t know about you, but after I read something, I can’t always remember exactly what it said. This puts your own personal library organized by you of gospel quotes and scriptures at your fingertips. No need to rely on your memory!
Listen to Talks on Your Topic
Many talks on CD are available. For example, many of the youth speakers’ talks are there. This could be a great resource for when an activity falls through, but I digress. We’re talking about how this can help you with your lessons. Here are some talks about some of the Come, Follow Me themes:
Spiritual and Temporal Self-Reliance– Build Your House Upon a Rock by Hank Smith
Becoming More Christlike- Gratitude: The Theory of Relativity by Mary Ellen Edmunds
Prophets and Revelation- Filling Your Testimony Tank by Brad Wilcox
How Does it Work?
Deseret Bookshelf Plus is a paid subscription service that works with the Deseret Bookshelf app. It give you access to all of Deseret Book’s Audiobooks and over 1,500 of their ebooks. (See the list here) You can try it out for free for 30 days. After that, you can continue to subscribe on a monthly or yearly basis.