Thursday, September 25, 2014

October 2 and 9

Principle: You have purpose and God-given missions to fulfill in your life.

Inspirement Assignments: *NOTE* You have TWO weeks to complete the following inspirements – they are due on October 9th. For next week, October 2nd, come ready to participate in an exciting simulation!

Apprentice Inspirements:
      1. Read “Your Journey of Giving” by Elder Robert C. Gay in the September 2014 Ensign.
      2. Ponder the following question then write your thoughts in your Truth Book. What does it mean to you to be an instrument in the Lord's hands?
      3. Read D&C 4 and then review D&C 88:78-80 that you just finished memorizing. How are these two scriptures related? What does “called to the work” mean to you? Write your thoughts in your Truth Book.
      4. Begin memorizing D&C 4.

Loving this? Remember, Journeyman and Master level inspirements are just below for those that want to do MORE. :)

Journeyman (complete ONE of the following); Master (complete BOTH of the following):
  • Read Alma 26.
    Review the context of the story – who the main characters are, who is speaking, what has happened before in the story, etc.
    In your Truth Book, describe what you can learn from this story about accepting and fulfilling a life mission. Include scriptures – either quoted or paraphrased – that clarify these ideas.
  • Read “Personal Ministry: Sacred and Precious” by Bonnie D. Parkin (BYU Devotional Feb. 7, 2007)
    In your Truth Book, reflect on a time when you ministered to another person. What were the circumstances? Was it easy or hard? How did you feel afterward? As you think back on the experience, what can you learn about yourself and how you serve others?

Friday, September 19, 2014

September 25

Principle: The true pathway of education is to acquire knowledge, act in understanding, and become intelligent.

Inspirement Assignments: In preparation for our class on September 25th, everyone completes Apprentice Inspirements. You are all invited to challenge yourselves by doing a little more. See below for Journeyman and Master level inspirements.

Apprentice Inspirements:

  1. Finish memorizing D&C 88:78-80.
  2. Julie B. Beck said that, "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life" (April 2010). How could becoming really good at this one ability affect all aspects of your life - spiritually, academically, in your family, with friends? Write down your thoughts in your Truth Book.
  3. Watch this video on receiving revelation.
  4. Do a Word Study on "SEEK" in your Truth Book. As a reminder, here are the steps to doing a Word Study: 1) Select a key word to focus on. 2) Look it up in the Webster 1828 dictionary. Select the definition for my focus (sometimes there is more than one definition). 3) Write key words that stand out to you and define them. 4) Look at how it is used in Scripture/Conference addresses. (Not in general quotes or other articles, at least for this purpose...). 5) Application: re-write the definition in your own words and how you are going to apply it.
Remember, Journeyman and Master level inpsirements are just below for those that want to do MORE :)

Loving this? Do the Journeyman Inspirements:

Journeyman Inspirement:
Choose one of the following to do:
  • Read or listen to Elder Scott's talk Acquiring Spiritual Knowledge. Write some of your favorite quotes or paraphrase parts that are important to you in your Truth Book. If you’d rather create a poem, a piece of music, or some artistic creation to record your thoughts about this, that’s great too.
  • Create a collection or collage of quotes and scriptures about personal revelation (receiving answers to prayers, promptings of the Spirit) (check Feel free to illustrate your collection if you’d like.

Want more challenge? Do the Inspirement for Master:

Master Inspirement:
  • Focus on one area of your life for one week and seek inspiration specifically in that area, whether it be developing friendships, strengthening your faith, building your relationship with a family member, or accomplishing academic goals. Pray specifically for help and guidance in this area, listen for inspiration, and act on your impressions. Write about your experience in your Truth Book.
  • If you are comfortable sharing your experience and insights with the class, let Sister Miller know and she will invite you to take a few minutes to teach what you learned to our Core Leadership Class.

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 18

Principle: The true pathway of education is to acquire knowledge, act in understanding, and become intelligent.

Inspirement Assignments: In preparation for our class on September 18th, everyone completes Apprentice Inspirements. Starting this week you are all invited to accept the challenge to do a little more as you choose. Stretch yourself.

Apprentice Inspirements:

  1. Continue memorizing D&C 88:78-80
  2. Read this article by President Hinckley. Record your thoughts about what President Hinckley says about learning in your Truth Book. What are some of your favorite quotes? Write them in your Truth Book. List the things you feel inspired to do after reading this article.
  3. Make a list in your truth book of some of the things you love to learn about. Then make a list of some of the things you have yet to learn about. Isn't it fun to realize that there is SO MUCH TO LEARN IN THIS WORLD?

See below for Journeyman and Master level inspirements. They build on each other. Do the Apprentice work, then add the Journeyman if you choose, and then build Master onto that.


Loving this? Do the Journeyman Inspirement below:
Journeyman Inspirement:
  • Do you understand what a principle is? Watch this video where Audrey Rindlesbacher explains how to discern opinion from principle. What are some central principles you live your life by? List them in your Truth Book.

Want more challenge? Do the Master Inspirement:

Master Inspirement:
  • From your list of central principles (from Journeyman inspirement above), or from the principles listed in our ASA philosophy, choose one principle you would like to be better at living and actively practice it this week. Write about your experience in your Truth Book and come prepared to teach us about it in our class. Please let Sister Miller know you would like a couple minutes to do this in class.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sept. 11

We are at Vision Retreat this week!

Remember to do your MISSION POSSIBLE preparation.

That is, if you accept your mission! (Hear epic Mission Impossible music playing in background).




Hey there, welcome to Core Leadership Class!
Here are a few things you ought to know before class starts this Thursday:
  1. Bookmark this blog and have it handy. Refer to it each week. This is where your Inspirement assignments will be posted each Friday. You will need to check the blog, see what the assignments are, and do them in preparation for class the next week. The blog posts are titled for the date of the class you are preparing for.
  2. Inspirement? Is that even a word? Well, technically no. But it is now! It is a perfect word for what we want the assignments in this class to be for you - tools of inspiration. The idea is that as you work through each inspirement you will learn truth and feel inspired about the principle we are studying.
  3. We respect your agency to learn. No one is going to make you do the inspirements. But by signing up for this class you have signified that you choose to actively participate, which includes doing the inspirement assignments. You should plan on about an hour a week to work on the Apprentice inspirements. If you choose to do the Journeyman or Master level inspirements then you'll want to set aside more time. But don't worry - we think they will be fun! Coming to class prepared with complete inspirements will be not only be vital to your success, but to the success of the entire class. When people show up unprepared the entire learning environment suffers. If you regularly choose to not do the inspirements, you may be invited to drop the class until you are ready to do the work.
  4. Like our name says, we will be focusing on the core principles of leadership. You were sent on the earth to lead out in one way or another to make the world a better place. Good leaders base their action on true principles. Each month we will study one of these core principles of leadership. You will be invited to see how these principles relate to all areas of study.
Ok, I think that's it. We are so looking forward to our time together in Core Leadership Class.

Sister LaRayne Miller and Sister Myra Johnson

Sept. 4

Principle: The true pathway of education is to acquire knowledge, act in understanding, and become intelligent.

Inspirement Assignments

In preparation for class on Sept. 4th, do the following:

  1. Start memorizing D&C 88:78-80
  2. Learn what Aspire Scholar Academy's founding educational ideas are by reading all about it at our web site,, under the "Philosophy" tab here. Come prepared to teach each other what you learned about Agency, Principles, Knowledge/Understanding/Intelligence, and learing through the 4 lenses.
  3. Watch this video. Do you agree with the ideas presented here? How do you learn best? How is this similar to the ideas in our founding philosophy from our web site? How do you think we can best implement these ideas at ASA?