1. Watch a video representation of Patrick Henry's Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech, found below. I recommend printing it out and making notes of your impressions on the printout. You can find the written document HERE.
This speech is so stirring! Do a journal entry about the things it makes you think about. Some questions to get you started...To what extent would you go to preserve liberty for yourself and your family? What duties does Patrick Henry imply we have to preserve liberty? Are there any areas you feel driven to stand up for liberty in our society? If so, what first (or next) steps can you take? How can what you have learned about the American Revolution help you to be a better person? Take time to do some real pondering and be prepared to discuss this in class.
2. Just and Holy Principles:
Read the section by Dallin H. Oaks, pages 138-156 (18 pages).
Specifically look for the following and we'll discuss in class:
- Why a central government was necessary (page 139)
- The 3 qualities the delegates had that make the Constitutional Convention a success (page 141)
- See what Elder Oaks has to say about D&C 101:78-80 and Mosiah 29:23-26 (page 145)
- What will strengthen a nation more than force? How can we as citizens strengthen our country? (page 148)
3. Choose to study about one of the following so we can talk about it and how it relates to each of us:
*The impact of mothers on society*
*The impact of fathers on society*
You can gather information from whatever sources you choose. Just take the topic and run with it. Ask people you trust if they know of good books, blogs, scientific studies, church talks, etc. that can help you. Dig deep.
The purpose of this activity is to help you see how YOUR ROLE in society MATTERS. You have the power to do so much good while you're here on earth, for current, future and even past generations! Take time on this inspirement because it may just help you more clearly define your life mission.