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Power Point Presenations for Seminary and Institute Lessons by Eric Richards

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Brother Richards is the product of two missionaries who were tracting one day in San Diego.  He played both water polo and volleyball in college.  After  beginning his mission in Honduras and finishing in Alabama due to a bone tumor, he moved to Utah to teach seminary and there met his beautiful wife Megan as they worked as EFY counselors; the two were married in the San Diego  temple.  They earned Master's degrees from Utah State University and are True Aggies. They have been blessed with a fun family with four children that love each other.

Brother Richards teaches with the EFY program and presents at BYU’s Education Week and is employed full time by the Church Seminary and Institute program and also as an Adjunct Professor of Religion at BYU-Idaho.  He has served in Elder's Quorum, Executive Secretary, High Priest Group Leader, High Councilor and now is in the Bishopric.  He loves cooking for people, remote controls, playing sports with his boys and giving squisher hugs to his girls. His favorite color is deep, dark, masculine purple.  

 Most of all, he loves teaching valiant youth.


 These are power point presenations

 

“There is a responsibility that no man can evade.  That is the responsibility of personal influence…  Every man (& woman) has an atmosphere or a radiation that is affecting every person in the world.  You cannot escape it…  It is simply the constant radiation of what a man (or woman) really is.  Every man (& woman) by his mere living is radiating positive or negative qualities.  Life is a state of radiation.  To exist is to be the radiation of our feelings, natures, doubts, schemes, or to be the recipient of those things from somebody else.  You cannot escape it.  Man (and women) cannot escape for one moment the radiation of his (or her) character.  You will select the qualities that you will permit to be radiated…" President David O. McKay, CR, Oct. 1969, 87
Alma 1 - 4.pptx 1.73 MB
 
“Pride does not look up to God and care about what is right.  It looks sideways to man and argues who is right…Pride is characterized by “What do I want out of my life?” Rather than by “What would God have me do with my Life?” To the proud, the applause of the world rings in their ears; to the humble, the applause of heaven warms their hearts” (President Benson, Cleansing the Inner Vessel” 6-7, Ensign, May 86).
Alma 5.pptx 3.76 MB

 “The Savior’s atonement is…the healing power not only for sin, but also for carelessness, inadequacy, and all mortal bitterness.  The Atonement is not just for sinners” (Bruce C. Hafen, “Beauty for Ashes:  The Atonement of Jesus Christ”, Ensign, 4/90, 7).
Alma 7 PPT.ppt 8.36 MB

 “However much faith to obey God we now have, we will need to strengthen it continually and keep it refreshed constantly. We can do that by deciding now to be more quick to obey and more determined to endure. Learning to start early and to be steady are the keys to spiritual preparation. … “… We can decide now to do quickly whatever God asks of us. And we can decide to be steady in the small tests of obedience which build the faith to carry us through the great tests, which will surely come”  (President Eyring, “Spiritual Preparedness: Start Early and Be Steady,” Ensign, Nov. 2005, 38, 40.)
Alma 8-12a.ppt 3.38 MB

 “Premortality is not a relaxing doctrine. For each of us, there are choices to be made, incessant and difficult chores to be done, ironies and adversities to be experienced, time to be well spent, talents and gifts to be well employed. Just because we were chosen ‘there and then,’ surely does not mean we can be indifferent ‘here and now.’ Those called and prepared must also prove to be ‘chosen and faithful.’ (See Rev. 17:14; D&C 121:34–36.)” (Elder Maxwell, “Premortality, a Glorious Reality,” Ensign, Nov. 1985, 17).
Alma 13.ppt 1.53 MB

 “You can begin to think as missionaries think, to read what missionaries read, to pray as missionaries pray, and to feel what missionaries feel. You can avoid the worldly influences that cause the Holy Ghost to withdraw, and you can grow in confidence in recognizing and responding to spiritual promptings and gradually become the missionary you hope to be and the missionary the Savior expects. …” (Elder Bednar, October 2005 General Conference).
Alma 17.ppt 1.33 MB

 “May I tell you how I gained a testimony of the truth and divine nature of this great latter-day work? I’m afraid my experience isn’t very dramatic. It is not a story of heavenly hosannas or thundering shouts. It is not a story of lightning, fire, or flood.  But I have always known the reality and goodness of God. From my earliest memories it was there—a sure and abiding testimony of this great work.” (Joseph B. Wirthlin, General Conference, Oct. 2000.)
Alma 18-19.ppt 4.31 MB
 
“To be angry is to yield to the influence of Satan. No one can make us angry. It is our choice. If we desire to have a proper spirit with us at all times, we must choose to refrain from becoming angry.” (President Monson, October 2009)
Alma 20-21.ppt 2.96 MB

 "Real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! A prerequisite to taking up the cross is giving “away all [our] sins” in order to “know God” (Alma 22:18) for the denial of self precedes the full acceptance of Him.”  (Neal A. Maxwell, General Conference, April 1995)
Alma 22-24.ppt 5.42 MB
 
Changing one’s beliefs, heart, and life to accept and conform to the will of God.  Conversion includes a conscious decision to give up one’s former ways and change to become a disciple of Christ. Repentance, baptism for the remission of sins, the reception of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and continued faith in the Lord Jesus Christ make conversion complete. A natural man will be changed into a new person who is sanctified and pure, born again in Christ Jesus. (www.lds.org, 'Conversion')
Alma 25-28.pptx 851 KB

 “Perhaps more of us… could literally, or at least figuratively, behold the angels around us if we would but awaken from our stupor and hear the voice of the Spirit as those angels try to speak…. “I believe we need to speak of and believe in and bear testimony to the ministry of angels more than we sometimes do. They constitute one of God's great methods of witnessing through the veil…” CES Symposium on the Book of Mormon • 9 August 1994
Alma 29.pptx 2.03 MB
 

“In a world filled with skepticism and doubt, the expression ‘seeing is believing’ abounds. We want all of the proof and all of the evidence first. It seems hard to take things on faith. When will we learn that in spiritual things it works the other way about—that believing is seeing?

“When we believe in things that are not seen but are nevertheless true, then we have faith.” (President Boyd K. Packer, Faith,  February 1983 Ensign, 43.)

Alma 30.pptx 1.75 MB
 

“Latter-day Saints are not obedient because they are compelled to be obedient.  They are obedient because they know certain spiritual truths and have decided, as an expression of their own individual agency, to obey the commandments of God. There is an obedience that comes from a knowledge of the truth that transcends any external form of control.

“We are not obedient because we are blind, we are obedient because we can see” (Boyd K Packer, Conference Report, Apr. 1983, 89-90).
Alma 31-32.pptx 2.34 MB
 
“Satan will try to make us believe that our sins are not forgiven because we can remember them. Satan is a liar; he tries to blur our vision and lead us away from the path of repentance and forgiveness. God did not promise that we would not remember our sins. Remembering will help us avoid making the same mistakes again. But if we stay true and faithful, the memory of our sins will be softened over time. This will be part of the needed healing and sanctification process.”  Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2007 General Conference
Alma 33.ppt 3.34 MB
 
“To you who have sincerely repented yet continue to feel the burden of guilt, realize that to continue to suffer for sins when there has been proper repentance and forgiveness of the Lord is prompted by the master of deceit. Lucifer will encourage you to continue to relive the details of past mistakes, knowing that such thoughts can hamper your progress. Thus he attempts to tie strings to the mind and body so that he can manipulate you like a puppet to discourage personal achievement." (Elder Scott, October 2000 General Conference)
Alma 34-35.pptx 6.92 MB
 
“We must be careful, as we seek to become more and more godlike, that we do not become discouraged and lose hope. Becoming Christlike is a lifetime pursuit and very often involves growth and change that is slow, almost imperceptible. The scriptures record remarkable accounts of men whose lives changed dramatically, in an instant, as it were: Alma the Younger, Paul on the road to Damascus, Enos praying far into the night, King Lamoni. Such astonishing examples of the power to change even those steeped in sin give confidence that the Atonement can reach even those deepest in despair.” (President Ezra Taft Benson)
Alma 36.pptx 2.22 MB
 

“We all are prone, once in a while, to be in a state contrary to the nature of happiness, and not necessarily because we have pursued wickedness or iniquity to a full extent.   We may have become a little careless. We may have neglected our relationships with those closest to us. … Perhaps we may have permitted small bad habits or attitudes to enter into our lives; or perhaps we have even lost to some degree an understanding of the importance of keeping a covenant with exactness. If so, we are in a dangerous state. We must become aware of it.

  “We may observe that for some time we are not really happy, that we must constantly force ourselves to smile…In order to be close to the words of the Lord’s anointed, it is necessary to read and study the scriptures with commitment and dedication.”  (Elder F. Enzio Busche, “University for Eternal Life,” Ensign, May 1989, 72)

Alma 41b.pptx 833 KB
 
President Boyd K. Packer,: “Youth today are being raised in enemy territory with a declining standard of morality. But as a servant of the Lord, I promise that you will be protected and shielded from the attacks of the adversary if you will heed the promptings that come from the Holy Spirit. “Dress modestly; talk reverently; listen to uplifting music. Avoid all immorality and personally degrading practices. Take hold of your life and order yourself to be valiant. Because we depend so much on you, you will be remarkably blessed. You are never far from the sight of your loving Heavenly Father” (Nov. 2011).
Alma 43-45.ppt 3.45 MB
 
“In the Book of Mormon, we read about Lehonti and his men camped upon a mount. The traitorous Amalickiah urged Lehonti to ‘come down’ and meet him in the valley. But when Lehonti left the high ground, he was poisoned ‘by degrees’ until he died, and his army fell into Amalickiah’s hands (see Alma 47). By arguments and accusations, some people bait us to leave the high ground. The high ground is where the light is. … It is the safe ground. It is true and where knowledge is” (Elder Robert D. Hales, “Christian Courage: The Price of Discipleship,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2008, 74).
 
 
Alma 49-50 PowerPoint
Alma 49-50.pptx 2.83 MB
 
“While we are profoundly grateful for the many members of the Church who are doing great things in the battle for truth and right, I must honestly tell you it still is not enough. We need much more help. … We need you. Like Helaman’s 2,000 stripling warriors, … you too can be endowed with power to build up and defend His kingdom. We need you to make sacred covenants, just as they did. We need you to be meticulously obedient and faithful, just as they were.” (Elder Russell M. Nelson, “The Greatest Generation of Missionaries,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2002, 46–47).
Alma 51-59.pptx 4.08 MB
 
"Power dwells in unity, not in discord; in humility, not pride; in sacrifice, not selfishness; obedience, not rebellion" (Orson F. Whitney, Life of Heber C. Kimball [1945], 64).
Alma 60-62.ppt 2.93 MB
 

The Polynesian Saints are characterized by a tremendous faith. Why do they have this great faith? It is because these people are of the blood of Israel. They are heirs to the promises of the Book of Mormon.

As Latter-day Saints we have always believed that the Polynesians are descendants of Lehi and blood relatives of the American Indians. (Elder Mark E. Peterson, 1962 General Conference)
Alma 63.pptx 1.49 MB
 
  “Sins do not take care of themselves or simply fade away. Sins do not get ‘swept under the rug’ in the eternal economy of things. They must be dealt with, and because of the Savior’s atoning grace, they can be dealt with in a much happier and less painful manner.” (Elder D. Todd Christofferson, “To Always Remember Him,” Ensign, Apr. 2011, 53).
Helaman 1 - 4.pptx 3.18 MB

 “If our lives are centered in Christ, nothing can go permanently wrong.  On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and His teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right.”  (Howard W. Hunter, Teachings, 40)
Helaman 5.ppt 5.91 MB

“The outlook for the world is not encouraging, but we know what the answer is. There is only one answer, and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Men’s hearts must change, and righteousness must rule in the lives of the people of the world before peace can come, that God’s children may escape the calamities which are impending” (President Ezra Taft Benson, in Conference Report, Apr. 1947, 157).
 Helaman 6-12.ppt 3.68 MB

 “To be firm and steadfast is to be constant, consistent, and vigilant in one’s faith and approach to living the gospel” (Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet, Doctrinal Commentary, 3:419).
Helaman 13-16.pptx 2.74 MB
 
Mark & Meet BOM First Half.pptx 410 KB
 
Mark & Meet BOM Second Half.pptx 414 KB

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