How can we liken the scriptures? I am firm believer in creative writing! These writing prompts can further deeper thinking after reading and enhance understanding. On some of the prompts, there is no right or wrong answer!
Book of Jacob
Book of Mormon Writing Prompts
By Sofia Lykes July 2015
1. What are some of the most precious spiritual things you know for certain? Image you had only 1 piece of paper (1 small golden plate) to tell your family and future children all the things you know to be true. What would you write?
2. Create! Describe a king so great that each king after was named the same. What did that king do and say to be so great? Give specific examples.
3. Jacob taught at the temple. What would that have been like? Title your creative essay- A day at the Ancient American Temple....
(Use all the senses in your writing! For example- As I gazed at the stones, some cracked, yet steady and unending, I felt so small. The wonder washed over me, like a tidal wave of heat that was also present. This was the house of The Lord. A bird sang somewhere in the distant jungle of green....)
4. Costliness of apparel. Do some brand name price checking. List 10 items, brand, and price. Ask a parent or sibling to help find similar clothes and prices without the "brand". One last task, find out how much food one of the brand name clothing items could buy in a third world country. What does costliness of apparel have to do with pride?
5. Jacob 2:21, "And the one being is as precious in His sight as the other." Who are some people you love? Choose 2. Who are some people who maybe aren't your cup of tea? Choose 2. Whoever you chose, write or type 4 nice things about that person. Deliver your notes secretly! Even if you choose not to deliver your note to someone who you maybe don't get along with, at least take the time to really think about this scripture.
6. Jacob quotes the prophet Zenos in chapter 5, also known as The Allegory of the Olive Tree. Summarize the story in your own words. What does the story mean to you? See if you can write down all your thoughts in the shape of a tree!
7. Jacob 6:12, "O be wise; what can I say more?"
Define wisdom. Make a haiku poem with the theme of wisdom.
("Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.)
8. Jacob Confounds Sherem!! The Super Power of God will ALWAYS defeat evil!!! Create a comic strip (just because it's a comic strip does not mean it has to be funny... it's just a different way to summarize your understanding of the story) to show what happened in Jacob Chapter 7.
HERE is a website with free comic strip templates.