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About Taylor David Halverson
I'm Taylor Halverson an aspiring master learner who loves people, laughter, telling stories, and learning. Many friends call me a walking encyclopedia, but I may be best known for having fallen down the Outhouse. Lucky for me it was a ski run at a Colorado ski resort.
I've experienced instant Karma while leading a tour group in India (I was making fun of birds in general and...I should have been wearing a hat!).
I've walked the empty streets of Old City Jerusalem after the high holidays, awestruck at the majesty of culture, history, and memory.
In the mighty landscapes of Utah and the Southwest I've traced the tortuous paths of dry washes that only come alive during thunderstorms where the sky is so tempting a sapphire blue you'd be forgiven the desire to steal it all for yourself.
I've sunk my feet into the sun-kissed sands of the Caribbean while my cares were washed away.
I've stood atop a single fortress of the never-ending Great Wall of China wondering at the audacity that laid such plans.
I write, and lead world-wide travel tours, about the past, the present, and the future.
I've studied 17 languages, and the whole of human history and civilization from the dawn of writing to the present, with specific focus on the scriptural traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
I'm a learning expert, technologist, and entrepreneur who designs the future.
And I'm a life architect guiding self-discovery and the will to build.
Come join me in the never-ending journey of learning!
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How is the Bible structured on the covenant path?
What is the covenantal purpose of the Book of Mormon?
Learn the covenantal meaning of these phrases:
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
If ye keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.
It is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Do not add or take away.
Walk before God.
Read this book and see how clearly the covenant path has been marked in scripture and in our lives.
From Jesus as a child teaching in the temple to Mary finding the empty tomb, this unique guide examines the methods Christ used as He taught lessons, sermons, and parables during His ministry.
For each chapter, find• Key scripture verses with detailed annotations • A discussion of the background, culture, and setting for each episode
• An analysis of Christ as the Master Teacher and His teaching methods
• Possible applications for learners
• Helps for teachers and discussion questions for further study
Travel back in time to the world of the New Testament with two experienced teachers, best-selling author David J. Ridges and Dr. Taylor Halverson, and learn to look at the scriptures in fresh ways, through the lens of Jesus as the Master Teacher.
In these turbulent last days, casual scripture reading is simply not enough protection against the onslaught of the adversary. Serious study of the Book of Mormon is more important than ever, providing followers of Christ with a foundation of doctrinal truth upon which to build. In this sequel to the best-selling compendium of scriptural Q&A Knowing Why, the books of Alma through Moroni are highlighted, and readers are encouraged to fortify their faith by asking questions, including:
- Why must there be an infinite and eternal sacrifice?
- Why are there so many chapters on war?
- Why did Jesus quote Isaiah?
- Why did Moroni keep writing?
By uncovering the answers to these questions and many more, readers will likewise discover anew the power of the Book of Mormon—a book worthy of deep study—and will realize a determination to move beyond simply knowing to knowing why. Knowing Why: 127 MORE Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True gives you answers to important questions in the second half of the Book of Mormon that will inspire, instruct, and amaze you.
True understanding of scripture requires diligent study—not only reading at the surface level but delving deeper and asking the question why. For those who long to more fully understand the intricacies of scriptural doctrine and events, Knowing Why holds the key. In this unprecedented guide through the Book of Mormon, readers are invited on an exploration of the scriptures that asks—and answers—some of the most intriguing questions about the Book of Mormon, such as:
- Why would a book be sealed?
- Why are horses mentioned in the Book of Mormon?
- How is Christ both the Father and the Son?
Readers are presented with more than one hundred questions about various facets of scriptural events and doctrinal beliefs. Each topic is then broken down into the know—what is known about the topic—and the why—the purpose behind beliefs and events. With its wealth of thought-provoking questions and discussion, this invaluable resource will help readers delve deeply into gospel doctrine, engaging in scripture study in a way that enlightens the mind and expands the heart.
Do you find yourself going through the motions rather than feasting on the words of the ancient prophets? Do you long to feel the peace and joy that earnest gospel study can bring? Find renewed vigor in your scripture study with Scriptural Insights and Commentary: The Book of Mormon, the second in a four-volume series designed to ignite your enthusiasm for reading the scriptures. Drawing on his years of study and scholarly research, Latter-day Saint religious scholar Dr. Taylor Halverson details the stunning gospel truths found in the Book of Mormon with rich detail regarding the cultural background, literary styles, and doctrinal themes provided by Book of Mormon prophets. With topics ranging from Nephi’s vision and his role as a scribe to the meaning of scriptural names and the powerful significance of the common phrase “it came to pass,” the discussion in this volume will both fascinate you and build your faith. Shore up your testimony of this sacred book as you discover anew the doctrinal truths of the Book of Mormon.
Letters from a Christmas Elf: Unexpected Humor for any Season is 25+ years of real Christmas letters chronicling the witless antics of an ordinary family -- resulting in extraordinary humor.
The Elf shares the following insights:
If You Let Your Kids Talk to Strangers, You Will Be Sorry
Kirsten had all five kids at Walmart. They came across a friendly man in one of the aisles and Ellis (3) gave him a cheerful “Hi!” The man responded in kind, then Ellis really charmed him with, “You poop in your pants.” By this time Kirsten was frantically trying to leave the aisle. As they “raced” away, Ellis repeatedly yelled with increasing volume, “You poop in your pants!!!” This behavior guaranteed Ellis the presidency of K.A.R.P. [Kids Against Relaxed Parents].
Fashion Advice From Your Teen Isn’t a Guarantee You Won’t Look Like a Fool
Kurt asked for Anna’s (12) advice about a new pair of sunglasses. A few weeks after the purchase, Kurt determined the glasses were unisex at best. He complained to Anna. She replied, “You brought me three pairs of women’s sunglasses and I chose the pair that looked best on you.”
How an Older Sister Can Torment Her Little Brother (without touching him)
One day Maren (16) was babysitting. She had a Sonic drink that she shared with Hyrum (6). With anguished tears, she told him the drink was only for girls and he was going to die. Skeptical, but worried, Hyrum said, “I’m going to ask Mommy when she gets home.” “You’ll be dead by then,” came Maren’s loving reply.
How a Younger Brother Can Torment His Big Sister (without touching her)
Whenever Maren (15) comes into the room, Hyrum (5) sings (to the tune of Have You Ever Seen a Lassie?) “have you ever seen a fatty?” Although he has never specified Maren as the fatty, she always responds by swinging him over the stairs by his feet.
Not All Skills Children Develop are Useful
Maren (6) won the Conversation Starter Award when she introduced herself to Uncle Aaron by saying, “Hi. I’m Maren. I’m the biggest barf machine in my family.”
Daniel (18) learned to take a tire off a car. One day K&K received a phone call that went something like this. Daniel--“I think there’s something wrong with the van. The wheels are locked up. If I give it a little gas, the van won’t go at all. But if I give it a lot of gas, then it will kind of lurch forward. I took the wheel off, but I can’t see any problem.” Kurt--“Is the emergency brake on?” Daniel--“Oh. Um. Yeah that was it.”
When the kids were fighting about who was the favorite child, Kurt settled it by saying, “I dislike all of you equally.
Discover anew the power of scripture study in Scriptural Insights and Commentary: The New Testament, an engaging volume designed to reinvigorate personal study and application. Broaden your perspective alongside gospel scholar Dr. Taylor Halverson as he draws on decades of his own study and scholarship to bring to life the scriptural history of the New Testament. This vivid narrative offers readers a unique look at the world during New Testament times, beginning with the centuries-long period between Malachi and Matthew. What follows is an in-depth discussion of the lesser-known details behind key sections of the New Testament and the eternal truths to be gleaned from them—from the characteristics of the scriptural authors to the religious and political traditions of the time to verse-by-verse discussions of the finer points of doctrine. In a world awash with strife, it is more important than ever to improve scriptural literacy and gain a personal witness of the truths found in holy scriptures.
Despite a growing body of experimental and practical knowledge concerning the best teaching practices for blended learning contexts, there still remains a great need for prescriptive guidance to design blended learning environments. Instructional design theories can fill that gap. What are the best strategies for designing instruction for blended learning formats? Which instructional design theories are best suited to accomplish this task? This book proposes to offer some answers to these questions by identifying instructional design theories (i.e., sets of prescriptive strategies for designing instruction), selecting the most promising theory (Pennsylvania State University's "Innovations in Distance Education" or IDE), applying that theory to a blended learning environment, and using formative evaluation to improve the theory for future applications. Blended learning will continue to be a promising avenue for teaching and learning for the foreseeable future. Many university instructors are already using some aspect of an online or technology-mediated learning environment to supplement, enhance, or extend the traditional learning environment. It is only appropriate that instructional design strategies are provided to guide the development of these learning environments. This book is an attempt to address that need. This book highlights the positive learning outcomes that the IDE instructional design theory can generate for blended learning environments. For example, based on IDE prescriptions, blending learning environments should employ asynchronous discussions. In a small class, an instructor can reasonably participate in and review all discussions. But this work becomes exponentially more time-consuming with each student added to the roster. Asynchronous discussion technology can help an instructor accommodate larger class sizes without sacrificing attending to the individual in class discussions. Furthermore, learner participation in blended learning environments tends to be more substantial as students put more thought and research into their responses since they are not given at the spur of the moment. The IDE theory is valuable in providing specific strategies for designing sustained and extended learning environments. This finding has implications for humanities-based courses where instruction often touches upon issues that are controversial, complicated, or close to the heart for many students. The formative evaluation of the IDE theory demonstrates that blended learning environments can provide learners a sense of safety for exploring challenging topics. When students feel safe to explore new ideas in a non-threatening manner, they are more likely to learn and to grow. Blended learning environments, if one follows the IDE prescriptions, also provide opportunities for all learners to participate, not just those who might dominate a face-to-face classroom thereby intimidating other learners from fully participating. This book adds to the growing evidence that blended learning promises to be a significant step in the evolutionary process of great teaching and learning. It provides solid, straightforward guidance on building robust blended learning, and will be of interest to those in education, particularly instructors and designers of humanities-based college courses. It will also be of interest to instructional design theorists and practitioners seeking guidance in designing blended-learning environments.