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Speaking Partner Appointment: Letter Writing
Reading and Discussion
Part 1: Together with your speaking partner, read Alma 60, which is Moroni's letter to Pahoran. Take turns reading verses beginning with your Speaking Partner. If you wish, pause at different points to discuss anything you don't understand or to discuss some of the thoughts you are having while reading. Ask your Speaking Partner to explain any words or phrases that are not clear. Your Speaking Partner can help with pronunciation whenever they feel it is necessary or they can wait until the end.
Part 2: Share your thoughts on Moroni's letter. You may wish to discuss the following:
- What were the different concerns or issues that Moroni wrote to Pahoran in his letter?
- In this unit, you are writing a letter to someone to "Take a Stand." Describe the ways that Moroni took a stand on the issues that were concerning him and the people he was over.
- Moroni indicated that he is "murmuring" and "complaining." Are there times when we should complain? If so, when? Or, do you think that Moroni was murmuring and complaining?
- Moroni did not know what was happening in Zarahemla, but from his perspective, he thought that Pahoran was enjoying his position of power and that he didn't care about those who were out fighting. Many times in our lives, we may not know all the facts, but from our perspective, it may seem that there is a better way to do something. How should we respond in such situations?
- Describe the structure of Moroni's letter. In other words, how did he start his letter, what did he include in the introduction to the issue, what other details or topics did he describe, and how did he conclude?
Part 1: Choose a topic from the topic list to discuss with your speaking partner. Make sure you provide any background information necessary for them to understand what you are "taking a stand on" and then explain what you would say to whomever you have chosen. Answer any questions the speaking partner may have.