Class members could write on a slip of paper the number of a verse from Doctrine and Covenants 45 that inspired them. Then you could collect the papers, select a few at random, and invite the class members who wrote them to read their verses to the class and share why they chose them. Encourage others to also share their insights.
Can someone in your class describe what an advocate does? It might be helpful to look up the definition of advocate in a dictionary. With this understanding, class members could read Doctrine and Covenants 45:3–5 in pairs. They could share with each other any words or phrases from these verses that help them understand Jesus Christ’s role as our Advocate with the Father. (See also 2 Nephi 2:8–9; Mosiah 15:7–9; Moroni 7:27–28; Doctrine and Covenants 29:5; 62:1.) Consider asking class members to share their feelings about the Savior being their Advocate.
Signs of the Savior’s Second Coming may be difficult for some class members to understand. As a class read and identify signs they find in Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:21–37. Have a the youth write the sign on a blank road sign
. It might also help them better understand the importance of these signs if they compare them to road signs. Why are road signs important? What does this suggest about the signs of the Second Coming?
Read “Second Coming of Jesus Christ” in True to the Faith
1Save. Make a scripture chain using the scriptures referenced in this section. They could make a scripture chain for each of the prophesied events and signs listed on pages 160–61
1Save. For example, to make a chain of scriptures about “Signs in heaven and on the earth” they would turn to Joel 2:30–31 and write in the margin the reference for the next scripture, Matthew 24:29–30. In the margin next to Matthew 24:29–30, they would write D&C 29:14–16, and so on. Encourage the youth to find other scriptures about that topic to add to their chain. Ask the youth why they think scripture chains are useful. What signs of the Second Coming did they learn about from these scriptures that they didn’t know about before? Why do they feel it is important to know about the signs of the Second Coming? (see D&C 45:34–39).
(see also the statement by President Thomas S. Monson
Display a picture depicting the Second Coming (see The Second Coming, Gospel Art Book, no. 66), and invite class members to share verses they noted in their personal study.
Why is it a blessing to know about the events leading to the Savior’s Second Coming?
Class members may be willing to share their insights about how they are striving to “stand in holy places,” as the Lord counseled in Doctrine and Covenants 45:31–32. How can we create holy places in our lives?
One reason the Savior and His prophets teach us about the signs of the Second Coming is to help us prepare. What do you learn in Doctrine and Covenants 45:31–32, 56–57 about preparing for the Lord’s Second Coming? It might be helpful to review the parable of the ten virgins, found in Matthew 25:1–13. The Savior compared the oil in this parable to truth and to the Holy Spirit (see Doctrine and Covenants 45:57). What insights do you gain when you read the parable this way?
Show the picture of the ten virgins that accompanies this outline to discuss Matthew 25:1–13.
What details does the class see in the picture that are described in these verses?
The parable of the ten virgins teaches that we cannot borrow our conversion to the gospel from others. How can you help the class take responsibility for their own conversion?
This is a parable that Jesus taught on being prepared. Jesus taught us the importance of preparing for his coming in a story about ten virgins (or young girls) and their lamps.
The parable of the ten virgins is based on ancient Jewish wedding customs.
The bridegroom and his friends escorted the bride from her home to the home of the bridegroom. Along the way friends of the bride waited to join them. When they arrived at the bridegroom’s home, they all went inside for the wedding. These weddings usually took place in the evenings, so those waiting for the bride and bridegroom carried lamps.
There were ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
Five of the girls took extra oil with them and five others took only the oil in their lamps.
The bridegroom was running late. It was late at night and they all become tired and fell asleep. In the middle of the night someone shouted “Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” All the girls jumped up excited to meet the bridegroom. The lamps had burned out and needed more oil. The five girls who only brought the oil in their lamps had run out. They begged the five girls that had brought more oil to share. The five girls were not being selfish. They could not share because of the shape of Jewish lamps, outside lips rounded inward, made it almost impossible for someone to pour oil from one lamp to another. The girls needed go buy more oil for their lamps.
While they were buying more oil the bridegroom came and those who were ready went with him to the wedding. The doors were shut behind them.
The five girls who did not prepare, were not permitted to go to the wedding.
How many of the girls knew that the bridegroom was coming? All of them.
If they all knew he was coming why weren’t they ready? They did not know that the wait would be so long and they got tired. Five girls were not prepared and did not bring enough oil for the long wait. The girls getting oil for their lamps can be compared to us preparing to be with Jesus. If we are not prepared when he comes, we will not be able to live with him. The Savior compared the wedding to His second coming. We must be ready for the wait. We must be ready and prepared for the Second Coming.
What is a parable again? Since the ten Virgins is a Parable it has a spiritual lesson hidden in it.
Cut the dotted line. Fold the flaps down to hid the pictures. Cover the picture that represents until it is time to talk about it.
Who do you think the Ten Virgins represent?
It is us, Church members.
What about the oil?
The oil represents Spiritual preparation.
Who is the Bridegroom that everyone is waiting for?
What is the marriage that everyone is excited about going too?
The Second Coming.
How do we know that all ten virgins believed in Jesus Christ? (Matthew 25:6–7. They “went out to meet” the bridegroom and waited for him.)
“Stand in holy places.”
and the video “Stand Ye in Holy Places—Bloom Where You’re Planted” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) could add insights to this discussion.
Sister Ann M. Dibb, a former member of the Young Women General Presidency, taught that the instruction to stand in holy places and be not moved “explains how we can receive protection, strength, and peace in unsettling times.” After noting that these holy places could include our temples, chapels, and homes, she said that “we can each find many more places.” She continued:
“We might first consider the word place as a physical environment or a geographic location. However, a place can be ‘a distinct condition, position, or state of mind’ [Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, “place,” merriam-webster.com]. This means holy places can also include moments in time—moments when the Holy Ghost testifies to us, moments when we feel Heavenly Father’s love, or moments when we receive an answer to our prayers. Even more, I believe any time you have the courage to stand for what is right, especially in situations where no one else is willing to do so, you are creating a holy place” (“Your Holy Places,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 115).
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