Perhaps class members could share something they found in Doctrine and Covenants 94–97 that inspires them to go to the temple more often. Or they could share other messages that inspired them as they read these sections.
How might you use the truths taught in Doctrine and Covenants 95 and 97 to inspire class members to seek the blessings of the temple more diligently? One way is to place a picture of the temple in the center of the board
and ask class members why they think the Lord instructs His Saints to build temples
. (They can find additional answers in “Why Latter-day Saints Build Temples”
How have these purposes been fulfilled in our lives?
How can we make the temple a more important part of our lives?
Why is spiritual cleanliness a requirement for entering the temple?
Before class fold the “questions” and ” page in half
so the youth can only see the question
Display the questions. Let each youth select a question and find read the answer.
Invite the youth to share any new insights they found.
What do we learn from
Doctrine and Covenants 97:8 about what it means to be accepted of the Lord?
How is that different from the ways we sometimes seek acceptance in the world?
What blessings are promised in verse 9 to those who are accepted of the Lord?
Class members could also review
Elder Erich W. Kopischke’s message “Being Accepted of the Lord” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 104–6) and share how it helps them understand these verses.
Referring to the “simple pattern” taught in Doctrine and Covenants 97:8, Elder Erich W. Kopischke taught:
“Seeking and receiving the acceptance of the Lord will lead to the knowledge that we are chosen and blessed by Him. We will gain increased confidence that He will lead us and direct us for good. His tender mercies will become evident in our hearts, in our lives, and in our families.
“With all my heart I invite you to seek the Lord’s acceptance and enjoy His promised blessings. As we follow the simple pattern the Lord has laid out, we will come to know that we are accepted of Him, regardless of our position, status, or mortal limitations” (“Being Accepted of the Lord,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 106).
To help your class members think about what Zion is, you might write on the board
. It might be helpful to discuss how the Savior helps us become “pure in heart.”
What do we feel inspired to do to build Zion in our lives? in our ward or branch? in our community?
The Lord taught about Zion after first commanding the Saints to build a temple
“for the salvation of Zion” (see Doctrine and Covenants 97:12, 18–28).
Why is the temple an important part of building Zion?
How are the promises the Lord made about Zion in verses 18–28 being fulfilled in our day?
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