To encourage class members to share something they found meaningful in their scripture study this week, you could ask them to ponder the challenges we face today. Then invite them to share a verse from Doctrine and Covenants 64–66 that they feel could help with one of those challenges.
The Lord doesn’t want to us to be “weary”; however, it’s natural for people who are trying their best—including, perhaps, some in your class—to become “weary in well-doing.” Why does this weariness happen? What counsel do we find in Doctrine and Covenants 64:31–34 that could help us when we struggle with such feelings?
To enrich your discussion, you might show pictures of something large and impressive that was built over a long time out of “small things”—such as a mosaic or a brick building. What are some examples of the “great work” that the Lord has given us? What small things can we do now to lay the foundation for that work?
What is Mosaic?
Rather than creating images by adding pigment to a flat surface, some artists created patterns or shapes by arranging hundreds to thousands of tiny, colored tiles. We call this art form a mosaic, a decorated surface made up of individual pieces.
To help class members ponder more deeply about Doctrine and Covenants 64:34, you could write Heart and Willing Mind on the board. Class members could list under these headings what they feel it means to give our hearts and a willing mind to the Lord.
Elder Donald L. Hallstrom suggested this possible meaning for the phrase “heart and a willing mind”:
“The heart is symbolic of love and commitment. We make sacrifices and bear burdens for those we love that we would not endure for any other reason. If love does not exist, our commitment wanes. …
“Having ‘a willing mind’ connotes giving our best effort and finest thinking and seeking God’s wisdom. It suggests that our most devoted lifetime study should be of things that are eternal in nature. It means that there must be an inextricable relationship between hearing the word of God and obeying it” (“The Heart and a Willing Mind,” Ensign, June 2011, 31–32).
What does the Lord want His kingdom to accomplish on the earth?
What does He want me to do to help?
You could also watch the video “Prepare Today for the Second Coming” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) or refer to President Dallin H. Oaks’s message. Class members could share how they would answer President Oaks’s questions.
Preparation for the Second Coming.
“What if the day of [Jesus Christ’s] coming were tomorrow? If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our premature death or through His unexpected coming—what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear?” (Dallin H. Oaks, “Preparation for the Second Coming,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2004, 9).
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