At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Young Women Theme or the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme. Then lead a discussion about the work of salvation and exaltation using one or more of the questions below or questions of your own (see General Handbook, 10.2, 11.2, ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Plan ways to act on what you discuss.
Live the gospel. How are we finding joy in following Jesus Christ?
Care for those in need. Who in our ward or community needs our help? How can we help?
Invite all to receive the gospel. How can we help each other prepare for missionary service?
Unite families for eternity. How can we contribute to our ward’s efforts to do family history and temple work?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
Those in your quorum or class probably know something about their responsibilities for doing missionary work and temple and family history work. But if you talk to them about gathering Israel, they might not know what you are talking about. How can you help them understand that sharing the gospel, researching their family history, and performing ordinances in the temple are part of a much greater work of gathering Israel in preparation for the Savior’s Second Coming?
Those you teach may have studied the parable of the wheat and tares in Doctrine and Covenants 86, which teaches about the gathering of Israel in the last days. As you read this section, try to envision the people in your quorum or class as laborers in the Lord’s fields. How will you help them experience the joy that comes from participating in this great work? To learn more about this topic, study President Russell M. Nelson and Sister Wendy W. Nelson’s message “Hope of Israel” ([worldwide youth devotional, June 3, 2018], supplement to the New Era and Ensign, ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
You might begin by asking class members questions like these:
What stood out to you as you read Doctrine and Covenants 86 at home?
What did you learn about the work of gathering God’s children in the last days?
What are we doing to participate in this work?
Ask members of your quorum or class what they think of when they hear the term “gathering of Israel.” If they need help, suggest that they read the following definition by President Russell M. Nelson: “The gathering of Israel ultimately means offering the gospel of Jesus Christ to God’s children on both sides of the veil who have neither made crucial covenants with God nor received their essential ordinances. Every child of our Heavenly Father deserves the opportunity to choose to follow Jesus Christ, to accept and receive His gospel with all of its blessings” (“Hope of Israel,” 11–12).
How does this definition affect the way we think about this important duty?
Hope of Israel
In June 2018, President Russell M. Nelson invited the youth of the Church “to be a big part of the greatest challenge, the greatest cause, and the greatest work on earth today”—the gathering of Israel (“Hope of Israel” [worldwide youth devotional, June 3, 2018], supplement to New Era and Ensign, 8, HopeofIsrael.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). President Nelson’s invitation is similar to the words of the Lord of the vineyard found in Jacob 5:71: “Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. … And if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy.”
How might doing these things make us more effective in gathering Israel?
What can we do to remind ourselves of these invitations and help each other fulfill them?
Encourage quorum or class members to think creatively and share their ideas.
Before members of your class can feel enthusiastic about gathering Israel, they need to understand what it means to gather Israel. How will you help them understand this? Reviewing “Israel” in Guide to the Scriptures might help. Then they could search President Russell M. Nelson’s message in “Hope of Israel” to find answers to questions like the following:
What does it mean to gather Israel?
How will Israel be gathered?
Then ask class members to share what President Nelson said that youth could do to help gather Israel.
What inspires them about President Nelson’s invitations to the youth?
Back to Primary….
Who knows the story of the “3 Little Pigs”? Have one of the youth tell the story of the “3 little pigs”. Fairy tales and nursery rhymes tell a story that is easy to remember and teaches us something. What does the “3 little pigs” teach us? The moral of the story is to work hard. Taking the time to do it right instead of the easy and fast way is a good lesson to learn.
Parables are like this. Do you know what a parable is? Parables are short stories that have hidden spiritual messages. Jesus told the people parables or stories to help them learn spiritual lessons. Jesus used things that were familiar to people to teach these spiritual messages. A lot of people back in Jesus’ time were sowers which is a person who plants seeds or a farmer
If Jesus were teaching us about parables what kind of things do you think he would use? It would be something that is familiar to us.
We are going to learn a parables today, “The Parable of the Sower”. What is a sower again? As I am telling you this parable, I want you to see if you can find the hidden spiritual message.
What are some lessons in this parable for our day?
Why is it important to know that the Lord allows His Saints to “grow together” (Matthew 13:30) with the wicked until the time of the harvest?
The statement by Elder L. Tom Perry
suggests that the tares could represent “wicked and worldly ways” that infiltrate our lives.
How can we follow Elder Perry’s counsel to “nourish that which is good” in our lives?
What do we learn from this parable about the work of gathering Israel?
What can we do to be “a light” and “a savior” to God’s children? (Doctrine and Covenants 86:11).
Quorum or class members could read the introduction and first two sections of Elder Quentin L. Cook’s message “Great Love for Our Father’s Children”
(Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 76–79), looking for why love is so important in our missionary and temple and family history efforts. Ask them to share what they learned about how love can make a difference as we strive to share the gospel with those on both sides of the veil.
Give class members a heart and time to write down something they would like to do because of the discussion today. To help them think of ideas, you might suggest that they think about people they know. How might God be reaching out to these people? How can we help?
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.
Russell M. Nelson, “The Gathering of Scattered Israel,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 79–82
Church History Topics, “The Gathering of Israel,” ChurchofJesusChrist.org/study/history/topics
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