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. What topics has the bishopric discussed in our ward youth council meetings? What can we do as a class or quorum based on those discussions?
Care for those in need. How can we reach out to people in Christlike ways when we see a need and don’t know what to say?
Invite all to receive the gospel. What have we found in the gospel of Jesus Christ that brings us joy? How can we share that joy with others?
Unite families for eternity. What are we doing to find names of our ancestors who need temple ordinances? What can we do to help others find the names of their ancestors?
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.
It is hard to read
Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19 and not feel the Savior’s love for us. In these verses, He described the suffering He experienced as He atoned for our sins and revealed why He was willing to suffer so greatly—“that [we] might not suffer if [we] would repent.” Repentance is a blessing made possible by the Savior. It is a constant, daily effort to turn away from sin and turn to God. It is part of Heavenly Father’s plan to help us return to Him. Understanding how to repent can help us be cleansed of our sins, change our hearts and minds, and draw closer to God.
As you say each step of repentance, point to the appropriate word strip.
The first step to repentance is
. Pretend you are at your friend’s house. You are sitting on the couch and you best friend walks by. You, without thinking, throw the remote at him and tell him “think fast!” He is not ready for it and moves really quick. The remote hits the flat screen T.V. and shatters it. Of course you are really, really sorry but is saying you are sorry enough?
The second step of repentance is
. Who do you ask forgiveness from when you break the T.V.? You should ask your friend’s parents for forgiveness. That can be really scary! They are going to be really mad! Point out that when we repent of our wrong choices, we must ask our Heavenly Father and the person we have wronged to forgive us. We need to admit that we have made a wrong choice and then ask to be forgiven for what we have done. How do we ask Heavenly Father to forgive us? (We ask in prayer.)
The third step is
. How can you do this with the broken T.V.? You can tell them you are going to replace it or work the money off.
The fourth step is
. Don’t throw things in the house! We need to decide never to make that wrong choice again.
We will know we have truly repented if we feel sorry for doing wrong and we are willing to admit it, ask to be forgiven, try to right the wrong, and decide never to make that wrong choice again.
How has repentance helped you come closer to Heavenly Father?
All prophets since the beginning have called upon people to repent. However, perhaps no invitation to repent is as poignant as the Savior’s found in
Doctrine and Covenants 19:16–19, which the youth may have read this week. You might ask them what they learn about the Savior from these verses.
What do these verses say about the importance of repentance in the Lord’s eyes?
The following ideas can help those you teach see repentance as a daily blessing in their lives.
To help quorum or class members understand how repentance blesses their lives, you could begin by asking these questions:
How do I know if my efforts to repent are working?
How will the Savior help me change?
In addition to forgiveness of sin, what other blessings come from repentance?
Invite class members to read one or more of the scriptures looking for answers to the questions.
Invite the young women to select a scripture passage about repentance
What did they find? As part of this discussion, you could show the video “Repentance: A Joyful Choice” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Many young people misunderstand what it means to repent. They may dread repentance or think it applies only to serious sins. To help correct this misunderstanding, you could invite quorum or class members to study part of President Russell M. Nelson’s message “We Can Do Better and Be Better”
(Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 67–69), looking for phrases that help them understand what it means to repent.
What did they find that helped them think about repentance in a new way?
What blessings did President Nelson promise to those who repent?
Invite the young women to search (individually or as a class) resources such as the “Repentance” sections of True to the Faith
. Ask them to share favorite statements or ideas from these resources and explain why they are meaningful to them.
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.
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