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 have we seen the hand of the Lord in our lives?
Care for those in need. How can we support each other in the things we are going through?
Invite all to receive the gospel. How can we better use technology as a tool to share the gospel?
Unite families for eternity. What are we doing to help our families come unto Christ?
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.
We may feel at times that God’s commandments restrict our freedom and limit our agency. The truth is that commandments enhance our freedom. In Doctrine and Covenants 82:8–10 we learn that commandments help us understand God’s will, and when we obey them, our actions will “turn to [us] for [our] salvation.” In fact, when we obey God, He is “bound” to give us all of the blessings He has promised (verses 9–10). How has Heavenly Father blessed you as you have obeyed His commandments? To prepare to teach, you could read Elder Dale G. Renlund’s message “Abound with Blessings” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 70–73) or ponder some of the resources in the Gospel Topics article “Obedience” (topics.ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Members of your quorum or class may be struggling to obey some of the commandments. Helping them understand why obedience is important could inspire them. Write the title of this outline on the board, and invite quorum or class members to share answers. You could ask them to look for additional insights in Doctrine and Covenants 82:8–10, which they may have studied this week. Then select one or more of the activities below to help them better understand why it is always important to obey God, even when doing so is hard.
Pass out the scripture references to the youth. Each scripture that help explain why we have commandments. Discuss each scriptures as a class, and discuss what Heavenly Father wants us to learn from the commandments. Invite the youth to mark these verses in their scriptures and write in the margins a summary of what the verse teaches them. Show the youth how to link the verses in their scriptures (see Teaching, No Greater Call, 58).
Matthew 22:34–40 (We are commanded to love)
D&C 88:22 (To receive the celestial glory, we must live the celestial law)
D&C 93:20 (If we keep the commandments, we will eventually receive of God’s fulness)
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Forget Me Not.”
Display on the board
Invite the youth to read Doctrine and Covenants 82:8–10 and read the section titled “Fourth, forget not the ‘why’ of the gospel” from President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Forget Me Not.”
Have the youth share possible answers to the question. Ask the youth why they think it is important to know the purposes behind Heavenly Father’s commandments. As part of this discussion, share the paragraph
L. Whitney Clayton, “Whatsoever He Saith unto You, Do It,”
Elder L. Whitney Clayton mentioned several examples from the scriptures of people who received blessings after exercising their faith to be obedient. Review some of the scriptural accounts that you feel would be most relevant to the youth in your class (see the scripture references in the notes at the end of his talk). How were these people blessed because they obeyed? What role does faith play in being obedient? What do they feel inspired to do to more faithfully perform the “simple, daily practices of faith”?
To help quorum or class members see commandments as blessings and not as burdens, you could share the teachings of Elder D. Todd Christofferson:
“Some see only sacrifice and limitations in obedience to the commandments of the new and everlasting covenant, but those who live the experience—who give themselves freely and unreservedly to the covenant life—find greater liberty and fulfillment. When we truly understand, we seek more commandments, not fewer. Each new law or commandment we learn and live is like one more rung or step on a ladder that enables us to climb higher and higher. Truly, the gospel life is the good life” (“The Power of Covenants,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2009, 23).
You might display or draw a picture of a ladder and ask those you teach to label each rung with a commandment that might be hard for a young person to understand or obey. How could Elder Christofferson’s words help someone who struggles to keep the commandments?
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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