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 did we discuss last time, and what invitations or assignments were made? What have we done to act on those invitations or assignments?
Care for those in need. What can we do or say to reach out to those who might feel alone or distant from Heavenly Father?
Invite all to receive the gospel. What are some ways we can help others feel the love of Jesus Christ?
Unite families for eternity. What ideas can we share with each other to help strengthen our families?
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.
After we are baptized, priesthood holders lay their hands on our heads to confer the gift of the Holy Ghost. Quorum or class members may have been reminded of this when they studied Doctrine and Covenants 51–57 this week. However, receiving the Holy Ghost requires more than that. To receive the Holy Ghost as our constant companion, we must desire His presence, invite Him into our lives, and faithfully keep the commandments. What blessings will come into the lives of those you teach as they seek His influence?
To help you prepare to teach, you could review “The Gift of the Holy Ghost” in True to the Faith (, 83–84) or President Henry B. Eyring’s message “His Spirit to Be with You” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 86–89).
To help quorum or class members better understand the gift of the Holy Ghost, you might begin by talking about how the gift of the Holy Ghost is conferred. They could read
What is the difference?
The activities below can help those you teach better understand how to receive this remarkable gift.
Lehi and the Liahona
Show a picture of Lehi and the Liahona (see Gospel Art Book, 68)
, and ask the young women to share what they know about the Liahona. Invite half of the class to read 1 Nephi 16:14–29, and invite the other half to read 1 Nephi 18:8–22.
Ask them to look for answers to this question:
“How is the Liahona like the Holy Ghost?” Invite them to share their thoughts.
What do the young women learn from the experiences of Lehi’s family that can help them receive the Holy Ghost?
As part of this discussion, read together Alma 37:38–46.
In his message “His Spirit to Be with You” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 86–89), President Henry B. Eyring said,
“My hope today is to increase your desire and your ability to receive the Holy Ghost” (page 86). Ask quorum or class members to read the nine paragraphs in his message beginning with “The experiences of the Prophet Joseph Smith” (page 88)
. Invite them to look for what Joseph Smith did to receive the influence of the Holy Ghost. They could list on the board what they find. As appropriate, you might invite them to share their experiences with receiving guidance from the Holy Ghost.
What were they doing at the time of these experiences that led to receiving guidance from the Holy Ghost?
You could share an experience as well.
Receive the Holy Ghost
As a class, read the last three paragraphs of the section titled “The Gift of the Holy Ghost” in Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Receive the Holy Ghost.”
Ask a young woman to summarize Elder Bednar’s main point. Assign each young woman to read one of the next three sections of the talk
, looking for answers to questions like these:
How do we qualify to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost?
What can prevent us from receiving the Holy Ghost?
Ask them to share what they find and what they plan to do to act on Elder Bednar’s counsel.
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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