“Effective teaching is the very essence of leadership in the Church. Eternal life will come only as men and women are taught with such effectiveness that they change and discipline their lives. They cannot be coerced into righteousness or into heaven. They must be led, and that means teaching” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “How to Be a Teacher When Your Role as a Leader Requires You to Teach,” General Authority Priesthood Board Meeting, Feb. 5, 1969; quoted in Jeffrey R. Holland, “A Teacher Come from God,” Ensign, May 1998, 26).
There are many ways you can encourage sisters to apply the lesson. For example, encourage sisters to share personal experiences they have had with the principle being taught. Invite sisters to prayerfully choose one thing they have learned in the lesson and apply it in their lives during the week.
Questions that could help sisters apply the principles in their lives include the following:
What am I being encouraged to do?
How can I apply ___________?
Prayerfully ponder and ask: What could I do about this principle that would please Heavenly Father?
In what specific situations do we need to apply this principle?
Have you known someone who lived this principle very well? Would you tell us about it?
What makes it a challenge to live this principle? How can we overcome those challenges?
Emphasize that the Lord will help the sisters in their efforts to apply the principle.
- "Writing Gospel Principles in Our Hearts," Walter F. González, Liahona, Jan. 2002
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