Teach the Gospel

Leadership Lessons for Young Women Class Presidencies


 

 

Lesson #1:
Apply Principles of Teaching

Introduce the Principle

Leaders in the Savior’s Church seek to follow His example as they teach the gospel. They recognize Jesus Christ as the Master Teacher. In the scriptures they find principles of teaching that He exemplified. They strive to follow Him and teach in His way. 

As you watch the video “Principles of Teaching,” think of a teacher who impacted your life and your testimony. What did he or she do? How did you feel? When and where did this person teach you?

Learn Together  

  1. Discuss the Savior’s principles of teaching taught in this video:
    • Love those whom you teach. 
    • Teach and testify by the Spirit. 
    • Teach the doctrine from the scriptures. 
    • Invite diligent learning by class members. 
  2. In what ways did your memorable teacher exemplify the Savior’s way of teaching? 
  3. Where do you have the opportunity, as a leader, to teach?
    • How do you formally teach in class presidency meeting, Mutual, camp, seminary, Sunday lessons, and other settings?
    • How do you teach informally with those in your class, your family, and your friends?

Live What We Are Learning

Prayerfully select one of the principles of teaching you learned in the video. Apply it as you prepare and teach the gospel in a formal or informal setting this week. What difference did this principle make in your teaching? Share what you discovered with your class presidency.

Resources

Come, Follow Me: “We Teach” — What principles of teaching did these youth identify and what opportunities did they have to teach?

Teaching, No Greater Call: Learn more about these principles and be inspired by President Harold B. Lee’s description of his most influential teacher from his teenage years in Teaching, No Greater Call, page 26.

 

Lesson #2:
Love Those You Teach

Introduce the Principle

Jesus Christ was our perfect example of how to love and treat others. Charity is “the pure love of Christ” (see Moroni 7:45–48). It is the highest, noblest, and strongest kind of love and the most lasting and joyous to the soul. 

Charity is a gift from God and we cannot develop it without the Lord’s help. Mormon said that we should “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love” (Moroni 7:48). 

As you pray, keep the commandments, and study the life of the Savior, your love for all people will increase, especially those among whom you serve.

Learn Together  

  • Read Moroni 7:45. What are the characteristics of charity? How can you seek to develop this kind of love? How will this bless the lives of those you serve? 
  • Brainstorm and/or role-play a variety of ways you can reach out and bless individual young women.

Live What We Are Learning

  • In the coming weeks, pray to your Heavenly Father that you may be filled with charity. 
  • Identify one thing each presidency member will do this week to extend charity and friendship to an individual class member. Share your experiences at the next class presidency meeting.

Resources

Mormon Messages for Youth, “For Madison” 

Come, Follow Me, “Know and Love Us” 

Worldwide Leadership Training, “Loving God’s Children

 

Lesson #3:
Teach and Testify by the Spirit

Introduce the Principle

The Lord described the importance of teaching by the Spirit when He said, “The Spirit shall be given unto you by the prayer of faith; and if ye receive not the Spirit ye shall not teach” (D&C 42:14). We learn the truths of the gospel and gain a testimony by the power of the Holy Ghost (see Moroni 10:5 and 2 Nephi 33:1). As a leader, it will be important for you to teach and testify to others by the Spirit. 

Teaching and testifying by the Spirit requires living worthily, praying fervently, and learning to recognize and follow courageously the Spirit’s guidance (see D&C 43:15–16). When you are spiritually prepared, the Spirit will guide you in what you say. Your testimony will be most powerful when it is expressed as a brief, heartfelt conviction about the principles or doctrines you are teaching.

Learn Together  

  • Think of a time when you felt the Spirit and your testimony was strengthened. What were the circumstances (people and setting)? What did you learn? How did you feel? 
  • Read 2 Nephi 1:27. What can we learn from Nephi about teaching by the Spirit? 
  • As class leaders, what can you do to “lead out” in teaching and testifying by the Spirit?

Live What We Are Learning

In your Sunday lessons, at Mutual, seminary, or at school, pay attention to impressions from the Holy Ghost and have the courage to follow those promptings to teach or testify by the Spirit. 

With your class presidency, discuss how testifying can give you courage to “stand for truth and righteousness.” Find opportunities to testify to your class members during the coming weeks.

Resources

Mormon Messages, “Voice of the Spirit” — What worldly “static” distracts you from hearing the voice of the Spirit? What will you do to invite the voice of the Spirit into your life more regularly? Why is it important as a leader to hear the voice of the Spirit?

Come, Follow Me,Invite Us to Testify” — As you watch this video, think about the young women in your class and how they will be impacted by your testimony of the Savior and His gospel.

 

Lesson #4:
Teach from the Scriptures and Words of Living Prophets

Introduce the Principle

An important way you fulfill your responsibility as a leader is through teaching. Jesus Christ is the supreme example of a leader serving as a teacher. He commanded us to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” (D&C 88:77). The phrase “doctrine of the kingdom” refers to the revealed truths of the gospel found in the scriptures and in the words of living prophets. As a leader, you can help strengthen others spiritually by frequently teaching from the scriptures and the words of living prophets.

Learn Together  

  • Alma taught that the word of God leads people to do what is right and has a “powerful effect” on the mind. Read Alma 31:5. Discuss and share your thoughts about this scripture and think about how the word of God has changed people in the scriptures. Share with each other a time when a scripture or a general conference talk has caused you to change for the better. 
  • What are the opportunities you have as leaders to share and teach the word of God to your class members to help them grow spiritually?

Live What We Are Learning

In the coming week, find one or more scriptures in the New Testament or Book of Mormon that illustrate how the Savior taught the doctrine. At your next class presidency meeting, discuss what you discovered in your study. Work with your adult leaders to determine when and where you can teach the doctrine to your class members.

Resources

 Come, Follow Me, “Use the Scriptures” — How can you use the power of the scriptures and words of the living prophets to invite the Spirit in all you do as a leader and teacher? What can you do to encourage young women to use their scriptures? 

 

Lesson #5:
Invite Participation and Diligent Learning

Introduce the Principle

When the Savior lived upon the earth, He often taught His followers by asking them questions that caused them to think and feel deeply. He gave them opportunities to ask their own questions and share their own insights. He responded to their questions and listened carefully to their experiences. Because of His love, they felt safe sharing their thoughts and personal feelings. 

As meaningful discussions take place, relationships are built and strengthened. The Lord taught, “And now, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that when ye are assembled together ye shall instruct and edify each other” (D&C 43:8). 

As a leader you will be called upon to lead discussions and invite others to participate within your presidency meetings and with your class members. As you lead, encourage all to share their thoughts and feelings related to the gospel.

Learn Together  

  • Watch the video “Ask Us Questions.” What will help the young women in your class feel safe in asking questions and sharing their ideas and feelings? What can you do as a leader to help them?

Live What We Are Learning

During a presidency meeting, following a Sunday lesson, or after a Mutual activity, discuss what you observed about the participation of the class members. Were they all invited to participate? Were some hesitant? Discuss what you will do to help your class members participate. What can you do this week to make your class members feel safe and accepted?

Resources

 Come, Follow Me,We Share” — Why is sharing important to your learning and the learning of others? How does sharing invite the Spirit and strengthen testimonies?