Instructional Resources


Teachings for Our Time, 2004

Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society meetings on fourth Sundays are to be devoted to “Teachings for Our Time.” Each year the First Presidency determines 10 subjects with designated resource materials to be used in these meetings. Following are the subjects and designated resources for 2004. Two additional subjects are to be selected by stake or district presidencies.

Discussions in fourth-Sunday meetings should be based on one or perhaps two of the designated resources that best address the needs and circumstances of quorum or class members; teachers need not use all of the resources. Leaders and instructors should encourage discussions, rather than lectures or presentations. They should consider ways to stimulate quorum and class members to apply the gospel principles discussed. Suggestions on preparing and conducting quorum or class discussions are found in Teaching, No Greater Call and the Teaching Guidebook.

1. The Family Is Central to the Creator’s Plan

Ex. 20:12; Mal. 4:6; Mosiah 27:14; D&C 93:36–40; Moses 5:4–5, 9–12.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Family Home Evening,” Liahona and Ensign, Mar. 2003, 2–5.

James E. Faust, “Enriching Our Lives through Family Home Evening,” Liahona and Ensign, June 2003, 2–6.

Boyd K. Packer, “The Golden Years,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 82–84.

L. Tom Perry, “The Importance of the Family,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 40–43.

“The Family Can Be Eternal,” chapter 36 in Gospel Principles, 231–35.

2. Giving Thanks

Luke 17:11–19; Mosiah 26:38–39; Alma 37:37; D&C 78:19; D&C 98:1–3.

David B. Haight, “Were There Not Ten Cleansed?” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 24–26.

Dallin H. Oaks, “Give Thanks in All Things,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 95–98.

“Gratitude,” in For the Strength of Youth, 6–7.

“Developing Gratitude,” lesson 35 in The Latter-day Saint Woman, Part B, 303–11.

3. Laboring in the Lord’s Vineyard

Matt. 16:24–26; John 12:26; 1 Ne. 3:7; Mosiah 2:17; Mosiah 4:27; D&C 123:17.

Thomas S. Monson, “Stand in Your Appointed Place,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 54–57.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Called to Serve,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 36–38.

Henry B. Eyring, “Rise to Your Call,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 75–78.

“Sacrifice,” chapter 26, and “Service,” chapter 28 in Gospel Principles, 171–77 and 185–91.

4. Spiritual and Temporal Self-Reliance

Mal. 3:8–10; Matt. 6:5–13; Alma 37:37; D&C 88:119.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “To Men of the Priesthood,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 56–59.

Russell M. Nelson, “Sweet Power of Prayer,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 7–9.

Robert D. Hales, “Tithing: A Test of Faith with Eternal Blessings,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 26–29.

“Work and Personal Responsibility,” chapter 27 in Gospel Principles, 179–84.

5. Blessings through the Priesthood

D&C 13; D&C 27:12; D&C 107:39; D&C 110:11–16; D&C 128:20; JS—H 1:68–74.

Boyd K. Packer, “The Stake Patriarch,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 42–45.

L. Tom Perry, “Called of God,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 7–10.

David B. Haight, “Growing into the Priesthood,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 43–45.

“The Priesthood” and “Priesthood Organization,” chapters 13 and 14 in Gospel Principles, 81–93.

6. Exercising Faith during Times of Uncertainty

Heb. 11; James 1:3–6; Hel. 12:1; Ether 12:6; D&C 6:20; D&C 59:21.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “War and Peace,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 78–81.

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Shall He Find Faith on the Earth?” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 82–85.

Richard G. Scott, “The Sustaining Power of Faith in Times of Uncertainty and Testing,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 75–78.

Robert D. Hales, “Faith through Tribulation Brings Peace and Joy,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 15–18.

“Faith in Jesus Christ,” chapter 18, and “Obedience,” chapter 35 in Gospel Principles, 117–21 and 223–28.

7. Teaching the Children

Jer. 31:15–16; Luke 15:11–32; John 1:43; 3 Ne. 17:11–24; D&C 68:25, 28.

Thomas S. Monson, “Models to Follow,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 60–67.

James E. Faust, “Dear Are the Sheep That Have Wandered,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 61–68.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “A Prayer for the Children,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 85–87.

“Family Responsibilities,” chapter 37 in Gospel Principles, 236–40.

8. Success in Missionary Service

John 21:15–17; 1 Jn. 4:18–19; Mosiah 28:3; D&C 4:5; D&C 88:81.

Dallin H. Oaks, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 67–70.

M. Russell Ballard, “The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 37–40.

M. Russell Ballard, “The Greatest Generation of Missionaries,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 46–49.

Henry B. Eyring, “A Child and a Disciple,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 29–32.

“Missionary Work,” chapter 33 in Gospel Principles, 211–17.

9. The Sacrament and Sacrament Meeting

It is recommended that this subject be taught on a fourth Sunday during the last three months of the year.

Matt. 26:26–29; 3 Ne. 18:1–12; Moro. 4, 5; D&C 59:9–14.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “To Men of the Priesthood,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 56–59.

Russell M. Nelson, “Worshiping at Sacrament Meeting,” Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2004.

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Gospel in Our Lives,” Liahona, July 2002, 36–39; Ensign, May 2002, 33–35.

Dallin H. Oaks in “Special Witnesses of Christ,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 14; Ensign, Apr. 2001, 13.

“The Sacrament,” chapter 23 in Gospel Principles, 151–56.

10. Being a Disciple of Christ

Matt. 11:28–30; Gal. 6:8; Alma 38:8–9; D&C 64:34; D&C 101:36–38.

Thomas S. Monson, “Peace, Be Still,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 53–56.

James E. Faust, “Strengthening the Inner Self,” Liahona and Ensign, Feb. 2003, 2–7.

Neal A. Maxwell, “Care for the Life of the Soul,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 68–70.

Richard G. Scott, “To Be Free of Heavy Burdens,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 86–88.

“Repentance,” chapter 19, and “Developing Our Talents,” chapter 34 in Gospel Principles, 122–27 and 218–21.

Resource Guide for Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2

For use in 2004, lessons 26–50. The following resources may be used to supplement, but not replace, lessons 26–50. In the references, Duty to God stands for the Aaronic Priesthood: Fulfilling Our Duty to God guidebooks. Some Duty to God references may be used during the lesson time, or you may encourage quorum members to complete them at home. Additional teaching suggestions are found on the “Using the Liahona” page and on the “What’s in It for You” page of the New Era.

Please teach the lessons in the order they are printed. The manual does not include a specific Christmas lesson. If you want to teach a special Christmas lesson, consider using scriptures, conference addresses, Church magazine articles, pictures, and hymns that focus on the life and mission of the Savior.

To find non-English versions of this guide online in some languages, go to www.lds.org and select the world map icon on the home page. Select the language you want, and click on Church magazines, then the Liahona cover. Then select the May 2004 issue.

To find the English version of the resource guide online, go to www.lds.org and click on Gospel Library, Church Publications—HTML, Curriculum, Aaronic Priesthood, then Resource Guide.

Future resource guides will be printed in the May and November issues of the Liahona and Ensign. The Liahona (in some languages) and Ensign can be found online at www.lds.org.

Lesson 26: Worthy Thoughts

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 30; Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2. The “Be Clean” section could supplement the lesson’s filmstrip dialogue.

Boyd K. Packer, “The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 24. Use this article to discuss why the Church has such high standards of moral conduct.

Duty to God (Teacher), “Family Activities,” no. 5.

Lesson 27: The Lord’s Law of Health

Boyd K. Packer, “Ye Are the Temple of God,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 85; Ensign, Nov. 2000, 72. Share the story about President Packer’s patriarchal blessing, and discuss the blessings of obedience.

Harold G. Hillam, “Not for the Body,” Liahona, June 1996, 26; Ensign, Oct. 2001, 18. Share the story of the renowned dental surgeon instead of a recent news article as suggested in the lesson.

Duty to God (Deacon), “Educational, Personal, and Career Development,” no. 12.

Lesson 28: The Sabbath

H. Aldridge Gillespie, “The Blessing of Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 93; Ensign, Nov. 2000, 79. Add the quotes from modern prophets to your discussion.

David Oscar Sarmiento, “Honoring the Lord’s Day,” Liahona, June 2003, 41; Ensign, June 2003, 69. Share this story to supplement Elder Cook’s experience given in the lesson.

“Gently Raise the Sacred Strain,” Hymns, no. 146.

Duty to God (Teacher), “Spiritual Development,” no. 2.

Lesson 29: The Purpose of Life

W. Craig Zwick, “The Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy Hand,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 34. Review the family stories shared in this article as you discuss the importance of faith.

Lesson 30: Charity

Gene R. Cook, “Charity: Perfect and Everlasting Love,” Liahona, July 2002, 91; Ensign, May 2002, 82. Share Elder Cook’s three suggestions for clothing ourselves in the bonds of charity as you discuss how we can become more loving.

Emmanuel Fleckinger, “My Father’s Medal of Courage,” Liahona, Sept. 2003, 40; Ensign, Sept. 2003, 64. Share this story as an example that charity “thinketh no evil.”

Lesson 31: Forgiveness

Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., “Forgiveness,” Liahona, Feb. 2003, 26; Ensign, Feb. 2003, 48. Use examples of forgiveness from the life of Jesus to supplement the last story in the lesson.

Jane McBride Choate, “Pebble of Forgiveness,” Liahona, Feb. 2003, F6; Friend, Feb. 2003, 42. Use the object lesson to demonstrate the principle of forgiveness while discussing the lesson’s three case studies.

Duty to God (Deacon), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 8.

Lesson 32: Cultivating Gifts of the Spirit

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Unspeakable Gift,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 26. Discuss the role of the Holy Ghost in receiving and exercising spiritual gifts.

“Questions and Answers,” Liahona, Apr. 2003, 44; New Era, Apr. 2003, 16. Consider using ideas from this article as you discuss the gift of testimony.

“Let the Holy Spirit Guide,” Hymns, no. 143.

Lesson 33: Seek Ye Learning

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 30; Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2. The “Be Smart” section helps explain what the Lord expects us to learn.

John K. Carmack, “The Perpetual Education Fund: A Bright Ray of Hope,” Liahona, Jan. 2004, 32; Ensign, Jan. 2004, 36. Discuss principles we can learn from the Perpetual Education Fund program about getting an education.

Duty to God (Priest), “Educational, Personal, and Career Development,” nos. 1 and 2.

Lesson 34: The Power of Example

Gordon B. Hinckley, “An Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the World,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 82. Discuss the temptations mentioned in this talk in your lesson conclusion.

Gabriel González, “Graduating with Honor,” Liahona, July 2003, 34; New Era, July 2003, 40. Consider adding this story to the first story in the lesson.

Duty to God (Deacon), “Spiritual Development,” no. 12.

Lesson 35: Obeying, Honoring, and Sustaining the Law

Gordon B. Hinckley, “War and Peace,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 78. You could add the Church’s stand on war to the last discussion in the lesson.

Duty to God (Deacon), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 5; (Teacher), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 6; (Priest), “Family Activities,” no. 8.

Lesson 36: In Everything Give Thanks

Dallin H. Oaks, “Give Thanks in All Things,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 95. Refer to the ideas in this article as you discuss how we can show thanks to Heavenly Father.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez, “The Much Needed Rain,” Liahona, June 2003, 40; Ensign, June 2003, 68. Use this story to supplement the stories in the lesson.

Duty to God (Teacher), “Spiritual Development,” no. 10.

Lesson 37: Understanding Women’s Roles

M. Russell Ballard, “Women of Righteousness,” Liahona, Dec. 2002, 34; Ensign, Apr. 2002, 66. Ideas from this article could add variety to the last activity and challenge in the lesson.

Lesson 38: Living Righteously in an Unrighteous World

James E. Faust, “The Devil’s Throat,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 51. Use the waterfall analogy from this article to begin the lesson.

John B. Dickson, “When Life Gets Tough,” Liahona, May 2002, 28; New Era, Feb. 2002, 44. At the conclusion of the lesson, share the four principles when explaining that we can be true to the faith.

Duty to God (Deacon, Teacher, and Priest), “Family Activities,” no. 2.

Lesson 39: Moral Courage

Thomas S. Monson, “Models to Follow,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 60. Use some of the ancient and modern examples of courage given in this article to add variety to the last section of the lesson.

H. Ross Workman, “Staying Power,” Liahona, Oct. 2003, 6; New Era, Oct. 2003, 32. Begin the lesson with this story of moral courage.

Lesson 40: Avoiding and Overcoming Temptation

Boyd K. Packer, “Spiritual Crocodiles,” Liahona, Oct. 2002, 8; New Era, Oct. 2001, 8. Use this article’s illustrations to help tell the first story in the lesson.

“Prepare to Resist Temptation,” Liahona, July 2003, 25; Ensign, July 2003, 71. Consider using one of the scriptures or quotations in this message to conclude the lesson.

See Gen. 39; Dan. 3; Matt. 4:2–11.

Lesson 41: The Sacrament: In Remembrance of Him

Russell M. Nelson, “Worshiping at Sacrament Meeting,” Liahona, Aug. 2004, 10; Ensign, Aug. 2004. At the conclusion of the lesson, review Elder Nelson’s counsel on how to administer and participate in the sacrament.

Peter B. Gardner, “More Than Words,” Liahona, Feb. 2002, 28; or Matthew Baker, “Sacrament Service,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 20. Share one of these stories to add variety to your lesson.

“In Memory of the Crucified,” Hymns, no. 190.

Duty to God (Deacon), “Quorum Activities,” no. 7.

Lesson 42: Follow the Brethren

L. Tom Perry, “We Believe All That God Has Revealed,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 85. Review how revelation comes to the Church as you teach that section of the lesson.

Sheldon F. Child, “A Sure Foundation,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 8. Consider sharing the story in section two to begin your lesson.

“Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice,” Hymns, no. 21.

Lesson 43: Spiritual Preparation for a Mission

Richard G. Scott, “Realize Your Full Potential,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 41. Read Elder Scott’s counsel to young men to begin the lesson.

Monte J. Brough, “Young Men—Holders of Keys,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 47. Conclude the lesson with the stories of how some young men are helping the full-time missionaries.

Duty to God (Deacon, Teacher, and Priest), “Family Activities,” no. 1.

Lesson 44: Preparing Now for Temple Marriage

Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Marriage That Endures,” Liahona and Ensign, July 2003, 3. Read the fictional example of Johnny and Mary from this article, and discuss the blessings of temple marriage.

Richard G. Scott, “Do What Is Right,” Liahona, Mar. 2001, 10; Ensign, June 1997, 51. Use the suggestions for avoiding crossing the boundary when discussing the personal effort required to prepare for celestial marriage.

Use D&C 132:15–17 with D&C 131:1–4.

Duty to God (Priest), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 2.

Lesson 45: Effective Home Teaching

David Head, “The Home Teacher Who Wouldn’t Quit,” Liahona, Sept. 2002, 36; Ensign, Sept. 2002, 69. Share this story when discussing what makes a good home teacher.

John L. Haueter, “Junior Companion,” Liahona, Nov. 2001, 28; New Era, Jan. 2001, 36. Use this story when inviting the young men to become more effective home teachers.

Use D&C 107:99 with Jacob 1:19.

Duty to God (Teacher), “Quorum Activities,” no. 1.

Lesson 46: Avoiding Degrading Media Influences

Thomas S. Monson, “Pornography—the Deadly Carrier,” Liahona, Nov. 2001, 2; Ensign, July 2001, 2. Share the bark beetle’s behavior when the class is discussing the influence of degrading media.

“Danger Ahead! Avoiding Pornography’s Trap,” Liahona, Oct. 2002, 12; New Era, Oct. 2002, 34. When sharing the President Benson quote, consider presenting the five ideas for avoiding pornography.

Duty to God (Teacher), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 9.

Lesson 47: Clean and Appropriate Speech

H. David Burton, “Standing Tall,” Liahona, Jan. 2002, 75; Ensign, Nov. 2001, 65. Use Bishop Burton’s second example when discussing how speech reveals what is in our heart.

Kristen Sucher, “No-Swear Zone,” New Era, May 2003, 43. Use this story to supplement the final story in the lesson.

“I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Hymns, no. 270, verse 2.

Lesson 48: Maintaining Righteous Standards

David E. Sorensen, “You Can’t Pet a Rattlesnake,” Liahona, July 2001, 48; Ensign, May 2001, 41. Use the rattlesnake analogy as you discuss what it means to be in, but not of, the world.

“‘Plain, Simple Truths’: Young Men and Women Apply the Six B’s,” Liahona, Sept. 2002, 16. Use the testimonies of the youth in this article to conclude the lesson.

Lesson 49: Honesty and Integrity

Quentin L. Cook, “Are You a Saint?” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 95. Use the three self-assessment questions as you discuss ways we are tempted to be dishonest.

Duty to God (Priest), “Spiritual Development,” no. 1.

Lesson 50: Valuing and Encouraging People with Disabilities

Elizabeth Quackenbush, “I Was Her Answer,” Liahona, June 1999, 36; New Era, Aug. 1998, 26. Use this story to supplement your discussion of Christlike compassion.

Duty to God (Priest), “Physical Development,” no. 11.

Resource Guide for Young Women Manual 2

For use in 2004, lessons 26–49. The following resources may be used to supplement, but not replace, lessons 26–49. In the references, Personal Progress stands for the Young Women Personal Progress booklet. Some Personal Progress references may be used during the lesson time, or you may encourage class members to complete them at home. Additional teaching suggestions are found on the “Using the Liahona” page and on the “What’s in It for You” page of the New Era.

Please teach the lessons in the order they are printed. The manual does not include a specific Christmas lesson. If you want to teach a special Christmas lesson, consider using scriptures, conference addresses, Church magazine articles, pictures, and hymns that focus on the life and mission of the Savior.

To find non-English versions of this guide online in some languages, go to www.lds.org and select the world map icon on the home page. Select the language you want, and click on Church magazines, then the Liahona cover. Then select the May 2004 issue.

To find the English version of the resource guide online, go to www.lds.org and click on Gospel Library, Church Publications—HTML, Curriculum, Young Women, then Resource Guide.

Future resource guides will be printed in the May and November issues of the Liahona and Ensign. The Liahona (in some languages) and Ensign can be found online at www.lds.org.

Lesson 26: The Sacrament

Russell M. Nelson, “Worshiping at Sacrament Meeting,” Liahona, Aug. 2004, 10; Ensign, Aug. 2004. At the conclusion of the lesson, review Elder Nelson’s counsel on how to participate in the sacrament.

Dennis B. Neuenschwander, “Ordinances and Covenants,” Liahona, Nov. 2001, 16; Ensign, Aug. 2001, 20. Use the explanation of the connection between baptism and the sacrament when discussing covenants.

“In Memory of the Crucified,” Hymns, no. 190.

Personal Progress, “Faith Value Experiences,” no. 4; “Divine Nature Value Experiences,” no. 4.

Lesson 27: Strengthening Testimony through Obedience

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Living with Our Convictions,” Liahona and Ensign, Sept. 2001, 2. Using this article, discuss how the courage to be obedient strengthens our testimonies.

James E. Faust, “Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 19. Use the stick analogy near the end of this article to describe how testimonies are obtained.

Lesson 28: Agency

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Three Choices,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 78. Discuss the three choices mentioned in this article as you conclude the lesson.

“Poster: Keep Yourself Free,” Liahona, Feb. 2003, 33; New Era, Feb. 2003, 19. Show and discuss the message of this poster as you begin your discussion on the consequences of our choices.

“Choose the Right,” Hymns, no. 239.

Personal Progress, “Choice and Accountability Value Experiences,” no. 3.

See 2 Ne. 2:26–27; Mosiah 4:30; Hel. 14:30–31.

Lesson 29: Exaltation

David E. Sorensen, “The Doctrine of Temple Work,” Liahona, Aug. 2002, 30; Ensign, Oct. 2003, 56. Use ideas from this article when discussing temple ordinances.

See Rom. 8:17; Rev. 3:5; Rev. 3:20–21.

Lesson 30: Strengthening Testimony through Service

Thomas S. Monson, “The Way of the Master,” Liahona and Ensign, Jan. 2003, 3. Include stories from this article during the discussion of serving mankind.

Dallin H. Oaks, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 67. Discuss the explanation of service in this article to conclude the lesson.

Personal Progress, “Good Works Value Experiences,” nos. 1, 2, 5, and 6.

Lesson 31: The Law of the Land

Gordon B. Hinckley, “War and Peace,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 78. You might include the Church’s stand on war with the discussion of the twelfth article of faith.

Russell M. Nelson, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 39. Use the “Civic Obligations” section of this article when discussing love of country.

Consider singing your country’s national anthem or an appropriate patriotic song.

Lesson 32: The Importance of Life

Dallin H. Oaks, “Weightier Matters,” Liahona, Mar. 2000, 15; Ensign, Jan. 2001, 12. Use the “Choice, or Agency” section of this article when discussing the sacredness of life.

Ricardo Lopes de Mendonça, “My Heavenly Father Loves Me,” Liahona, Aug. 2003, 44; Ensign, Aug. 2003, 72. Consider using this story to begin the lesson.

Lesson 33: The Sacred Power of Procreation

Neal A. Maxwell, “Reasons to Stay Pure,” Liahona, Mar. 2003, 6; New Era, Mar. 2003, 42. Use this article’s 10 warnings when discussing chastity.

“Questions and Answers,” Liahona, Feb. 2003, 22; New Era, Dec. 2000, 16. Share some of the answers in this article when discussing how chastity brings happiness.

See Gen. 39; 2 Sam. 11; Alma 39; D&C 42:22–23.

Lesson 34: Hold Fast to the Lord’s Standards

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 30; Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2. Include the six B’s when discussing the Lord’s standards.

Boyd K. Packer, “The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 24. Discuss ideas presented in this article about recognizing and overcoming temptation.

Personal Progress, “Integrity Value Experiences,” no. 1.

Lesson 35: Wise Choices

Richard G. Scott, “To Acquire Knowledge and the Strength to Use it Wisely,” Liahona, Aug. 2002, 12; Ensign, June 2002, 32. Consider using the stories of the two young men with the quote by President Tanner.

Personal Progress, “Choice and Accountability Value Experiences,” nos. 1 and 2.

See 2 Ne. 2:26–27; Mosiah 4:30; Hel. 14:30–31.

Lesson 36: Honesty

Quentin L. Cook, “Are You a Saint?” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 95. Use the three self-assessment questions as you define a truly honest person.

D. Rex Gerratt, “Finding a Fortune,” Liahona and New Era, Sept. 2003, 8. Share this story at the conclusion of the lesson.

Lesson 37: Maintaining Chastity through Righteous Living

James E. Faust, “The Virtues of Righteous Daughters of God,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 108. Include some of this article’s 10 virtues in your discussion of ways to maintain chastity.

Personal Progress, “Integrity Value Project,” bullet 5.

Lesson 38: Physical Health

Boyd K. Packer, “Ye Are the Temple of God,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 85; Ensign, Nov. 2000, 72. Share the story about President Packer’s patriarchal blessing as you discuss the blessings of taking care of our bodies.

Personal Progress, “Knowledge Value Project,” bullet 3.

Lesson 39: Preventing Disease

Harold G. Hillam, “Not for the Body,” Liahona, June 1996, 26; Ensign, Oct. 2001, 18. Share this article’s story of the dental surgeon at the beginning of the lesson.

Colleen Whitley, “I’m Not Hurting Anybody,” Liahona, Mar. 2000, 40; “I’m Not Hurting You,” New Era, Apr. 1995, 44. Use this story in your discussion of the benefits of good health practices.

See 1 Cor. 3:16–17.

Lesson 40: Self-Mastery

James E. Faust, “Strengthening the Inner Self,” Liahona and Ensign, Feb. 2003, 2. Use this article’s five suggestions as keys to self-mastery.

Personal Progress, “Divine Nature Value Experiences,” nos. 3 and 7.

Lesson 41: Optimism

Joe J. Christensen, “A Reason to Smile,” Liahona, Sept. 1998, 28; Ensign, Feb. 2002, 58. Encourage the class to make a “smile sheet” to conclude the lesson.

John B. Dickson, “When Life Gets Tough,” Liahona, May 2002, 28; New Era, Feb. 2002, 44. Use the opening story in this article to supplement the one about Marie.

“There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today,” Hymns, no. 227.

See Mosiah 2:41; Mosiah 24:13–15.

Lesson 42: Gratitude and Appreciation

Dallin H. Oaks, “Give Thanks in All Things,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 95. Refer to the ideas in this article as you discuss ways to express feelings of gratitude.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez, “The Much Needed Rain,” Liahona, June 2003, 40; Ensign, June 2003, 68. Use this story to supplement the story in the lesson.

Lesson 43: Wise Use of Leisure Time

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Lessons Learned in the Journey of Life,” Liahona, May 2001, 35; Ensign, Dec. 2000, 6. Use ideas from this article when discussing balance in the use of leisure time.

“Poster: Spread Thin?” New Era, Oct. 2003, 19. To begin the lesson, show the poster and discuss what it teaches.

See D&C 58:27; D&C 88:118; D&C 124.

Lesson 44: Developing Talents

Ronald A. Rasband, “The Parable of the Talents,” Liahona, Aug. 2003, 34; Ensign, Aug. 2003, 32. Use ideas from this article as you discuss the parable.

Marissa D. Thompson and Janna Nielsen, “Discovering and Developing Your Talents,” Liahona, May 1999, 40. Include some of this article’s suggestions in the lesson.

Personal Progress, “Knowledge Value Experiences,” no. 2.

Lesson 45: Participating in the Cultural Arts

Shanna Ghaznavi, “Note by Note by Note,” Liahona, Sept. 2003, 18; New Era, Sept. 2003, 30. Use this article to talk about ways to participate in cultural arts.

Personal Progress, “Individual Worth Value Experiences,” no. 4; “Knowledge Value Experiences,” no. 6.

See D&C 25:12; D&C 88:78–80.

Lesson 46: Financial Responsibility

Marvin J. Ashton, “Guide to Family Finance,” Liahona, Apr. 2000, 42. Use some of the 10 tips in this article to discuss self-reliance.

“Prepare by Living Providently and Paying Tithes and Offerings,” Liahona, Dec. 2003, 25; Ensign, Dec. 2003, 52. Consider using some of the quotes or scriptures to supplement the lesson.

Personal Progress, “Choice and Accountability Value Experiences,” no. 7.

Lesson 47: An Uplifting Environment

Thomas S. Monson, “Pornography—the Deadly Carrier,” Liahona, Nov. 2001, 2; Ensign, July 2001, 2. Share how the bark beetle destroys elms, and compare it to being in unwholesome environments.

Anya Bateman, “Great … except for That One Part,” Liahona, June 1999, 22; Ensign, June 1998, 22. Consider using the story in this article as you discuss rising above unwholesome environments.

Personal Progress, “Divine Nature Value Experiences,” no. 3.

See Moro. 7:14–19; D&C 45:31–32; D&C 88:119.

Lesson 48: Communication Skills in Leadership

Brad Wilcox, “Helping Youth Feel They Belong,” Liahona, June 1999, 42; Ensign, Apr. 1998, 10. Choose a few of the 10 suggestions in this article to discuss the lesson section on love.

“Teens Leading Teens,” Liahona, Jan. 2003, 24; New Era, Jan. 2003, 29. Include some of the ideas from this article in your discussion of leadership characteristics.

“I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Hymns, no. 270, verse 2.

Lesson 49: Valuing and Encouraging People with Disabilities

Peter B. Gardner, “More Than Words,” Liahona, Feb. 2002, 28. Use this article as part of the conclusion.

Rebecca M. Taylor, “In a Quiet House,” Ensign, Sept. 2002, 34. Use this family’s story in the latter part of the lesson.

Personal Progress, “Individual Worth Value Experiences,” no. 3.