Lesson 50: To the Quorum Adviser: Organizing Lessons from General Conference Addresses

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3, (1995), 198–99


Objective

The words of living prophets are excellent resources for additional lessons. When you need additional lessons, select current conference addresses printed in the Ensign and international magazines. Preparing and presenting these lessons will give you opportunities to be directed by the Spirit in addressing specific needs of young men. Tell the young men in advance which addresses will be taught so they will be prepared for discussion. In developing these lessons, rely on the teachings of General Authorities, conference addresses, and the scriptures.

Preparation

Follow the same procedures for preparing and presenting these lessons that you follow for the lessons in the manual. In addition, the following steps of preparation will be helpful:

  1. 1.

    Prayerfully decide what gospel principle or main idea is taught in the selected address. Outline two or three supporting ideas that contribute to the main idea.

  2. 2.

    Decide what you want to accomplish as a result of the lesson. For example, do you want to help the young men understand a principle, increase in faith, develop an attitude, or be motivated to change their behavior?

  3. 3.

    Organize the lesson materials. Locate additional scriptures using the Topical Guide or the index to the triple combination. Ask the meetinghouse librarian for appropriate visuals.

  4. 4.

    Prepare questions about selected quotations and scriptures in the address. What do the quotations and scriptures mean? Liken them to the young men (see 1 Nephi 19:23).

  5. 5.

    Select teaching methods that involve class members, and assign class members to participate. Refer to Teaching—No Greater Call (33043) for explanations of teaching methods.

The information on the following page may be useful when preparing a lesson from an address.