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

Young Women Manual 1, (2002), 218–19

The words of living prophets are excellent resources for additional lessons. Select current conference addresses printed in the Ensign and Liahona magazines. Preparing and presenting these lessons will give you opportunities to be directed by the Spirit in addressing specific needs of class members. The young women should be notified in advance which addresses will be taught so they will be prepared for discussion. In developing these lessons, use the scriptures with the conference addresses.

Preparing and Presenting the Lessons

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

  1. 1.

    Prayerfully discern 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 class members understand a principle, increase in faith, develop an attitude, or be motivated to change their behavior?

  3. 3.

    Organize the lesson materials. Use the Topical Guide in the Latter-day Saint edition of the Bible to locate additional scripture references. 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 women (see 1 Nephi 19:23).

  5. 5.

    Select teaching methods that will involve the young women, and assign class members to participate. Refer to Teaching, No Greater Call (36123) for explanations of teaching methods.


The following chart may be useful when preparing a lesson from a conference address.

Title of the address: ______________________________

Gospel principle or main idea: ______________________________

Supporting ideas: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Suggested Organization

Suggested Teaching Methods

  1. 1.

    Introduce the gospel principle and supporting ideas.

  • Write the gospel principle and supporting ideas on the chalkboard. Use an object lesson, story, picture, scripture, or thought-provoking question to introduce the lesson.

  1. 2.

    Present the body of the lesson.

    • What has the Lord said about the gospel principle?

    • What have the prophets said about it today?

    • How can we apply the gospel principle to our daily lives? How can living this principle increase our faith and help us make righteous decisions and solve our problems?

  • Locate and discuss scriptures within the talk and any additional scriptures to clarify the gospel principle.

  • Ask questions about quotations from the talk. Relate stories and examples from the talk to illustrate the gospel principle.

  • Ask questions and direct discussions that will help the young women apply the gospel principle to their lives.

  • Invite class members to share experiences, feelings, and testimonies about the topic you are discussing. Add your own feelings.

  1. 3.

    Conclude by summarizing what has been taught.

  • Testify of the truthfulness of the gospel principle you have taught and of its value in your life.