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Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3 (Use to supplement, but not replace, lessons 26–49.)

Note: The manual does not include a specific Christmas lesson. If you want to teach a special Christmas lesson (22 December), consider using conference addresses, articles, and hymns that focus on the birth, Atonement, Resurrection, and the life and mission of the Savior.

Lesson 26: Blessings of Chastity

Bruce C. Hafen, “The Gospel and Romantic Love,” New Era, Feb. 2002, 10–14.

“My friends have a hard time understanding why I live the law of chastity. …” New Era, Dec. 2000, 16–18.

“As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days,” Hymns, no. 256.

Lesson 27: The Body Is a Temple

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 4–15; or Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2–11.

Janet Thomas, “More Than Skin Deep,” New Era, Feb. 2001, 44–48.

David A. Burton, “Is there anything wrong with getting a tattoo or body piercing?”Ensign, Feb. 1999, 52–53.

Lesson 28: Withstanding Temptation

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Live in Obedience,”Ensign, May 1994, 39–42.

“Ways to Win,” New Era, Sept. 2000, 37.

Jeni Willardson, “I Didn’t Fit In,” New Era, May 2000, 37.

John S. Netherton, “Sticking to Standards,”Friend, May 2000, 47.

Lesson 29: Sabbath Observance

James E. Faust, “The Lord’s Day,”Ensign, Nov. 1991, 33–35.

Earl C. Tingey, “Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy,”Ensign, Feb. 2000, 48–55.

Douglas B. Bernard, “Ultimate Victory,” New Era, Aug. 1999, 34–36.

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

Lesson 30: An Aaronic Priesthood Holder Cherishes Womanhood

Russell M. Nelson, “Our Sacred Duty to Honor Women,”Ensign, May 1999, 38–40.

Sheri L. Dew, “We Are Women of God,” New Era, Nov. 2000, 12–14.

Lesson 31: Choosing an Eternal Companion

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Living Worthy of the Girl You Will Someday Marry,”Ensign, May 1998, 49–51.

“… Wouldn’t it be all right to date nonmembers?” New Era, July 2001, 16–18.

“Why does the Church say we should not date until we are 16 years old?” New Era, Feb. 2001, 16–18.

Lesson 32: Preparing for the Temple Endowment

James E. Faust, “‘Who Shall Ascend into the Hill of the Lord?’”Ensign, Aug. 2001, 2–5.

F. David Stanley, “The Most Important Step,” New Era, June 2000, 20–23.

“Endowed with Covenants and Blessings,”Ensign, Feb. 1995, 38–40.

Lesson 33: Celestial Marriage—a Preparation for Eternity

Richard G. Scott, “Receive the Temple Blessings,”Ensign, May 1999, 25–27.

Cree-L Kofford, “Marriage in the Lord’s Way, Part One,”Ensign, June 1998, 6–12.

Gale Sears, “The Thirty-Dollar Wedding Dress,” New Era, Nov. 2000, 44–46.

Lesson 34: Obedience

James E. Faust, “Obedience: The Path to Freedom,”Ensign, May 1999, 45–47.

Henry B. Eyring, “A Life Founded in Light and Truth,”Ensign, July 2001, 6–13.

James Pedersen, “Faith and $45,” New Era, Feb. 2000, 8–10.

“Keep the Commandments,” Hymns, no. 303.

Lesson 35: Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

“The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles,” New Era, Apr. 2000, 20–21; or Ensign, Apr. 2000, 2–3.

James E. Faust, “The Shield of Faith,”Ensign, May 2000, 17–19.

James O. Mason, “Faith in Jesus Christ,”Ensign, Apr. 2001, 22–27.

“I Believe in Christ,” Hymns, no. 134.

Lesson 36: Patriarchal Blessings

James E. Faust, Priesthood Blessings,”Ensign, Nov. 1995, 62–64.

Wayne M. Hancock, “Friend to Friend,”Friend, Sept. 2000, 6–7.

Daniel Thomas Brady, “Twice Blessed,” New Era, Aug. 1999, 11.

Lesson 37: Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Covenant People,”Friend, Jan. 2000, inside front cover.

Merrill J. Bateman, “Living a Christ-Centered Life,”Ensign, Jan. 1999, 6–13.

Marilyn Feik, “I Said Yes,” New Era, May 1999, 11.

Lesson 38: The Pure Love of Christ

Thomas S. Monson, “Those Who Love Jesus,”Ensign, Mar. 1999, 2–5.

Margaret D. Nadauld, “Come unto Christ,”Friend, Jan. 1999, inside front cover.

“Cleave unto Charity,”Ensign, June 2000, 48–53.

“Love One Another,” Hymns, no. 308.

Lesson 39: Feasting on the Words of Christ

Russell M. Nelson, “Living by Scriptural Guidance,”Ensign, Nov. 2000, 16–18.

“Scripture Study Suggestions,” New Era, Mar. 2001, 15.

T. S. Hettinger, “‘Press Forward, Saints,’”Friend, Jan. 2000, 28–30.

“As I Search the Holy Scriptures,” Hymns, no. 277.

Lesson 40: Doing Missionary Work

Jeffrey R. Holland, “‘Witnesses unto Me,’”Ensign, May 2001, 14–16.

Shanna Ghaznavi, “Fields Ready to Harvest,” New Era, May 2001, 28–31.

Barbara Jean Jones, “It’s Your Call,” New Era, June 2000, 16–19.

“Called to Serve,” Hymns, no. 249.

Lesson 41: Becoming More Like Our Savior

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Challenge to Become,”Ensign, Nov. 2000, 32–34.

Richard C. Edgley, “Behold the Man,” New Era, May 2000, 4–7.

Spencer J. Condie, “‘Even As I Am,’”Friend, Feb. 1999, inside front cover.

“Lord, I Would Follow Thee,” Hymns, no. 220.

Lesson 42: Being Humble and Teachable

Henry B. Eyring, “Finding Safety in Counsel,”Ensign, May 1997, 24–26.

Marlin K. Jensen, “‘To Walk Humbly with Thy God,’”Ensign, May 2001, 9–11.

L. Lionel Kendrick, “Friend to Friend,”Friend, Jan. 2000, 6–7.

“Be Thou Humble,” Hymns, no. 130.

Lesson 43: Thoughts and Language

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Blessed Are the Pure in Heart,” New Era, July 1999, 4–7.

Paula K. Boothe, “Standing Up to Profanity,”Ensign, Apr. 2001, 35–37.

“I know we’re not supposed to take the Lord’s name in vain, but what about other kinds of swearing?” New Era, Mar. 2001, 16–18.

“Clean Thoughts,” New Era, Feb., 2001, 15.

Lesson 44: Service to Others

Thomas S. Monson, “Priesthood Power,” New Era, May 2001, 4–7.

Shara Braithwaite, “Look What I Found,” New Era, Sept. 2000, 12–13.

Felecia Angus, “My Memory Trees,” New Era, July 1999, 12–14.

“Because I Have Been Given Much,” Hymns, no. 219.

Lesson 45: Strengthening Testimonies by Bearing Them

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Building Your Testimony,” New Era, Apr. 1999, 4–7.

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Pure Testimony,” New Era, Sept. 2001, 8–11.

Susan L. Warner, “Bear Record of Him,”Friend, Sept. 1999, inside front cover.

“Testimony,” Hymns, no. 137.

Lesson 46: Effective Home Teaching

Thomas S. Monson, “Home Teaching—A Divine Service,” New Era, Nov. 1998, 4–9.

John L. Haueter, “Junior Companion,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 36–38.

Chace Randall, “Extra Helping,” New Era, Nov. 2000, 11.

“Home Teaching and the Aaronic Priesthood,”Ensign, Feb. 2000, 60.

Lesson 47: Honesty

James E. Faust, “We Seek after These Things,”Ensign, May 1998, 43–46.

Jane McBride Choate, “The Promise,”Friend, Aug. 2000, 8–10.

Gordon Swensen, “Arm of Honor,” New Era, Aug. 2000, 26–27.

Tamara Leatham Bailey, “Building Integrity,” New Era, July 1999, 15.

Lesson 48: Preparing to Serve through Education

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 4–15; or Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2–11.

Harold G. Hillam, “What Matters Most,” New Era, Apr. 2001, 46–48.

“A Major Decision,” New Era, Sept. 1999, 15.

Lesson 49: We Have a Wonderful Legacy

Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Miracle of Faith,”Ensign, May 2001, 67–69.

Joseph Shumway, “Searching for Mary Ellen,” New Era, Aug. 1999, 26–27.

“Carry On,” Hymns, no. 255.

Young Women Manual 3 (Use to supplement, but not replace, lessons 26–47.)

Note: The manual does not include a specific Christmas lesson. If you want to teach a special Christmas lesson (22 December), consider using conference addresses, articles, and hymns that focus on the birth, Atonement, Resurrection, and the life and mission of the Savior.

Lesson 26: Repentance

Boyd K. Packer, “‘The Touch of the Master’s Hand,’”Ensign, May 2001, 22–24.

Jay E. Jensen, “Do You Know How To Repent?” New Era, Nov. 1999, 4–7.

“Renew Your Baptismal Covenants Anew,” Friend, July 2000, 24–25.

“Come unto Jesus,” Hymns, no. 117.

Lesson 27: Forgiving Ourselves

Gordon B. Hinckley, “How Can I Become the Woman of Whom I Dream?” New Era, Nov. 2001, 4–8; or Ensign, May 2001, 93–96.

“Can I Be Forgiven?” New Era, Mar. 2000, 8–10.

Lesson 28: Consecration and Sacrifice

M. Russell Ballard, “The Law of Sacrifice,”Ensign, Oct. 1998, 6–13.

Carol B. Thomas, “Sacrifice: An Eternal Investment,”Ensign, May 2001, 63–64.

Robert J. Whetten, “How Can I Help?”Friend, Aug. 2000, inside front cover.

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

Lesson 29: A Change of Heart

James E. Faust, “Born Again,”Ensign, May 2001, 54–58.

Spencer J. Condie, “A Disposition to Do Good Continually,”Ensign, Aug. 2001, 13–19.

Christopher Aulepp, “Turnaround,” New Era, Aug. 2000, 8–10.

Kristin Bowen, “Change of Heart,” New Era, May 1999, 36–37.

Lesson 30: Scripture Study

L. Tom Perry, “Let the Word Fill Your Hearts,” Friend, Mar. 1996, inside front cover.

“Ways to Study the Scriptures and Understand Them Better,” Friend, Dec. 2000, 48.

Eric Nelson, “And a Child Led Me,” New Era, Oct. 2000, 34–36.

“As I Search the Holy Scriptures,” Hymns, no. 277.

Lesson 31: Service in the Church

Henry B. Eyring, “Watch Over and Strengthen,”Ensign, May 2000, 66–68.

Matthew Baker, “Coming Clean,” New Era, Apr. 2001, 28–31.

Linda Galley, “The Elephants,”Ensign, Dec. 2000, 48–49.

Corliss Clayton, “Fernando’s Call,”Friend, Oct. 2000, 2–4.

Lesson 32: Service in the Community

Thomas S. Monson, “‘An Example of the Believers,’” Ensign, Nov. 1992, 97–99.

Alexander B. Morrison, “A Caring Community: Goodness in Action,”Ensign, Feb. 1999, 12–19.

Jennifer Cheesman, “Unlikely Pair,” New Era, Nov. 2000, 32–34.

Elyssa Renee Madsen, “Storms of Service,” New Era, Feb. 2000, 12–15.

Lesson 33: Each Person Is Divine and Eternal

Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Light within You,”Ensign, May 1995, 99.

Keith B. McMullin, “Welcome Home,”Ensign, May 1999, 79–81.

Megan Wright, “My ‘Buddy,’ My Friend,” Friend, Oct. 1998, 40–41.

“O My Father,” Hymns, no. 292.

Lesson 34: Avoiding Dishonesty

James E. Faust, “Honesty—a Moral Compass,”Ensign, Nov. 1996, 41–44.

Gordon Swensen, “Arm of Honor,” New Era, Aug. 2000, 26–27.

Cornelia Dettingmeijer, “‘Not Expected of You,’”Friend, May 2000, 8–10.

Lesson 35: Dating Decisions

Gordon B. Hinckley, “‘True to the Faith,’” Ensign, June 1996, 2–8.

“… Wouldn’t it be all right to date nonmembers?” New Era, July 2001, 16–18.

“Why does the Church say we should not date until we are 16 years old?” New Era, Feb. 2001, 16–18.

“The Do’s of Dating,” New Era, Nov. 2000, 15.

Lesson 36: Marriage Standards

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Personal Purity,”Ensign, Nov. 1998, 75–78.

Brad Wilcox, “Marriage Prep 101,” New Era, Oct. 1999, 30–33.

“Families Can Be Together Forever,” Hymns, no. 300.

Lesson 37: The Word of God as a Standard

L. Tom Perry, “Give Heed unto the Word of the Lord,”Ensign, June 2000, 22–29.

Marlin K. Jensen, “Making a Mighty Change,” New Era, June 2001, 4–7.

H. David Burton, “A Time to Stand Tall,” Friend, July 1999, inside front cover.

“Stay Safe,” New Era, June 2001, 30.

Lesson 38: Good Health Habits

Boyd K. Packer, “‘Ye Are the Temple of God,’”Ensign, Nov. 2000, 72–74.

“Get Some Zzzzs,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 40.

Jeni Willardson, “I Didn’t Fit In,” New Era, May 2000, 37.

Mark J. Rowe, “Where can I find accurate information on nutrition that is not faddish or inconsistent with Word of Wisdom guidelines?”Ensign, Feb. 1996, 64–65.

Lesson 39: Recognizing Our Individual Worth

James E. Faust, “Who Do You Think You Are?” New Era, Mar. 2001, 4–9; or Ensign, Mar. 2001, 2–7.

Russell M. Nelson, “We Are Children of God,”Ensign, Nov. 1998, 85–87.

Sheri L. Dew, “We Are Women of God,” New Era, Nov. 2000, 12–14.

“I Am a Child of God,” Hymns, no. 301.

Lesson 40: Loving Ourselves and Others

James E. Faust, “‘Them That Honour Me I Will Honour,’”Ensign, May 2001, 45–47.

Rebekah Lowe, “About Sara,” New Era, Mar. 2000, 37.

Pam McEwen, “Her Best Shot,” New Era, Jan. 2000, 15.

Ray Goldrup, “Billy,”Friend, May 1999, 2–5.

Lesson 41: Being Dependable

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Priceless Integrity,” New Era, July 1994, 4–7.

F. Burton Howard, “Commitment,”Ensign, May 1996, 27–28.

Denalee Chapman, “The Three Questions,” New Era, Feb. 2000, 26–27.

Richard Moore, “My Trust Fund,” New Era, Oct. 1999, 34–36.

Lesson 42: Preparing for Change

James E. Faust, “This Is Our Day,”Ensign, May 1999, 17–19.

Lance B. Wickman, “The Future You,” New Era, Mar. 2000, 4–6.

Ariana Lobo, “Wherever You Go,” New Era, Mar. 2001, 39.

Lesson 43: Associations with Others

Thomas S. Monson, “The Lighthouse of the Lord,” New Era, Feb. 2001, 4–9; or Ensign, Feb. 2001, 2–7.

Stephen A. West, “‘Thy Neighbor As Thyself,’”Friend, June 2000, inside front cover.

“… How can I do what is right and still be accepted by my friends?” New Era, Jan. 2001, 16–18.

“Each Life That Touches Ours for Good,” Hymns, no. 293.

Lesson 44: Avoiding Crisis Living

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Be Prayerful,” New Era, Oct. 2000, 4–7.

David B. Haight, “The Basics Have Not Changed,” Friend, Sept. 1998, inside front cover.

Dallin H. Oaks, “Focus and Priorities,”Ensign, May 2001, 82–84.

“Sweet Is the Peace the Gospel Brings,” Hymns, no. 14.

Lesson 45: Choosing a Vocation

Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 4–15; or Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2–11.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel,” New Era, July 2000, 4–7.

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Life’s Obligations,”Ensign, Feb. 1999, 2–5.

“A Major Decision,” New Era, Sept. 1999, 15.

Lesson 46: Money Management

L. Tom Perry, “‘If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,’”Ensign, Nov. 1995, 35–37.

Elyssa Renee Andrus, “Fantastic Plastic,” New Era, Apr. 2001, 32–35.

Bernard Poduska, “Debt Doesn’t Have to Be Forever,”Ensign, Jan. 2001, 59–63.

Lauradene Lindsay, “What does self-reliance mean … ?” Ensign, Apr. 1996, 51–52.

Lesson 47: Messages of Latter-day Prophets

Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, James E. Faust, “Be a Standard-Bearer,”Friend, June 2001, 24–25.

M. Russell Ballard, “‘His Word Ye Shall Receive,’”Ensign, May 2001, 65–66.

“From Latter-day Prophets: John Taylor,”Friend, Jan. 2001, inside front cover.

Kimberly Wright, “Ashamed to Meet a Prophet,” New Era, Nov. 2000, 26–27.

Wendi Wixom Taylor, “We Have One! We Have One!” New Era, Nov. 2000, 36–37.