Resource Guides


For use in 2004, lessons 1–25. Future Resource Guides will be printed only in the May and November Ensign and Liahona, which can also be found online at www.lds.org.

The following resources may be used to supplement, but not replace, lessons 1–25. To find this guide online at www.lds.org, click on “Gospel Library,” “Church Publications—HTML,” “Curriculum,” then “Aaronic Priesthood” or “Young Women.” Additional suggestions are found 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 Easter lesson. If you want to teach a special Easter lesson, consider using conference addresses, Church magazine articles, and hymns that focus on the life and mission of the Savior.

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2

Lesson 1: Who Am I?

Thomas S. Monson, “The Message: The Lighthouse of the Lord,” New Era, Feb. 2001, 4–9.

N. Eldon Tanner, New Era Classic: Today I Will …” New Era, Mar. 2003, 12–15.

Dallin H. Oaks, “The Challenge to Become,” New Era, Aug. 2002, 12–15.

Lesson 2: Knowing Our Father in Heaven

James E. Faust, “First Presidency Message: That We Might Know Thee,”Ensign, Jan. 1999, 2–5.

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “Spiritual Bonfires of Testimony,” New Era, June 2002, 8–13.

Timothy Cobbley, “A Light in the Darkness,” New Era, Feb. 2003, 11.

Lesson 3: Faith in Jesus Christ

“The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles,” New Era, Apr. 2000, 20–21.

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

Merrill J. Bateman, “Power to Heal,” New Era, Apr. 2003, 42–45.

“Idea List: Building a Testimony of Christ,” New Era, Dec. 2001, 17.

Lesson 4: Companionship of the Holy Ghost

James E. Faust, “First Presidency Message: Communion with the Holy Spirit,”Ensign, Mar. 2002, 2–7.

Kenneth Johnson, “Yielding to the Enticings of the Holy Spirit,”Ensign, Nov. 2002, 89–91.

Carlos E. Asay, “Courting the Spirit,” New Era, Aug. 1990, 33–35.

Margaret D. Nadauld, “Lead Me, Guide Me,” New Era, Nov. 2001, 44–47.

Lesson 5: Agency

L. Tom Perry, “Decisions, Decisions,” New Era, Jan. 2002, 40–45.

Sharon G. Larsen, “You Choose,” New Era, Aug. 2001, 12–14.

New Era Poster: Keep Yourself Free,” New Era, Feb. 2003, 19.

Lesson 6: Christlike Service

James E. Faust, “What’s in It for Me?”Ensign, Nov. 2002, 19–22.

Janet Thomas, “Doing the Hard Jobs,” New Era, July 2001, 30–34.

“Idea List: Secret Service,” New Era, Feb. 2003, 27.

Taylor Woodruff, “Getting the Point,” New Era, Oct. 2003, 46–48.

Lesson 7: The Eternal Importance of Families

“Our Greatest Happiness,” New Era, June 2003, 12–15.

“Idea List: Home Improvement,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 40.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Dec. 2002, 16–18.

Scott Bean, “The Truth about My Family,” New Era, Mar. 2003, 26–27.

Lesson 8: Spirituality

Dennis B. Neuenschwander, “Knowing What You Believe, Believing What You Know,”Ensign, Sept. 2002, 20–25.

Douglas A. Callister, “How the Spirit Works,” New Era, Oct. 2001, 46–48.

Sharon G. Larsen, “Standing in Holy Places,”Ensign, May 2002, 91–93.

Caroline H. Benzley, “Be Clean,” New Era, July 2002, 12–15.

Lesson 9: Repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ

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

Spencer V. Jones, “Overcoming the Stench of Sin,”Ensign, May 2003, 88–89.

Name Withheld, “Passing It By,” New Era, June 2001, 24–25.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Feb. 2003, 16–18.

Lesson 10: Studying the Scriptures

“Words of the Prophet: The Book of Mormon,” New Era, Sept. 2003, 4–7.

Russell M. Nelson, “The Message: Getting Where You Want to Go,” New Era, May 2003, 4–6.

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

Vicki H. Budge, “531 Pages til Christmas,” New Era, Dec. 2001, 25.

Lesson 11: Satan and His Temptations

Gordon B. Hinckley, “First Presidency Message: Overpowering the Goliaths in Our Lives,”Ensign, Jan. 2002, 2–6.

Boyd K. Packer, “Spiritual Crocodiles,” New Era, Oct. 2001, 8–11.

David E. Sorensen, “You Can’t Pet a Rattlesnake,” New Era, May 2002, 44–47.

Richard C. Edgley, “Satan’s Bag of Snipes,” New Era, Sept. 2001, 20–23.

Lesson 12: Prayer

James E. Faust, “The Lifeline of Prayer,”Ensign, May 2002, 59–62.

Richard G. Scott, “The Message: Recognizing Answers to Prayer,” New Era, Aug. 2003, 4–8.

Caroline H. Benzley, “Be Prayerful,” New Era, Apr. 2002, 36–37.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, July 2002, 16–18.

Lesson 13: Fasting

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Law of the Fast,”Ensign, May 2001, 73–75.

Sheryl Condie Kempton, “Fasting—A Gift of Joy,”Ensign, Jan. 1978, 10–13.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Oct. 1993, 16–18.

Esther Hansen, “The Real Fast,” New Era, May 2002, 11.

Lesson 14: Obedience to God

Richard L. Evans, “Gospel Classics: Why All the Rules?” New Era, Nov. 2003, 44–47.

H. Ross Workman, “Beware of Murmuring,”Ensign, Nov. 2001, 85–86.

Russell Tolley Giles, “Why Should I Go?” New Era, May 2003, 8–9.

“Choose the Right,” Hymns, no. 239.

Lesson 15: Exaltation through Keeping Covenants

Thomas S. Monson, “First Presidency Message: Invitation to Exaltation,”Ensign, June 1993, 2–6.

Dennis B. Neuenschwander, “Ordinances and Covenants,”Ensign, Aug. 2001, 20–26.

Keith B. McMullin, “Are You a Saint?” New Era, Feb. 2003, 38–41.

Lesson 16: Tithes and Offerings

Spencer W. Kimball, New Era Classic: Will a Man Rob God?” New Era, Mar. 2002, 42–45.

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

Earl C. Tingey, “The Law of Tithing,”Ensign, May 2002, 10–12.

Jennifer M. Severino, “10% Tithing=100% Blessings,” New Era, Dec. 2002, 7.

Lesson 17: Patriarchal Blessings

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

Richard P. Lindsay, “Chart Your Course by It,” New Era, Sept. 1990, 4–7.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, May 2002, 16–18.

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

Lesson 18: Duties of a Teacher in the Aaronic Priesthood

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

James E. Faust, “Power of the Priesthood,”Ensign, May 1997, 41–43.

Robert L. Backman, “The Hope of Israel,” New Era, May 2001, 44–46.

Lesson 19: A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit

Ezra Taft Benson, “First Presidency Message: A Mighty Change of Heart,”Ensign, Oct. 1989, 2–5.

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

Michele Tolley, “Locked Out,” New Era, July 2003, 26–28.

Lesson 20: Administering the Sacrament

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Words of the Prophet: Upon You My Fellow Servants,” New Era, May 2002, 4–7.

John H. Groberg, “The Beauty and Importance of the Sacrament,”Ensign, May 1989, 38–40.

Matthew Baker, “Sacrament Service,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 20–23.

Lesson 21: Preparing for the Melchizedek Priesthood

Robert D. Hales, “Fulfilling Our Duty to God,”Ensign, Nov. 2001, 38–41.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “Sanctify Yourselves,”Ensign, Nov. 2000, 38–40.

Bruce R. McConkie, New Era Classic: Only an Elder,” New Era, Jan. 2003, 36–39.

“Rise Up, O Men of God,” Hymns, nos. 323, 324.

Lesson 22: Patriarchal Leadership in the Home

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Gospel Classics: Father, Consider Your Ways,”Ensign, June 2002, 12–16.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Hands of the Fathers,”Ensign, May 1999, 14–16.

F. Melvin Hammond, “Dad, Are You Awake?”Ensign, Nov. 2002, 97–99.

Rosemarie Deppe, “My Fathers,” New Era, June 2003, 8–10.

Lesson 23: Practical Preparation for a Mission

James E. Faust, “The Message: Ten Things to Know Before You Go,” New Era, July 2002, 4–8.

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

Laury Livsey, “Bank on It,” New Era, June 2000, 56–58.

Lesson 24: The Blessings of Work

W. Rolfe Kerr, “The Unprofitable Servant,”Ensign, Oct. 2003, 44–47.

F. David Stanley, “The Principle of Work,”Ensign, May 1993, 44–45.

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

Lesson 25: Personal Purity through Self-discipline

James E. Faust, “The Message: The Enemy Within,” New Era, Mar. 2003, 4–8.

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

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

“Danger Ahead! Avoiding Pornography’s Trap,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 34–39.

Young Women Manual 2

Lesson 1: Drawing Closer to Jesus Christ

Gordon B. Hinckley, “Words of the Prophet: My Testimony of Christ,” New Era, Apr. 2001, 4–7.

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “Special Witnesses of Christ,”Ensign, Apr. 2001, 2–21.

“Idea List: Building a Testimony of Christ,” New Era, Dec. 2001, 17.

New Era Poster: He Is within Reach,” New Era, Apr. 2003, 19.

Lesson 2: Spiritual Gifts

Robert D. Hales, “Gifts of the Spirit,”Ensign, Feb. 2002, 12–20.

Crawford Gates, “Creativity and the Latter-day Saint,” New Era, Aug. 1986, 38–47.

Laura Belnap, “The Gift of Hands,”Ensign, June 2001, 63.

Lesson 3: Building the Kingdom of God

L. Tom Perry, “Building a Community of Saints,”Ensign, May 2001, 35–37.

Keith B. McMullin, “Come to Zion! Come to Zion!”Ensign, Nov. 2002, 94–96.

Glenn L. Pace, “They’re Not Really Happy,” New Era, Mar. 2002, 28–31.

Richard J. Maynes, “Building up the Church,”Ensign, Sept. 2003, 44–47.

Lesson 4: Obeying Commandments Helps Us Fulfill Our Divine Roles

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

M. Russell Ballard, “Women of Righteousness,”Ensign, Apr. 2002, 66–73.

Margaret D. Nadauld, “Hold High the Torch,”Ensign, May 2002, 96–98.

Janet Thomas, “The Playmaker,” New Era, Nov. 2003, 20–23.

Lesson 5: Home Environment

Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Young Women of the Church,”Ensign, Nov. 1986, 81–85.

Russell M. Nelson, “Set in Order Thy House,”Ensign, Nov. 2001, 69–71.

Janet Drake Lanoy, “Discovering Me in Motherhood,”Ensign, Mar. 1999, 53–54.

“Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth,” Hymns, no. 298.

Lesson 6: Sharing Work in the Home

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

Marlin K. Jensen, “Living after the Manner of Happiness,”Ensign, Dec. 2002, 56–62.

Melanie Silvester, “The Day the Dishwasher Broke,”Ensign, Feb. 2003, 18–19.

Lesson 7: Living in Love and Harmony

Susan Tanner, “Did I Tell You … ?”Ensign, May 2003, 73–74.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Jan. 2003, 16–18.

BreighAn Olsen, “Tagalong,” New Era, June 2003, 40–41.

Janet Thomas, “The Sister Connection,” New Era, June 2003, 26–31.

Lesson 8: Improving Communication Skills

Nettie Hunsaker Francis, “4:00 A.M. Ice Cream,” New Era, Aug. 1998, 34–36.

Janene Wolsey Baadsgaard, “Mealtime, Family Time,”Ensign, Sept. 1998, 22–27.

Kathleen Chambers, “Making It Up to Each Other,”Ensign, July 2002, 70.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Jan. 2003, 16–18.

Lesson 9: A Young Woman as a Peacemaker in Her Home

Franklin D. Richards, “The Blessings of Peace,”Ensign, Nov. 1974, 105–7.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Jan. 1999, 16–18.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Jan. 2003, 16–18.

Amanda Thomas, “Freckles,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 24–25.

Lesson 10: The Priesthood: A Great Blessing

John H. Groberg, “Connecting with Heaven,” New Era, May 2003, 38–42.

Coleen K. Menlove, “Joining in the Mighty Work of God,”Ensign, Oct. 2002, 46–49.

Andra MacDonald, “Latter-day Saint Voices: Words of Faith,”Ensign, Mar. 2000, 60–61.

“Visiting Teaching Message: Sustaining Priesthood Leaders,”Ensign, Oct. 2002, 56.

Lesson 11: Appreciating the Bishop

Boyd K. Packer, “The Bishop and His Counselors,”Ensign, May 1999, 57–63.

Dallin H. Oaks, “Bishop, Help!”Ensign, May 1997, 22–24.

Henry B. Eyring, “Your Friend the Bishop,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 10–13.

Name Withheld, “Passing It By,” New Era, June 2001, 24–25.

Lesson 12: Fathers’ Blessings

Caroline Hinckley, “How I Know: Leaving Home,” New Era, May 1999, 35.

Brenda Williams, “My Terrible, Horrible Day,” New Era, Sept. 2001, 34.

Lara Ellertson, “Home Sick for Camp,” New Era, Aug. 2003, 44–45.

Lesson 13: Patriarchal Blessings

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

Richard P. Lindsay, “Chart Your Course by It,” New Era, Sept. 1990, 4–7.

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

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, May 2002, 16–18.

Lesson 14: The Blessings of the Temple

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

Russell M. Nelson, “Personal Preparation for Temple Blessings,”Ensign, May 2001, 32–35.

Music: Sally DeFord, “In That Holy Place,” New Era, Mar. 2002, 10–11.

New Era Poster: Set Your Sights,” New Era, May 2002, 19.

Lesson 15: Temple Marriage

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, July 2001, 16–18.

Tracy Wright, “Breaking Up,” New Era, Nov. 2001, 34–36.

Thomas B. Holman, “Choosing and Being the Right Spouse,”Ensign, Sept. 2002, 62–67.

Katie Lea Brown, “Worth the Wait,” New Era, Feb. 2003, 46–48.

Lesson 16: Journals

Spencer W. Kimball, New Era Classic: The Angels May Quote from It,” New Era, Feb. 2003, 32–35.

Lisa M. Grover, “In Black and White,” New Era, Jan. 1998, 12–14.

Anastasia Kneeland, “Random Sampler: You’ve Got Mail … and a Journal,”Ensign, June 2002, 73.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Sept. 2003, 16–18.

Lesson 17: Keeping Family History Records

Shirley Bock Testi, “Random Sampler: Involving Children in Family History,”Ensign, Jan. 2001, 75.

“Idea List: Starting Your Family History,” New Era, July 2001, 43.

Kristin W. Belcher, “Random Sampler: No-Fuss Family History,”Ensign, Dec. 2002, 64.

Caroline H. Benzley, “The Story of a Lifetime,” New Era, Oct. 2003, 28–31.

Lesson 18: A Heritage of Righteous Traditions

L. Tom Perry, “Special Witness: Family Traditions,”Friend, Feb. 2002, 7.

Pamela Richardson, “Random Sampler: Our New Easter Tradition,”Ensign, April 2001, 71.

“Call the Sabbath a Delight,”Ensign, April 2001, 46–52.

Shanna Ghaznavi, “A New Tradition,” New Era, Apr. 2002, 20–23.

Lesson 19: Preparing to Teach Others

Dallin H. Oaks, “Sharing the Gospel,”Ensign, Nov. 2001, 7–9.

Richard G. Scott, “The Power of a Strong Testimony,”Ensign, Nov. 2001, 87–89.

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

Lesson 20: Sharing the Gospel

Boyd K. Packer, “The Message: Feed My Sheep,” New Era, Jan. 2003, 4–9.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Mar. 2002, 16–18.

R. Lloyd Smith, “Sharing the Gospel with Sensitivity,”Ensign, June 2002, 52–55.

Scott Bean, “The Truth about My Family,” New Era, Mar. 2003, 26–27.

Stefania Postiglione, “Con Amore,” New Era, Sept. 2003, 26–27.

Lesson 21: Sustaining Missionaries through Letters

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Feb. 1997, 16–18.

Shannon Stahura, “Random Sampler: Create-a-Letter Night,”Ensign, Sept. 2000, 69.

Dallas and Marjorie Bradford, “Helping from Home,”Ensign, July 2003, 48–53.

Lesson 22: Counseling with the Lord

James E. Faust, “The Lifeline of Prayer,”Ensign, May 2002, 59–62.

Keith B. McMullin, “Words of Jesus: Prayer,”Ensign, Jan. 2003, 48–51.

“Idea List: Meaningful Prayer,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 29.

Becca Aisen, “All I Asked For,” New Era, June 2003, 11.

Lesson 23: Fasting Brings Blessings

Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Law of the Fast,”Ensign, May 2001, 73–75.

“Visiting Teaching Message: Increasing Our Spirituality through Fasting and Prayer,”Ensign, June 2001, 61.

Esther Hansen, “The Real Fast,” New Era, May 2002, 11.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, May 2003, 16–18.

Lesson 24: Revelation in Our Daily Lives

James E. Faust, “First Presidency Message: Communion with the Holy Spirit,”Ensign, Mar. 2002, 2–7.

Robert D. Hales, “How You Can Know,” New Era, Aug. 2002, 40–45.

Robert R. Steuer, “Being Teachable,”Ensign, May 2002, 31–32.

“Q&A: Questions and Answers,” New Era, Apr. 2003, 16–18.

Lesson 25: The Law of Sacrifice

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

Monte J. Brough, “Living the Law of Sacrifice,”Ensign, Apr. 2000, 44–49.

Laury Livsey, “Everyday Heroes: Time Off for Good Behavior,” New Era, May 1997, 12–14.

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