Try a simple game to introduce your topic. For example, you could whisper a sentence about your lesson subject to one class member. That class member whispers the sentence to the next person, and so on to the next until everyone has participated. Have the last person recite the sentence aloud. It will most likely be garbled. Tell them what the sentence started out as, and you will have the attention of the class as you begin.
Follow the suggestion given by Elder H. Aldridge Gillespie in his article, “Build on the Basics,” on page 36 and listen to good music. Plan a music night. Have each person bring a recording of a favorite song and tell why it means so much to him or her. Play as many songs as time allows. Of course, make sure the music is appropriate for a Mutual activity.
Hold a panel discussion using the question on page 16 as the basis for the discussion. Have an older teen conclude by explaining the blessings that come from following the prophet’s guidance on this subject. Use For the Strength of Youth for additional information on dating.
Get your family involved in helping you memorize scripture mastery verses. Write a scripture on a card and post it on the refrigerator or another prominent place. See which member of the family can learn and recite perfectly the scripture first. Help each other until all family members have learned it. Report at family home evening.
Obtain a copy of the missionary guide, Preach My Gospel. Have members of the family choose a section to present as a lesson.
In addition to the Resource Guides (printed in May and November in the Ensign and Liahona), Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood teachers may find these additional resources helpful in enhancing lessons 36–40.
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Lesson 36: Marriage Standards
Thomas S. Monson, “Whom Shall I Marry?” New Era, Oct. 2004, 4.
Tamara Leatham Bailey, “The Temple-Going Type,” New Era, Apr. 1998, 34.
Lesson 37: The Word of God as a Standard
Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” New Era, Jan. 2001, 4.
Robert Marcum, “The Guide,” New Era, Mar. 1990, 11.
Lesson 38: Good Health Habits
Caroline Benzley, “Be Clean,” New Era, July 2002, 12.
James E. Faust, “The Enemy Within,” New Era, Mar. 2003, 4.
Lesson 39: Recognizing Our Individual Worth
Jamie Glenn, “Walk Tall, You’re a Daughter of God” (song), New Era, Jan. 1996, 10.
Lesson 40: Loving Ourselves and Others
Fay Waldemar McCracken, “The Deacon with the Big Smile,” New Era, July 2005, 14.
D. Brent Collette, “Slow-Motion Miracle,” New Era, May 2000, 35.
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Lesson 36: Patriarchal Blessings
“About Patriarchal Blessings,” New Era, Mar. 2004, 32.
Daniel Thomas Brady, “Twice Blessed,” New Era, Aug. 1999, 11.
Lesson 37: Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit
Matthew Holland, “Wrong Roads and Revelation,” New Era, July 2005, 26.
Lindsay T. Dil, “If You Listen,” New Era, July 2005, 8.
Lesson 38: The Pure Love of Christ
Shelly L. Johnson, “The Price I Couldn’t Pay,” this issue, 26.
Boyd K. Packer, “Washed Clean,” New Era, Apr. 1998, 4.
Lesson 39: Feasting on the Words of Christ
Idea List: “Seminary Scripture Power,” this issue, 13.
Jay E. Jensen, “Why We Ask People to Read the Book of Mormon,” New Era, Aug. 2005, 40.
Lesson 40: Doing Missionary Work
Shanna Butler and Adam C. Olson, “Preparing to Preach His Gospel,” this issue, 20.
Gordon B. Hinckley, “Forget Yourself and Go,” New Era, Oct. 2002, 4.