Mutual Activity Ideas

• With permission from your bishop, invite the stake patriarch to come and discuss how each person can prepare to receive his or her patriarchal blessing.

Seminary Devotional

• Choose a story—such as the baptism of Jesus—in the New Testament. Look it up in the Harmony of the Gospels (the baptism is referred to about nine lines down on page 685) in the Bible Dictionary. Have you and three friends read from each of the gospels for a more complete version of the story.

Family Home Evening Idea

• During the week before family home evening, prepare a what-if jar. (For the article about a family who had such a jar, see Shirley Bock Testi, “The What-If Question,” in the November 2003 New Era). Have each family member pull out a slip describing a difficult situation or temptation, and discuss good ways to handle it.

Sunday Lesson Helps

In addition to the Resource Guides (online at, in the Shortcuts section), Young Women and Aaronic Priesthood teachers may find these resources helpful in enhancing lessons 1–6.

Young Women Manual 3

Lesson 2: Coming to Know the Savior

What Joseph Taught: “Jesus Christ, the Redeemer,” this issue, 22.

Ezra Taft Benson, “Five Marks of the Divinity of Jesus Christ,” New Era, Dec. 1980, 44.

Q&A (always remember Christ), New Era, Jan. 2005, 16.

Lesson 4: Preparing to Become an Eternal Companion

To the Point (education or marriage), New Era, Sept. 2007, 30.

Special issue on courtship and marriage, New Era, Oct. 2004.

Lesson 5: Creating a Spiritual Environment in the Home

Melody Warnick, “Dear Dad Notes,” New Era, June 2007, 10.

Idea List: “Getting Along,” New Era, Feb. 2007, 9.

Sherrie Mackelprang, “What I Learned from Doing the Dishes,” New Era, June 2007, 30.

Lesson 6: A Woman’s Responsibility to Teach

Shanna Butler, “You’re a Teacher Too,” New Era, Sept. 2006, 44.

Idea List: “Learn to Share,” New Era, Sept. 2006, 7.

Aaronic Priesthood Manual 3

Lesson 1: The Godhead

Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,” New Era, July 2005, 10.

“The Fulness of the Gospel: The Nature of the Godhead,” Ensign, Jan. 2006, 50.

Lesson 2: The Plan of Salvation

John Bytheway, “Three Little Questions,” New Era, July 2006, 30.

“Charting the Plan,” New Era, July 2006, 33.

L. Tom Perry, “The Plan of Salvation,” Ensign, Nov. 2006, 69.

Lesson 3: Sons of the Living God

Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Grandeur of God,” Ensign, Nov. 2003, 70.

Boyd K. Packer, “The Unseen Power of the Aaronic Priesthood,” New Era, May 2007, 2.

Lesson 5: “How Art Thou Fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer!”

Daniel H. Ludlow, “Moral Free Agency,” New Era, Nov. 1976, 44.

David O. McKay, “The Test of One,” New Era, Aug. 2007, 34.

Aaron L. West, “If a Bug Flies into Your Mouth,” New Era, Sept. 2007, 24.

Lesson 6: The Fall of Adam

Jess L. Christensen, “The Choice That Began Mortality,” Ensign, Jan. 2002, 36.