“Resource Guide for Aaronic Priesthood Manual 2,” Ensign, May 2004, 119–20
For use in 2004, lessons 26–50. The following resources may be used to supplement, but not replace, lessons 26–50. In the references, Duty to God stands for the Aaronic Priesthood: Fulfilling Our Duty to God guidebooks. Some Duty to God references may be used during the lesson time, or you may encourage quorum members to complete them at home. Additional teaching suggestions are found on the “Using the Liahona” page and 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 Christmas lesson. If you want to teach a special Christmas lesson, consider using scriptures, conference addresses, Church magazine articles, pictures, and hymns that focus on the life and mission of the Savior.
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Future resource guides will be printed in the May and November issues of the Liahona and Ensign. The Liahona (in some languages) and Ensign can be found online at www.lds.org.
Lesson 26: Worthy Thoughts
Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 30; Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2. The “Be Clean” section could supplement the lesson’s filmstrip dialogue.
Boyd K. Packer, “The Standard of Truth Has Been Erected,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 24. Use this article to discuss why the Church has such high standards of moral conduct.
Duty to God (Teacher), “Family Activities,” no. 5.
Lesson 27: The Lord’s Law of Health
Boyd K. Packer, “Ye Are the Temple of God,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 85; Ensign, Nov. 2000, 72. Share the story about President Packer’s patriarchal blessing, and discuss the blessings of obedience.
Harold G. Hillam, “Not for the Body,” Liahona, June 1996, 26; Ensign, Oct. 2001, 18. Share the story of the renowned dental surgeon instead of a recent news article as suggested in the lesson.
Duty to God (Deacon), “Educational, Personal, and Career Development,” no. 12.
Lesson 28: The Sabbath
H. Aldridge Gillespie, “The Blessing of Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy,” Liahona, Jan. 2001, 93; Ensign, Nov. 2000, 79. Add the quotes from modern prophets to your discussion.
David Oscar Sarmiento, “Honoring the Lord’s Day,” Liahona, June 2003, 41; Ensign, June 2003, 69. Share this story to supplement Elder Cook’s experience given in the lesson.
“Gently Raise the Sacred Strain,” Hymns, no. 146.
Duty to God (Teacher), “Spiritual Development,” no. 2.
Lesson 29: The Purpose of Life
W. Craig Zwick, “The Lord Thy God Will Hold Thy Hand,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 34. Review the family stories shared in this article as you discuss the importance of faith.
Lesson 30: Charity
Gene R. Cook, “Charity: Perfect and Everlasting Love,” Liahona, July 2002, 91; Ensign, May 2002, 82. Share Elder Cook’s three suggestions for clothing ourselves in the bonds of charity as you discuss how we can become more loving.
Emmanuel Fleckinger, “My Father’s Medal of Courage,” Liahona, Sept. 2003, 40; Ensign, Sept. 2003, 64. Share this story as an example that charity “thinketh no evil.”
Lesson 31: Forgiveness
Cecil O. Samuelson Jr., “Forgiveness,” Liahona, Feb. 2003, 26; Ensign, Feb. 2003, 48. Use examples of forgiveness from the life of Jesus to supplement the last story in the lesson.
Jane McBride Choate, “Pebble of Forgiveness,” Liahona, Feb. 2003, F6; Friend, Feb. 2003, 42. Use the object lesson to demonstrate the principle of forgiveness while discussing the lesson’s three case studies.
Duty to God (Deacon), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 8.
Lesson 32: Cultivating Gifts of the Spirit
Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Unspeakable Gift,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 26. Discuss the role of the Holy Ghost in receiving and exercising spiritual gifts.
“Questions and Answers,” Liahona, Apr. 2003, 44; New Era, Apr. 2003, 16. Consider using ideas from this article as you discuss the gift of testimony.
“Let the Holy Spirit Guide,” Hymns, no. 143.
Lesson 33: Seek Ye Learning
Gordon B. Hinckley, “A Prophet’s Counsel and Prayer for Youth,” Liahona, Apr. 2001, 30; Ensign, Jan. 2001, 2. The “Be Smart” section helps explain what the Lord expects us to learn.
John K. Carmack, “The Perpetual Education Fund: A Bright Ray of Hope,” Liahona, Jan. 2004, 32; Ensign, Jan. 2004, 36. Discuss principles we can learn from the Perpetual Education Fund program about getting an education.
Duty to God (Priest), “Educational, Personal, and Career Development,” nos. 1 and 2.
Lesson 34: The Power of Example
Gordon B. Hinckley, “An Ensign to the Nations, a Light to the World,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 82. Discuss the temptations mentioned in this talk in your lesson conclusion.
Gabriel González, “Graduating with Honor,” Liahona, July 2003, 34; New Era, July 2003, 40. Consider adding this story to the first story in the lesson.
Duty to God (Deacon), “Spiritual Development,” no. 12.
Lesson 35: Obeying, Honoring, and Sustaining the Law
Gordon B. Hinckley, “War and Peace,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 78. You could add the Church’s stand on war to the last discussion in the lesson.
Lesson 36: In Everything Give Thanks
Dallin H. Oaks, “Give Thanks in All Things,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 95. Refer to the ideas in this article as you discuss how we can show thanks to Heavenly Father.
Juan Carlos Rodríguez, “The Much Needed Rain,” Liahona, June 2003, 40; Ensign, June 2003, 68. Use this story to supplement the stories in the lesson.
Duty to God (Teacher), “Spiritual Development,” no. 10.
Lesson 37: Understanding Women’s Roles
M. Russell Ballard, “Women of Righteousness,” Liahona, Dec. 2002, 34; Ensign, Apr. 2002, 66. Ideas from this article could add variety to the last activity and challenge in the lesson.
Lesson 38: Living Righteously in an Unrighteous World
James E. Faust, “The Devil’s Throat,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2003, 51. Use the waterfall analogy from this article to begin the lesson.
John B. Dickson, “When Life Gets Tough,” Liahona, May 2002, 28; New Era, Feb. 2002, 44. At the conclusion of the lesson, share the four principles when explaining that we can be true to the faith.
Duty to God (Deacon, Teacher, and Priest), “Family Activities,” no. 2.
Lesson 39: Moral Courage
Thomas S. Monson, “Models to Follow,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2002, 60. Use some of the ancient and modern examples of courage given in this article to add variety to the last section of the lesson.
H. Ross Workman, “Staying Power,” Liahona, Oct. 2003, 6; New Era, Oct. 2003, 32. Begin the lesson with this story of moral courage.
Lesson 40: Avoiding and Overcoming Temptation
Boyd K. Packer, “Spiritual Crocodiles,” Liahona, Oct. 2002, 8; New Era, Oct. 2001, 8. Use this article’s illustrations to help tell the first story in the lesson.
“Prepare to Resist Temptation,” Liahona, July 2003, 25; Ensign, July 2003, 71. Consider using one of the scriptures or quotations in this message to conclude the lesson.
Lesson 41: The Sacrament: In Remembrance of Him
Russell M. Nelson, “Worshiping at Sacrament Meeting,” Liahona, Aug. 2004, 10; Ensign, Aug. 2004. At the conclusion of the lesson, review Elder Nelson’s counsel on how to administer and participate in the sacrament.
“In Memory of the Crucified,” Hymns, no. 190.
Duty to God (Deacon), “Quorum Activities,” no. 7.
Lesson 42: Follow the Brethren
L. Tom Perry, “We Believe All That God Has Revealed,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 85. Review how revelation comes to the Church as you teach that section of the lesson.
Sheldon F. Child, “A Sure Foundation,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 8. Consider sharing the story in section two to begin your lesson.
“Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice,” Hymns, no. 21.
Lesson 43: Spiritual Preparation for a Mission
Richard G. Scott, “Realize Your Full Potential,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 41. Read Elder Scott’s counsel to young men to begin the lesson.
Monte J. Brough, “Young Men—Holders of Keys,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 47. Conclude the lesson with the stories of how some young men are helping the full-time missionaries.
Duty to God (Deacon, Teacher, and Priest), “Family Activities,” no. 1.
Lesson 44: Preparing Now for Temple Marriage
Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Marriage That Endures,” Liahona and Ensign, July 2003, 3. Read the fictional example of Johnny and Mary from this article, and discuss the blessings of temple marriage.
Richard G. Scott, “Do What Is Right,” Liahona, Mar. 2001, 10; Ensign, June 1997, 51. Use the suggestions for avoiding crossing the boundary when discussing the personal effort required to prepare for celestial marriage.
Duty to God (Priest), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 2.
Lesson 45: Effective Home Teaching
David Head, “The Home Teacher Who Wouldn’t Quit,” Liahona, Sept. 2002, 36; Ensign, Sept. 2002, 69. Share this story when discussing what makes a good home teacher.
John L. Haueter, “Junior Companion,” Liahona, Nov. 2001, 28; New Era, Jan. 2001, 36. Use this story when inviting the young men to become more effective home teachers.
Duty to God (Teacher), “Quorum Activities,” no. 1.
Lesson 46: Avoiding Degrading Media Influences
Thomas S. Monson, “Pornography—the Deadly Carrier,” Liahona, Nov. 2001, 2; Ensign, July 2001, 2. Share the bark beetle’s behavior when the class is discussing the influence of degrading media.
“Danger Ahead! Avoiding Pornography’s Trap,” Liahona, Oct. 2002, 12; New Era, Oct. 2002, 34. When sharing the President Benson quote, consider presenting the five ideas for avoiding pornography.
Duty to God (Teacher), “Citizenship and Social Development,” no. 9.
Lesson 47: Clean and Appropriate Speech
H. David Burton, “Standing Tall,” Liahona, Jan. 2002, 75; Ensign, Nov. 2001, 65. Use Bishop Burton’s second example when discussing how speech reveals what is in our heart.
Kristen Sucher, “No-Swear Zone,” New Era, May 2003, 43. Use this story to supplement the final story in the lesson.
“I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go,” Hymns, no. 270, verse 2.
Lesson 48: Maintaining Righteous Standards
David E. Sorensen, “You Can’t Pet a Rattlesnake,” Liahona, July 2001, 48; Ensign, May 2001, 41. Use the rattlesnake analogy as you discuss what it means to be in, but not of, the world.
“‘Plain, Simple Truths’: Young Men and Women Apply the Six B’s,” Liahona, Sept. 2002, 16. Use the testimonies of the youth in this article to conclude the lesson.
Lesson 49: Honesty and Integrity
Quentin L. Cook, “Are You a Saint?” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2003, 95. Use the three self-assessment questions as you discuss ways we are tempted to be dishonest.
Duty to God (Priest), “Spiritual Development,” no. 1.
Lesson 50: Valuing and Encouraging People with Disabilities
Elizabeth Quackenbush, “I Was Her Answer,” Liahona, June 1999, 36; New Era, Aug. 1998, 26. Use this story to supplement your discussion of Christlike compassion.
Duty to God (Priest), “Physical Development,” no. 11.