Minister to Others

Leadership Lessons for Young Women Class Presidencies


 

 

Lesson #1:
Watch Over Each Class Member

Introduce the Principle

Just hours before the Savior’s atoning sacrifice, He commanded His Apostles to “love one another” as He had loved them. When you sincerely love and care about each class member, you show you are striving to be a disciple of Jesus Christ (see John 13:34–35). 

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The Prophet Joseph Smith repeatedly taught the critical importance of leading others with genuine love and kindness. He said: “Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand, and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what power it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind” (History of the Church, 5:23–24). 

  • Think of a time when someone showed genuine love and care for you. What did that person do? How did it affect you? How did it help you change for the better? 
  • Why do you think love has such a powerful influence for good on others? 

Live What We Are Learning

  • Brainstorm and/or role-play a variety of ways you can reach out to individual young women. 
  • Prayerfully discuss the best ways you can help specific class members feel needed and loved. 
  • Identify one thing each presidency member will do this week to extend sincere love and friendship to an individual class member. Share your experiences at the next class presidency meeting.

Resources

Worldwide Leadership Training, “Ministering” — How can you as class leaders follow the examples of these priesthood leaders? 

 

Lesson #2:
Be an Example of the Believers

Introduce the Principle

The Apostle Paul asks us to “be … an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). As a believer, the Lord has called you to a great work. He trusts you and wants you to “be an influence for good” through your righteous example (see For the Strength of Youth [2011], iii). 

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  • Think of someone who has strengthened you through his or her example of living gospel standards in difficult circumstances. What did that person do that inspired you? 
  • As a leader, why is it essential that you lead by example? 
  • What will help you to have the moral courage to stand alone for what is right?

Live What We Are Learning

Practice some situations in which it might be difficult to be an example, such as when you hear people using bad language or gossiping about other class members. What will you say? What will you do? 

Ponder how you can be “an example of the believers” “at all times and in all things, and in all places” (Mosiah 18:9). Select one thing you will commit to do this week to be an example to your class members, friends, and family. Prepare to share your experience at the next class presidency meeting.

Resources

Mormon Messages for Youth, “Dare to Stand Alone” — How can you help the members of your class not feel alone as they set a good example for others?

Come, Follow Me, “We Become” — How does becoming truly converted help you be an example of the believers and a standard to others?

 

Lesson #3:
Minister to a Young Woman in Her Family

Introduce the Principle

President Harold B. Lee declared, “The most important … work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own home” (“Maintain Your Place as a Woman,Ensign, Feb. 1972, 51). You can be a part of this “important work” by doing small things that invite the Spirit into your home and making it a holy place, whatever your circumstances. 

You can invite the Spirit into your home through simple means such as Christlike actions, wholesome entertainment, good music, and inspiring artwork. You can set the example and help other young women strengthen their family.

Learn Together  

  • Read the section on “Family” in For the Strength of Youth. Discuss how young women can invite the Spirit into their home and strengthen their family. 
  • Watch the video “Through Small Things.” How did these youth lead out in their family to invite the Spirit into their home and make it a holy place? What were the results of their actions?

Live What We Are Learning

  • What are you willing to do to feel the Spirit in your home? Follow the bishop’s challenge in the video “Through Small Things” and write down ways you will make your home a holy place for two weeks. How did you change? How did your home change? Share with your class presidency what you learned from this experience. 
  • Think of the young women in your class and the circumstances of their families. As you plan Young Women lessons and Mutual activities, consider how you can help each young woman strengthen her family. How can you help her live the principles in For the Strength of Youth and contribute to making her home a holy place?

Resources

Come, Follow Me,Strengthen Our Families” — How can you, as a class leader, do many of the same things taught in this video?

Worldwide Leadership Training, “The Home Is a Divine Institution

Worldwide Leadership Training, “An Expression of God’s Love

Worldwide Leadership Training, “Families Are Strengthened by Keeping Covenants