Prepare Spiritually

Leadership Lessons for Young Women Class Presidencies


 

 

Lesson #1:
Study the Words of Christ Daily

Introduce the Principle

In order to lead your class members in the Savior’s way, you must strive to know the Savior. You will come to know Him as you study His words. The words of Christ contain true principles that will provide answers to any question, concern, or challenge you may encounter as a leader. Prophets have assured that daily scripture study will invite the Spirit into your life. As you diligently study the words of Christ, the Holy Ghost will inspire you to know how you can help and bless class members. Remember Nephi’s promise: “Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Nephi 32:3).

Learn Together

  • What does it mean to you to “feast upon the words of Christ”? Describe a time when you have “feasted” on the scriptures. What did you learn? How did you feel? 
  • Think of a principle that you have found in the scriptures that could strengthen you as a class leader. What specific ways could you apply that principle to help you lead more like the Savior?

Live What We Are Learning

Prayerfully study the scriptures every day this week with a specific young woman in mind or a challenge you are having as a leader. Pay attention to impressions from the Holy Ghost as you look for ways to follow the Savior’s example. Share your experience with your class presidency.

Resources

Mormon Messages, “Book of Mormon: Messages from Heaven

Come, Follow Me,We Learn” — Listen as youth discuss how studying from the scriptures has changed their lives.

 

Lesson #2:
Obey the Commandments and Standards

Introduce the Principle

Jesus Christ set the perfect example of obedience and submission to Heavenly Father’s will (see John 6:38). Our obedience to the commandments is an expression of our love for God and Jesus Christ (see John 14:15). The Lord revealed in our day that obedience to the commandments leads to blessings from God (see D&C 130:20–21). A true leader obeys the Lord’s commandments so she can be a light for others, obtain blessings, and be worthy to receive guidance from the Holy Ghost (see D&C 121:45-46).

Learn Together

  • Think of someone you know who inspires you with his or her obedience to gospel principles. What does that person do that inspires you to obey? 
  • Why is it important for a leader to strive to be obedient? 
  • In what ways can you, as a class presidency, “model” obedience to your class members?

Live What We Are Learning

What are some of the standards you are seeing your young women have difficulty living? What could you do as a leader to help them? Counsel together with your class presidency and Young Women leaders about how you can encourage each other to obey “with exactness” (see Alma 57:21).

Resources

Worldwide Leadership Training, “Faith in the Power of the Priesthood

Mormon Messages for Youth, “Within Bounds

Mormon Messages for Youth, “Stay within the Lines

As you watch these videos, ponder how true freedom and happiness are found by obeying the Lord’s “boundaries.”

 

Lesson #3:
Pray to Receive Revelation from the Holy Ghost

Introduce the Principle

Jesus was a listening leader. A great leader listens not only to others, but also to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. As a called and set apart leader, you have the privilege to serve as an instrument through whom the Holy Ghost can lead, teach, testify, comfort, and inspire. You have the right to receive revelation about how to lead and love the young women in your class. 

You can learn now, in your youth, to be led by the Holy Ghost (see D&C 43:16). The Lord will help you as you try to recognize and understand the Spirit through diligent scripture study, meaningful prayer, and obedience to the commandments and standards.

Learn Together

  • Read Moroni 10:4.
    • How are we to pray to Heavenly Father? 
    • What does it mean to pray with “real intent”? 
    • What is the promised blessing if we pray to our Heavenly Father in this manner? 
  • Why is having the influence of the Holy Ghost so important in your calling?

Live What We Are Learning

As a leader and as a class presidency, pray to Heavenly Father, with real intent, for His guidance in your calling. Listen for the promptings of the Holy Ghost in what you should do to be an instrument in His hands. Think of the young women in your class and pray for them by name. Seek guidance from the Holy Ghost on how to bless individual class members, and act on your impressions. Share with your class presidency what you discovered about meaningful prayer.

Resources

Worldwide Leadership Training, “The Example of a Righteous Woman

Strength of Youth Media 2013, “Hearing His Voice

Mormon Messages: Patterns of Light, “The Light of Christ,” “Spirit of Revelation,” “Discerning Light

 

Lesson #4:
Develop Christlike Attributes

Introduce the Principle

At the beginning of His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ walked along the shore of the Sea of Galilee and called out to two fishermen, Peter and Andrew. “Follow me,” He said, “and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19; see also Mark 1:17). The Lord has also called you to His work, and He invites you to follow Him. The invitation to follow Christ is an invitation to follow His example and to become like Him. 

Becoming more like the Savior will help you lead as the Savior led. Chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel identifies nine Christlike attributes: faith in Jesus Christ, hope, charity and love, virtue, knowledge, patience, humility, diligence, and obedience.

Learn Together

Review the Attribute Activity from Preach My Gospel (see also the following page). Identify one Christlike attribute that would help you be better leaders. Discuss the questions and scriptures together.

Live What We Are Learning

Select a Christlike attribute you would like to develop personally. Study passages of scripture in the Attribute Activity. Pray for the Lord to help you develop that quality and note how your efforts help you fulfill your role as a leader. Share your experience with your presidency next time you meet.

Resources

Sister Mary N. Cook, “Remember This: Kindness Begins with Me