Lesson Ideas for Children, Youth, and Adults


Lesson 12: “Teaching from the Scriptures,” Teaching, No Greater Call

Latter-day prophets have instructed us to use the scriptures to teach the doctrines of the gospel.

Chapter 7: “The Scriptures, ‘Great Reservoirs of Spiritual Water,’” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee

Great reservoirs of spiritual water, called scriptures, have been provided in this day and have been safeguarded that all might partake and be spiritually fed, and that they thirst not.

“Methods of Teaching,” Teaching, No Greater Call

Marking and writing margin notes, memorization, reading aloud, study helps.

Lesson 34: “Teaching from the Scriptures,” The Latter-day Saint Woman: Part A

The purpose of this lesson is to help us prepare to teach from the scriptures.

“Helps for the Teacher,” Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “I hope that for you [studying the scriptures] will become something far more enjoyable than a duty; that, rather, it will become a love affair with the word of God. I promise you that as you read, your minds will be enlightened and your spirits will be lifted” (“The Light within You,” Ensign, May 1995, 99).

Lesson 17: “Teaching from the Scriptures,” Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Part A

President J. Reuben Clark Jr. once told a group of teachers in the Church: “You are to teach this Gospel using as your sources and authorities the Standard Works [scriptures] of the Church, and the words of those whom God has called to lead His people in these last days” (The Charted Course of the Church in Education [1938], 9).

Lesson 33: “Scripture Study,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1

Each young man will realize that the scriptures will benefit his life as he studies them daily.

Lesson 43: “Tools for Searching the Scriptures,” Aaronic Priesthood Manual 1

Each Aaronic Priesthood holder will be motivated to learn to use the helps available in the Latter-day Saint editions of the scriptures.

Lesson 41: “Heavenly Father and Jesus Gave Us the Scriptures,” Primary 1: I Am a Child of God

Help each child understand that the scriptures contain the words of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that we can learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ by studying the scriptures.

Lesson 23: “I Love the Scriptures,” Behold Your Little Ones: Nursery Manual

Show the children your scriptures and tell them how much you love the scriptures. Invite the children to say “scriptures.” Tell them that we learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ from the scriptures; we learn that They love us and want us to be happy.

Chapter 10: “Scriptures,” Gospel Principles

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These books are called the standard works of the Church. The inspired words of our living prophets are also accepted as scripture.

“Helps for the Teacher,” Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

In a meeting with the Twelve Apostles, the Prophet Joseph Smith “told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book” (History of the Church, 4:461; see also the introduction to the Book of Mormon). As a Gospel Doctrine teacher, you have the opportunity this year to teach from “the most correct of any book on earth.”

Lesson 20: “Joseph Smith Translates the Bible and Other Scriptures,” Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants and Church History

Help the children understand Joseph Smith’s role in bringing forth the scriptures and encourage them to study the scriptures.

Lesson 16: “Hold to the Rod,” Preparing for Exaltation Teacher’s Manual

Increase class members’ appreciation for the scriptures and their desire to study and apply them.

Lesson 16: “Family Prayer, Family Scripture Study, and Family Home Evening,” Marriage and Family Relations Instructor's Manual

Encourage families to hold regular family prayer, family scripture study, and family home evening and to teach the gospel in each of these settings.

“January: I Know the Scriptures Are True,” 2011 Outline for Sharing Time

The scriptures are the word of God.

Lesson 6: “Seeking to Obtain the Word,” Teaching, No Greater Call

The Lord has told us how we should obtain His word: “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118). We follow this command by studying the scriptures diligently, with a believing heart and a commitment to obey the principles we learn. We also follow this command when we approach scripture study with prayer and fasting.

Lesson 4: “Teach the Doctrine,” Teaching, No Greater Call

To help class members understand the power that comes from studying and teaching the doctrines of the gospel, which are found in the scriptures and the teachings of latter-day prophets.

2011 Outline for Sharing Time: I Know the Scriptures Are True

“For my soul delighteth in the scriptures, and my heart pondereth them” (2 Nephi 4:15).

Chapter 6: “Discovering the Scriptures for Ourselves,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball

Each of us can come to enjoy the blessings of immersing ourselves in the scriptures.

Chapter 12: “Rich Treasures in the Scriptures,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff

When we search the scriptures in the same Spirit by which they were given, we gain a greater understanding of God’s will.

Chapter 17: “The Scriptures,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young

Learning and living by the teachings of the scriptures bring inspiration and direction to our lives.