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What is grace?

Grace is divine help and strength that we receive through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Through grace, we are saved from sin and death. In addition, grace is an enabling power that strengthens us from day to day and helps us endure to the end. Effort is required on our part to receive the fulness of the Lord’s grace.

Prepare yourself spiritually

What scriptures and other sources have helped you understand grace? What are you impressed to share with the young men so that they can understand grace?

Ephesians 2:8–9; 2 Nephi 25:23 (By grace we are saved)

Philippians 4:13; Jacob 4:6–7 (The grace of Jesus Christ gives us strength)

Moroni 10:32–33 (Grace can make us perfect in Christ)

Bible Dictionary, “Grace

J. Devn Cornish, “Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 32–34

Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Gift of Grace,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 107–10

David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 87–90

Grace,” True to the Faith (2004), 77–78

Let the young men lead

A member of the quorum presidency (or an assistant to the bishop in the priests quorum) conducts the quorum meeting. He leads the young men in counseling together about quorum business, teaches them their priesthood duties (from the scriptures and the Duty to God book), encourages them to share their experiences fulfilling their duty to God, and invites an adviser or other quorum member to teach a gospel lesson. He could prepare by filling out a quorum meeting agenda during a presidency meeting.

Begin the learning experience

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to review the doctrine from last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Bring an object or picture, and ask the young men how it relates to what they learned during last week’s lesson. What have they done during the past week as a result of what they learned?
  • Ask the young men what they know about grace. What do they think grace means? How do they see grace in their own lives? in their priesthood service? Do they believe they are saved by grace? What questions do they have about grace? As part of this discussion, you may want to share the definition of grace at the beginning of this outline.

Learn together

Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand the doctrine of grace. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:

  • Invite quorum members to read portions of Elder J. Devn Cornish’s talk “Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?” Ask them to look for answers to the following questions: “What is grace? How can I receive grace in my life? How can I be more worthy of the Savior’s grace? Will I make it back to heaven?” After the young men have had time to ponder these questions, invite them to think about a friend who might be struggling with his or her faith and confidence in the gospel. How could this talk help their friends?
  • Consider drawing an open gate and open windows on the board, and ask the young men to search the beginning of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “The Gift of Grace” to find the comparison he makes between grace and these objects. Divide the remaining sections of the talk among the young men and ask them to write and share a one-sentence summary of what they learn about grace from their section. What will they do to draw on the grace of Heavenly Father and His Son?
  • A few days in advance, ask a quorum member to learn about what it means to take upon ourselves the Savior’s yoke, from Matthew 11:28–30 and Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease.” Ask him to come to quorum meeting prepared to lead a discussion about what he has learned and about how a yoke can represent our relationship with Jesus Christ. Encourage him to share statements from Elder Bednar’s talk that he feels will help the quorum members understand the Savior’s grace.
  • Write brief summaries of the scriptures from this outline, and place one summary on each wall of the room. Assign each young man to read one of the scriptures then find and stand by the summary that matches his scripture. Ask the young men to share what they learn from their scriptures about grace. What evidence of grace do they see in their lives? What examples can they think of from the scriptures?
  • Invite each quorum member to make a list of things he learns as he reads about grace in the Bible Dictionary and in True to the Faith. Ask the young men to share something from their lists and explain why it is meaningful to them. Invite them to find pictures (in the Gospel Art Book or a Church magazine) that show people who received grace or help from God, and ask them to share what they learn about these people in pairs or small groups. What similar experiences can they share from their own lives?
  • Bring a branch from a tree to quorum meeting, and invite the young men to find out how the Savior used branches to teach about grace in John 15:1–10. What insights do they gain about grace from these verses? Invite a quorum member to use the branch you brought to summarize to the rest of the quorum what he learned about grace.

Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand the doctrine of grace? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this doctrine?

Invite to act

The young man who is conducting concludes the meeting. He could:

  • Bear his testimony of the power of grace.
  • Lead a discussion on how the Savior’s grace can help quorum members fulfill their priesthood duties more effectively.