Prepare yourself spiritually
As you prepare, prayerfully study these resources and others that have helped you turn to the Savior in times of need.
Russell M. Nelson, “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 81–84
W. Christopher Waddell, “A Pattern for Peace,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 90–92
Neill F. Marriott, “Yielding Our Hearts to God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 30–32
Dallin H. Oaks, “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 61–64
“Adversity,” True to the Faith (2004), 8–11
Music for youth theme: “Lay it Down”
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:
- Ask the young men to talk about some of the things they learned in last week’s lesson. Give them time to share any experiences they have had as they have put into action what they learned.
- Give each quorum member a piece of paper and ask him to write down a trial he is going through. Ask the young men to ponder how Jesus Christ can give them strength during their trials. Encourage them to write down thoughts or impressions they have about how to overcome this trial as they learn about the doctrine of the Atonement.
Each of the activities below can help the quorum members understand how the Atonement can help them during their trials. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:
- Invite the young men to study portions of President Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Joy and Spiritual Survival,” particularly Eliza R. Snow’s experience. What experiences would the young men like to share when they found joy in difficult situations? To help the young men think of things that bring them joy, divide the class into two teams. Give each team a limited amount of time, and challenge them to write down as many things as they can that bring them joy. When they are finished, invite them to search President Nelson’s talk for things to add to their lists. What can they do to remember things that bring them joy in difficult times?
- Invite a quorum member to teach a portion of this lesson. He could do this as part of his Duty to God plan to learn and teach about the Atonement (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
- Divide the quorum into groups. Have each group read one or more of the scriptures in this outline and summarize what they read to the quorum. Invite the young men to write down how the things they learn from these scriptures can help them overcome their trials. Encourage them to share what they wrote, if they feel comfortable doing so. Consider sharing your own experiences. With permission from the bishop, you might also invite some fathers of the young men to come to the class and share how the Savior has strengthened them in their trials.
- Show the video “God Will Lift Us Up.” How would the young men answer the question posed by Elder Robert D. Hales at the beginning of the video? What did Brittany do to find strength to overcome her trial? Invite the young men to ponder and write down ways they can follow Brittany’s example as they face their own trials.
- Invite the young men to read or watch the story about how Sister Neill F. Marriott coped with her daughter’s death (in the talk “Yielding Our Hearts to God”). Ask them to think about the following question as they read or watch: How did the Atonement help Sister Marriott during her trial? Invite them to share their thoughts. Ask the young men to think about a trial they are currently experiencing. How can they draw strength from the Atonement?
- Invite the young men to list some of the tragedies and hardships people face. Review as a class either Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Strengthened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ” or Bishop W. Christopher Waddell’s talk “A Pattern for Peace,” looking for insights about how the Savior can help us during times of hardship. Have the young men role-play helping a friend who is experiencing some of the hardships that they listed. Invite them to share insights from the talk as they role-play. You could also show the video “Mountains to Climb” and invite them to share their insights.
Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how the Atonement can help them during their trials? 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:
- Share an experience in which the Savior helped him face a trial and challenge quorum members to rely on the Savior to face their trials.
- Lead a discussion on how quorum members can use what they learned today to encourage someone in need of the Savior’s help.