Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the young men?
Alma 17:2–3 (The sons of Mosiah prepared for their missions by fasting, praying, and diligently searching the scriptures)
Thomas S. Monson, “Come, All Ye Sons of God,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 66–69
M. Russell Ballard, “Put Your Trust in the Lord,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013
David A. Bednar, “Becoming a Missionary,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2005, 44–47
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 last week’s lesson and introduce this week’s lesson:
- Invite the young men to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson.
- Ask the young men to prayerfully consider friends, family members, or less-active quorum members whom they could invite to come unto Christ. Invite them to write these names down in their Duty to God books (see pages 28–29, 52–53, 76–77). Encourage the young men to be sensitive to impressions they may receive during the lesson about what they could do to share the gospel with these people.
The purpose of this lesson is to help each young man prepare for lifelong service as a missionary. Give the young men time during quorum meeting to write plans in their Duty to God books. Encourage them to share their plans with each other, and in future quorum meetings invite them to share experiences they have had preparing for missionary service and inviting others to come unto Christ.
- Show the young men a suitcase, and invite them to discuss what things they will need to take on their missions (such as white shirts, suits, shoes, and so on). Invite them to make a list of things they will need to take on their missions that they cannot put in a suitcase. Invite them to add to their list with answers they find in Alma 17:2–3 and Doctrine and Covenants 4. Ask the young men what they can do to develop these attributes as they prepare for missionary service.
- Divide the young men into four groups, and assign each group one part of President Thomas S. Monson’s “formula” for success in preparing for a mission (in his talk “Come, All Ye Sons of God”). Each group could read their part and discuss ways they could put into action what they learn. For example, they could make plans in sections of their Duty to God books that correspond with President Monson’s counsel (such as “Pray and Study the Scriptures,” “Understand Doctrine,” or “Serve Others”). Invite the young men to share their plans.
- Invite the young men to read as a quorum the invitation from Elder M. Russell Ballard in his talk “Put Your Trust in the Lord” (in the two paragraphs beginning with “The key is that you be inspired of God”). Share an experience you have had as you have accepted this invitation, and invite the young men to share experiences they have had. Give them time to think about someone they could reach out to and invite to come unto Christ.
- Write on the board, “What can I do to prepare most effectively to serve as a full-time missionary?” Ask the young men to suggest possible answers. Invite them to discover how Elder David A. Bednar answered the question in his talk “Becoming a Missionary.” Invite them to search the talk, looking for ways they can become missionaries before they go on their missions. Show one of the videos suggested in this outline, and invite quorum members to share how experiences like these could help them prepare for missionary service.
- Before quorum meeting, invite the young men to come prepared to share an example of missionary work from the scriptures (such as those suggested in this outline). As they share their stories, ask them what they learn about sharing the gospel. What did the people in these stories do to share the gospel? How did their teaching affect others? What do the young men feel inspired to do to follow the example of these missionaries?
Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand what they can do to prepare now for future missionary service? What additional feelings or impressions do they have? 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: