Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you find that will inspire the young men to gain a testimony?
John 7:16–17 (If we do the Lord’s will, we will gain a testimony)
D&C 9:7–9 (We must study for ourselves before we ask)
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 20–23
Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 93–95
Quentin L. Cook, “Can Ye Feel So Now?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 6–9
Craig C. Christensen, “I Know These Things of Myself,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 50–52
“Testimony,” True to the Faith (2004), 178–80
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 any experiences they have had applying a principle from last week’s lesson. You might want to share one of your own to help get the discussion started.
- As a quorum, read Elder Craig C. Christensen’s comparison between a testimony and a redwood tree in his talk “I Know These Things of Myself.” If possible, bring a picture of a redwood tree and explain that this tree grows from a seed that is only a few millimeters long. Ask the young men to share what this comparison teaches them about strengthening their testimonies.
Each of the activities below will help the quorum members learn how to gain their own testimonies. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your quorum:
- 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 prayer and personal revelation (see “Understand Doctrine,” page 18, 42, or 66).
- Ask some of the young men to read 1 Nephi 10:17–19, and ask others to read Alma 5:45–47. What did Nephi and Alma do to gain their own testimonies? What else can the young men learn from these examples? What other examples can they find in the scriptures? Invite them to share experiences they have had that have strengthened their testimonies. What can they do to seek more experiences like these?
- Assign each young man to study one of the main sections of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth.” Invite the young men to look for what President Uchtdorf teaches about gaining a testimony, and ask them to share what they find. Write on the board, “Gaining a testimony is like__________.” Invite a few young men to come to the board and share how they would complete this statement.
- Ask each young man to read one of the scriptures in this outline to find ways to gain and strengthen a testimony or things that prevent us from gaining a testimony. After they have shared some ideas, ask them to think about ways they can help other quorum members strengthen their testimonies. How can they help family members? friends at school?
- Invite each young man to make a list of things that might weaken his testimony and ways he can keep it strong as he reads the 9th and 10th paragraphs of Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk “Can Ye Feel So Now?” Ask the young men to share examples they have seen that illustrate something from their lists.
Ask the young men to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to gain their own testimonies? 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 his testimony of the importance of each person gaining his or her own testimony of the gospel.
- Invite other quorum members to share their testimonies.
- Invite quorum members to think of things they can do to strengthen their testimonies.