Activities for Learning Together
The following activities can help youth:
- Search the scriptures and words of the prophets and consider their meaning.
- See examples of the doctrine you are discussing.
- Share their thoughts and feelings about the doctrine with others.
The youth can participate in these activities individually, in small groups, or as a class. Remember that the best ideas will come to you as you consider the needs of the youth you teach.
Search the scriptures and words of the prophets and consider their meaning
Look for answers to questions
Invite the youth to look for answers to your questions or questions they have about the doctrine and discuss what they find.
Look for words and phrases
Invite the youth to find words, phrases, and examples that help them understand the doctrine.
Summarize in a few words
Ask the youth to summarize a scripture or message from a prophet in a few words.
Make a list
Ask the youth to make a list of key points they learn about the doctrine from the scriptures or words of the prophets. Invite them to share what they find.
Give the youth some scripture references and brief statements that summarize what each scripture passage teaches. Ask them to read the scriptures and match each one with its summary statement.
Match a picture
Ask the youth to match pictures to scriptures passages. Invite them to share insights they gain from the passages and the pictures.
Fill in the blanks
Write a statement with missing words on the board. Invite the youth to look for words or phrases from the scriptures that could complete the statement.
Invite the youth to read two or more stories or passages from the scriptures and compare what they teach about the doctrine.
Draw a picture
Invite youth to draw a picture of what they read in the scriptures and words of the prophets.
Find a scripture
Invite the youth to find a scripture passage about the doctrine and share what it means.
Linking related scriptures
Help the youth make a list of scriptures related to the doctrine, read them, and write the references in the margins of their scriptures.
Find and sing hymns
Invite the youth to find hymns about the doctrine and sing them together.
See examples of the doctrine you are teaching
Ask the youth to interview others about their experiences with the doctrine.
See examples in the scriptures
Invite the youth to read or hear about individuals in the scriptures who lived the doctrine.
See examples of other Latter-day Saints
Invite the youth to read or hear about other Latter-day Saints who live the doctrine.
Share your own examples of people who live the doctrine, and ask the youth to share their examples.
Discuss a story
Invite the youth to describe how a story (from the scriptures or words of the prophets) exemplifies the doctrine.
Ask the youth to visualize someone living the doctrine.
Invite the youth to role-play or imagine a situation that illustrates the doctrine.
Invite the youth to view Church-produced media (such as DVDs or video clips from LDS.org).
Hear a panel discussion
Invite approved guests to answer questions or discuss a topic with the class.
Listen to a guest speaker
Invite an approved guest speaker to discuss the doctrine.
Share their thoughts and feelings about the doctrine with others
Prepare a talk
Ask the youth to prepare to give a talk about the doctrine.
Teach the lesson
Invite a class member to teach part of the lesson.
Teach another class
Ask the youth to prepare a brief lesson about the doctrine and teach it to another class (as approved by the bishop).
Help the youth think of ideas about how they could teach the doctrine to someone else.
Testify of the doctrine
Invite class members to share their testimonies of the doctrine.
Write about the doctrine
Ask class members to write what they have learned or their thoughts and feelings about the doctrine.
Explain what it means
Ask the youth what the doctrine means to them.
Invite the youth to discuss questions about the meaning and importance of the doctrine.
Ask the youth to think about the doctrine and ask questions about it. Answer them together.
Explain a picture or object
Invite the youth to explain how a picture or object illustrates the doctrine.
Draw a picture
Ask the youth to draw a picture or diagram or create a poster that illustrates the doctrine.
Share a Personal Progress or Duty to God experience
Invite the youth to share or teach something they have done in Duty to God or Personal Progress related to the doctrine.