Prepare yourself spiritually
As you prayerfully study the words of prophets and apostles, what do you feel will strengthen the faith of the youth you teach?
D&C 76:22–24 (Joseph Smith’s testimony of Jesus Christ)
Bible Dictionary, “Apostle”
David A. Bednar, “Chosen to Bear Testimony of My Name,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 128–31
Jeffrey R. Holland, “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 104–6
Quentin L. Cook, “We Follow Jesus Christ,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2010, 83–86
“The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles,” Ensign or Liahona, Apr. 2000, 2–3
Video: “Lifting Burdens”
Videos: Segments from Special Witnesses of Christ (no download available)
During the first few minutes of every class, help the youth make connections between things they are learning in various settings (such as personal study, seminary, other Church classes, or experiences with their friends). How can you help them see the relevance of the gospel in daily living? The ideas below might help you:
- Ask the youth to share recent learning or teaching experiences they have had outside of class.
- Invite the youth to read the entry “Apostle” in the Bible Dictionary and find phrases that describe the role of an Apostle. As a class, find and read scriptures (such as those suggested in this outline) that show that prophets and apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. What impresses the youth about these scriptures?
Each of the activities below can help the youth understand how the words of living prophets and apostles can strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work for your class:
- Provide class members with copies of the section titled “An Additional Lesson” from Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Chosen to Bear Testimony of My Name.” Invite them to select and share a quotation from a modern prophet or apostle that helps them understand the Savior’s Atonement. As they share the quotations they found, encourage them to plan ways they could share their thoughts with someone they know, such as through a letter, in a text message, or by posting on social media.
- As a class, review the most recent general conference talks, looking for places where members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve teach or testify of Jesus Christ and His Atonement (you could use the topical index in the general conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona). What impresses the youth about the testimonies of the prophets and apostles? Consider sharing how these testimonies strengthen your own faith in the Savior.
- On the board, write, “The Atonement of Jesus Christ.” Give each class member a copy of either Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet” or Elder Quentin L. Cook’s talk “We Follow Jesus Christ.” Ask the youth to make a list of things they learn about the Savior’s Atonement from the talks. Invite them to write on the board a one-sentence summary of what they learned, and ask each youth why he or she found that teaching meaningful.
- Show one or more of the videos suggested in this outline, or ask class members to take turns reading parts of “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles.” Invite the youth to listen or look for statements that strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. Encourage the youth to share how these messages could strengthen the faith of their friends and family members.
- Encourage the youth to memorize a phrase that they find meaningful in “The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles.” Ask the youth to write about how their faith in Jesus Christ would be different if they did not have the teachings of the living prophets and apostles. Give them time to share what they wrote.
Ask the youth to share what they learned today. Do they understand how the words of the living prophets can strengthen their faith in the Atonement? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?
Invite to act
- Invite the youth to share any impressions they have had during class. How is their faith in Jesus Christ strengthened when they study the words of living prophets and apostles? How can you encourage them to act on what they learned?
- Share your testimony that the living prophets and apostles are special witnesses of Christ.