Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What will help the youth understand how to share the gospel with others?
Matthew 28:19–20 (The Savior commanded His disciples to teach the gospel to all nations)
Romans 1:16 (Paul is not ashamed of the gospel of Christ)
1 Timothy 4:12 (Be an example of the believers)
1 Peter 3:15 (Be ready to answer gospel questions)
D&C 1:23 (The gospel is proclaimed by the weak and simple)
D&C 11:21 (We should prepare to preach the gospel by seeking to obtain God’s word)
D&C 33:8–10 (We should open our mouths)
D&C 88:81 (We are commanded to warn our neighbors)
D&C 100:5–8 (The Holy Ghost will tell us what to say and bear witness of gospel truths)
Neil L. Andersen, “It’s a Miracle,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 77–80
M. Russell Ballard, “Faith, Family, Facts, and Fruits,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2007, 25–27
Russell M. Nelson, “Be Thou an Example of the Believers,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 47–49
During the first few minutes of every class, help the youth make connections between what 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:
- Invite the youth to share a time when they have learned a gospel principle from the words or actions of a friend.
- Invite the youth to share any recent experiences they have had sharing the gospel, or consider showing the video “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go.” What do the youth learn from these experiences that can help them share the gospel more effectively?
Each of the activities below can help the youth learn how to share the gospel effectively. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work for your class:
- Write on the board the following questions: “Why should we share the gospel?” and “How should we share the gospel?” Divide the youth into two groups and ask them to find scriptures that answer these questions (see the scriptures suggested in this outline; if necessary, encourage the youth to read the scriptures more than once to ensure that they understand what they are reading). Invite them to share what they find and write their answers on the board under the appropriate question. Ask the youth to choose something from the answers they wrote on the board that they will try to apply in their own efforts to share the gospel.
- Read together as a class the first five paragraphs of Elder M. Russell Ballard’s talk “Faith, Family, Facts, and Fruits.” What counsel does Elder Ballard give about helping others understand our beliefs? Invite the youth to study one of the four lists of simple statements Elder Ballard suggests we share when discussing the Church (faith, family, facts, or fruits). Ask them to practice together in pairs responding to the invitation, “Tell me a little about your church” using the information they learned.
- Invite the youth to search the section titled “Member Missionaries” from Elder Russell M. Nelson’s talk “Be Thou an Example of the Believers” or “Seven Simple Suggestions for Sharing the Gospel” on LDS.org. Ask them to look for counsel that will help them be more effective in sharing the gospel. Ask them to share what they find and discuss specific ways they can apply it. If possible, give them time in class to practice doing something they have discussed.
- Show the video “Sharing Your Beliefs,” and ask the youth to share ways they have noticed people using technology to share the gospel. What other ways can they think of? Invite them to explore the website “Using Media for Sharing the Gospel” to find additional ideas. Give them time in class to plan ways they can use technology to share the gospel with their friends and family members.
- Divide the class into two groups, and give both groups a copy of Elder Neil L. Andersen’s talk “It’s a Miracle.” Ask the youth to read the talk together, beginning with the phrase “If you’re not a full-time missionary,” with one group looking for counsel Elder Andersen gives to help us share the gospel effectively and the other group looking for promises he makes to those who do so. Ask them to share what they find. What do the youth feel they can do to apply what Elder Andersen teaches?
Ask the youth to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to share the gospel? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?
Invite to act
Invite the youth to pray for opportunities to share the gospel with others using what they learned in class. In a future class invite the youth to share experiences they have had.