Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and talks will help the youth learn how to identify the blessings that God promises to the obedient?
Isaiah 58:6–11 (The blessings promised for obeying the law of the fast)
Malachi 3:10–12 (The blessings promised for paying tithing)
D&C 20:77, 79 (The sacrament prayers)
D&C 59:9–20 (The blessings promised for keeping the Sabbath day holy)
D&C 89:18–21 (The blessings promised for obeying the Word of Wisdom)
L. Tom Perry, “Obedience through Our Faithfulness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 100–103
Robert D. Hales, “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 35–38
“Obedience,” True to the Faith (2004), 108–9
“Promise People Blessings,” Preach My Gospel (2004), 197–98
Video: “A Secure Anchor”
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:
- Ask the youth to share any experiences they had during the past week that helped them understand the importance of obeying the commandments.
- Help the youth understand that commandments in the scriptures and words of living prophets are often accompanied by promised blessings or warnings; being able to identify them for ourselves and for those we teach will inspire us and others to keep the commandments. Demonstrate to the youth how to identify promised blessings by reading with the class the “Message to the Youth from the First Presidency” in For the Strength of Youth (pages ii–iii). Invite the youth to raise their hands every time they hear a promised blessing. Why are these promises important to the youth?
Each of the activities below will help the youth identify the blessings of obedience. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- On one side of the board, write “Commandments,” and on the other side write “Promised Blessings.” Invite the youth to look for places in the scriptures where the Lord promises blessings to those who obey His commandments. For example, they could look in the scriptures suggested in this outline. Or, if necessary, show them how to use the Topical Guide to find scriptures about a commandment. Invite them to write on the board the commandment they read about and the promised blessings they found. How does reading about these blessings make them feel about the commandments?
- Invite the youth to randomly select a recent general conference talk (such as those suggested in this outline) or a section of For the Strength of Youth and read it to find blessings that the Lord’s servants promise to us if we obey the commandments. Give each youth a chance to share what he or she finds. Encourage them to share experiences in which they received one of these promised blessings.
- As a class, read “Promise People Blessings” from Preach My Gospel (pages 197–98). Ask the youth to think of a commandment they might need to teach to someone else, and invite them to practice teaching someone in the class about that commandment, following the guidelines in “Promise People Blessings.” Invite a few of the youth to talk about their experience.
- Show the video “A Secure Anchor,” and ask the youth to make a list of blessings and warnings Elder Richard G. Scott mentions as he talks about obedience. Invite the youth to share their lists with another person in the class and to discuss things from their lists that inspire them to keep the commandments. Invite them to think of someone they could share the video with and to make a goal to do so.
Ask the youth to share what they learned today. Do they know how to identify the blessings Heavenly Father promises to the obedient? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile to spend more time on this topic?
Invite to act
Invite the youth to look for promised blessings in their personal gospel study. Encourage them to share what they find in a future class.