Prepare yourself spiritually
As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel inspired to share with the youth?
John 8:29 (Jesus Christ set the example of always remembering and seeking to be like His Father)
Alma 37:36–37 (We should let all of our thoughts and actions be directed to the Lord)
Helaman 12:1–5 (Men are often slow to remember the Lord)
D&C 6:36 (Look to the Lord in every thought)
D&C 20:77, 79 (The sacrament prayers)
Gerrit W. Gong, “Always Remember Him,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 108–10
Claudio R. M. Costa, “That They Do Always Remember Him,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 101–3
D. Todd Christofferson, “To Always Remember Him,” Ensign or Liahona, Apr. 2011, 21–27
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:
- Invite the youth to share an experience they have had recently that reminded them of something they are learning in their Church classes.
- Display a picture of the Savior administering the sacrament (see Gospel Art Book, 54). Ask the youth to read the sacrament prayers in Doctrine and Covenants 20:77, 79, and make a list on the board of the promises we make when we partake of the sacrament. What do the youth do to always remember the Savior?
Each of the activities below can help the youth learn how to become more successful in their efforts to remember the Savior in all that they do. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work for your class:
- Ask each class member to read one of the scriptures suggested in this outline and share what it teaches him or her about always remembering the Savior. Why is it important that we always remember Him? How can remembering Him affect our daily lives (for example, in the choices we make or the trials we face)? Invite the youth to share experiences in which they were blessed because they were striving to remember Jesus Christ.
- Ask the youth to read Helaman 12:1–5 and share reasons why it is often easy for people to forget the Lord. How can we avoid the temptation to forget the Lord? Ask the youth to share things they do to make sure the Savior is part of their daily lives.
- Write on the board “How can I remember the Savior always?” Assign each class member to read one of the sections of D. Todd Christofferson’s article “To Always Remember Him” or Elder Gerrit W. Gong’s talk “Always Remember Him,” looking for answers to the question on the board. Ask them to share insights and stories from these talks that teach us ways to remember Jesus Christ. What have they learned that will help them better fulfill their covenant to “always remember Him”?
- Ask the youth to take a few minutes and review in their minds stories they know about the Savior from the scriptures. (You could invite them to look at pictures 30–61 in the Gospel Art Book or to review the beginning of Elder Claudio R. M. Costa’s talk “That They Do Always Remember Him” for ideas.) Invite them to think about how remembering these stories could help them during their daily lives, and ask them to share their thoughts. Give the youth copies of Elder Costa’s talk and invite them to read his list of ways we could remember the Savior (see the bulleted list near the end of the talk). Ask them to share anything that impresses them and explain why they find it meaningful. Suggest that the youth keep their copy of the talk to help them think about the Savior the next time they partake of the sacrament.
Ask the youth to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to keep their covenant to always remember the Savior? 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
Ask the youth what they feel inspired to do because of what they learned today. Encourage them to act on these feelings. Seek the Spirit as you prayerfully consider ways you can follow up.