Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and other sources have helped you understand grace? What are you impressed to share with the young women so that they can understand grace?
Moroni 10:32–33 (Grace can make us perfect in Christ)
Bible Dictionary, “Grace”
J. Devn Cornish, “Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 32–34
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Gift of Grace,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 107–10
David A. Bednar, “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 87–90
“Grace,” True to the Faith (2004), 77–78
At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.
Introduce the doctrine
Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:
- Draw on the board a simple diagram of a person at the bottom of a pit, with another person standing at the top of the pit, lowering a ladder. Ask the young women what is required in order for the person in the pit to be saved. What is the role of the person at the top of the pit? What is the role of the person in the pit? What does this diagram teach the young women about how the Savior’s grace saves us?
- Ask the young women what they know about grace. What do they think grace means? How do they see grace in their own lives? Do they believe they are saved by grace? What questions do they have about grace?
Each of the activities below can help the young women understand the doctrine of grace. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Invite the young women to read portions of Elder J. Devn Cornish’s talk “Am I Good Enough? Will I Make It?” Ask them to look for answers to the following questions: “What is grace? How can I receive grace in my life? How can I be more worthy of the Savior’s grace? Will I make it back to heaven?” After the young women have had time to ponder these questions, invite them to think about a friend who might be struggling with his or her faith and confidence in the gospel. How could this talk help their friends?
- Consider drawing an open gate and open windows on the board, and ask the young women to search the beginning of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “The Gift of Grace” to find the comparison he makes between grace and these objects. Divide the remaining sections of the talk among the young women and ask them to write and share a one-sentence summary of what they learn about grace from their section. What will they do to draw on the Savior’s grace?
- A few days in advance, ask one of the young women to learn about what it means to take upon ourselves the Savior’s yoke, from Matthew 11:28–30 and Elder David A. Bednar’s talk “Bear Up Their Burdens with Ease.” Ask her to come to class prepared to lead a discussion about what she has learned and about how a yoke can represent our relationship with Jesus Christ. Encourage her to share statements from Elder Bednar’s talk that she feels will help the young women understand the Savior’s grace.
- Write brief summaries of the scriptures from this outline and place one on each wall of the room. Assign each young woman to read one of the scriptures and to then find and stand by the summary that matches her scripture. Ask the young women to share what they learn from their scriptures about grace. What evidence of grace do they see in their lives? What examples can they think of from the scriptures (such as Nephi, Ammon, and Alma the Younger)?
- Invite each young woman to make a list of things she learns as she reads about grace in the Bible Dictionary and in True to the Faith. Ask the young women to share something from their lists and explain why it is meaningful to them. Invite them to find pictures (in the Gospel Art Book or a Church magazine) that show people who received grace or help from God, and ask them to share what they find in pairs or small groups. What similar experiences can they share from their own lives?
- Bring a branch from a tree to class, and invite the young women to find out how the Savior used branches to teach about grace in John 15:1–10. What insights do they gain about grace from these verses? Invite a young woman to use the branch you brought to summarize to the rest of the class what she learned about grace.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the doctrine of grace? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?
Live what we are learning
Help the young women make a list of things they could do to apply what they learned today. Invite them to choose what they will do during the coming week.