Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and other resources will inspire the young women to invite others to come unto Christ?
1 Timothy 4:12 (Be an example of the believers)
1 Peter 3:15 (Be ready always to give an answer to those who ask about our beliefs)
Mosiah 18:9 (We are willing to stand as witnesses of God)
D&C 84:85 (If we treasure up the word, the things we should say will be given to us)
M. Russell Ballard, “Put Your Trust in the Lord,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 43–45
Richard G. Scott, “I Have Given You an Example,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 32–35
David A. Bednar, “Come and See,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 107–10
“Missionary Work,” in chapter 5 of Preach My Gospel (2004), 84
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:
- Recite the Young Women theme as a class. Ask the young women how they would respond if a friend of another faith asked, “What do you mean when you say, ‘We will stand as witnesses of God’?”
- Invite the young women to show pictures of full-time missionaries from their families (or see Gospel Art Book, 109–10). Ask them to make a list of the qualities or attributes a person needs in order to be a missionary. Which of these things can the young women obtain right now? Help them understand that they do not need to be called as full-time missionaries in order to share the gospel.
Each of the activities below can help the young women learn how to invite others to come unto Christ. Following the guidance of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best in your class:
- Invite the young women to read as a class Elder M. Russell Ballard’s invitation in his talk “Put Your Trust in the Lord” (in the two paragraphs beginning with “The key is that you be inspired of God”). Share an experience you have had as you have accepted this invitation, and invite the young women to share their experiences. Give them time to think about someone they could reach out to and invite to come unto Christ.
- Divide the class in half, and assign one half to read about the example of Grandmother Whittle in Elder Richard G. Scott’s talk “I Have Given You an Example.” Assign the other half to read about the example of Jeanene Watkins in the same talk. Ask them to summarize these stories for each other and share what they learn from them about inviting others to come unto Christ. Invite the young women to search the rest of Elder Scott’s talk and share other counsel he gives. How can they apply his counsel in their efforts to help others come unto the Savior?
- With permission of the bishop, invite a ward member (if possible, one of the young women) who is a convert to the Church to share his or her experiences being introduced to the gospel. What influence did the examples of Latter-day Saint friends have on the person’s decision to investigate the gospel? What advice would he or she give the young women about inviting others to come unto Christ? Invite the young women to ask any questions they have. (As an alternative, you could show the video “Because I Have Been Given Much” and discuss the influence we can have in helping our friends accept the gospel.)
- Write the scripture references from this lesson on the board. Ask each young woman to select one of the scriptures, study it, and draw a picture that represents what the scripture teaches. Ask the young women to share the messages of their scriptures, based on their pictures. Then invite each young woman to read her scripture to the class and share what she plans to do to live by it.
- Before class, invite each young woman to bring an object or picture that represents one way the gospel has blessed her life. During class, read together the story about Elder David A. Bednar’s sons in his talk “Come and See.” Why was the younger brother so enthusiastic about bandaging his friends’ arms? Invite the young women to share the objects or pictures they brought and describe the blessings these objects represent. Encourage them to think of people they know who haven’t received these blessings, and invite them to make a plan to share the gospel with them.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to invite others to come unto Christ? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this topic?
Live what we are learning
Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:
- Pray for opportunities to share the gospel and discuss in a future class the experiences they have.
- Carry pass-along cards with them to school and look for opportunities to use them to share the gospel.
- Study chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel to prepare to talk to others about the restored gospel.