Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and other resources will inspire the young women to stand as witnesses of God?
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
Elaine S. Dalton, “At All Times, in All Things, and in All Places,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 116–18
Ann M. Dibb, “I Know It. I Live It. I Love It,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 10–12
“Missionary Work,” 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 what it means to stand as witnesses of God. 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.
- Invite the young women to read the story about Jess from Elaine S. Dalton’s talk “At All Times, in All Things, and in All Places,” or show one of the videos suggested in this outline. Ask the young women to share any similar experiences they have had in which they stood up for their beliefs. What doctrines or standards might they need to defend in the future? Why is it sometimes difficult to stand up for our beliefs? What have the young women done to gain courage in these situations? Give them opportunities to practice explaining their beliefs to others.
- 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 standing as witnesses of God? 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.
- Assign each young woman to read about one of the four statements in Ann M. Dibb’s talk “I Know It. I Live It. I Love It.” Ask her to make a poster that represents what she learns from her reading. Give the young women time to share and explain their posters. How will the things they learned help them keep their commitment to stand as witnesses of God?
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand what it means to stand as witnesses of God? 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.