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)
Neil L. Andersen, “A Witness of God,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 35–38
Dallin H. Oaks, “Sharing the Restored Gospel,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 57–60
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:
- The young women you teach may be afraid to share the gospel because they think others might be offended. It might help them to watch the video “Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland: How can I share the gospel without offending others?” What do they learn from President Eyring and Elder Holland that can help them overcome any fears they have about sharing the gospel?
- Bring a complicated puzzle and put all of the pieces in a pile. Ask one young woman to start putting the puzzle together as the rest of the class reads Elder Neil L. Andersen’s analogy about a puzzle in his talk “A Witness of God.” How is the process of putting the puzzle together like the work of sharing the gospel? Invite everyone to work on the puzzle together as you discuss ways that you can work together as a class to do missionary work. As part of the discussion, you might refer specifically to the section of Elder Andersen’s talk titled “An Invitation to the Youth.” How can Elder Andersen’s counsel and challenge help the young women as they make plans to share the gospel?
- As a class, review the two lists of things we can do to share the gospel in Elder Dallin H. Oaks’s talk “Sharing the Restored Gospel.” Help the young women think of situations where they could apply one or more of Elder Oaks’s suggestions. For example, they might start a gospel conversation with someone they don’t know while waiting at a bus stop. The young women might enjoy role playing some of these situations.
- 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.