Prepare yourself spiritually
What scriptures and talks will help the young women understand who they are and who they can become?
Genesis 1:26–27 (We are created in the image of God)
Dale G. Renlund, “Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 56–58
Rosemary M. Wixom, “Discovering the Divinity Within,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 6–8
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Living the Gospel Joyful,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 120–23
D. Todd Christofferson, “The Moral Force of Women,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2013, 29–32
“Message to the Youth from the First Presidency,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), ii–iii
Music for youth theme: “Lift Your Eyes”
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:
- Write the names of the young women on separate slips of paper. Ask each young woman to randomly select one of the papers and identify a Godlike quality that the young woman on her paper possesses. Point out other divine qualities that you have seen in the young women.
- Write on the board, “Who am I, and who can I become?” Invite the young women to look for answers to these questions in the Young Women theme. How does reciting this theme make them feel about their relationship with Heavenly Father?
Each of the activities below will help the young women understand who they are and who they can become. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Think of a simple activity that will help the young women understand that becoming like God requires patience and persistence. This activity should require multiple attempts to accomplish successfully. For example, the young women could repeatedly try to throw an object into a wastebasket without looking. What does this activity teach them about persistent effort? How can they relate this process to becoming like Heavenly Father? Invite each young woman to look for and share statements from Elder Dale G. Renlund’s talk “Latter-day Saints Keep on Trying” that expresses what she learned from the activity.
- Ask the young women to imagine that they have a friend who is struggling with her self-esteem. Invite them to search Sister Rosemary M. Wixom’s talk “Discovering the Divinity Within” for ideas on how to help that friend understand her worth. What does Sister Wixom teach about our divine nature? What do the young women feel they need to change so that they can be true to their divine nature? As part of this activity, you could show the video “Elder and Sister Bednar—Self-Esteem.”
- Show the young women a seed, and ask them what plant they think will grow from it. Show them the plant (or a picture of the plant) that the seed produces. Ask the young women how we, as children of God, are like the seed. Invite them to search the following scripture passages and share things they find that teach them about who they are and who they can become: 1 John 3:1–3; D&C 84:37–38; 88:107; 132:20. Invite the young women to share how this knowledge affects their choices and the way they treat other children of God. As part of this discussion, consider sharing the following statement from President Gordon B. Hinckley: “The whole design of the gospel is to lead us onward and upward to greater achievement, even, eventually, to godhood” (“Don’t Drop the Ball,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 1994, 48).
- Before class, write the following three words on the board: origin, purpose, destiny (from President Uchtdorf’s talk “Living the Gospel Joyful”). Sing together “I Am a Child of God” (Hymns, no. 301) and watch the video “The Journey.” Ask the young women what they learn about their origin, purpose, and destiny from this song and video. Invite them to write their thoughts on the board next to the words you have written. Invite the young women to read the sections “Daughters of God” and “Living the Gospel Joyful” from President Uchtdorf’s talk and to write other truths they learn about their origin, purpose, and destiny. How can these truths affect the choices they make?
- Ask the young women to list some of the messages the world gives women about who we are and what qualities make us important. Show the video “Significant in Every Way” or “Our True Identity,” and ask the young women to contrast the messages in these videos with the world’s messages. Invite them to find scriptures, including scripture stories, that teach them about their worth as daughters of God (such as the scriptures suggested in this outline). What can the young women do to support each other as they strive to live up to their true identity as daughters of God?
- As a class, read the first two paragraphs of Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s talk “The Moral Force of Women” and identify some of the gifts God has given to his daughters. With the permission of the bishop, ask a few women in the ward to review the talk and share with the young women what they have done to overcome negative influences on womanhood and to cultivate their divine gifts. Ask the young women to share their own experiences with understanding their roles as women and what they will do to become a moral force for good.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand who they are and who they can become? 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:
- Complete Divine Nature value experience 1, 2, or 6 from Personal Progress.
- Memorize Psalm 82:6 and repeat it often to remember their divine potential.