Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you feel will help the young women prepare to become a wife and mother?
Cheryl A. Esplin, “Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 8–10
L. Whitney Clayton, “Marriage: Watch and Learn,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2013, 83–85
“Education,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), 9–10
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, help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives, and help them prepare to learn more.
Introduce the doctrine
Choose from these ideas or think of your own to introduce this week’s lesson:
- Show one of the videos suggested in this outline. Ask the young women, “What are you doing to prepare to become a righteous wife and mother?”
- Repeat the Young Women theme together. Encourage a few young women to share what the phrase “strengthen home and family” means to them.
Each of the activities below can help the young women prepare to be righteous wives and mothers. Following the guidance of the Holy Ghost, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- In Cheryl A. Esplin’s talk, “Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth,” she describes trying to crush both an empty soda can and a full soda can (you may wish to watch the first two minutes of her talk or reenact her demonstration). What do we learn from this demonstration about the importance of being filled with light and truth? What will class members do to gain both spiritual light and a secular education? (See D&C 93:36.) How will spiritual and secular education prepare them to be wives and mothers one day? (See “Education,” For the Strength of Youth, 9–10.)
- Assign each young woman a few verses to read from some of the scriptures suggested in this outline. Invite each young woman to draw a picture or symbol or write a brief sentence representing the characteristics of a righteous wife and mother found in her assigned verses. Share the pictures or sentences with the class, and discuss together how a young woman can acquire these characteristics. Ask the young women to share examples of mothers like those described in Proverbs. How are the families of these mothers blessed? Why is a “virtuous woman” so valuable to the Lord (see Proverbs 31:10)?
- Assign each young woman to read one of the five principles of strong marriages that Elder L. Whitney Clayton describes in his talk “Marriage: Watch and Learn,” or watch one or more of the videos suggested in this outline. What examples of strong marriages and righteous mothers have the young women seen? What else have they observed in strong couples that they would like to emulate? What do the young women feel they can do to live these principles now?
- Ask the young women to write on the board a list of righteous women in the scriptures (for example, Ruth, Esther, Eve, Hannah, Emma Smith, and so on). Invite them to choose one woman from the list and read about her in the scriptures (using the Topical Guide or Bible Dictionary). Encourage the young women to share what virtuous traits they recognize and admire in these women and how these traits could help them prepare to be a righteous wife and mother.
- Invite the young women to read Elder M. Russell Ballard’s suggestions to young women for improving their relationship with their mothers (paragraphs 8–10 of “Mothers and Daughters”), or show the video “Mothers and Daughters.” Ask the young women to write their thoughts about things they admire about their mothers or qualities their mothers have that they would like to emulate as they prepare to become mothers themselves. Invite a few of them to share what they wrote. If possible, invite the mothers of the young women to participate in this discussion.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand how to prepare for their future roles as wives and mothers? 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
Invite the young women to consider how they will live by what they have learned today. For example, they could:
- Complete any of the following from Personal Progress: Divine Nature value project, Individual Worth value experience 4, Choice and Accountability value experience 7, Good Works value experience 2.
- Interview a woman about the responsibilities, challenges, and blessings of being a wife or mother. Ask what skills and attributes she finds most essential. Record any thoughts or feelings in a journal.
You might want to plan with the young women a Mutual activity that reinforces what they learned in class. For example, they could learn and practice homemaking skills.