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?
K. Brett Nattress, “No Greater Joy Than to Know That They Know,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 119–21
Jeffrey R. Holland, “Behold Thy Mother,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 47–50
Cheryl A. Esplin, “Filling Our Homes with Light and Truth,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 8–10
“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:
- Invite the young women to read about Elder K. Brett Nattress’s mother in his talk “No Greater Joy Than to Know That They Know.” What attributes did Sister Nattress have that the young women would like to emulate as they prepare for motherhood? What did she do to raise a righteous family? They could also watch one or more of the videos suggested in this outline and discuss similar questions. What examples of righteous parents have the young women seen? What do the young women feel they can do to follow these examples now?
- 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)?
- 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.
- Review together the stories about exemplary mothers in Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “Behold Thy Mother.” 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.