Prepare yourself spiritually
As you prepare, prayerfully study these scriptures and resources. What do you find that will be most helpful to the young women you teach?
3 Nephi 20:25–27 (The house of Israel blesses families of the earth)
Henry B. Eyring, “Help Them Aim High,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 60–67
Julie B. Beck, “You Have a Noble Birthright,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2006, 106–8
“About Patriarchal Blessings,” New Era, Mar. 2004, 32–35; or Liahona, Mar. 2004, 18–21
“Patriarchal Blessings,” True to the Faith (2004), 111–13
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:
- If you have a patriarchal blessing, show the young women what it looks like (without sharing specific content). Share with them how it has blessed your life.
- Write on the board, “How can a patriarchal blessing help me?” Ask the young women to suggest answers to this question. Refer back to this question throughout the lesson.
Each of the activities below will help the young women learn about patriarchal blessings. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Invite one or more young women to share their experiences receiving a patriarchal blessing (or share your own experience). How have their patriarchal blessings helped them? (Remind the young women that the specific content of patriarchal blessings is sacred and should not be shared.) Cut a copy of the article “About Patriarchal Blessings” into pieces, one for each question and answer. Invite the young women to take turns selecting one piece of the article and sharing the question and answer with the class. What other questions do the young women have?
- With the bishop’s permission, invite the stake patriarch to talk to the young women about patriarchal blessings. Encourage the young women to ask any questions they have.
- Ask the young women to write down any questions they have about patriarchal blessings. As a class, look for answers in True to the Faith, pages 111–13.
- As a class, read sections of Julie B. Beck’s talk “You Have a Noble Birthright” and President Henry B. Eyring’s comments about his patriarchal blessing in “Help Them Aim High.” After reading each section, invite the young women to write a statement that summarizes what they learn about patriarchal blessings.
- Invite the young women to read the scriptures suggested in this outline and share what they feel each scripture teaches about patriarchal blessings.
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand patriarchal blessings better? 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 what they have learned today. For example:
- They could complete Individual Worth value experience 2 from Personal Progress.
- If they have received their patriarchal blessing, they could study it and make note of the counsel, warnings, spiritual gifts, and blessings it contains.