Prepare yourself spiritually
Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you feel prompted to share with the young women?
D&C 21:1, 4–7 (The Lord promises great blessings to those who follow the prophet)
Thomas S. Monson, “Believe, Obey, and Endure,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2012, 126–29
Claudio R. M. Costa, “Obedience to the Prophets,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 11–13
“Message from the First Presidency,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), ii–iii
“Prophets,” True to the Faith (2004), 129–30
Video: “We Need Living Prophets”
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:
- Ask the young women how they would respond if a friend of another faith asked them what counsel their prophet has given to young people. As a class, read the first paragraph of “Message from the First Presidency” in For the Strength of Youth. Ask the young women why they feel it is important to listen to and follow the living prophet.
- Invite the young women to think of and share a story from the Book of Mormon that illustrates the need to listen to and follow the living prophet. Some examples might include stories about Lehi, King Benjamin, Abinadi, or Samuel the Lamanite. What do they learn from these stories? What experiences can the young women share in which they followed the counsel of the prophet?
Each of the activities below will help the young women understand the importance of following the living prophets. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:
- Assign each young woman one of the scriptures suggested in this outline and ask her to look for reasons we need a prophet and blessings that come from following the prophet. Invite the young women to share their thoughts. Share a personal experience in which you followed the counsel of the prophet, and testify about what you learned from doing so. Invite the young women to share their own experiences.
- Separate the young women into three groups, and ask each group to study a section of President Monson’s talk to the young women “Believe, Obey, and Endure.” For example, one group could study his counsel to believe, one could study his counsel to obey, and the other could study his counsel to endure. Ask a young woman from each group to report to the class what they learned and why it is important for young women today.
- Show pictures of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (such as those in the conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona). Bear your testimony that all of these men are prophets, seers, and revelators. Invite the young women to make a list on the board of counsel given by the living prophets (bring copies of the most recent general conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona to help them remember). How does following this counsel bless their lives and the lives of their families?
- Give each young woman a small card. Invite the young women to read one of President Monson’s recent talks and find a statement that they would like to write on the card to take home and display in their rooms or save in their scriptures. Ask them to share their statements and explain why they chose them.
- Show the video “We Need Living Prophets” or read together “Prophets” in True to the Faith. Invite the young women to look for reasons it is important to listen to and follow the living prophets. Ask them to share what they find. Invite the young women to share their testimonies of the prophet.
- Give each young woman a copy of Elder Claudio R. M. Costa’s talk “Obedience to the Prophets,” and ask her to choose and read about one or more of the 14 principles Elder Costa describes. Ask the young women to report to the class the principle they chose and what it teaches about following the living prophets. Why do the young women feel these principles are important for us as members of the Church?
Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the need for living prophets? 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. Ask a few of them to share what they feel impressed to do.