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    What is the Lord’s way for providing for the poor and needy?

    When Jesus Christ came to earth, He spent much of His ministry caring for the poor and needy. Through His Church, the Lord has provided a way for us to care for those in need. He has asked us to give generously according to what we have received from Him. “The Lord’s way of caring for the needy is different from the world’s way. The Lord has said, ‘[Caring for the poor] must needs be done in mine own way.’ He is not only interested in our immediate needs; He is also concerned about our eternal progression. For this reason, the Lord’s way has always included self-reliance and service to our neighbor in addition to caring for the poor” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “Providing in the Lord’s Way,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2011, 54).

    Prepare yourself spiritually

    What scriptures and other resources will help the young women understand how the Lord provides for the poor and needy?

    Isaiah 58:6–11; Malachi 3:8–10; Matthew 25:35–40; D&C 82:18–19 (Ways to care for the poor)

    James 1:27; Mosiah 18:27–28; D&C 42:29–30 (The importance of caring for the poor and needy)

    Alma 34:27–28; Mormon 8:35–37: D&C 56:16–18; 70:14 (The Lord’s warnings to those who do not care for the poor)

    D&C 104:15–18 (Provide for the poor in the Lord’s way)

    Patrick Kearon, “Refuge from the Storm,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 111–14

    Linda K. Burton, “I Was a Stranger,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 13–15

    Jeffrey R. Holland, “Are We Not All Beggars?Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 40–42

    Members’ Efforts to Care for the Poor and Needy and Give Service,” Handbook 2: Administering in the Church (2010), 6.1.2

    Videos: “I Was a Stranger: Love One Another,” “I Was a Stranger—Invite a Refugee to Dinner,” “When We Were Strangers,” “Refuge from the Storm”

    Share experiences

    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:

    • Show one of the Church’s humanitarian videos, and ask the young women what they learn about helping the poor and needy from the Church’s example. Invite them to share experiences they have had helping others.
    • Ask the young women to list some of the temporal and spiritual needs a person might have. Write on the board, “What is the Lord’s way for providing for the poor and needy?” Share with the young women the statement by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf at the beginning of this outline, and ask the young women to listen for answers to the question. Invite them to share what they find. How can we help the poor and needy become more self-reliant? 

    Learn together

    Each of the activities below will help the young women learn about the Lord’s way of providing for the poor and needy. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

    • In his talk “Refuge from the Storm,” Elder Patrick Kearon said, “There are an estimated 60 million refugees in the world today. … It is shocking to consider the numbers involved and to reflect on what this means in each individual life.” To help the young women become aware of the refugee crisis and how they can help, show them one or more of the videos in this outline. How do they feel about the trials refugees face? You might invite class members in small groups to review Elder Kearon’s talk or Sister Linda K. Burton’s talk “I Was a Stranger,” looking for things they can do to help refugees. Help the young women make plans to act on these suggestions.
    • Divide the young women into pairs. Assign one member of each pair to read scriptures about the importance of caring for the poor and needy, and assign the other to read scriptures that give warnings to those who do not care for the poor and needy (for ideas, see the scriptures suggested in this outline). Invite the young women to study their scripture passages and then share with their partners what they learned. Ask them why caring for the poor and needy is so important to Heavenly Father. Invite the young women to discuss ways they can help those in need in their families, ward, and community.
    • Give class members copies of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk “Are We Not All Beggars?” Ask each young woman to choose one of the scripture passages Elder Holland quotes about helping the poor and needy. Invite each young woman to share the scripture passage she has chosen and what it means to her. As a class, review Elder Holland’s counsel: “I don’t know exactly how each of you should fulfill your obligation to those who do not or cannot always help themselves. But I know that God knows, and He will help you and guide you in compassionate acts of discipleship.” Give class members some time to think of ways they feel God wants them to care for the poor and needy. Invite them to share their feelings with the class.
    • Invite a member of the bishopric to share with the young women his feelings about caring for the poor and needy and opportunities the young women have to help ward or community members in need. He could also discuss how sacred Church funds are used, including fast offerings, humanitarian contributions, and donations to the Perpetual Education Fund (see Handbook 1: Stake Presidents and Bishops [2010], 14.4). Consider using class time to plan a specific service activity based on this discussion.

    Ask the young women to share what they learned today. What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they understand what it means to provide for the needy in the Lord’s way? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be worthwhile 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 one of the following in Personal Progress: Individual Worth value project 3 or Good Works value experience 6.
    • Perform an act of service for someone in need.
    • Follow President Thomas S. Monson’s counsel to “pray for the inspiration to know of the needs of those around us, and then ... go forward and provide assistance” (“God Be with You Till We Meet Again,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2012, 110).