I teach Sunday school January 21st and I'm already thinking about my lesson because there is so little written for the youth lessons. I was shocked when I copy and pasted the lesson on my page. It is so small. But when I started to dig, there is A LOT , I'm not going to have enough time to cover everything.
UNDERLINED is from the Come follow me manual.
God will reveal truth to me by the power of the Holy Ghost.
How do you respond when you are asked to live a gospel principle you don’t understand?
I'm going to back up to last weeks lesson on this question, it's great to review.
1 Nephi 3:5
Book of Mormon
5 And now, behold thy brothers murmur, saying it is a hard thing which I have required of them; but behold I have not required it of them, but it is a commandment of the Lord.
Often times our direction comes from the prophet or the brethren. Is there ever a time that we blame the prophet or our bishop for doing or saying something we don't like? How do we know when something comes from the Lord? How did Nephi find out that Lehi's dream was from God? Did Laman and Lemuel?
Split the students into two groups. I'm going to use butcher paper and put these on the top, but you can split your chalk board in half and have the students work together drawing and writing about the scriptures they read. Then they will take turns presenting their findings to the other students with their pictures and writing as their guide.
It might look something like this:
CHRIST CENTER TEACHING 1 Nephi 10:17–19; 11:1 has great material for focusing on Christ. Ask the students what it might "look like" to seek Christ. Dig deeper when they make comments for example you could say "that is really good, will you tell me how this has helped you." Or something similar to get the students talking/teaching.
What truths did Nephi understand that led him to respond as he did?
With Nephi’s example in mind, make a list of gospel principles you would like to understand better.
My class is very talkative, VERY, as teachers we can hardly get 4 words in before someone starts talking. But even my students might need help making a list of gospel principles they would like to know more about. Plus that is kind of hard for a teenage to admit they don't know something to a class full of peers. Here is a sheet you can pass out and have them circle any gospel principles they might have questions about. I'm even going to tease them a little, because teenagers know everything. "I can't wait til I'm a teenager so I can know everything(:"
This is a very big list, it's ok if they don't know everything, and it's even better if they have questions. There is a book called Gospel Principles, with all these listed as the chapters, if anyone would like to know more about these they can read those chapters. HERE
Here is a video, Elder Bednar is teaching about "Asking, Seeking, Knocking."
What could you do to find answers for yourself? (See also “Truth Will Make You Free” in For the Strength of Youth: A Guide for Making Choices, 30–33.)
Just as Nephi found out for himself that his father’s words were true, we can do the same when we hear the words of modern prophets and apostles. What did prophets and apostles teach us in the most recent general conference? How have you gained a personal witness of what they taught?
Also here are some very good quotes about asking questions and quotes from President Nelson's (things that he taught us, in the last General conference) how do we gain a personal witness that what he taught is true?
Also a scripture hand out. Be sure to bear testimony that (as they are like Nephi) the Lord loves the effort they make to seek diligently in Faith.