I am giddy about teaching the first adult Sunday School lesson with our new Come, Follow Me curriculum tomorrow!
As a former seminary and institute teacher, the intro and first lesson remind me of meaty trainings I received of how to get the gospel down into our hearts by inviting ACTIVE LEARNING.
I am THRILLED all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will now be learning these concepts!
Click here for a free printable version of the quote handout I'm giving my class.
The quotes are also listed below. I used a paper cutter to trim the edges so we can tape it into the front cover of our manuals and keep writing our own ideas on the back throughout the year.
A) Ask QUESTIONS
- “To ask and to answer questions is at the heart of all learning and all teaching.” (Henry B. Eyring, CES Broadcast, Feb. 6, 1998)
- "I plead with each of you to . . . take your questions directly to your Heavenly Father in prayer. Ask Him, in the name of Jesus Christ, to guide you. You can learn for yourself . . . how to receive personal revelation. And nothing will make a bigger difference in your life than that!" (Russell M. Nelson, "Hope of Israel," Worldwide Youth Devotional, June 3, 2018)
- "What can happen as you follow a course of searching the scriptures for answers to your life dilemmas? Your confidence will begin to grow because you will know where to find answers to your problems. You will be far less stressed when yet another problem arises because you will know where to go for guidance and direction. . . . You will truly experience His words showing you all things that you should do." (Wendy Watson Nelson, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life , 142)
B) Be worthy of and pray for the SPIRIT to teach and testify of truth
- "The real teacher is the Spirit. I am not the teacher, and you are not the teachers." (Jeffrey R. Holland, Ensign, June 2007)
- “The spiritual strength sufficient for our youth to stand firm just a few years ago will soon not be enough. . . . The pure gospel of Jesus Christ must go down into the hearts of young people by the power of the Holy Ghost. . . . Our aim must be for them to become truly converted to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ while they are young.” (Henry B. Eyring, Ensign, Sept. 2004)
- "The Spirit not only informs and increases mutual understanding, it convinces!" (Neal A. Maxwell, “Teaching by the Spirit—‘The Language of Inspiration’” Teaching Seminary: Preservice Readings (2004), 35–40)
- "Ask for the Spirit to be with you as you seek an answer to your one question for that day. Picture the Holy Ghost being right there with you as you read.” (Wendy Watson Nelson, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life , 139
- "The ability to qualify for, receive, and act on personal revelation is the single most important skill that can be acquired in this life." (Julie Beck, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign, May 2010)
C) Consistently feast on the SCRIPTURES
- "The scriptures are not the ultimate source of knowledge, but what precedes the ultimate source. The ultimate knowledge comes by revelation. . . .The scriptures can be a Urim and Thummim to assist each of us to receive personal revelation." (Dallin H. Oaks, "Scripture Reading and Revelation," Ensign, Jan. 1995)
- "Never let a day go by without holding family prayer and family scripture study. Put this, the Lord's program, to the test; and see if it does not bless your home with greater peace, hope, love, and faith." (L. Tom Perry, "Back to Gospel Basics," Ensign, May 1993)
- "Don't yield to Satan's lie that you don't have time to study the scriptures. Choose to take time to study them. Feasting on the word of God each day is more important than sleep, school, work, television shows, video games, or social media. You may need to reorganize your priorities to provide time for the study of the word of God. If so, do it!" (Richard G. Scott, "Make the Exercise of Faith Your First Priority," Ensign, Nov. 2014)
D) Deepen your understanding with WRITING
- "Do you want to know how to get the most benefit from this time together? Write down the impressions you feel. . . . Spiritual moments in life often come when it seems difficult to record them. Yet that special effort to crystalize in a permanent record sacred impressions of the Holy Spirit is powerfully rewarded. Begin now even if you have to borrow paper and pencil to do it." (Elder Richard G. Scott, "To Live Well Amid Worldly Decay," BYU-Idaho Devotional, Feb. 24, 2004)
- "Those who earnestly seek help through prayer and scripture study often have a paper and pencil nearby to write questions and record impressions and ideas." (Julie B. Beck, "And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit," Ensign, May 2010)
- “Record your thoughts and feelings. There are many ways to record the impressions that come to you as you study. For example, you could mark a meaningful word or phrase and record your thoughts as a note in your scriptures. You could also keep a journal of the insights, feelings, and impressions you receive.” (Come, Follow Me -- For Individuals and Families, New Testament 2019, viii)
E) Engage - ACT on your promptings
- “The goal of gospel teaching … is not to ‘pour information’ into the minds of class members. … The aim is to inspire the individual to think about, feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles” (Thomas S. Monson, Conf. Report, Oct. 1970, 107)
- “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26)
- "Just as pondering the scriptures invites the companionship of the Holy Ghost, so does doing the things we have been told to do and doing them promptly. We are promised that the scriptures and the Holy Ghost will tell us all things that we should do. When we go and do what we have been told and do it the best we can, we qualify for more instructions of what to do. If we do not act, we will not receive further instructions." (Henry B. Eyring, "Raising the Bar," BYU-Idaho Devotional, Jan. 25, 2005)
- "I believe that you can leave the most precious, personal direction of the Spirit unheard because you do not respond to, record, and apply the first promptings that come to you." (Richard G. Scott, "To Acquire Spiritual Guidance," Ensign, Nov. 2009)
F) Faith over doubts - MANAGE DOUBTS so faith wins
- “Anyone who doubts [the scriptures or the living prophets]—and none are discouraged from personal doubt—can verify the authenticity and content of the message by checking it with the official source, by personal revelation." (Dallin H. Oaks, BYU Studies, vol. 44:4 , 170)
- "Once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don't give up when the pressure mounts. . . . Don't give in. Certainly don't give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. He wants everyone to be miserable like unto himself. Face your doubts. Master your fears. 'Cast not away therefore your confidence.' Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you." (Jeffrey R. Holland, "Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence," BYU Devotional, Mar. 2, 1999)
- “When we have unresolved questions, our challenge doesn't lie in what we think we know. It lies in what we don't yet know. . . . Questions are not just good, they are vital, because the ensuing spiritual wrestle leads to answers, to knowledge, and to revelation. And it also leads to greater faith. Men and women of faith are expected to have faith. While the Lord will reveal many things to us, He has never told His covenant people everything about everything. We are admonished to ‘doubt not, but be believing’ (Mormon 9:27-29). But ‘doubting not’ does not mean understanding everything. Doubting is not synonymous with having questions. To doubt is to reject truth and faith. As covenant sons and daughters, we are required to have faith, live by faith, ‘ask in faith, nothing wavering’ (James 1:5-6), and ‘overcome by faith’ (D&C 76:53).” (Sheri Dew, “Will You Engage...Wrestle, BYU Devot. May 17, 2016)