Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Lesson - What blessings does Heavenly Father promise if I obey the commandments? - What I did.

Demonstrate to the youth how to identify promised blessings by reading with the class the “Message to the Youth from the First Presidency” in For the Strength of Youth (pages ii–iii). Invite the youth to raise their hands every time they hear a promised blessing. Why are these promises important to the youth?

OUR DEAR YOUNG MEN AND YOUNG WOMEN, we have great confidence in you. You are beloved sons and daughters of God and He is mindful of you. You have come to earth at a time of great opportunities and also of great challenges. The standards in this booklet will help you with the important choices you are making now and will yet make in the future. We promise that as you keep the covenants you have made and these standards, you will be blessed with the companionship of the Holy Ghost, your faith and testimony will grow stronger, and you will enjoy increasing happiness.

In all that you do, stay focused on the temple. In the temple you will receive the greatest of all the Lord’s blessings, including marriage for time and all eternity. Keeping the standards in this booklet will help you be worthy to attend the temple, where you can perform sacred ordinances for your ancestors now and make essential covenants for yourself in the future.

Our Father in Heaven has placed great trust in you. He has a work for you to do. Seek His guidance in prayer, and counsel with your parents and leaders. The decisions you make now will set the course for much of what will follow during your mortal life and throughout eternity.

We testify that God lives. It is our fervent prayer that you will remain steadfast and valiant throughout your lives and that you will trust in the Savior and His promises. As you do this, you will be an influence for good in helping to build the kingdom of God and prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Savior.

  • On one side of the board, write “Commandments,” and on the other side write “Promised Blessings.” Invite the youth to look for places in the scriptures where the Lord promises blessings to those who obey His commandments. For example, they could look in the scriptures suggested in this outline. Or, if necessary, show them how to use the Topical Guide to find scriptures about a commandment. Invite them to write on the board the commandment they read about and the promised blessings they found. How does reading about these blessings make them feel about the commandments?
I tweaked this one a little.  I did a little of the legwork ahead of time, using the some of the scriptures listed at the top of the lesson that were associated specifically with blessings for obedience in the scriptures.  Then I gave each kid a different sheety with a different scripture on each one.

Finding Blessings for Obedience in the Scriptures

Directions:  Read Isaiah 58:6-11.  Write on the board the commandment you read about and the promised blessings you found.

Finding Blessings for Obedience in the Scriptures

Directions:  Read Malachi 3:10-12.  Write on the board the commandment you read about and the promised blessings you found.

Finding Blessings for Obedience in the Scriptures

Directions:  Read D&C 59:9-20.  Write on the board the commandment you read about and the promised blessings you found.

Finding Blessings for Obedience in the Scriptures

Directions:  Read D&C 89:18-20.  Write on the board the commandment you read about and the promised blessings you found.

This is all I can find in my files!  I'm so sorry!  Perhaps this took all of the time?  I wish I had time to come up with more ideas for you, but I have chemo early in the morning and need to hit the sack. Wish me luck, okay?


EricH said...

Good Luck!, Get well soon, I appreciate your thoughts and ideas. I am a convert and first time Sunday school teacher and your blog has bailed me out a couple of times. Keep fighting, my family will pray for you.

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