Introduce the Principle
The Savior has directed leaders in our day to “organize yourselves; [and] prepare every needful thing” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:119). An agenda is a written plan for a meeting. It is an organizational tool that helps participants focus on the meeting’s purposes and use time effectively. It should be prioritized to ensure that the most important matters are discussed first. (See Handbook 2: Administering the Church,18.1.)
What do you think are some of the most “needful things” that could be included in a written agenda and why?
An agenda for class presidency meetings might include the following:
- Have someone offer an opening prayer.
- Study a verse from the scriptures.
- Receive leadership training.
- Discuss counsel from priesthood leaders and how best to implement it.
- Counsel together about how to strengthen and bless individual class members.
- Report on assignments.
- Plan for upcoming events that meet needs.
- Give new assignments.
- Have someone offer a closing prayer.
Live What We Are Learning
Commit to prepare and use a written agenda in your next class presidency meeting. What benefits did you observe? Share your insights at the conclusion of the meeting.