Principles and Cautions

“Principles and Cautions,” Basic Unit Program Guidebook (2002), 7

“And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength” (Mosiah 4:27).

The following principles and cautions are important for the Basic Unit Program to succeed.

1. Seek the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in all you do. The Holy Ghost will guide parents, branch leaders, and teachers to know what to do and how to do it. Pray humbly and sincerely for His direction. Carefully think through an issue, pray earnestly about what to do, decide what action to take, and seek confirmation from the Holy Ghost about what is right. He will bring understanding to your mind and heart, revealing a knowledge of what you should do.

“Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers” (D&C 112:10).

“Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart. Now, behold, this is the spirit of revelation” (D&C 8:2–3).

2. Teach the basic principles and doctrines of the gospel. Read Mosiah 18:18–30. Note how the basic principles and doctrines were taught in Alma’s time.

3. Focus on ordinances and covenants. Help members (1) understand and receive essential priesthood ordinances and (2) make and keep the associated covenants.

4. Establish the priesthood and the functions of the priesthood first. Do this before organizing the Relief Society, Primary, Young Women, or Sunday School auxiliary programs. Do not move too fast too soon. Priesthood leadership is best cultivated when Church resources are in proper balance with members’ needs. Leadership is weakened when branches expand organizations, meetings, and programs too quickly.