“Preparing to Leave Nauvoo” and “The Trials of a Winter Trek” (pages 69–70).
If the following pictures are available, prepare to use some of them during the lesson: Nauvoo Temple (62432; Gospel Art Picture Kit 501); Exodus from Nauvoo, February–May 1846 (62493; Gospel Art Picture Kit 410); and Exodus from Nauvoo (Gospel Art Picture Kit 411).
Suggestions for Lesson Development
As prompted by the Spirit, bear testimony of the truths discussed in the lesson.
Additional Teaching Ideas
The following material supplements the suggested lesson outline. You may want to use one or more of these ideas as part of the lesson.
1. Additional information on succession in the Presidency of the Church
The process of succession in the Presidency of the Church has occurred many times and now follows the pattern outlined on page 191. If you feel that class members would benefit from a detailed description of this process, review the following steps with them.
A man who has been foreordained to preside one day over the Church is called by revelation to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
He is trained for his future calling through his association with members of the Quorum and the First Presidency and through his assignments. As he outlives other members of the Quorum, he advances in seniority until he is President of the Quorum of the Twelve and only the President of the Church has been an Apostle longer than he has.
When a President of the Church dies, the First Presidency is dissolved. Counselors in the First Presidency return to their places in the Quorum of the Twelve (if they were members of the quorum). The Quorum of the Twelve becomes the presiding quorum in the Church. The President of the Twelve becomes the presiding authority in the Church.
Members of the Twelve assemble in the temple in a spirit of fasting and prayer. Guided by revelation, they come to a unanimous decision regarding the reorganization of the First Presidency. In accordance with this decision, they sustain the senior member of the Twelve as the President of the Church. They then lay their hands on his head and ordain him and set him apart as President of the Church.
The new President chooses two men (usually members of the Quorum of the Twelve) to be his counselors.
Vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve caused by the reorganization of the Presidency are filled.
The Saints in Nauvoo experienced great opposition as they worked to complete the temple. In discussing the persecution of the Saints each time they tried to build a temple, Elder Boyd K. Packer of the Quorum of the Twelve said:
“The opposition was leveled at the Saints because the adversary was afraid of the temple. He would do anything to prevent their construction of it” (The Holy Temple , 175).
Why is the adversary fearful of temples and temple work? What can we do to strengthen our resolve to attend the temple regardless of the obstacles we face?
3. “Come, Come, Ye Saints”
Prepare to have class members sing “Come, Come, Ye Saints” (Hymns, no. 30). Or ask a class member or a group of class members to prepare to sing it. After the hymn, summarize the events that inspired William Clayton to write it (Our Heritage, page 71).