“Teachings for Our Time,” Ensign, May 2008, 127
Melchizedek Priesthood and Relief Society lessons on fourth Sundays will be devoted to “Teachings for Our Time.” Each lesson can be prepared from one or more talks given in the most recent general conference. Stake and district presidents may choose which talks should be used, or they may assign this responsibility to bishops and branch presidents. Leaders should stress the value of Melchizedek Priesthood brethren and Relief Society sisters studying the same talks on the same Sundays.
Those attending fourth-Sunday lessons are encouraged to study and bring to class the latest general conference issue of the magazine.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will be with you as you study and teach the talk(s). You may be tempted to prepare the lesson using other materials, but the conference talks are the approved curriculum. Your assignment is to help others learn and live the gospel as taught in the most recent general conference of the Church.
Review the talk(s), looking for principles and doctrines that meet the needs of class members. Also look for stories, scripture references, and statements from the talk(s) that will help you teach these truths.
Make an outline of how to teach the principles and doctrines. Your outline should include questions that help class members:
Look for principles and doctrines in the talk(s).
Think about their meaning.
Share understanding, ideas, experiences, and testimonies.
Apply these principles and doctrines in their lives.