“January 12. Why Are Marriage and Family Important? 1 Nephi 1–7,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“January 12. Why Are Marriage and Family Important?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020
At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme or the Young Women Theme. Then lead a discussion about items such as the following, and plan ways to act on what you discuss:
Our quorum or class. Who needs our help and prayers? What can we do to help them? Who should we invite to an upcoming activity?
Our duties or responsibilities. What assignments have we fulfilled? What assignments do we need to make? How have we invited others to come unto Christ, and how can we invite others now?
Our lives. What recent experiences have strengthened our testimonies? What is happening in our lives, and how can we support each other?
As appropriate, conclude the meeting by doing the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
The members of your quorum or class may have studied 1 Nephi 1–7 during the week. They may have noticed the interactions between family members—the way Lehi treated his wife, Sariah; the way Nephi and his brothers treated each other; or the way various family members responded to the counsel of the Lord given through Lehi. As you prepare to teach, think about why your family is important to you. What experiences can you share to help quorum or class members understand your family’s importance to you? How will you encourage them to share their experiences?
Also think about the messages in the world that contradict what the prophets have said about the importance of the family. To prepare to help your quorum or class members deepen their desire to strengthen their families, consider pondering “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) and Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s message “Why Marriage, Why Family” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 50–53).
To introduce a discussion about family, you could ask the youth what they noticed from their reading of 1 Nephi 1–7 about how members of Lehi’s family interacted with each other. What did they learn that might help them to strengthen their families? Then select one or more of the activities below to help quorum or class members deepen their understanding of why families are important in Heavenly Father’s plan.
“The Family: A Proclamation to the World” presents principles on which “successful marriages and families are established.” Quorum or class members could find these principles. Then they could work together to find examples in 1 Nephi 1–7 of how these principles were followed or not followed by the members of Lehi’s family (see also related videos from Book of Mormon Videos [ChurchofJesusChrist.org]). They could also look for scriptures in “Supporting Resources” that support principles in the family proclamation. They may be willing to share experiences showing the value of these principles.
Are quorum or class members aware of messages in the world that contradict Heavenly Father’s plan for the family? They could find some examples in section III of President Dallin H. Oaks’s message “The Plan and the Proclamation” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 28–31). Maybe they can think of other examples. Those you teach could search section IV of President Oaks’s message for some doctrinal statements that could help them respond to these false ideas.
To help the quorum or class answer the question “Why are families important in God’s plan?” you could write the question on the board. Then quorum or class members could search sections of Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s message “Why Marriage, Why Family” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 50–53) for answers. Invite them to share what they find. How does understanding the importance of families affect the way we treat our family members? How does the Savior help us achieve happiness in family life?
Sister Carole M. Stephens shared important truths about families in her message “The Family Is of God” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 11–13). Maybe quorum or class members could choose one of these truths and discuss questions like these: What difference does knowing this truth make in my life? How would the world be different if everyone understood this truth? How can we teach and be an example of this truth in our families and communities?
Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. How does today’s lesson relate to personal goals they have made? If they would like, quorum or class members could share their ideas.
“Family,” in For the Strength of Youth (2011), 14–15
“Families Can Be Together Forever,” video, ChurchofJesusChrist.org