“February 9. Why Is Joseph Smith’s Mission Important to Me? 2 Nephi 1–5,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“February 9. Why Is Joseph Smith’s Mission Important to Me?” 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.
Individuals and families in the Church have been studying 2 Nephi 1–5 during the past week. 2 Nephi 3 contains Lehi’s final words to his son Joseph, prophesying of a future prophet who would also be named Joseph. Understanding the divinely appointed mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith is as important for us today as it was for Lehi’s son Joseph. How did you gain your testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith? Consider how your life would be different without the truths God restored through Joseph Smith.
After Joseph Smith’s martyrdom, these words were written about him: “Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it” (Doctrine and Covenants 135:3). How can studying the life, testimony, and sacrifice of Joseph Smith bless the members of your quorum or class? To prepare to help them, ponder the Prophet’s life as you read 2 Nephi 3. Also consider exploring Joseph Smith’s testimony of his experiences in Joseph Smith—History and Elder Neil L. Andersen’s message “Joseph Smith” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 28–31).
As recorded in 2 Nephi 3, Lehi spoke to his son Joseph about two other Josephs—Joseph of Egypt and Joseph Smith. To introduce today’s discussion, you could invite those you teach to search 2 Nephi 3 looking for what Lehi taught about these two Josephs. How do these verses help us understand the importance of the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith? The following activities can help the youth strengthen their testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Many youth have opportunities to explain to others what they know and believe about Joseph Smith. Perhaps you could ask members of your quorum or class to imagine that a friend asks, “Why is Joseph Smith so important in your Church?” What would the youth say? They could look for possible answers in Doctrine and Covenants 135:3; Guide to the Scriptures, “Smith, Joseph, Jr.,” scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org; and True to the Faith (2004), 89–90. This may be a good time to share how you gained your testimony of Joseph Smith and how his mission has blessed you.
Elder Neil L. Andersen challenged the youth to “gain a personal witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith” (“Joseph Smith,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 30). How will you help quorum or class members accept and act on this challenge? You could review the paragraph from Elder Andersen’s message found in “Supporting Resources.” Then invite quorum or class members to choose one of the ways Elder Andersen mentioned and use it to strengthen their testimonies of Joseph Smith. Let the youth share how they can, as Elder Andersen challenged, “help fulfill Moroni’s prophetic words to speak good of the Prophet” (see also Joseph Smith—History 1:33).
To help strengthen their testimonies of the Prophet Joseph Smith, you could show quorum or class members pictures depicting events in the Prophet’s life (see Gospel Art Book, nos. 89–95, 97). You could then ask them to find and share scriptures that describe these events. (Possible scriptures are suggested under “List of Pictures and Related Sources” at the beginning of the Gospel Art Book.) Then the youth could share what they know and feel about those events or about other events from Joseph Smith’s life that impress them. Invite a few youth to share their testimonies of Joseph Smith.
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.
“The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith,” Preach My Gospel (2018), 36–38
“Praise to the Man,” Hymns, no. 27
Elder Neil L. Andersen shared two ideas for gaining a personal witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith: “First, find scriptures in the Book of Mormon that you feel and know are absolutely true. Then share them with family and friends. … Next, read the testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Pearl of Great Price” (“Joseph Smith,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 30).