“February 23. How Can Temples Bless My Life? 2 Nephi 11–25,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“February 23. How Can Temples Bless My Life?” 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 youth in your quorum or class may have studied 2 Nephi 11–25 this week. In your own study of these chapters, you may have recognized that we are living in a day when prophecy is being fulfilled. One of these prophecies was first declared by Isaiah and then quoted by Nephi in the Book of Mormon: “It shall come to pass in the last days, when the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established … , [that] all nations shall flow unto it” (2 Nephi 12:2). How are you and those you teach participating in the fulfillment of this prophecy? What experiences have you had with the temple? And how are you receiving the blessings of being taught of God’s ways and walking in His paths? (see 2 Nephi 12:3). Ponder these questions as you prepare to teach about the temple. Here are some other resources that can help you prepare: Doctrine and Covenants 109:1–28; Russell M. Nelson, “Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 113–14.
One way to start a discussion is to share how you feel about the temple, perhaps including a recent experience you had in the temple or your desire to go there someday. You could also invite quorum or class members to share their feelings about the temple. They could read 2 Nephi 12:2–3 to see what Isaiah prophesied about the temple in our day. What do they learn about the temple from the words and phrases in these verses? The following activities can help the youth understand how the temple can bless their lives.
Those you teach may have questions about the temple, such as “Why are temples important?” “What happens in temples?” or “How do I prepare for the temple endowment?” Invite quorum or class members to write down their questions. They could look together for answers in the following resources: temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org; True to the Faith (2004), 170–74; Guide to the Scriptures, “Temple, House of the Lord,” scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
Those you teach may be inspired by what President Russell M. Nelson said about the temple in his message “Becoming Exemplary Latter-day Saints” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2018, 113–14). You could display a picture of the temple and invite quorum or class members to find phrases in President Nelson’s message that inspire them to want to be in the temple. Maybe they could share personal experiences related to these phrases. For example, how has spending time in the temple changed their lives? How has spending time in the temple brought them closer to the Savior? The video “Temples Are a Beacon” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) could help quorum or class members discuss sacrifices they are willing to make to receive temple blessings.
Elder Kent F. Richards asked several young men and young women to share their feelings about serving in the temple (see “The Power of Godliness,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 118–20). Maybe you could do something similar with those you teach. For example, you could invite them to finish the following sentence: “When I go to the temple, .” What else do they find to finish the sentence in the bulleted list in Elder Richards’s message or in Doctrine and Covenants 109:1–28?
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.
Doctrine and Covenants 84:19–22 (The power of godliness is manifest in the ordinances of the priesthood)
Elder David A. Bednar, “Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 101–4
Elder Quentin L. Cook, “See Yourself in the Temple,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2016, 97–101
“Two Apostles Lead a Virtual Tour of the Rome Italy Temple,” video, temples.ChurchofJesusChrist.org