“March 22. How Can I Participate in the Gathering of Israel? Jacob 5–7,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“March 22. How Can I Participate in the Gathering of Israel?” 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.
In June 2018, President Russell M. Nelson invited the youth of the Church “to be a big part of the greatest challenge, the greatest cause, and the greatest work on earth today”—the gathering of Israel (“Hope of Israel” [worldwide youth devotional, June 3, 2018], supplement to New Era and Ensign, 8, HopeofIsrael.ChurchofJesusChrist.org). President Nelson’s invitation is similar to the words of the Lord of the vineyard found in Jacob 5:71: “Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. … And if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy.” How will you help quorum and class members experience the joy that comes as they participate in this great work?
As you study Jacob 5–7 and this week’s outline in Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families, look for ways to deepen your testimony of the gathering of Israel. To learn more about this topic, see Guide to the Scriptures, “Israel,” scriptures.ChurchofJesusChrist.org; and President and Sister Nelson’s message “Hope of Israel” (HopeofIsrael.ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Those you teach have a special opportunity to “labor with [their] might this last time” (Jacob 5:62) to help gather Israel. To begin a discussion, you could invite them to share something they found in Jacob 5 that inspires them to labor with the Lord as He gathers His children into the gospel (see especially verses 61–75). Below are additional ideas to inspire them to participate in the gathering of Israel.
Before members of your quorum or class can feel enthusiastic about gathering Israel, they need to understand what it means to gather Israel. How will you help them understand this? Reviewing “Israel” in Guide to the Scriptures might help. Then they could search President Russell M. Nelson’s message in “Hope of Israel” to find answers to questions like the following: What does it mean to gather Israel? How will Israel be gathered? Then ask quorum or class members to share what President Nelson said that youth could do to help gather Israel. What inspires them about President Nelson’s invitations to the youth?
To help the youth understand the gathering of Israel, choose one of the scriptures in “Supporting Resources,” write each word of the scripture on a separate slip of paper, and scatter the papers around the room. Then quorum or class members could gather the papers, put them in the correct order, and discuss what the scripture and activity teach about the gathering of Israel. You could then have the youth read some of the other scriptures in “Supporting Resources” and discuss what they learn about the gathering. To help them understand how Heavenly Father has prepared them for the important work of helping to gather God’s children, invite them to review Sister Wendy W. Nelson’s remarks in “Hope of Israel.” Why is it important to remember what we were “born to do”? (page 4).
President Nelson said, “Anytime you do anything that helps anyone—on either side of the veil—take a step toward making covenants with God and receiving their essential baptismal and temple ordinances, you are helping to gather Israel” (“Hope of Israel,” 15). You could invite the quorum or class to think of as many things as they can that would help to gather Israel, according to President Nelson’s definition. (The video “Our Spiritual Passport” [ChurchofJesusChrist.org] could give them some ideas.) The youth could then pick one thing that they would like to do in the coming days.
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 29:7 (The elect hear God’s voice and do not harden their hearts)
Doctrine and Covenants 138:56 (Faithful children of God were prepared to labor in the Lord’s vineyard)