“May 10. What Does the Savior’s Atonement Mean to Me? Mosiah 11–17,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“May 10. What Does the Savior’s Atonement Mean 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. What activities have we had recently? Were they successful? What went well, and how can we improve them?
Our duties or responsibilities. Who needs our service? How can we help them?
Our lives. What goals are we working on individually? What experiences can we share? What blessings have we received?
At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:
Testify of the principles taught.
Remind quorum or class members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.
Quorum or class members may have been inspired by Abinadi’s fearless testimony of the Savior as they read Mosiah 11–17 this week. How do they feel about the Savior? Do they understand that Jesus Christ suffered in Gethsemane and on the cross so they can overcome sin, adversity, and death? His Atonement is the supreme expression of the love of God. How will you help those you teach feel that love? To help you prepare, you might read Doctrine and Covenants 19:15–20 and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s message “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2015, 104–6).
You might ask class members to review Abinadi’s testimony of the Savior in Mosiah 15:1–11. What words are most meaningful to them? Why do they think Abinadi had the courage to share this message? What do they learn about the Savior from Abinadi? The following ideas can help them deepen their understanding and testimony of the Savior’s Atonement.
One way to invite the Spirit to testify of the Savior’s Atonement is to read the scriptural account of this sacred event. Here is one way to do that: Write on the board some of the events from the end of the Savior’s life, such as His suffering in Gethsemane, His betrayal, His trials before Pilate and Herod, His Crucifixion, His Resurrection, and His appearances to His disciples. Then invite quorum or class members to find verses in Matthew 26–28 or other scriptures that describe each of these events. Quorum or class members could read these verses together and talk about what they learn about the Savior and His Atonement. Invite a few to share their feelings about the Savior.
Brother Tad R. Callister, in his message “The Atonement of Jesus Christ” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 85–87), taught about the Savior by using an analogy about a foolish man who jumped from a plane. Maybe you could read the analogy with quorum or class members. How does this analogy help us recognize our need for the Atonement of Jesus Christ? You might ask quorum or class members to review what Brother Callister taught about the four obstacles overcome by the Savior’s Atonement. They could then share what they learn, as well as their gratitude for what the Savior has done for them.
In order to truly appreciate what the Savior did for us, we need to understand how desperately we need His help. This is what Jacob emphasized in 2 Nephi 9:6–26. Quorum or class members could search these verses for answers to the question “Why did we need Jesus to suffer and die for us?” Or you could encourage them to write a letter to someone who does not understand why we need a Savior, using something they find in 2 Nephi 9:6–26. If they would like, they could share their letters with each other.
To help those you teach think about how the Savior’s Atonement can help us when we are experiencing trials, you could invite them to list on the board some trials that people they know are facing. Invite them to read Alma 7:11–13 and selections you have chosen from Sister Carole M. Stephens’s talk “The Master Healer” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 9–12). How can the power of the Savior’s Atonement help us during times of trial? Ask your quorum or class members to consider ways they can share what they have learned about the Savior’s Atonement to help someone experiencing the trials they listed on the board.
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 Atonement of Jesus Christ,” in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel (2019), 51–52
“None Were with Him,” video, ChurchofJesusChrist.org