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June 14. Why Is It Important to Understand the Plan of Salvation? Alma 8–12
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“June 14. Why Is It Important to Understand the Plan of Salvation? Alma 8–12,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“June 14. Why Is It Important to Understand the Plan of Salvation?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

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June 14

Why Is It Important to Understand the Plan of Salvation?

Alma 8–12

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Counsel Together

Led by a member of the quorum or class presidency; approximately 10–20 minutes

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?

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.

Integrated Curriculum Illustration

Teach the Doctrine

Led by an adult leader or youth; approximately 25–35 minutes

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

Why does it seem easier for some people to obey the commandments while others may struggle? Many choose to obey because of their knowledge of the plan of salvation. Quorum or class members may have read Alma 8–12 this week, including Alma’s explanation that “God gave unto them commandments, after having made known unto them the plan of redemption” (Alma 12:32). What impresses you about this pattern? How can those you teach be blessed by a deeper understanding of Heavenly Father’s plan? You may find additional insights in “Lesson 2: The Plan of Salvation” in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel ([2019], 47–55) or in “Plan of Salvation” in True to the Faith ([2004], 115–17).

Social Interaction

Understanding the plan of salvation helps us find peace and happiness in this life.

Learn Together

To begin a discussion about the plan of salvation, you could invite those you teach to write words on the board that come to mind when they think of the plan of salvation. Then they could search Alma 12:24–34 and share anything they learn about those words from these verses. Why do you think Heavenly Father wants us to know these things? What difference does a knowledge of the plan of salvation make in our daily lives? The following activities can help quorum or class members increase their understanding of Heavenly Father’s plan.

  • An overview of the plan of salvation can help those you teach see how understanding the plan affects their perspective on life and their daily decisions. To create an overview, you could write on the board the following labels: Before This Life, During This Life, and After This Life. Quorum or class members could match scripture passages in “Supporting Resources” with one or more of the labels on the board. Then they could read the passages together and share what they learn about the plan of salvation. What is the Savior’s role in this plan? (see Alma 34:8–9; 42:15, 23). How does knowing about the plan affect the way we see ourselves? the way we see others? the way we see the world around us?

  • The section titled “We Have Answers!” in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s message “O How Great the Plan of Our God!” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 19–22) can help those you teach answer the following questions: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after we leave this life? Maybe you could write these questions on the board and invite quorum or class members to find statements in President Uchtdorf’s message that help answer these questions. They could write their answers on the board under the appropriate question. Why are the answers to these questions important in our lives?

  • To help those you teach learn more about the plan of salvation, you could invite them to choose one aspect of the plan of salvation that they would like to learn more about from “Lesson 2: The Plan of Salvation” in chapter 3 of Preach My Gospel (47–55). Invite them to read the section they chose, including some of the related scriptures. Individuals or groups could prepare a short summary of what they learned and teach it to the rest of the class. How can understanding God’s plan for His children influence the decisions we make each day?

Act in Faith

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.

Supporting Resources

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

The Savior asked questions that caused those He taught to think deeply. He was sincerely interested in their answers. How can you use questions to help those you teach think deeply about gospel truths? (See Teaching in the Savior’s Way [2016], 31–32.)