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July 12. Why Is It Important for Me to Study the Word of God? Alma 30–31
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“July 12. Why Is It Important for Me to Study the Word of God? Alma 30–31,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“July 12. Why Is It Important for Me to Study the Word of God?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

Korihor Confronts Alma, by Robert T. Barrett

July 12

Why Is It Important for Me to Study the Word of God?

Alma 30–31

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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 (you can decide in a presidency meeting which items to 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.

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Teach the Doctrine

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

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

While studying Alma 30–31 this week, quorum or class members may have learned about Korihor and Zoram, who led many Nephites away from the Church. Each of these men led “many souls down to destruction” by his “lying and … flattering words” (Alma 30:47) and by his ridicule of Jesus Christ’s teachings. To combat their falsehoods, Alma used a weapon “more powerful” than swords or spears—he used “the word of God” (Alma 31:5).

There are many today who teach false ideas, just as Korihor and Zoram did. How has the word of God, found in the scriptures and the words of latter-day prophets, helped you remain true to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ? How has it increased your faith and helped you make righteous choices? As you prepare to teach, consider reviewing the scripture passages in “Supporting Resources” and chapter 8 in Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson ([2014], 115–24).

The word of God has great power in our lives.

Learn Together

To begin a discussion about the power of the word of God, members of your quorum or class could share examples of the false teachings of Korihor or of the Zoramites (see Alma 30:6–31; 31:8–23). Invite those you teach to discuss what helped Alma stand strong against these false teachings (see, for example, Alma 30:44; 31:5). How did the word of God help him? What scriptures have helped us stand strong? The following activities can help quorum or class members better understand how the word of God can bless and protect them.

  • Members of your quorum or class might be inspired to study the word of God more diligently after reading about some of the blessings they can receive by doing so. You could invite each quorum or class member to study one of the scripture passages in “Supporting Resources” and identify blessings that come through the word of God. They could also draw pictures representing the word of God and its blessings, based on the imagery in the verses. Invite quorum or class members to make plans to begin or strengthen a habit of regularly studying the scriptures and the words of living prophets.

  • How can you help quorum or class members understand that one of the primary purposes of the scriptures is to help us come unto Christ and partake of His salvation? You could write on the board I read the scriptures because … and invite quorum or class members to list different ways they could complete that sentence. You could then suggest that they read 1 Nephi 6:4, looking for the reason Nephi kept his record. How can keeping this purpose in mind affect the way we study the scriptures? What scriptures can those you teach share that “persuade [them] to come unto the God of Abraham [Jesus Christ] … and be saved”?

  • To help members of your quorum or class learn that they can receive strength from the word of God, you could invite them to share stories about people who found power in the word of God to do difficult things. They could share stories from their own lives, Church magazines, general conference messages, or the scriptures themselves. For instance, they might review the story of Elder M. Joseph Brough’s family going on a mission, found in his message “His Daily Guiding Hand” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 23–26). (You might invite them to think about these stories before your meeting.) What scriptures have we turned to when we needed power to do hard things?

Act in Faith

Encourage quorum or class members to ponder and record what they will do in the coming weeks to act on the impressions they received while studying the doctrine today. Invite them to share their ideas.

Supporting Resources

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

Consider inviting a quorum or class member in advance to come to class prepared to teach all or part of a lesson. Encourage him or her to use these outlines to prepare.