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July 26. How Can Repentance Bring Me Joy? Alma 36–38
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“July 26. How Can Repentance Bring Me Joy? Alma 36–38,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“July 26. How Can Repentance Bring Me Joy?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

July 26

How Can Repentance Bring Me Joy?

Alma 36–38

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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. What can we do to build unity among quorum or class members? What goals would we like to work on together?

  • Our duties or responsibilities. What are we doing to share the gospel? What experiences have we had doing temple and family history work?

  • Our lives. How have we seen the hand of the Lord in our lives? What has inspired us in our scripture study this week?

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

When Alma described his feelings of remorse for rebelling against God and leading others astray, he used the words “great fear,” “racked,” “harrowed up,” “tormented,” and “inexpressible horror” (Alma 36:11–14). It’s important to understand, however, that he felt these things before he repented. Turning to the Savior and repenting led him to behold “marvelous light,” feel “exceeding joy,” and be “filled with the Holy Ghost” (Alma 36:20, 24). Like Alma, we can see repentance as a cherished gift that will lead us closer to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and help us feel greater peace and happiness.

As you prepare to teach, consider the blessings you have experienced when you have repented. What can you share about the Savior that will inspire those you teach to repent and come closer to Him? As you prepare to teach, consider studying “Repentance” in For the Strength of Youth ([2011], 28–29) and President Russell M. Nelson’s message “We Can Do Better and Be Better” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 67–69).

Daily repentance is a cherished gift that brings joy into our lives.

Learn Together

To help quorum or class members remember the experience of Alma and the sons of Mosiah found in Alma 36:6–24, you might show a picture of this experience (see Gospel Art Book, no. 77). What details can we share about this experience? What do we learn about repentance? (see specifically Alma 36:13, 17–24). To help your quorum or class understand that repentance leads to joy, use one or more of the following activities.

  • Why do many people mistakenly see repentance as a negative thing? You might ask quorum or class members to share their thoughts about this question. Then invite them to imagine they were asked to give a sacrament meeting talk explaining that daily repentance is actually a joyful process. They could work together in pairs to prepare their message using the resources under “Supporting Resources” or President Russell M. Nelson’s message “We Can Do Better and Be Better” (especially the first few paragraphs). Ask each pair to share what they might say, including their personal testimonies. Based on what we know from Alma 36, what might Alma say about the joy of repentance?

  • Do you have someone in your quorum or class—or your ward—who has experienced the process of recovering from an illness or injury? If so, invite this person to share what this process was like. In what ways is the process of healing physically like the process of healing from sin through repentance? Quorum or class members could then read sections of Elder Dale G. Renlund’s message “Our Good Shepherd” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2017, 29–32), looking for teachings that encourage them to seek healing from the Savior. Why is it helpful to compare repentance to physical healing?

  • The scriptures contain many accounts of people who felt joy when they repented. To help your quorum or class learn from two of these accounts, invite half of them to read Luke 15:11–32 and the section titled “Repentance Requires Persistence” in President Stephen W. Owen’s message “Repentance Is Always Positive” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2017, 48–50). Invite the other half to read Enos 1:1–9 and the section of President Owen’s message titled “Repentance Is for Everyone.” Encourage each group to share what they learned about repentance. Then, as a class, read the introductory paragraphs of President Owen’s message and the section titled “Repentance Brings Happiness.” Provide time for quorum or class members to write what they feel inspired to do because of what they learned.

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

The Savior invited others to act in faith and live the truths He taught. He found opportunities for them to learn through powerful experiences. What can you do to help those you teach see the power of daily repentance in their lives?