“August 23. What Can I Do to Build My Faith in Jesus Christ? Helaman 1–6,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)
“August 23. What Can I Do to Build My Faith in Jesus Christ?” 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 (you can decide in a presidency meeting which items to discuss):
Our quorum or class. Who is new to our ward, and how can we help them feel welcome? What are we doing to make our time in quorum or class meetings meaningful?
Our duties or responsibilities. What are some duties and responsibilities we have as young men and young women? How can we better fulfill them?
Our lives. What are we doing to become more like Jesus Christ and receive His power in our lives? What are we doing to help our families come unto Him?
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.
The prophet Helaman spoke plainly with his sons about the tribulations they would face. He said that the devil would “send forth his mighty winds” and that “all his hail and his mighty storm” would “beat upon [them].” But Helaman testified that if his sons would have faith in Jesus Christ and build their foundation on Him, their challenges would “have no power … to drag [them] down.” (Helaman 5:12.)
Think about the challenges members of your quorum or class face and what you can do to help them receive this blessing spoken by God: “Peace, peace be unto you, because of your faith in my Well Beloved” (Helaman 5:47). To help you prepare to teach, you might review Elder Neil L. Andersen’s message “Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2015, 65–68) and “Faith” in True to the Faith (, 54–56).
Invite a quorum or class member to draw a representation of Helaman 5:12 on the board while other quorum or class members try to guess what scripture is being represented. Ask those you teach to review Helaman 5 and find verses that inspire them to have faith in Jesus Christ. How did faith in Jesus Christ sustain Nephi and Lehi? (see verses 20–52). What does it mean to build our foundation on the Savior? Choose from the activities below to help your quorum or class better understand how to strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ.
To begin a discussion about strengthening faith, you might ask if anyone in the quorum or class has ever been in a storm similar to the one described in Helaman 5:12. What was it like? How did they stay safe? Then you could show the video “Spiritual Whirlwinds” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org) and talk about ways those you teach can strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ. (See also Neil L. Andersen, “Spiritual Whirlwinds,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2014, 18–21.) They could also read together some of the scriptures or watch some of the videos in “Supporting Resources.” Why is it important to build our faith in Jesus Christ?
Sister Sharon Eubank described some of the challenges we face in her message “Christ: The Light That Shines in Darkness” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 73–76). You could invite members of your quorum or class to review the headings within her talk and then read about one challenge that they or someone they know is struggling with. Ask them to share how Jesus Christ can help us with each challenge. Members of your quorum or class could think of other challenges faced by people their age and write a short message about how people facing this challenge can find hope in Jesus Christ. The scriptures in “Supporting Resources” or the information on pages 54–56 in True to the Faith could help.
Write questions like these on the board: What is faith? What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ? How do I increase my faith? What blessings can I receive from having faith? Invite some quorum or class members to read President Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s message “Fourth Floor, Last Door” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 15–18), and invite others to read President M. Russell Ballard’s message “Precious Gifts from God” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 9–11), looking for answers to these questions. Have them write their answers on the board and share additional things they learned from the message. Provide time for quorum or class members to write down something they are inspired to do to build their faith in Jesus Christ.
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.