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November 8. Why Do the Choices I Make Matter? Mormon 7–9
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“November 8. Why Do the Choices I Make Matter? Mormon 7–9,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020 (2020)

“November 8. Why Do the Choices I Make Matter?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2020

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November 8

Why Do the Choices I Make Matter?

Mormon 7–9

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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

The choices we make—big and small—affect us now and in the future. Moroni taught that one day we will all “be brought to stand before the Lamb of God” (Mormon 9:2) to be judged. Because we all make mistakes during mortality, Moroni exhorted us to “cry mightily unto the Father in the name of Jesus” so that we can be “cleansed by the blood of the Lamb, at that great and last day” (Mormon 9:6). The choices we make each day matter greatly because our choices are drawing us closer to the Savior or farther away from Him.

Ponder some of the choices you have made in your life that have helped you draw closer to Jesus Christ. How have these choices affected you and others? What choices do members of your quorum or class face that can draw them closer to or away from the Savior? How do these decisions affect them now and in the future? As you prepare to teach, consider studying President Dallin H. Oaks’s message “Small and Simple Things” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 89–92) and “Agency and Accountability” in For the Strength of Youth ([2011], 2–3).

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Our choices each day are drawing us closer to the Savior or farther away from Him.

Learn Together

You might begin by inviting your quorum or class to share what they think the day of judgment will be like for those who repent and those who don’t repent. What insights can we find in Mormon 7:6–7; 9:3–4, 13–14, 29? According to these verses, why do our choices matter? Then you might use activities like the following to help your quorum or class further understand how their choices can help them come closer to Jesus Christ.

  • When we have a strong relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we are more likely to follow Their commandments even when we don’t understand all of the reasons behind them. This is one lesson that quorum or class members can learn from the video “Going to Grandma’s” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). You might show this video to the quorum or class and ask, “What did Chloe understand about her grandma that made it easier to follow her direction? What do we know about Heavenly Father and the Savior that can make it easier to obey Their commandments?” You might also read some of the scriptures in “Supporting Resources.” What do we find in these scriptures that inspires us to make good choices?

  • To help members of your quorum or class better understand why their choices matter, invite them to silently read “Agency and Accountability” in For the Strength of Youth. They could then share what impressed them. To further discuss the importance of our choices, members of your quorum or class could choose one or more additional topics in For the Strength of Youth and talk about consequences that can come from obeying or disobeying the Lord’s standards. Why is it important for us to keep an eternal perspective when we make choices?

  • In his message “Small and Simple Things,” President Dallin H. Oaks taught that “small and simple” choices have big consequences (Alma 37:6). You might ask quorum or class members to find examples of this teaching in the talk. What other examples can quorum or class members think of that teach the same principle? Ask them to share their thoughts about how President Oaks’s message can help them make better choices.

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.

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Teaching in the Savior’s Way

The Savior taught others to love and serve by loving and serving them. He taught them to pray by praying with them and for them. His example was His most powerful method of teaching. What can you do to teach by example?