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November 13. How Can I Receive an Outpouring of the Lord’s Spirit? Hosea 1–6; 10–14; Joel
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“November 13. How Can I Receive an Outpouring of the Lord’s Spirit? Hosea 1–6; 10–14; Joel,” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2022 (2021)

“November 13. How Can I Receive an Outpouring of the Lord’s Spirit?” Come, Follow Me—For Aaronic Priesthood Quorums and Young Women Classes: Doctrinal Topics 2022

Young Women leaders

November 13

How Can I Receive an Outpouring of the Lord’s Spirit?

Hosea 1–6; 10–14; Joel

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Counsel Together

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

At the beginning of the meeting, repeat together the Young Women Theme or the Aaronic Priesthood Quorum Theme. Then lead a discussion about the work of salvation and exaltation using one or more of the questions below or questions of your own (see General Handbook, 10.2, 11.2, ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Plan ways to act on what you discuss.

  • Live the gospel. What recent experiences have strengthened our testimonies?

  • Care for those in need. Who needs our help and prayers? What do we feel impressed to do to help them?

  • Invite all to receive the gospel. How can we be a light to family members or friends who don’t share our beliefs?

  • Unite families for eternity. How can we show more love and support for our families and make a positive difference in our homes?

At the end of the lesson, as appropriate, do the following:

  • Testify of the principles taught.

  • Remind class or quorum members about the plans and invitations made during the meeting.

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Teach the Doctrine

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

Prepare Yourself Spiritually

There’s no question that we live in a time of uncertainty and fear. The Old Testament prophet Joel described our time—the “day of the Lord”—as “a day of darkness and of gloominess” and “great and very terrible” (Joel 2:1–2, 11). But that doesn’t mean our days are hopeless. Consider this promise by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf: “Though at times we may feel buried by the trials of life or surrounded by emotional darkness, the love of God and the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ will bring something unimaginable to spring forth” (“God Will Do Something Unimaginable,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2020, 52).

So when you notice the darkness and gloominess of our time, remember that the Lord has also promised great—even unimaginable—blessings: “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (Joel 2:28; see also Joseph Smith—History 1:41). Note the specific promise that God’s Spirit would be poured out upon young men and young women. Why do you feel it is important for those you teach to understand that? Ponder this question as you read Joel 2 and Elder Uchtdorf’s message in your preparation to teach.

Scripture study

The Lord has promised that in the last days, He will pour out His Spirit, and “your sons and your daughters shall prophesy” (Joel 2:28).

Learn Together

To help those you teach better understand Joel 2:28–29, you could place an object in a bowl and let someone pour water over it. How does this help us understand what it means for the Lord to “pour out [His] spirit upon all flesh”? How are the prophecies in Joel 2:28–29 being fulfilled? Here are some ideas that can help the youth better understand how the Lord is pouring out His Spirit today.

  • The scriptures record many instances when the Lord poured out His Spirit upon His people. Reviewing some of these could help the youth better understand how to receive an outpouring of God’s Spirit in their lives. Consider drawing a large pitcher pouring water on the board and asking individuals or small groups to read one or more of the scripture passages in “Supporting Resources.” They could write on the board around the pitcher what the people in their scripture passage did so the Lord could pour out His Spirit and also what blessings followed. When have we felt the Spirit comforting, guiding, or cleansing us?

  • You might write these words from Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf on the board: “God has something unimaginable in mind for you personally and the Church collectively—a marvelous work and a wonder” (“God Will Do Something Unimaginable,” 53). Consider asking the youth to look in Elder Uchtdorf’s message for the unimaginable blessings God gave to people in the scriptures after times of hardship. What did Elder Uchtdorf teach us to do so we can make good decisions when we face hardship? Invite the youth to make a list of the “unimaginable” things God may have in mind for us. Invite those you teach to ponder what they are willing to do to receive these blessings.

  • Consider showing the video “President Nelson: Hear Him—Personal Revelation” (ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Ask the youth to listen for insights about how the Spirit speaks to us and how He blesses our lives. They could also review President Russell M. Nelson’s message “Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives” (Ensign or Liahona, May 2018, 93–96). Ask them to look for answers to questions like these: How did President Nelson seek and receive the Spirit’s promptings? What do we learn from Joseph Smith about God’s willingness to speak to His children? What did President Nelson urge us to do? Tell the youth about a time when you felt the Lord pouring out His Spirit. Invite them to ponder experiences they have had and, if they feel comfortable, share them.

Act in Faith

Encourage class or quorum members to ponder and record what they will do to act on the impressions they received today. If they would like, they could share their ideas. Invite them to think about how acting on their impressions will strengthen their relationships with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

Supporting Resources

Teaching in the Savior’s Way

“In addition to helping learners feel and recognize the Spirit, help them act on the promptings they receive” (Teaching in the Savior’s Way, 10).