Monday, January 12, 2015
Come Unto Me - January (The Godhead)- Who am I, and who can I become?
I've been struggling a bit to get into the routine and flow of things to teach my little class of beehives. Here's the number one lesson I've learned: I can't teach YW the way I taught RS. I find myself fumbling a teensy bit to shift into the YW-led teaching, and relating things but I am finding my way slowly. I don't know if it is just that I spent almost 20 years in Primary then jumped into Relief Society but never touched the in-between. I find myself wanting to be a better teacher and connect with these sweet girls better - so that's my goal! I think my biggest hurdle will be learning to teach to just 2-4 girls since that's what I have in my class (who are active).
Prior to going in to our YW classes during Sunday School class this week we discussed the role of Mary, mother of Jesus. We talked about how young she was and how connected to her Father in Heaven she must have been in order to respond the way she did to the angel Gabriel's news that she would be the mother of the Savior (Luke 1:26-28). I felt prompted to use this at the beginning of my lesson to get the girls to relate to the scriptures - she was a young woman, not much older than them and because she knew who she was and what her purpose was here on earth, she was able to accept and then magnify her efforts to praise the Lord and help others see His greatness.
I used several excerpts from the following suggested talks:
I asked the girls the golden questions:
1. who are you?
2. what do you want to become?
3. who can you become?
Each girl had a different outlook - one responded that she was just a girl, and another that she was a daughter and a friend. I thought this was interesting so we talked about what the world view of who they are was. We talked about the things that showed us the world's viewpoint (media, tv, music, pictures, etc.)
we played this video “Our True Identity”
Then I asked if the girls believed what Pres. Uchtdorf said. The response was interesting as mostly they knew Heavenly Father loved them in a general sense of "we are his children" but none of them have had a defining moment that they knew Heavenly Father loved them individually, knew their name and thought of them.
we read and discussed the scriptures Luke 15:4–6, 11–32; John 3:16; D&C 18:10–15 - that tell us the worth of souls is great.
We read this section titled "The Gospel is the way to happily ever after" from Pres. Uchtdorf's talk: