Moroni was a strong and mighty man who labored exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people. He was firm in the faith of Christ while witnessing the total downfall and destruction of his people. With the loss of his father and his people, Moroni inherited a great burden of loneliness, unequaled in human history. As a prophet without a people, Moroni’s audience was the future – us. “Behold,” he wrote, “I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.” (Morm. 8:35.) Through the final chapters of the Book of Mormon, our relationship with Moroni deepens as we learn of his earthly experience and discover his unfailing testimony. He is one who truly saw the Savior, and powerfully extends the promise of glory awaiting all those who accept his challenge in coming unto Christ. For this purpose he is depicted in the handout above. As we each do our part in spreading the glorious message of the gospel, may we stand like Moroni, “strong and immovable” in our mission and purpose to bring souls to Christ.
“It is impossible for us to fail when we do our best when we are on the Lord’s errand. While the outcome is a result of the exercise of one’s agency, sharing the gospel is our responsibility. . . He will assist us in our labors if we will act in faith to fulfill His work.” – Elder M. Russell Ballard
Last month we learned the importance of being self-reliant. Living this principle helps us become strong enough to stand on our own; both temporally and spiritually. This leads perfectly into our next unit from Come Follow Me. This December will be focusing on Building the Kingdom of God in the Latter-days. I have chosen to further develop the first lesson in this unit, “What does it mean to “stand as witnesses of God”? However, any of these activity suggestions may be used with other lessons this month.
After reading the scripture references and Conference addresses provided in the unit, I felt it best to create quote cards for the youth to share in class. Choose some of your favorites and when you pass them out at the beginning, don’t attach a specific order to the cards and not every class member needs to take one. Ask those with cards to read beforehand, then share when they feel impressed throughout the learning experience. I like giving a few of the youth time to think of a response a week beforehand. They are usually among the first to share. For this particular lesson, I asked them to come prepared with a picture of a family member currently serving a full-time mission and what qualities or attributes the missionary has, specifically how he/she stands as a witness. Each time I use this discussion method I am amazed at how the subject stays on topic. The Spirit is also present; teaching and instilling the desire to move toward action. All are edified through the sharing of gospel truths, feelings and testimony. Is this not our greatest goal as teachers?
Photo Handout: Dare to be a Mormon
Also consider showing the following video in class. Before you show it, ask the youth to think of experiences that they have had in which they stood up for their beliefs. Have them share their responses following the video.
- What doctrines or standards might they need to defend in the future?
- Why is it sometime difficult to stand up for beliefs?
- What have you done to gain courage in these situations?
The Apostle Paul proclaimed, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.” Such confidence and conversion is the result of diligent and deliberate effort. May the Lord bless you in your efforts to teach the youth of the Church this coming month. The Prophet Joseph Smith declared, “After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel.” Feel free to leave a reply sharing meaningful experiences you had with your class or quorum for others to learn from. Now go and do!