"God Wants All of His Children to Be Watched Over and Cared for" is a great lesson to discuss how God cares and knows about each and every one of His children. He knows us. He loves us. As a result we should be willing to love one another and help one another feel God's love for them.
The Church suggests the following, "President Russell M. Nelson said, “A hallmark of the Lord’s true and living Church will always be an organized, directed effort to minister to the individual children of God and their families” (“Ministering with the Power and Authority of God,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2018). What does President Nelson teach are some of the “organized, directed” ways in which the Church helps us better care for individuals? Why are these efforts “a hallmark of the Lord’s true and living Church”? (see Mosiah 18:21–22 and Moroni 6:4–6 for some ideas). What blessings have come into our lives or the lives of others because people ministered in their Church callings or assignments?"
"True Friends" by President Henry B. Eyring
"Doctrine of Inclusion" by President M. Russell Ballard
"Charity: One Family, One Home at a Time" by Sister Anne C. Pingree
"One by One" by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
"One among the Crowd" by Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander
"By Divine Design" by Elder Ronald A. Rasband
DESERET BOOKSHELF PLUS RECOMMENDATIONS
Simple, Individualized, and Led by the Spirit (about 2 minutes)
Church Members should extend Fellowship to All People (about 1 minute)
Questions to Ponder
- In what ways does your Church calling encourage you to minister?
- What evidences have you seen that God cares about all His people?
- How does God try to have us help reach out to each other?
- What can you do to focus individually on each person you minister to?
- How did Christ minister to the one?
- How does ministering ensure that no one slips through the cracks?
- What happens when we focus on the one instead of the assignment?
- How can you minister to the one in your Church calling?
- What can you do to increase the love you feel for the one?
- How can you focus on the one while still fulfilling all of your assignments?
- What does it mean to focus on the one? What does that look like to you?
- Why does God care about the one? How do we know that He does?
- How does the Church minister to the one?
- How does focusing on the individual one make us one as a Church?
- How does focusing on one person at a time change the world?
- How have you been blessed by ministering to the one?
- How have you been blessed by someone who took a personal interest in you?
- Why must our interest and concern always be with the individual even in a worldwide church?
- In what ways can you be more sensitive in looking after each individual?
- How can ministering to the one help those that are missing from Church at present?
These are my ideas. My hope is reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class
- Discuss the story of how the Savior leaves the 99 sheep to seek after the one. The Michael McLean song, "One of the Ninety and Nine" goes great with this. Discuss or ask others beforehand to share how someone reached out to them in the past and what effect it had on them. We need to be willing to seek after the one- whether that one has left the herd or is still a part of it.
- Do you know someone that has come back to church through the efforts of others reaching out to the one? See if they are willing to share their story. I love the story of Elder Richard G. Scott's grandma role in his membership in the church. You can read about it in his talk, "I Have Given You an Example."
- Read Matthew 10:29-31 and discuss how well the Lord knows and cares about us. How does that knowledge influence our daily lives? How can it influence us to be better ministering brothers and sisters?
- Brad Wilcox mentioned how we are usually stuck on Channel 1 (See "Changing the World, One Lunch Period at a Time"). We are always concerned about ourselves- What's going to happen to me? How can I do such and such? How will that help me? What we need to do is change our TVs to channel 2- How can I help so and so? What can I do to help so and so feel better? How can I make sure so and so gets to go to that activity? How can we change the channel so we can focus on the ones around us instead of focusing solely on our own needs especially when they feel so pressing? Why should we?
- Break into groups to discuss several stories about Christ ministering to the one. What does each group notice in these stories? What can we learn from the way Christ interacted with these people? How can we apply this story to our lives and the way we should minister to one another? Some scripture stories you might want to use include: Woman at the Well (John 4), Women with an Issue of Blood (Luke 8:43-48), Rising of Jairus's daughter (Luke 8:49-56), Christ comforting the thief on the cross (Luke 23:32-43). You can use my free group work cards to ask someone to spearhead the discussion in each group to ensure people stay on track and everyone gets a chance to share. Please note the second page does not have scripture verses, rather they are left blank to fill in your own choices of scriptures to study.
- You could also use this discussion to talk about how we sometimes choose not to minister to someone because they aren't on our list or don't fit our preconceived notion of what someone should look like in order to be receptive to our ministering. It's interesting to note that most of Christ's service was done to people along His way to do work somewhere else. It's important that we take the time to stop and minister to others along our journey as well.
- Discuss how our different callings allow us the opportunity to help reach every single individual. For example, the Ward Mission Leader reaches out to those not of our faith yet. The Primary Teacher watches over all the children in their class. The Lord didn't set up just one way for people to be watched over but several. How does your calling lead to ministering?
- Talk about how caring for the one also allows us to become one. As we care more about the one than ourselves, it leads us all to be of one heart.