"The Worth of Souls Is Great in the Sight of God" answers the basic question of why we minister. Each person matters and it is our duty to be God's hands in bringing all unto Christ.
The Church suggests the following when teaching this lesson, "The experiences of the sons of Mosiah illustrate that the way we see people affects how we minister to them. You could write on the board How the Nephites saw the Lamanites and How the sons of Mosiah saw the Lamanites. Then invite members to search Mosiah 28:1–3 and Alma 26:23–26 to find words and phrases to write under each of these statements. What does this comparison teach us about how the way we see people affects the way we minister to them? How can we learn to see people more as God sees them? (see D&C 18:10–16)."
"The Worth of Souls" by Elder Harold G. Hillam
"Lord, Wilt Thou Cause that My Eyes May Be Opened" by Elder W. Craig Zwick
"The Service that Counts" by President Thomas S. Monson
"Our Personal Ministries" by Elder Hugo E. Martinez
"Forget Me Not" by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"The Atonement and the Value of One Soul" by President M. Russell Ballard
"One among the Crowd" by Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander
"You Matter to Him" by Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
"The Worth of Souls Is Great" by Kristin L. Matthews
Questions to Ponder
- What preconceived labels do we sometimes put on others? How can we get rid of these?
- What things can you do to see others more clearly?
- How can we create greater unity?
- How do you see yourself?
- What gives you worth?
- How can we stop shaming or judging others?
- What's the difference between worth and worthiness?
- What does the scripture D&C 18:10 mean to you? Why is it important to remember?
- How can we look upon each other with more spiritual eyes?
- How can we help others recognize their worth?
- How are you blessed when you see others's true worth?
- What blocks your view of others?
- How precious is one soul to you?
- How does understanding your individual worth help you want to minister to others?
- How does your pride prevent you from seeing the true value of another?
These are my ideas. My hope is reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
- Discuss the four steps toward healing the wounds of racism. Might we still hold on to some of this false beliefs?
- There is a great free Worth of Souls bookmark with scriptures to study at Holy Handouts.
- This lesson is great for a Johnny Lingo throwback. What kept the people from seeing her true worth? Why do you think he was able to see past everyone else's narrow mindedness? How are we sometimes like Johnny Lingo? How are we sometimes like the villagers? (You won't be able to show this whole video but you could show a clip towards the end to give the overall picture)
- Take time to write down the admirable qualities of those you minister to during your lesson. Encourage people to write down ways they can find out more about those they minister to if they can't think of any yet.
- Here's a fun activity to bring a discussion about worth from Jonesing 2 Create. Use the candy ball to get your class to draw analogies to the worth of souls.
- Define worth in your discussion. If the worth of souls is great, how should that change the way we interact with each other, view ourselves, and see others?
- Use the object lesson from Elder Stevenson's talk in October 2017 General Conference where if you hold a pebble up close to your eye, you can't see the bicycle wheel behind it. How is that like the prejudices, our pride, or lack of interest we might when it comes to others?
- Use a Magic Eye type of picture to demonstrate how our perspective changes when we see others as God would see them. You could also do this with hidden picture images- the ones when you wear the red glasses and you can see the image (you don't need glasses, just red cellophane to make it work). Print the decoder background from Made by Marzipan first. Then put it back in your printer and print my handout on top of the background. Cut out each rectangle then make the glasses from Made by Marzipan to see the hidden message.