Am I the only one that thought of a BLT sandwich after contemplating Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk, “Believe, Love, Do”? I always love how Elder Uchtdorf can summarize his talk into one easy to remember sentiment (Remember the Forget Me Not’s?). “Believe, Love, Do” is a great way to refocus our lives on what’s important and do the things that really matter.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recommends the following for this talk:
“You could begin a discussion of this message by writing on the board Hopelessness and Happiness. Invite members to search the message for attitudes and beliefs that lead to hopelessness and happiness and list them on the board. Invite members to share ways they’ve experienced the happiness that comes from believing, loving, and doing, as Elder Uchtdorf teaches. Encourage members to find an encouraging quotation from the message to display in their home or share with a friend.”
Questions to Ponder
Why is it important for us to not always receive what we want? In what ways does it help us grow when we don’t get what we want?
How would life be different if we didn’t have trials?
How have your trials shaped you? Would you change that?
How has losing your life in the service of others helped you find your own life?
In what ways does the gospel set you free?
What do you think it means to live the abundant life?
How do you incorporate the essence of the gospel into your life each day?
When have you known God loves you specifically?
How has God’s love inspired you to believe, love, and do?
How can we be more mindful of loving and ministering to others even in the midst of our trials?
When has someone’s unique personality and strengths helped you?
What helps you forgive others when they have wronged you?
What does it mean to you to go about believing, loving, and doing? How do those three words sum up our discipleship?
When you have exercised faith how has it lead to an increase in love for others?
When you feel love for others how does it increase your desire to serve them?
These are my ideas. My hope is reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
Split the class into three groups. Give each group one of the sections of the talk, “We Believe,” “We Love,” “We Do.” Have each group read and discuss their section and what it means it terms of being a disciple of Jesus Christ in our every day situations. Then discuss together how the simple formula of Believe, Love, and Do build upon each other to achieve the abundant life.
Put my posters that say “Believe," “Love,” and “Do” on the board. As you discuss this talk and share quotes with each other; add the main points under the appropriate poster. You can even hand the marker to the person that said it so they can easily sum up their point on the board as well as share it out loud helping to make your classroom into more of a discussion atmosphere.
Relate or read the story of King Solomon and explain the meaning of Weltschmerz. Allow students to write down something that is contributing to their own feelings of weltschmerz on a small paper. Tell them to think of it throughout the lesson. At the end of the lesson ask them to think about how they can overcome what they wrote on their paper and to share if comfortable. Conclude with how “Believe, Love, Do” is a cure for weltschmerz and have them crumple up their paper as they leave and throw away the thing that is contributing to their weltschmerz. You may want to stand by the door with a trash can as they leave to encourage them to throw it out.
Show pictures of nature, families, temples, etc. After each picture ask how this thing shows God’s love for us then discuss how they can lead us to Believe, Love, and Do citing specific examples.
Ask class members to think of their favorite scriptures that inspire them to Believe, Love and Do. Ask them to share what specifically it inspires them to believe in, who to love, and what to do.
Share some quotes from Elder Uchtdorf’s talk before you teach. Share them in your Facebook group, emails, texting group, whatever method your ward uses. Encourage people to share quotes they found uplifting from his talk and challenge them to share them with someone that could use it as well. If you can, share all the quotes before Sunday ending with the “Come and Join Us” invitation. You may want to include the following in your invitation to encourage all to attend and participate in your class as well: “Come, add your strengths to ours. Because of your unique talents, abilities, and personality, you will help us become better and happier. In return, we will help you become better and happier as well.” PLEASE NOTE: The image download is a compressed file meaning you will need to unzip it BEFORE you open it or you will receive an error message. If you don’t know how to unzip a file, please see this tutorial. Also, you may NOT alter these images in any way. Thank you!