I’m planning on joining the family business, how about you? In "Choose You This Day" by Elder Dale G. Renlund he tells us how Heavenly Father is helping become part of His family business. It’s all about the choices we make here though!
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints suggests the following when using this talk:
“Members could think of someone they would like to encourage to follow Heavenly Father’s plan, such as a family member or someone to whom they minister. Then they could review Elder Renlund’s message to discover how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ feel about us. How do They help us choose obedience? What does Their example suggest about how we can improve our efforts in our families and our ministering?”
Questions to Ponder
When have your actions prevented Heavenly Father from helping you so you have to go it on your own? How do we prevent the Lord from helping us?
Why is it significant that Heavenly Father wants us to choose to do right rather than just doing right? How might this change the way we parent? How does it change the way you view the Lord as your Father and the way He looks after you?
How does it make you feel to know Heavenly Father wants to give all that He has to you?
When have you felt the Savior’s love and advocacy in your life?
How do you combat the whisperings of Satan? Why is it important to realize the contrasts between Satan and the Savior? Why not just know about the Savior?
When has Christ helped you up? How does He help you through your choices?
Why is agency so important to you? How do you safeguard your agency?
In what ways does the Plan of Salvation rely on our agency?
How does having a choice in what you do in this life make you feel?
Why do you think Heavenly Father want us to govern ourselves?
How have you felt that you are not alone on this mortal journey?
When have your actions shown that you have chosen to follow the Savior?
How can we encourage and help each other in our choices?
What helps you make the choices you need to?
These are my ideas. My hope is reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
Our choices determine who we are and who we become. Have students ponder and write down a few of the choices they are currently making (maybe just think about today) and who those choices are leading them to become. Is it actually the person you are trying to be or is it distracting you from your full potential? Discuss what choices they are making and how they can help each other make choices that help us to become who we desire.
Bring a small button to class. Show the class the button and hide it in one of your hands behind your back. Have the class choose which hand you are hiding the button in by raise of hands. Do it a couple of times and have class members keep track of how many times they get it right. Discuss how our choices do not have to be a random guess like with the button, but can be made by what we know. Then make a list of what you know and how that affects your choices.
Share three scenarios that class members could be facing (a wayward child, marriage problems, financial problems). For each scenario discuss how Satan would respond to your trial and how the Savior would respond. How are we responding to the people in our lives when they face such problems?
Ask for four volunteers. Ask two to draw a house on the board. Give the other two volunteers instructions. Have one cheer on the volunteers while the other picks each house apart telling them what’s wrong (negative as possible). Discuss how choosing who we listen to can determine who we choose to follow. How can we block out the negative whisperings in our lives and tune more fully into the loving messages coming from God?
Read this quote. “Who is righteous? Anyone who is repenting. No matter how bad he has been, if he is repenting he is a righteous man. There is hope for him. And no matter how good he has been all his life, if he is not repenting, he is a wicked man. The difference is which way you are facing. The man on the top of the stairs facing down is much worse off than the man on the bottom step who is facing up. The direction we are facing, that is repentance; and that is what determines whether we are good or bad.” (Hugh Nibley, Approaching Zion, pg. 301-302) Have class members discuss in pairs why it is important to always be facing the right way on the staircase, the comfort this quote gives, and how we can tie it into Elder Renlund’s words.
Share some quotes before your lesson to get people to choose to start the discussion early and ponder on some of Elder Renlund’s words. You may want to include some questions from above as well. Keep mind, you are just dipping their toes into the talk before you teach. You aren’t reaching out with the big huge questions, you are warming them up! Please Note: This download is a compressed file meaning you must unzip it before opening or you will get an error message. Please see this tutorial for more information on unzipping a file.
Discuss some of the things we as parents do to ensure that our children are ready to leave our homes and live on their own providing for their own needs. How do we do this? What experiences have you had both good and bad as you have tried to get your children prepared to succeed? How can we compare this to how our Heavenly Father is helping us? What other parenting tips can we gain from Him?