Every once in a while we get a talk on meekness during General Conference. This session Elder David A. Bednar dives into it with his talk, "Meek and Lowly of Heart." One of the interesting things about this common topic is that it's still a widely misunderstood concept.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, should be to help everyone understand what meekness really is, why it's important, and how in the world we as individuals can use it in our daily lives.
- What does it mean to be meek?
- How is meekness different from humility?
- How do we develop meekness?
- How did Moses display meekness?
- What does it mean to "walk in the meekness of His spirit?"
- Who in your life is an example of meekness?
- What does meekness imply by the world's standards? Why do you think there is this misunderstanding?
- Why is meekness the "foundation on which all spiritual capacities and gifts arise?"
- What does the Savior's meekness in Gethsemane demonstrate?
- What strengths do we develop as we become more meek?
- How does being meek bless our lives?
- Who has been an example of meekness to you?
- Why is meekness an important attribute to develop?
From the Church, "To inspire a discussion about Elder Bednar’s message, you could write on the board Meekness is… and Meekness is not…Members could then search Elder Bednar’s message and write on the board phrases they find that complete these statements. What do we learn from this message that inspires us to be more meek? What examples of meekness can we think of? How can we apply Elder Bednar’s counsel to become more meek?"
These are my ideas. My hope is that reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class. Remember you are leading a discussion, not teaching a lesson so you may only need one of these ideas.
- Compare and contrast the stories of the rich young man and Amulek. Read Alma 15:16 and Matthew 19:21-22. How are these men alike? How are they different? Who do you identify with more?
- Read Alma 61:2,9 about Pahoran. What can we learn about meekness from Pahoran? How could he have handled the situation differently?
- President Monson invited us all to read from the Book of Mormon daily. What was your response to this invitation? How did President Nelson and President Eyring respond? How is their response to this invitation an example of meekness?
- Break into the three example groups laid out in Elder Bednar's talk. Have each group discuss the story as well as the questions Elder Bednar poses at the end of each section. When you meet back together discuss those specific questions as well as what we learn about meekness from those examples and how to apply it into our lives.
- Use my handout to discuss meekness in groups. Give each group leader (talk to people beforehand) the list asking them to focus on one particular section first. Then if they have time they can dive into the rest. Come back together and discuss!
- How is the Savior the ultimate example of meekness? Ask your class for their ideas from the Savior's life and make a list on the board. You can show the Bible movies to supplement these stories. A great example of meekness is the story of Jesus washing His disciples' feet shown in this Bible video.