What did you think of the talk, "Divine Discontent" by Sister Michelle Craig. I loved the story she shared of the girl who at first was very excited about her idea to make a tie for President Kimball but then started to doubt herself. How many of us do that!? I certainly do. I love how Sister Kimball “happened” to be right there to encourage her on and to “never suppress a generous thought.”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints suggests the following:
Sister Craig speaks of “a gap between where and who we are, and where and who we want to become.” How does God want us to feel about this gap? How does Satan want us to feel about it? Each member could search one of the three sections in Sister Craig’s message to find answers to these questions. What can we do to ensure that our “divine discontent” does not become “paralyzing discouragement”?
Questions to Ponder
How would you define divine discontent? What is divine discontent not? Why should we welcome it into our lives? How can we recognize if it’s Satan’s counterfeit instead?
What are some things we do to prepare ourselves to walk on the covenant path?
How can the calls of divine discontent help us? What can we do so they don’t discourage us instead?
What does divine discontent have to do with promptings to do good?
What are some things that help you accept your weaknesses and try to turn them into strengths? What might be some stumbling blocks along the way? How do you keep going instead of giving up on them?
What have been some unexpected consequences of responding to promptings to do good?
How can the reminder that “charity never faileth” help us as we try to discern promptings?
How has the Lord made up the difference when you did something for someone else rather than focus on yourself?
How have you been given grace as you have tried to go about doing good? How has Christ helped you do more?
What miracles have you seen in your life?
How does the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ help us answer calls of divine discontent?
How does Satan want us to respond to divine discontent? Why is this important to remember?
These are my ideas. My hope is reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
Take time to allow your class members to write a letter to themselves in the future (1 year, 5 years, whatever). It should include where they would like to be and how they want to get there. How is this similar to divine discontent? What is the difference? What can we do to realize our full divine potential and the steps we need to take now?
Discuss Sister Craig’s point that often promptings to do good are inconvenient. You might want to ask, “Who has acted on a prompting when it was inconvenient? Why do we want to follow through on these promptings anyway? What motivates us?” Then ask “When you acted upon an inconvenient prompting, did you discover the impact of your act of service?” As Sister Craig points out, often we will not, however, “a good deed is never wasted, for ‘charity never faileth’- and is never the wrong response.” Ask some people to share the impact of small acts of service others have done for them especially if the impact it had probably wasn’t obvious.
Discuss why we are focusing on acting in faith and following promptings to do good while talking about divine discontent. Give my handouts to remind people to have the courage to act on those promptings and take a step closer to fulfilling their divine potential. I made them so they can easily fit inside a wallet or be used as a bookmark. Remember to share with those serving in other organizations.
Split these scriptures about weaknesses among class members:Isaiah 35:3-4, Matthew 26:41, 1 Nephi 19:6, 2 Nephi 33:11, Ether 3:2, Ether 12:23-25, 40, Ether 12:27-28, Ether 12:37, D&C 50:6, D&C 62:1. Have class members read the scriptures, share what impressed them about their scripture. Discuss why we have weaknesses and how they can lead to good. Example: “Jesus’s miracles often begin with a recognition of want, need, failure, or inadequacy.” You could also use the object lesson about turning weaknesses into strength with’s God’s help.
Read the quote by C.S. Lewis near the end of the talk about God rebuilding a house. Discuss how this has been true in your life. When has Heavenly Father known better, even if you didn’t at the time? You could also act this quote out instead by having someone come to the board to draw a simple house. After you thank them and they sit back down, change the picture by erasing some parts, adding to it, etc. until it becomes something even better.
Share the story of Susan in smaller groups together. Discuss when we have felt similar to Susan. How can we encourage like Sister Kimball? What helps you act on the generous though even though you doubt?
Share the video, Songs Sung and Unsung. Discuss ways that we can answer calls of change and growth even when we feel we are having a hard time.