At first glance, "The Eternal Everyday" by Elder Quentin L. Cook may seem a little difficult to teach. It's full of excellent wisdom but how do you teach humility? It is such a misunderstood virtue because it is rare and Satan has done a good job of distorting what it truly is.
However, I love the concept of "everyday humility." What actions do we do in order to strive for humility everyday? How do we stay out of the pride cycle? The above quote from this General Conference talk is a great example of a daily act that we should be doing in order to let humility into our lives.
- What is true everyday humility?
- What daily things can we do to further develop humility?
- In what ways are we preparing to meet God?
- Can you say you have been sufficiently humble or are we compelled to be so?
- Would you be willing to give up what you have now to preach the gospel?
- How does humility help build the Lord's church? How can we do this?
- How does pride destroy you? How will it destroy us as a people?
- How do you or others put your will above God's will?
- What helps you submit your will to God's will? What blessings come as a result?
- Why do you think we rank other people's opinions of us higher than God's opinion?
- How can you change things so that God's opinion is what matters most?
- How can you avoid some of the manifestations of pride?
- How does pride impact your relationships including your relationship with God?
- In what ways can you choose to be humble?
From the Church "Elder Cook’s message reminds us of the importance of striving to be humble in various ways. One way to discuss what he teaches is to divide members into two groups. Ask one group to look for suggestions in Elder Cook’s message that might help us develop humility, and the other group to look for ways that people manifest pride. Invite each group to share their description with the other group. Members could also share ways they can show more “everyday humility” in their lives and consider how this humility might help them prepare to meet God."
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.
- Arrange a special musical number of the hymn, "Be Thou Humble."
- Ask for synonyms for the word humble and use a few of them throughout your lesson as you ask questions or make certain points to drive it home. Because humility is a rare quality today, it can be hard to grasp.
- Discuss what a humble person does. You can give scenarios or general situations and ask what a humble person would do or ask the question in general.
- Find some scriptural examples of humble people and discuss their stories and how we can apply those scriptures to our lives today. For example, you could discuss Pahoran's response to Captain Moroni's censure.
- Discuss how "pride, self-aggrandizement, and so called 'authenticity'" takes away from humility. What are some examples? You can include the humblebrag in this section as well.
- Use this weakness object lesson to discuss how humility helps us become stronger.
- Go over the pride cycle. How do we get stuck in this cycle? Can we break it? How have you seen this cycle evident in the last dispensation?
- You may also want to jump into a discussion of pride vs. self-esteem. How does poor self-esteem lead to pride? How does healthy self-esteem lead to humility?