"Fear Not to Do Good" by President Henry B. Eyring Teaching Helps

"Fear Not to Do Good" by President Henry B. Eyring is a talk that you could teach in many different directions. You can focus on faith overcoming our fears, the way he follow the prophet's counsel to read the Book of Mormon even though he already was, or on the service that comes as a result of our faith.

 
 

I'm all about the fear angle myself as I find it's what keeps so many of us from even trying to do something that we know is good. When we remember and act on the knowledge that faith always defeats fear then we can see progress and be a helping hand in building the Lord's kingdom.


Questions

  • How have you been blessed by following the prophet's counsel? 
  • How have you been blessed by reading the Book of Mormon and in turn blessed others?
  • How has reading the Book of Mormon increased your desire to serve?
  • How has faith helped you through difficult times? 
  • What can you do to bless others?
  • Why do you doubt? How does faith overcome doubt?
  • What helps you fear not?
  • How do we build "courage in our hearts"? Why is it needed?
  • How can you build and strengthen your faith continually?
  • In what ways does faith spur you into action?
  • What service can you do in your community?

Teaching Thoughts

From the Church, "President Eyring’s message can help those you teach find the courage and faith to do good in the world. You could invite a few members to summarize the examples of faithful people President Eyring shares. What do these examples teach us about how to serve others? What do these examples suggest about ways we can serve as a quorum or Relief Society?

Another way to discuss this message is to review the blessings that President Eyring saw from following President Thomas S. Monson’s counsel to study the Book of Mormon. What blessings have we seen from studying the Book of Mormon?"

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.

  • You can use my coloring pages based on this talk as a visual for your lesson, a handout, or to give to those that can't attend. A Lively Hope also has a great coloring page with the scripture in D&C 6:36.
  • Use my rope object lesson (scroll down to my video and skip to about 1:00) where each knot in the rope represents a time you chose to doubt not or fear not. 
  • Have a little fun with the Primary song, "The Wise Man and the Foolish Man" (page 281). You can do the children's object lesson (rock and sand in a tub with houses on top then make it rain) or draw it on the board and show what each stands for. How can we build our houses upon the rock? What does it entail? Because we built upon rocks, how can we help others?
  • Continue to draw on the power of music for this lesson. Ask people what songs help strengthen their faith and spur them into action. You can then either read some of the words out loud, sing the hymn together, or listen to the music quietly allowing individuals to ponder on it.
  • Save time towards the end of your discussion for sharing of testimonies.
  • Trusting the Lord is part of having faith. Split into groups and give each some of these free printable sticky-notes to answer and put on the board when they are finished answering. Then read the notes together and continue the discussion. You can focus this activity more by emphasizing our faith should motivate us to do good. If we have faith then we are ready to do good, what are we trusting God to do.
  • Begin by defining faith- what it means as well as what it means in your life. Is it like an anchor, lifeline, etc? What is faith to you today (because it will change)? Is it a motivating force for us to do good? If not right now, how can we make it that way?
  • Developing faith can be hard. Some choose not to take the path because it's easier to avoid it. Draw 2 paths on the board- 1 easy and one much more difficult. At the end of the each path write the rewards but keep them covered for the first part. Ask which path people would choose and why. After some short discussion, reveal the results at the end of both paths. Now which would they choose and why. Why is faith so much more work? Why is it worth it?
  • Read the Who am I? faith cards included in my Primary 4 Lesson 43 handouts. How did faith spur these people into action. What can we learn from them?
  • This page has several video clips about Faith you can use during your lesson. 
  • Use several scriptural examples to show the cause and effect of having faith. For example WHEN Moses had faith he CAUSED the Red Sea to be parted and saved the children of Israel. You can make a chart on the board ending with WHEN we have faith, we CAUSE miracles to happen or something to that effect (you can use the Yellow Angels example).