Ideas for Teaching "The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?" by President Russell M. Nelson

President Russell M. Nelson's "The Book of Mormon: What Would Your Life Be Like without It?" is yet another talk on the Book of Mormon. If you haven't figured out how important it is to read the Book of Mormon daily, this talk will do it.

 
 

I love how President Nelson has been sharing ways he studies the scriptures lately and passing on the challenges to us. The questions he suggested in this talk is another great way to look at things. He is such a great example of how we can always learn from reading the scriptures no matter how many times we've read it before.


Questions

  • "What would your life be like without the Book of Mormon?"
  • "What would you not know" without the Book of Mormon?
  • "What would you not have" without the Book of Mormon?
  • What does the Book of Mormon teach you about the Atonement?
  • What do you think President Nelson meant when he said, "Whenever I hear anyone, including myself, say, “I know the Book of Mormon is true,” I want to exclaim, “That’s nice, but it is not enough!”?
  • In what ways does the Book of Mormon help you make better decisions? 
  • How does the Book of Mormon immunize you against evil?
  • Why do you personally need the Book of Mormon?
  • How precious is the Book of Mormon to you?
  •  What are some passages of the Book of Mormon that have strengthened your testimony of Jesus Christ? 
  • What are some passages in the Book of Mormon that have helped you in times of personal challenge?
  • If someone were to ask you about the Book of Mormon, what could you say about how it has influenced your life?
  • How can you share the Book of Mormon with someone?
  • How has the Book of Mormon been a comfort for you? A guide?
  • In what ways has the Book of Mormon changed your life and your perspective?

Teaching Thoughts

From the Church, "President Nelson invited members to think about three questions: (1) 'What would your life be like without the Book of Mormon?' (2) 'What would you not know?' (3) 'What would you not have?' Invite members of your quorum, group, or Relief Society to ponder these questions and share how they would answer them. What do they find in this message that inspires them to value the Book of Mormon more than 'diamonds or rubies'?"

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.

  • On board before class, write the question President Nelson asked, "If you were offered diamonds or rubies or the Book of Mormon, which would you choose? Honestly, which is of greater worth to you?" allowing your class to ponder it before you begin our lesson. Then read it out loud and discuss answers. 
  • How can we immerse ourselves in the Book of Mormon? You can demonstrate immersion visually with a jar, water, and a sponge. When a sponge is place on top of the water, it will float- that's like us lightly reading the Book of Mormon- it only gets a little wet. However, if you immerse it, it is completely soaked and you can even squeeze water out of it. How do we do that with the Book of Mormon?
  • Use President Nelson's chart at the end of his talk to help organized your lesson. You can focus on and discuss each word. You can also use my journal pages to easily break up in groups or send something home.
  • What is the one word that comes to mind when you think of the Book of Mormon? You can have your class write their answers on the board before or during class and discuss them briefly. Then point out the word President Nelson used- "power." How is this an accurate description? 
  • Close your lesson by reading the promises that President Nelson gives to those that will regularly read the Book of Mormon. Then share your testimony. 
  • Challenge your class to make a goal for reading the Book of Mormon. There are several different reading schedules here including one that you can customized to whatever you need. Be sure to follow up and encourage others. There are even Instagram accounts to help people stay on track. 
  • Write on the board, "Goals for Reading the Book of Mormon" on the board and have people fill it in with some of theirs- either before class or during. We all have different ways of approaching the Book of Mormon, the important part is to get into it. Have people share their experiences with their current goal or past ones and what helped them to stick to it.
  • Use these free templates to give time to write down testimonies or to include in a copy of the Book of Mormon to share with someone.
  • Discuss the different ways people use to mark the scriptures. It's always interesting to hear what people focus on and get more ideas for your own study. 
  • Have the missionaries come in and share a story of when they testified of the Book of Mormon or when they witnessed someone develop a testimony of it. Ask them to bring pass along cards or extra copies of the Book of Mormon for people to take as well.
  • Pick one passage from the Book of Mormon and discuss how it applies to everyone single person in your classroom as well as everyone in the world. Be sure to ask everyone’s thoughts. 
  • Ask a few people ahead of time to share a story or testimony of a time they felt President Nelson's promises to be true or one of the truths he mentions about the Book of Mormon.