In "The Lord Leads His Church" by President Henry B. Eyring, he discusses the need for us to sustain our leaders as well as have faith in ourselves to fulfill our callings.
It's important to remember that none of us on earth are perfect and therefore will make mistakes even in our Church callings. However, that doesn't mean we aren't divinely called or can't receive revelation- it's all the more reason for it. The Lord sees us and our potential when He calls us.
- Have you received a calling that you felt was a mistake but later saw why the Lord called you?
- How had God directed you in your calling?
- Why is it okay to have imperfect people in leadership positions?
- What do you need faith in when you receive a calling?
- How can we exercise faith in our leaders?
- How can you strengthen your faith in your leaders and callings?
- How can you support the Bishop? Why does he need our faith?
- What can we do to see our leaders as the Lord did when He called them?
- Why is it sometimes hard to support certain callings? What can you do about it?
- How can you sustain the leaders of the ward and Church?
- How do we sustain with full faith?
From the Church, "Invite the members of your quorum or Relief Society members to share experiences in which they needed to develop faith that their calling or another’s calling came from God. How did they exercise their faith? How did they come to learn that the calling was from God? Invite members to search President Eyring’s message and identify truths he learned from personal experience that can help us trust and be patient with ourselves and others whom the Lord has called."
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.
- Divide your discussion into the four points President Eyring mentions at the beginning of his talk: Jesus Christ is the head of the Church; Christ leads His Church today by speaking to prophets; Jesus Christ gives revelation to His prophets; and Christ gives confirming revelation to those who serve under the leadership of His prophets.
- Use a block tower to show how our faith helps our leaders. Our leaders can make a tower only so high but with our added faith, it builds his tower higher which allows him to see more clearly and reach further as he performs his calling.
- Take time to discuss specific ways you can support specific leaders in your area.
- I like the way Love Pray Teach discusses sustaining in her lesson packet with the idea of a S'more. You can talk about each letter and why it's important.
- Use my Sustain handout to talk about ways you can sustain the general leaders of the church, our local leaders, as well as ourselves.
- Discuss the apostle Peter. He was definitely imperfect (denying thrice before the cock crowed) yet Christ chose him personally to lead his church. What can we learn from his story and those that followed him?
- Discuss what we can do when we disagree with a leader but still desire to sustain him. Is it possible?
- If you are looking for some extra help with this discussion, there is a great lesson packet about how to sustain leaders at The Red Headed Hostess.