Elder Dallin H. Oaks reminds us of the Lord's reemphasis of gospel truths in his October 2017 General Conference talk, "The Plan and the Proclamation." You can easily break your lesson into two parts- the Plan of Salvation and The Family: A Proclamation to the World then show how they go together.
- What are some of the basic things that we need to be rejecting (things of the world)?
- What is the difference between salvation and exaltation? Why is one an individual matter and the other a family matter?
- What are some choices we must make because we believe in The Family: A Proclamation to the World but the world would reject?
- How can we show love for the individual without accepting the sin?
- How does have a testimony of the Plan of Salvation allow for us to have "distinctive priorities"? What are some of your "distinctive priorities"?
- How does understanding the Plan of Salvation help you understand The Family: A Proclamation to the World?
From the Church, "How will the members of your quorum, group, or Relief Society act on Elder Oaks’s invitation to 'teach [and] live by' the family proclamation, at home, in the community, and at church? Invite them to share ideas with each other. It might also help to search the message for some doctrinal statements from the family proclamation. How do these statements help us respond to 'current challenges to the family'? Section IV of Elder Oaks’s message contains some examples of such statements."
These are my ideas. My hope is that reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class. Join our private Facebook group for even more support and ideas. Remember you are leading a discussion, not teaching a lesson so you may only need one of these ideas.
- Focus your discussion around the parable of the sower. You can draw illustrations on the board, read what each represents and tie it all back into quotes from Elder Oaks' talk. A Lively Hope even has a great free journal page for this parable. You could also do this with Lehi's dream.
- LDS Living has 9 Family Home Evening lessons on The Family: A Proclamation to the World that may give you more ideas.
- Head to LDS.org and download a few of those short TV spots, called Homefronts. They are the ones that say, "Family. Isn't it about time?" Show a few to start or end your discussion.
- Draw the world on the board and discuss what it represents in gospel terms. How do we avoid being of the world? Where does that leave us? Ask your class what you should draw to symbolize where we should be.
- Elder Oaks said, "Every generation that has sought to follow God's plan has had challenges." What are some of our challenges? What are some of the challenges from the past? How did they overcome them? What can we learn from them?
- Read the Proclamation after understanding how it came about. Each word is important. Pick out paragraphs to disucss or divide into groups.
- You can outline the Plan of Salvation in the way shown here to demonstrate how it's a plan of love and families.
- Elder Oaks stated, "I believe our attitude toward and use of the family proclamation is one of those tests for this generation. I pray for all Letter-day Saints to stand firm in that test." What is our grade? You could even do a short quiz to start seeing where we may need to be doing better.
- Print a Family Proclamation for everyone. There is the one from LDS.org, this free bookmark one, or this decorative one.