In Sister Sharon Eubank's talk, "Turn On Your Light," she calls on us to be righteous, articulate women of faith willing to turn on and share our lights. If you are a male teaching this lesson, don't worry. You can still discuss the great examples of faithful women in your life or talk about how men can turn on their lights as well using their unique talents.
The quote from President Spencer W. Kimball is a great way to start this lesson. I like that he points out how many good women there are in the world. They simply are lacking the whole gospel of Jesus Christ but will be drawn to it (we are drawn to light) as we continue to be faithful, righteous members of the Church.
- How can you articulate your faith?
- In what ways can women specifically bring others to the light?
- What talents, abilities, or situations allow women to be in such a situation?
- How can you develop stronger bonds with those of other faiths?
- What are some examples of repentant women that have changed your world?
- What is something you wish you could better articulate about our faith?
- How can you personally being different in a positive way be a lifeline for someone else?
- In what ways have truly happy people influenced your life?
- In what ways can you build better relationships with others?
- How can we focus more on integrity and less on visibility?
- How can we be distinct about the way we follow the restored gospel?
From the Church: "Ask members of your quorum or Relief Society to think about how their lives have been influenced for good by a righteous and faithful woman. Consider inviting a few members to share how this woman illustrates one or more of the characteristics of righteous women outlined in Sister Eubank’s message. What do we learn from Sister Eubank about how we can become 'a significant force in both the numerical and the spiritual growth of the Church in the last days'?"
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.
- Ask for examples of not knowing what or how to say something and figure it out together during class.
- Use The Family: A Proclamation to the World to focus on the talents that men and women specifically have and how that can allow them opportunities to share the gospel.
- Use JustServe.org as an example of how we can reach out to do good with other faiths. Other examples are community Halloween, Christmas, and Easter parties. We can invite them to ours and we can go to their activities.
- Use the brushing teeth analogy to encourage everyone to keep trying after we make mistakes or stop. For example, if you miss brushing your teeth one night, do you give up on brushing your teeth completely? No! And we shouldn't give up on reaching out to others, being righteous, articulate, different, and distinct simply because we make one mistake.
- Use my free questions handout to help discuss the second point further. You can also attach the quote to the handout as you pass them out to those in Nursery, Primary, Young Women's, and elsewhere.
- Define some words and basic principles using Preach My Gospel. At the end of the lessons there are usually key definitions- take some of those words and ask your class to define them. How could you state the Articles of Faith in your own words? You could divide up into groups, giving each one a specific Article of Faith to put in their own words. Have them write it on a piece of paper to hang on the white board (or you can have each group do them all).
- What are some common questions people ask in your community about being Mormon? Have someone read a question and ask for others to answer it. Use Mormon.org if you can't think of any (under FAQ).
- The last two years of #LIGHTtheWORLD are an excellent example of how we can turn on our lights. Acts of service allow us to shine and open doors that previously would not have been. Ask a few people to share experiences they had during these campaigns either on the giving or receiving end.
- Make a paper chain in your lesson! In Sister Eubank's talk she mentions how people formed a human chain to rescue others in the ocean. Have each person write on a strip of paper some way they live their faith. You can have people do this before your lesson starts or take a few minutes during class. Then read a few out loud or ask for a few volunteers to read theirs and make a chain with them all. Together we can use our talents and faith to reach out and rescue others.
- Show the new A Good Samaritan movie from LDS.org and discuss how we can recognize and respond to the opportunities give us daily to be good Samaritans.
- Under the fourth principle it says we must "practice living the gospel before the emergency." You could talk about having an Emergency Gospel Preparedness kit. What things must we being doing now so we can draw on our emergency kit when needed? You could even bring some objects to represent certain things like following the Holy Ghost can be a flashlight.
- Under the fifth principle, Sister Eubank states, "There is an energy that comes from happiness and optimism that doesn't just bless us- it builds everyone around us." You can represent this by using the example of how a rising tide lifts all boats, not simply our own. Bring in water and toy boats or draw it on the board.
- Of course, you can objects of light during your lesson to help illustrate points as well. You can label each flashlight with the five main points in the lesson and turn them on as you discuss each point. You could turn on candles as you talk about different principles or make the lights brighter in your classroom as you continue to discuss principles of light.
- Pick a couple of righteous women from the scriptures, a few from early church history, and some from today. You can hang a picture of them on the board and discuss each including what we learn from them and how we can follow their example.
- See also some of the ideas mentioned in my helps for Gordon B. Hinckley Chapter 2: An Ensign to the Nations, A Light to the World.