If your class loves sports then “Your Priesthood Playbook” by Elder Gary E. Stevenson is a great one to discuss but don’t dismiss it if they don’t. There are all sorts of great things to consider in this talk.
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Thanks to Janet K. Cook for these wonderful questions!
Questions to Ponder
Have you been on a sports team that has a playbook? Why would the coach do this instead of just telling you what to do each time a situation comes up?
For those who aren’t sports participants, what about when you started your job? Did your company have a new employee orientation and does it have organizational rules and guidelines? Again, why bother to do that instead of just telling you what to do each time a situation comes up?
Same thing when the company or organization wants to change directions or start a new program, there’s usually a period of professional development. Why is it important to make sure everyone’s on the same page?
What “teams” are you on in the church?
What do you need to do to strengthen your team? How do your callings and positions in your school/work/home help/hinder your participation in this team?
Who are your team leaders? Of which teams are you a leader? What are your roles in each position? How do you help each other to learn and follow the right plays?
How would having a personal playbook help you as you go through life?
Elder Stevenson listed some great ideas. What do you think of their suggestions? How can you make them more specific to your current situation?
What other “plays” should be considered?
What do you think he mean by “offensive and defensive moves”?
What other things can you do to have the right offensive moves? What counsel in the For the Strength of Youth booklet might be useful?
Who can you call on for help when you're not up to your planned offensive moves?
Considering defensive moves, what kind of planning should you do to avoid problems and make sure you stay in safe situations to avoid problems?
What plays should you have in case unexpected situations arise? Possibilities include:
A date who makes an unexpected turn on the ride home
A boss/co-worker who makes a pass at work or someone else in another place
A party where things served aren’t what you expected
A person who gets unexpectedly belligerent
A friend of the opposite sex who needs help at home, a ride somewhere, wants to discuss something privately