How wonderful that one of the first talks President Russell M. Nelson gives in General Conference is about revelation. In "Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives" he encourages us to stretch our spiritual abilities. After all the changes that happened this last General Conference, it's all too fitting!
One thing I love about the church is that we aren't asked to blindly follow. We are encourage to seek and find out for ourselves if the Church is true, if the President of the Church is a prophet of God, if the latest change or direction is truly from God. "You don't have to wonder about what is true." We can and should find out for ourselves.
- Why do you think President Nelson shared some of his story with us?
- How can you relate to President Nelson?
- How have you been blessed by following the Holy Ghost?
- How have you received revelation?
- When have you received/sought revelation?
- "What wisdom do you lack?"
- "What will your seeking open up for you?"
- What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand?
- How have you grown into the principle of revelation already?
- How can we increase our ability to receive revelation?
- How has your life been blessed because of revelation?
- How has revelation directed you to where you are today?
- How has revelation helped you in your Church calling?
- How do you prepare yourself to receive revelation?
- Why is revelation so vital for us in these last days?
- "How can we become the men and women- the Christlike servants- the Lord needs us to be?"
- "How can we find answers to questions that perplex us?"
- How does revelation help you with your concerns, fears, and weaknesses?
- How do you prepare yourself to listen for revelation?
- How can you stretch yourself beyond your current spiritual ability?
- What can you do when you feel like you aren't receiving the revelation you need?
- How can our classroom become a room of revelation?
For this talk, the Church suggests, "In his message, President Nelson pleads with us to increase our 'spiritual capacity to receive revelation.' To help members follow his direction, you could write questions like the following on the board: Why do we need revelation? How can we increase our capacity to receive revelation—both individually and as we counsel together? What blessings did President Nelson promise if we will seek revelation? Divide members into groups, and invite each group to find and share answers to one of the questions.
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.
- I love the part where President Nelson shows us that "good inspiration is based upon good information." Discuss what that means for us- what must we do and how else can we prepare ourselves to receive revelation (and listen for it).
- There are a few videos about revelation you could use to lead your discussion in a certain direction. Try "Receiving Revelation" (about 4 1/2 minutes), "Testing Revelation" (about 1 1/2 minutes), or one of the videos on this media page.
- Motherhood Trade has a great worksheet about receiving personal revelation that you could pass out to allow people time to ponder before you discuss. She also has a good object lesson in the video at the bottom of her post.
- Set aside time in your lesson to allow your class to share their testimonies of our new prophet-president, President Russell M. Nelson, the things that they love about him, and how they have received witness of his prophetic calling.
- You may want to combine this talk with President Henry B. Eyring's, "His Spirit to Be with You" as they both talk about listening to the Holy Ghost or receiving revelation. In the helps for President Eyring's talk, there is a free promptings journal you can use as well.
- Discuss how revelation is such an important part of living! Write on the board this quote from President Nelson before class starts to get people thinking, "In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost." You can also discuss how each of these influences are important- guidance, direction, comfort, etc.
- Get the discussion going by handing out the above quote cards from President Nelson's talk. Ask one person to read it, the next person to comment on it, and another to provide an example. You could also pass these out before your class to allow more pondering time or give to those that can't attend.
- Discuss Elder Neal A. Maxwell's teaching, "To those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, it is clear that the Father and the Son are giving away the secrets of the universe!" Do we believe that? Have we put it to the test? What's holding us back from trusting that this statement is true? Because it is true, what does that mean to you?
- Review the pattern Joseph Smith has set for us in resolving our questions and that President Nelson lays out: Find a quiet place where you can regularly go (discuss good ideas), humble yourself, pour out your heart, turn to God for answers and comfort, listen, record your feelings and follow through on promptings. You can show how Joseph Smith did this throughout his life or simply read them from President Nelson's talk for your class to discuss.
- Help your class think beforehand about what you will be discussing by using the free social media graphics from The Red Headed Hostess.
- Here's a great chart about how we can identify truth. I like that covers answers that take longer to receive as well as our own failings that get in the way of true revelation.