Sister Reyna I. Aburto discusses our need to be unified in her April 2018 General Conference talk "With One Accord." She gives a beautiful example of a kaleidoscope of butterflies and how they are unified in their one purpose.
Be sure to check out Sister Aburto's footnotes as well as their are some great ones that will help you teach more specifically from the scriptures about unity.
- How do we become unified?
- What must we let go of and what must we work harder at in order to have more unity in our wards?
- How does testifying of Jesus Christ create unity?
- In what ways does studying the word of God help foster unity?
- How does ministering with love create unity?
- How can you come to know the Lord better? How can you help others? How does it help with unity?
- How has the first Sunday councils helped your ward with unity?
- What are some goals you have as a class to have more unity?
- What is your ward's one purpose?
- How does understanding who you are help you become unified?
- "How can we follow the Lord's perfect example of unity with His Father and be more unified with Them and with each other?"
- What miracles have you witnessed because people were working together and were guided by the Spirit?
The Church suggests the following ideas for this talk, "Sister Aburto’s message provides an opportunity for your quorum or Relief Society to evaluate how well you are working in unity to do the Lord’s work. To help members do this, you could show pictures of monarch butterflies, the Savior’s visit to the Nephites (see Gospel Art Book, 82, 83, 84), and the Church’s humanitarian work (see LDS.org). Members could search the message and discover how Sister Aburto used these examples to teach about the purposes and blessings of working in unity. What can we do to work 'with one accord'?
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.
- Bring a rope or cord with several strands in it to show as an example of things working with "one accord." Each string is unique in itself but it's purpose is the same as the others allowing them to come together to make something strong and full of purpose.
- Demonstrate the following quote with several transparencies: "The Holy Ghost gives us a vision that our natural eyes cannot see, because 'revelation is scattered among us,' and when we put that revelation together, we can see more." Put part of a scene on each sheet so that as you add on each layer, it adds on to the scene but only with all of them can you see the complete picture. You can ask several different people beforehand to be prepared to share a story of unity or something they loved from the talk as they add on their transparency.
- Ask for specific instances in the scriptures that show how Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father act as one. Then discuss how we can follow their example. If you can, bring in gospel library art that may depict some of these instances (ex. Garden of Gethsemane).
- Sister Aburto states, "In order to reach our sublime destiny, we need each other, and we need to be unified." You can tie this into forming a human chain to make it to where we need to go or like the human chain mentioned in Sister Sharon Eubank's talk, "Turn On Your Light." OR give out my free handouts to several of those in your class and ask them to put it together. After they struggle for a little bit, give them the piece of paper with the quote. Compare this to having one purpose and how it's easier when we can all see the purpose as well as how the quote couldn't be complete without everyone adding to it.
- Discuss ways we can encourage the children to help create unity in the ward as well. You can use the free unity handout from Primary 5 Lesson 16 to help demonstrate your point. You can also use the story of the saints in Kirtland to discuss how they needed to be unified in order to survive just like we need to today.
- Compare being unified but able to walk our different paths to a cookie dough recipe. We all add our own uniqueness to the recipe but our purpose is the same. In the end, it creates a delicious purpose but if an ingredient is left out, it's not nearly as good. All are needed.
- Here's a great treat idea from Marci Coombs about building unity. You could also bring in Lego Duplos or other blocks and have people add on to your building as they comment to show that if you were to build on your own, it would have been a sad structure but together it is something wonderful. You could also do this with a homemade kaleidoscope to go with the butterfly theme starting from the beads on.
- Here's a unity object lesson you could try out as well.