The last chapter is here! Gordon B. Hinckley Chapter 25: Move Forward with Faith is an excellent way to end the year. How did we act on our faith this past year? Did we strengthen our faith? Did we trust God?
I always loved the idea of having enough faith to move mountains. Are you there yet? How about to move the mountainous trial in front of you? Faith always wins out if we allow it to work in our lives.
Video with ideas at the bottom!
Questions to Ponder
Some of these questions are from the manual, others are ones that I thought of- use them in your preparation, lesson, or to help you think of your own.
- What experiences have helped you learn about the power of faith?
- How have you seen that when "we reach toward the unknown, ...faith lights the way"?
- What can you learn from section 2 about the source of the Church's strength?
- How are faith and sacrifice related to each other?
- How can you heed President Hinckley's call to "move this work forward across the world"?
- Why do you think faith has the power to help us in times of trial? (see section 3)
- When has faith helped you rise about fear?
- When has faith helped you rise above other obstacles?
- What words in President Hinckley's prayer have special meaning for you? (see section 4)
- How can faith help you overcome uncertainty and doubt?
- How can faith help you look beyond problems to see miracles?
- How does faith fill us and allow us to succeed?
- How has faith changed your life?
- What are some of the "little things that can mean so very much"? (see section 4)
- Do we have faith in each other? How can we increase our faith in each other?
Here are some articles to study as you continue to prepare for your lesson. They should NOT replace the manual but rather help answer questions and strengthen your own testimony so that it is easy to teach with confidence and answer questions that arise during your lesson.
"Faith Is Not by Chance, but by Choice" by Elder Neil L. Andersen
"The Transforming Power of Faith and Character" by Elder Richard G. Scott
"Faith- the Choice Is Yours" by Brother Richard C. Edgley
"Let Your Faith Show" by President Russell M. Nelson
"Foundations of Faith" by Elder Quentin L. Cook
"The Shield of Faith" by President James E. Faust
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"Whatever Happened to Faith?" by Robert L. Millet
"Walking on Water: When the Lord Asks the Impossible" by S. Michael Wilcox
"The Faith Experiment" by Laurel Christensen
Reunited by Faith (about 3 1/2 minutes)- A young man's faith leads to his mother coming back into full Church activity.
Seek the Higher Ground (about 4 minutes)- Learning how to find safety by heading to higher spiritual ground.
Light Switch (about 30 seconds)- If you want light, you have to flip the switch. Discover several other faith based videos on this page as well.
These are my ideas. My hope is that reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
- This is a great lesson for personal experience. See if you can find some people willing to share a story of faith before you teach and remember to add one of your own.
- Begin by defining faith- what it means as well as what it means in your life. Is it like an anchor, lifeline, etc? What is faith to you today (because it will change)?
- You can also tie in #LighttheWorld with this lesson by showing how our faith motivates us to action and the desire to share it.
- Developing faith can be hard. Some choose not to take the path because it's easier to avoid it. Draw 2 paths on the board- one easy and one much more difficult with parts of it covered up. At the end of the each path write the rewards but keep them covered for the first part. Ask which path people would choose and why. After some short discussion, reveal the results at the end of both paths. Now which would they choose and why. Why is faith so much more work? Why is it worth it? Why must we sometimes have faith enough to move one step at time (not being able to see the whole path)?
- Save time at the end of your lesson for the sharing of testimonies. You can ask a few people ahead of time or ask your Presidency if they wouldn't mind if you opened it up to everyone. OR give time for everyone to write their thoughts about faith on this testimony template.
- Trusting the Lord is part of having faith. Split into groups and give each some of these free printable sticky-notes to answer and put on the board when they are finished answering. Then read the notes together and continue the discussion.
- I always love using this Faith Is Like a Little Seed coloring page. It's fun to color and it's a great visual. When we have faith to continue on, great things come about.
- Draw on the power of music for this lesson. Ask people what songs help strengthen their faith and keep them moving forward. You can then either read some of the words out loud, sing the hymn together, or listen to the music quietly allowing individuals to ponder on it.
- President Henry B. Eyring gave a talk in the October 2017 General Conference entitled, "Fear Not to Do Good." I made a couple of free coloring pages based on his talk including one that says, "Faith always defeats fear." You can use them as a poster and talking points or send them to those that can't attend your class (goes with section 3).
- Use the free poster print of 2 Timothy 1:7 in your lesson. You can put it on the board, cut it up as a puzzle, recite it together as a class, or encourage people to read it daily as suggested by President Hinckley (see section 3).
- Break into small groups and ask people to make a Mormonad type of poster where the roughly draw an example of what faith is to them. For example, one might draw an anchor and another might draw wings. At the end everyone can put their posters on the board and you can review them.
- This is a great lesson to tie in President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's quote, "Doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith."
- Talk about making New Year's resolutions in regards to acting on faith. How does it change our goals as well as our expectations of achieving them?