Today I finally jumped back on Periscope to discuss a talk from the April 2016 General Conference. If you haven’t joined me on Periscope, I go ‘live’ every Tuesday at 1:30 pm (MST) to share teaching tips for General Conference talks. Today I shared some teaching tips and a great printable for Bonnie L. Oscarson’s talk, “Do I Believe?”. And now I am sharing them on my blog. Enjoy! 🙂
I loved Sister Oscarson’s talk, and it really made me evaluate my own testimony, and whether I truly believe.
To begin your lesson I thought you could display 2 plants or flowers. One healthy and alive, and one that is unhealthy on the verge of getting thrown away (haha).
In order for the plant to grow, what must we do? Invite the people in your class to share their thoughts.
You could then ask, “What if I water it and nature it for the first little bit? Will that be enough?” Obviously, no.
Discuss the things that you do to care for a plant and why we need to do those things, and then compare this to your testimony. Our testimonies, just like a plant, need constant nourishment and care in order for it to stay healthy and grow.
“Didn’t I learn all I need to know while I was in Primary and YW/YM?”
That would be similar to caring for a plant only in the beginning. But we all know that once you stop caring for a plant and your testimony you risk losing it all together.
Here is a great quote that you could share or have someone read from Bonnie L Oscarson:
To believe, we need to get the gospel from our heads into our hearts! It is possible for us to merely go through the motions of living the gospel because it is expected or because it is the culture in which we have grown up or because it is a habit.
We all need to seek to have our hearts and very natures changed so that we no longer have a desire to follow the ways of the world but to please God. True conversion is a process that takes place over a period of time and involves a willingness to exercise faith. It comes when we search the scriptures instead of the Internet. It comes when we are obedient to the commandments of God. Conversion comes when we serve those around us. It comes from earnest prayer, regular temple attendance, and faithful fulfillment of our God-given responsibilities. It takes consistency and daily effort.
After reading the quote, you could point to the plants/flower and ask where their testimony stands? Is it alive, healthy, and growing? Or is it thirsting for nourishment and on the verge of dying?
Do I Believe?
Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson discusses 8 principles/teachings that we, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believe. For this section, I thought it would be great to split the class into groups and have them discuss one of the principles Sister Oscarson shared in her talk.
Split the chalkboard into 8 sections, one for each group. When everyone has had a few minutes to discuss their topic, invite them up and have them write down their topic (at the top of their section) and then have them share their thoughts or things they discussed. As they share things, you could be writing things down in their section or have someone from the group. Continue until all groups have shared.
When I read Sister Oscarson’s talk, I had the idea of creating small cards for each of the principles/teaching she shared in her talk. These would be great to use during your lesson! Here’s a peek at some of the study cards included in my printable.
As you split your class into groups, give each group one of the cards. Have the group read their card, and then discuss it’s principle/teaching.
I created these cards also as a handout. Wouldn’t these be so great on a ring? You can keep the set of cards in your scripture bag, church bag, etc. I also thought they would be great to put in your scriptures, instead of on a ring. You could find a scripture that talks about each of the teachings, and slip the card in.
They would also be GREAT to have around your home or in your car. Tape one onto your bathroom mirror, have one beside the sink, or in your car. As you go throughout your day, you will see the card, and you can ask yourself…Do I Believe?
I also included a quote card, as well as 2 additional cards for you to write down any thoughts and then how you will apply this talk to your life.
Today I am sharing my ‘Do I Believe’ Study Cards. I had so much fun designing these cards, and I couldn’t wait to share them with all of you!
I suggest printing these on white cardstock. You can print these at home or have them printed at any printing place. Just save the file to your computer and then save it onto a USB or upload the file to the place you will have them printed.
Click the link(s) below to Print!
You could close your lesson with the quote from Sister Bonnie L Oscarson that I included in my Do I Believe Study Cards:
We have a knowledge of these things, but do we believe them? If these things are true, then we have the greatest message of hope and help that the world has ever known. Believing them is a matter of eternal significance for us and for those we love.
I hope you enjoy my teaching tips for Sister Oscarson’s talk and are able to use them for your own lesson, whether it be a Relief Society lesson, YW/YM lesson, or a Family Home Evening lesson.
I would love to hear if you use my ideas, so leave me a comment. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!