For the last week I have been studying President Nelson’s talk, “A Plea to My Sisters”. What a wonderful talk! Today I’d like to share some teaching tips that you could use in a lesson or for FHE. Enjoy!
“Thirty-six years ago, in 1979, President Spencer W. Kimball made a profound prophecy about the impact that covenant-keeping women would have on the future of the Lord’s Church. He prophesied: ‘Much of the major growth that is coming to the Church in the last days will come because many of the good women of the world … will be drawn to the Church in large numbers. This will happen to the degree that the women of the Church reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives and to the degree that the women of the Church are seen as distinct and different—in happy ways—from the women of the world.’
My dear sisters, you who are our vital associates during this winding-up scene, the day that President Kimball foresaw is today. You are the women he foresaw! Your virtue, light, love, knowledge, courage, character, faith, and righteous lives will draw good women of the world, along with their families, to the Church in unprecedented numbers!” (President Russell M Nelson; ‘A Plea to My Sisters’)
What a great quote! I thought this would be a great way to begin your lesson. We sisters have a very important responsibility. After reading this quote some of us may feel a little discouraged…some of us may feel like we are lacking some of these important qualities that President Nelson listed. Maybe we feel like we haven’t done enough. But just remember, we ARE those women he talked about. 🙂
You can then tell the sisters or whoever you’re teaching that today you are going to be discussing President Nelson’s talk, and the 50 (or more) qualities he listed in his talk. You will be discussing WHY we should strive to gain each of those qualities, and WHY they are important.
‘A Plea to My Sisters’ Object Lesson
As I said before, many of you may have felt a little discouraged after reading President Nelson’s talk. Instead of thinking of all the wonderful qualities you posses, you may have focused on the ones you are lacking or need to work on. That is NOT what we’re focusing on today, just remember that everyone has room for improvement. 🙂
For this lesson I thought it would be fun to have the sisters make ‘Fudge in a Bag’. To do this you will need these ingredients:
4 C. powdered sugar
3 Oz. softened cream cheese
1/2 C. softened butter or margarine
1/2 C. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. chopped nuts (optional)
Before your lesson, measure out each of the ingredients and place them in small jars, ramekins, or bags. You will also need a large Ziploc type bag (for the mixing).
Back to the lesson…show the sisters your plastic bag and explain that today they are going to help you make something sweet and delicious. Then go on to talk about the women that President Nelson described in his talk. You could tell the sisters that the women he described were women that are filled with love (add your powdered sugar to the bag), strength (add cream cheese), virtue (add butter), are righteous (add cocoa), and have faith (add vanilla).
As we work on possessing these qualities ourselves, and continue each and every day…eventually we will BE and continue to be the women that President Nelson spoke of, and possess those wonderful qualities he listed in his talk. But in order to be these women, it will take work. We can’t just wish for those qualities and magically posses them. It takes work, but if we continue to work on each of these qualities listed in the talk, we will be transformed into those stalwart women he spoke about.
Tell the sisters that you have added the ingredients/qualities into the bag, now it’s time to WORK! Explain that they are going to take turns ‘squishing’ the bag. Just have them squish it for a minute and then pass it on to the next person, and so on.
As they’re ‘squishing’ you continue on with your lesson. 🙂 Here are some other ideas you could use for your lesson!
Since there are so many great qualities listed in this talk, I thought you could split the RS into small groups. Give them all a piece of paper, and a certain amount of time. Tell them to write down as many qualities as they can find before time runs out. GO!
After time runs out, have everyone return to their seats, and one by one have them share their answers. As they share their answer you could write them on the board. At the center of the board you could have ‘Qualities To Strive For’ or ‘Qualities of Stalwart Women’, something like that. 🙂 Discuss the qualities that are shared, and share quotes from the talk.
Another idea…since VT is focusing on the Proclamation this year, I thought it would be good to hand out a small proclamation to each sister. Together you can go over what it says about the roles of women. You can then discuss how the qualities listed in the talk will help you as a wife, mother, friend, etc.
You can find some Proclamations online and I also sell some in my Etsy Shop, HERE!
I created my smaller proclamations a few years ago because I couldn’t find any on the internet in the size that I needed. They measure approx. 5″ X 7″ and come in 5 different colors. You can buy the 5 pack or you can purchase them individually. 🙂
One more idea that I had in mind is a printable I’m sharing with you today. I counted about 50 qualities that President Nelson listed in his talk. I thought of creating a printable that listed some of these qualities, and then have the sisters read through them and rate themselves. Here’s a peek at my “A Plea to My Sisters” printable:
The idea is to read through each of the qualities listed on this sheet, you could even read what President Nelson says about each quality in his talk, and then rate it. Simply circle the rating you think best describes you: ‘1’ being a quality you need to work on and improve and ’10’ being a quality that you posses and practice daily. After you have gone through and rated each quality, take a look at the lower scores, and choose one each day, week, or month and focus on it. Work on it each day and try to improve that quality. After you have worked on it, check it off and move on to another one. 🙂
At the end of your lesson, find the bag of fudge and bring it up to the front. Grab a cutting board and some wax or parchment paper. Lay the paper on the cutting board and then empty the fudge out of the bag. Then roll it out. As you are doing this explain to the sisters as we work on ourselves every day we can be transformed into something wonderful and sweet, just like this fudge!
If we hadn’t taken the time to ‘squish’ the bag, the fudge wouldn’t have been anything more than a bunch of messy ingredients. BUT we took the time and worked on it and improved it! Just like ourselves! If we want to be the women that President Nelson and President Kimball talked about, then we need to continue working on ourselves, and over time we will see a beautiful transformation.
“My dear sisters, nothing is more crucial to your eternal life than your own conversion. It is converted, covenant-keeping women-women like my dear wife Wendy-whose righteous lives will increasingly stand out in a deteriorating world and who will thus be seen as different and distinct in the happiest of ways.
So today I plead with my sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to step forward!” (President Nelson; ‘A Plea to My Sisters’)
I hope you enjoy my teaching ideas that I shared today, and are able to use them for your lesson or for a FHE lesson. I would love to hear if you use my ideas, and how it goes, so leave me a comment. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!