How it turned out: Teaching YW lesson 41 “Optimism”

Teaching went very well Sunday! I learned all over again that teaching by the Spirit is a delicate yet simple process. I wish I could describe my experiences better, but I can share how the lesson ended up going:

I wrote three phrases on the board, each from a recent conference talk. We read them, then I told the story that went with each so we were all on the same page:

“Come what may – and love it”

“Hope ya know, we had a hard time”

“Notice what the Savior did – he gave thanks, and a miracle followed.”

We had a nice discussion about each of these and what it made them think about. We talked about what optimism meant in terms of our discussion. The girls emphasized humility as a major part of our discussion on these three phrases.

After talking about the characteristics of an truly optimistic person, we compared this to someone who just puts on a good face, and says everything is okay.

Then we went to Ether 12. We talked about Moroni being worried that his weakness – not being able to write well – would keep the Gentiles from taking the Book of Mormon seriously. And if the Gentiles don’t take it seriously, then they won’t take it to the Lamanites (who will be the descendants of Moroni’s people and the Lamanites). We talked about Ether 12:27 and about God making weak things strong. We talked about Ether 12:28 and the Gentiles seeing their weakness too. We talked about Moroni’s prayer about his worries re his writing skills. In this case, his weakness was not taken away, but God used it so that only the humble Gentiles would receive the book, and be humble honest followers that would take the truth to the future Lamanites. The point was: sometimes God will answer our prayers by taking away what is wrong, but sometimes he will use it to do something else good.

This related to some of the stories the girls told, things where what looked like something bad turned out to be a blessing.

We ended by reading D&C 122:5-9 – I summarized 5-7, then we read this to finish off the lesson:

Know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.

The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.”

And that is the best reason to be optimistic, because God is with us.

One response to “How it turned out: Teaching YW lesson 41 “Optimism”

  • Karen

    If someone is looking for ideas, you could also show the Mormon Message using Elder Cook’s talk “Hope you know, we had a hard time.” Here is the youtube link:

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