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Lesson Plan: How can I use the words of the living

prophets and apostles to strengthen my faith in the


atonement of Jesus Christ?

FOCUS ACTIVITY:
Hide a small stuffed animal in your bag. Tell the kids, Youre not going to believe
this, but I have a little kitten in my bag. Have one student check inside your bag.
Ask them to tell the class whether or not you have a little kitten inside your bag.
Ask the class if it was easier to believe after they had a witness tell them about it.

BIBLE DICTIONARY ACTIVITY:


1. Look up the word apostle in the Bible dictionary. Read the FIRST
PARAGRAPH.
2. Lets read it again, and this time were going to try and find out what the
ROLE of an apostle is.

(Answers: 1. They represent Christ. 2. They are special witnesses of Christ's


divinity and resurrection.)

SCRIPTURE MATCHING ACTIVITY:


Jacob 7:11-12
Mosiah 13: 33-35
Mosiah 15: 11-12
D&C 27:12
D&C 107: 23
D&C 76: 22-24

Look up the scriptures, and have the students match them to one of the following
summary paragraphs.

None of the prophets have written, nor Peter, James, and John were sent by Christ to
prophesied, save they have spoken concerning Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery; they
Christ. ordained them and confirmed them to be
apostles, and especial witnesses of Christ's
All the prophets who have prophesied ever since name.
the world began have spoken more or less
concerning the coming of the Messiah and His The Twelve Apostles are special witnesses of
redemption of His people. the name of Christ in all the world, thus differing
from other officers in the church in the duties of
Holy prophets have prophesied concerning the their calling.
coming of the Lord.
Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon saw Christ
and heard God's voice bearing record of Him.
GENERAL CONFERENCE ACTIVITY:

Pass out papers with the following general conference quotes on them
about the atonement. Tell the students to be prepared to summarize their
quotes. Put them in pairs if necessary.

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.
When our commitment is diminished for any reason, part of the solution is repentance.10Commitment
and repentance are closely intertwined.

C. S. Lewis, the Christian writer, poignantly framed the issue. He asserted that Christianity tells people to
repent and promises them forgiveness; but until people know and feel they need forgiveness, Christianity
does not speak to them. He stated, When you know you are sick, you will listen to the doctor.11

Elder Quentin L. Cook October 2012 General Conference - Can Ye Feel So Now?

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

Sexual immorality and impure thoughts violate the standard established by the Savior. We were warned
at the beginning of this dispensation that sexual immorality would be perhaps the greatest
challenge. Such conduct will, without repentance, cause a spiritual drought and loss of commitment.

Youth who have been exposed to immoral images at a very early age are terrified that they may have
already disqualified themselves for missionary service and sacred covenants. As a result, their faith can
be severely impaired. I want to assure you young people, as Alma taught, that through repentance you
can qualify for all the blessings of heaven. That is what the Saviors Atonement is all about. Please talk
with your parents or a trusted adviser, and counsel with your bishop.

For any whose lives are not in order, remember, it is never too late to make the Saviors Atonement the
foundation of our faith and lives.

In the words of Isaiah, Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be
red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Elder Quentin L. Cook October 2012 General Conference - Can Ye Feel So Now?

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

If you have made no mistakes, then you do not need the Atonement. If you have made mistakes, and all
of us have, whether minor or serious, then you have an enormous need to find out how they can be
erased so that you are no longer in darkness.

President Joseph F. Smith taught: Men cannot forgive their own sins; they cannot cleanse themselves
from the consequences of their sins. Men can stop sinning and can do right in the future, and so far [as]
their acts are acceptable before the Lord [become] worthy of consideration. But who shall repair the
wrongs they have done to themselves and to others, which it seems impossible for them to repair
themselves? By the atonement of Jesus Christ the sins of the repentant shall be washed away; though
they be crimson they shall be made white as wool [see Isaiah 1:18]. This is the promise given to you.

No matter what our transgressions have been, no matter how much our actions may have hurt others,
that guilt can all be wiped out. To me, perhaps the most beautiful phrase in all scripture is when the Lord
said, Behold, he who has repented of his sins, the same is forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember them no
more.

President Boyd K. Packer October 2012 General Conference - The Atonement

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

It is my testimony that many of the deepest regrets of tomorrow can be prevented by following the Savior
today. If we have sinned or made mistakesif we have made choices that we now regretthere is the
precious gift of Christs Atonement, through which we can be forgiven. We cannot go back in time and
change the past, but we can repent. The Savior can wipe away our tears of regret and remove the burden
of our sins. His Atonement allows us to leave the past behind and move forward with clean hands, a pure
heart, and a determination to do better and especially to become better.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 2012 General Conference Of Regrets and Resolutions

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

It is true that we are in many ways ordinary and imperfect, but we have a perfect Master who wrought a
perfect Atonement, and we have call upon His grace and His priesthood. As we repent and purge our
souls, we are promised that we will be taught and endowed with power from on high (see D&C 43:16).

Elder D. Todd Christofferson October 2012 General Conference - Brethren, We Have Work to
Do

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

Because of the eternal and unfathomable Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the priesthood of God
can be available even if you have stumbled or have been unworthy in the past. Through the spiritually
refining and cleansing process of repentance, you can arise and shine forth! Because of the boundless,
forgiving love of our Savior and Redeemer, you can lift up your eyes, become clean and worthy, and
develop into righteous and noble sons of Godworthy bearers of the most sacred priesthood of Almighty
God.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf October 2012 General Conference - The Joy of the Priesthood

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

What does it mean to be a Christian?


A Christian has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, that He is the literal Son of God, sent by His Father to suffer
for our sins in the supreme act of love we know as the Atonement.

A Christian believes that through the grace of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, we can repent,
forgive others, keep the commandments, and inherit eternal life.

Elder Robert D. Hales October 2012 General Conference - Being a More Christian Christian

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

Christ called His disciples and laid down His life for them. And He has already done the same for you and
for me.

Elder Robert D. Hales October 2012 General Conference - Being a More Christian Christian

Read the following quote from our most recent General Conference. Be prepared to summarize
what the apostle said, and also be prepared to say what stood out to you as you read it.

The essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ entails a fundamental and permanent change in our very
nature made possible through the Saviors Atonement.

Elder David A. Bednar October 2012 Conference - Converted Unto the Lord

VIDEO ACTIVITY:
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