Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Way:

So, on Sunday I gave my first ever lesson in Relief Society. I was pretty excited about it because of the topic I was given. I thought I'd post my lesson plan here for anyone who missed the awesomeness - sadly you've missed out on all the excellent comments and discussion.

This is the talk it was on.


There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. Jesus Christ is the Way.

He is:
Quote 1 – 5

1.   He said, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall…”

 

2.   He said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me  shall never thirst.”

 

3.  He said, “I am the light of the world…”


4.
  He said, “I am the resurrection, and the life…”

5.  He is the Savior of the world.


 He is preparing the way for us by being each of these things.

 If we accept these things how are we being fulfilled?

DO
Drink, thirst no more, everlasting life
 Eat, hunger no more
 Follow and see clearly
 Learn and live
 Accept blessings
Atonement
Be clean and pure
Be worthy of the Holy Ghost



What if we don’t accept?
DO NOT
be foolishly thirsty
No everlasting life
 be weak and hungry
 be blind and lost in darkness
 remain dead and unfulfilled
be foolish, alone and filthy


Quote 6:
There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. He is the Way. Every other way, any other way, whatever other way, is foolishness.”

We each have our own trials. We sometimes feel isolated and that no-one can possibly relate to us. It isn’t true. We can argue that until you’re blue in the face because none of us can prove we’ve ever felt exactly the same as someone else BUT…

Quote 7:
The Lord’s way is not hard. Life is hard, not the gospel. “There is an opposition in all things,” everywhere, for everyone. Life is hard for all of us, but life is also simple. We have only two choices. We can either follow the Lord and be endowed with His power and have peace, light, strength, knowledge, confidence, love, and joy, or we can go some other way, any other way, whatever other way, and go it alone—without His support, without His power, without guidance, in darkness, turmoil, doubt, grief, and despair. And I ask, which way is easier?”

Which is easier?

Our faith is always tried. Next time it’s particularly difficult think of this:

Quote 8:
He said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; … and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

“For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”


Life is hard, but life is simple. Get on the path and never, ever give up. You never give up. You just keep on going. You don’t quit, and you will make it.

There is only one way to happiness and fulfillment. Jesus Christ is the Way. Every other way, any other way, whatever other way is foolishness.


Only God can provide us with what we really need.
What do we need?

Only God Can:
sustain us
cause our hearts to beat
give us breath
preserve & protect us
give us strength to bear burdens
give us power,
knowledge,
peace,
joy
Forgive our sins
Heal us
Change us for good
Forge a Godly soul
Bring us back to Him


What do we need to do to ensure we have these things?
Quote 9:
“We will “take upon [us] the name of [the] Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given [us]; that [we] may always have his Spirit to be with [us].”
 Everything depends on that.”

Our Trials now:                                         The Way:
Homesickness               service, visiting teaching, write letters, befriend others away from home

Loneliness
                    serve others, visit teaching, become an example of overcoming loneliness,

Loss
                             Scripture study, focus on eternity, focus on what you have, patriarchal blessing

Physical pain
                priesthood blessings, doctors, educate yourself

Emotional pain
              prayer, seek comfort, focus on eternity, forgive, repent

Sin
                               repent, pray, hope, priesthood leaders, faith

Self Worth/esteem
         Quote 10 Young Women’s theme, talents, seek YW values, family history

Anxiety
                         Priesthood blessings, prayer, focus,

Relationships
                service, love, focus, rededicate, repent

Finances                       tithing, prayer


Quote 10:
We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places" as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are:
Faith
Divine Nature
Individual Worth
Knowledge
Choice and Accountability
Good Works
Integrity and
Virtue.
We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.

 (I never got to share this next quote but I love it.)

One of the most popular and attractive philosophies of men is to live life your own way, do your own thing, be yourself, don’t let others tell you what to do. But the Lord said, “I am the way.” He said, “Follow me.” He said, “What manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am.”

Don’t think you can’t. We might think we can’t really follow Him because the standard of His life is so astonishingly high as to seem unreachable. We might think it is too hard, too high, too much, beyond our capacity, at least for now. Don’t ever believe that. While the standard of the Lord is the highest, don’t ever think it is only reachable by a select few who are most able.

In this singular instance life’s experience misleads us. In life we learn that the highest achievements in any human endeavor are always the most difficult and, therefore, achievable only by a select few who are most able. The higher the standard, the fewer can reach it.

But that is not the case here because, unlike every other experience in this life, this is not a human endeavor. It is, rather, the work of God. It is God’s work and it is His “glory … to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” There is nothing else like it. Not anywhere. Not ever.

No institution, plan, program, or system ever conceived by men has access to the redeeming and transforming power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the gift of the Holy Ghost. Therefore, while the Lord’s invitation to follow Him is the highest of all, it is also achievable by everyone, not because we are able, but because He is, and because He can make us able too. “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind [everyone, living and dead] may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”

What do we need in order to feel fulfillment?


"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. 
I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived." 

5 comments:

abritdifferent said...

What a great read. Well done you. I miss RS since I was put in Primary in December. I love it there too, but I feel like I'm in a different Ward altogether. Thanks for posting that.

Beth Adams said...

This is beautiful Laura. I wish I had been there to hear it with all the comments from your class. Thanks for posting it. I am planning on sharing those wonderful quotes with others.

Melinda said...

I wish I had been there too.

Brandon & Megan said...

Laura you are SO TALENTED!! I love reading your blog and looking at all your beautiful pictures! Do you do family pictures as well, because i would love for you to take ones of Brandon and I. I really appreciated you posting your talk because it was awesome and it really made me feel better and want to do better as I read it.
We need to hang out before we both leave BYUI. Miss you guys!

Beth Adams said...

I forgot to tell you that my mom has to teach this exact lesson in two months. She asked me for help so I printed off you lesson and am mailing it to her tomorrow. That was the easiest assist I've ever given her! ;o)