Updated 2/17/16 NEW items in red.
President Marion G. Romeny said, “I always know when I am speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost because I always learn something from what I said.” As quoted by David McConkie First Counselor General Sunday School Presidency
“Know what you believe and why you believe it, and explain that belief so clearly that it cannot be misunderstood” Quote on Mormon Newsroom Twitter Account, Feb.1, 2016
Come Follow Me is the primary resource for teaching Aaronic Priesthood quorum meetings (resource links are listed below). Traditional lesson manuals are no longer used for Aaronic Priesthood quorum instruction. Come Follow Me is a teaching approach and curriculum designed to provide more flexibility in what is taught so quorum advisors can more effectively teach what the young men want to learn about. Each month focuses on an overall doctrine, found by clicking here, but each week you may choose your own specific lesson topics within that doctrine and can spend as much time on it as the boys want. Additionally, you may access the Church’s Media Library for videos, art, and other resources to assist in quorum instruction.
We encourage you to prepare each week’s topic well in advance so the spirit can guide your preparation and thoughts to teach clear doctrine and to assist you in developing probing questions.
As a quorum advisor your role is more to facilitate a discussion than to merely teach or preach. You assure that correct doctrine is clearly taught and that the youth participate in that learning process. A typical quorum meeting should encourage active learning, not passive learning, where young men talk, participate, ask questions and ponder. Creating this learning environment may not happen immediately and is more likely to occur if the young men trust each other, and trust you the adult advisor. You will spend less time talking and telling and more time in active conversation with questions and answers flowing naturally.
Youth should be given teaching assignments for each week’s lesson that they prepare in advance with guidance from advisors. It is not required for youth to teach the entire lesson, but they are encouraged to teach meaningful sections of it. Each young man is different and should be given assignments appropriate for him. It is important for young men to learn how to articulate doctrines of the gospel and the feelings of their heart. You’ll find that you spend more time preparing effective and probing questions than you might have otherwise. Providing the young men sufficient time to ponder and reflect on probing questions will bring the spirit into each meeting–and the spirit will do more of the teaching by touching the hearts and mind of the young men. As young men share the insights they have, they are bearing testimony of those truths and the spirit will further confirm those truths to them. You can also bear testimony to further solidify what they are learning and feeling.
Links to Come Follow Me resources at lds.org:
- Main Come Follow Me Portal
- Teaching in the Savior’s Way an online guidebook that provides an overview of how to teach the gospel to youth.
- Introduction–a “must” for quorum instructors to learn how to teach according to “Come Follow Me” principles.
- Links to videos that demonstrate effective teaching methods
- Link to Learning and Teaching Ideas to guide a typical lesson preparation
- Monthly Doctrinal Topics for 2015
- Summary of Basic Doctrinal Principles that can be used by youth and adults in preparing quorum discussion
- October 1999 General Conference talk by Dallin H. Oaks entitled, “Gospel Teaching”. Some referenced materials are outdated, but the general concepts are still valid.
Within each monthly topic are ideas on how to integrate Duty to God principles into your lesson or lessons. They are typically found at the bottom of each month’s topic. As you become more familiar with the “Come Follow Me” teaching approach, you will find overlap in its teaching methods and the core principles of Learn/Act/Share found within Duty to God.