The word gospel means “good news.” The good news is that Jesus Christ has made a perfect atonement for mankind that will redeem all mankind from the grave and reward each individual according to his or her works. (Bible Dictionary)
Because the LDS Church uses its members to teach, we all experience the responsibility to share gospel truths with others. As a teacher of youth, I personally feel a great desire to employ what I like to call the "Good News Principle" in my lessons. "The Good News Principle" is just what the Bible Dictionary says...it's sharing the Atonement of Jesus Christ and reminding others that His great sacrifice redeems all of us from our imperfections.
What I mean by this is I want the girls I teach to leave each Sunday with hope. I want them to feel uplifted and hopeful for their futures. Like President Monson's quote above, I want to brighten, touch and help save their souls.
We do not know exactly what each of our girls are going through in their individual lives. Each person is different, each family is different, and I try to remember this as I teach. If I am teaching a lesson on Eternal Families and one of the class members has divorced parents, this topic can be confusing and painful. If the lesson covers chastity and one of the youth is currently struggling with this I want to make sure to remind her of the saving principle of the Atonement. I never want a girl to leave my class feeling like "all is lost." Because we can't always tell who might be struggling or why, I feel its important to mention the Atonement often and to bear personal testimony of it.
A contrite heart that leads us to repent is wonderful! I feel like this comes from the Spirit. A feeling of discouragement, depression and fear comes from Satan. I want to try to remind myself and the girls that repentance is an ongoing, never ending process. How truly thankful I am for a loving older brother who would give his life so that I can be forgiven.
Below is one of my favorite Greg Olsen paintings. It is entitled "Forgiven." Below the picture I have included the wording from the back of the print written so beautifully by the Author Greg Olsen.
The prophet Isaiah gave hope and comfort to all who have stumbled and made mistakes when he revealed these words from the Lord: “…Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
With a broken heart and a contrite spirit, we can receive forgiveness and learn from our mistakes. Part of what we may learn in the process is that happiness comes not only from receiving forgiveness, but also from extending it!
Greg Olsen - 2004
**Please Note: Due to different versions of power point the slides may need to be adjusted after you download them. Please go through the power point before your lesson to make sure the pictures and the text are formatted correctly! I just opened a file I made using my laptop with my iPad and the font was different, colors were different and some of the pictures were in the wrong place. It may take a little tweeking! :)**
I'm a 36 year old Mom of 4 kiddos, 3 boys (12, 4 & 2 years old) and one little princess (9). I have an awesome hubby who puts up with my craziness...He supports me when I spend way too much time on my YW lessons. I started this blog for fun and have been so excited to watch it grow and watch others being able to use the Power Point lessons, handouts and other ideas I have posted. Thank you for stopping by!
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