Lesson 24: “Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness”, Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine
Have two sets of people come to the front of the class, about 6 people in each group. Give each one of them a ball or even a crumpled up piece of paper. Then have one more person for each group. Have one group of six people get in a circle around one of the people and then have the other group of 6 line up in a straight line. Each person is going to throw the ball (or piece of paper) at the other person. You will need to do some coaching to make sure it works out correctly. You will want the people in the line to throw the ball and then move on and have the next one in line throw and so on so that the person has a good chance to catch the ball because it is coming from one person at a time in a specific order. Then have the group in the half circle throw the ball at random times so that the person in the middle doesn’t have much of a chance at catching any of the balls because they are coming at different times and from different places.(Again you will need to do some coaching with the teams, maybe with the two “catchers” out of the room so that things work out like they need to.)
The point of this whole object lesson is found in D&C 43:1-7. Only one person at a time is ordained to give instruction to the church. The purpose for this is so that, “you may not be deceived.” And so we know that the false teachings are, “not of me.”
The part of this lesson that I would focus on is section 50. There is a great lesson here on how to tell if something does come from God. If it comes from God it will edify or build you up. There will be the Spirit and it will serve to make everyone better. The scriptures call it “light.” Those that receive it build them up it continues to produce light until “the perfect day.” This can be a great discussion about things that bring us closer to God and things that bring us further away. It can also be a great time to talk about where our truth comes from. God set up a pattern so that we know that truth comes from a certain source and that we can recognize truth that comes from him.