Lesson 11: “The Field Is White Already to Harvest”
Doctrine and Covenants and Church History: Gospel Doctrine
In class we are going to plan the perfect meal. Assign or ask for volunteers to decide what they would pick as the most perfect:
- Main Dish
- Side Dish
- Vegetable Dish
You can assign people a part of the meal or have every member of the class pick one and think of what would be their ideal part. Then ask for some volunteers to share what they would most want to eat for each part of the meal. You can either write it on the board or draw it to have fun with putting together the perfect meal. Now, we are going to talk about how to put together not a perfect meal, but the perfect missionary attitude—the way the Lord has outlined.
This leads right to part 2 from the lesson manual. Write all the scriptures from that section on the board and have class members pick a few of them. They are looking for the attributes the Lord has outlined as important in missionary work. Have them select one or two (no more than two) that they would like to discuss as important to missionary work. Have class members share a time when that attribute has helped them either in the mission field or in their efforts to share the Gospel with their friends of other faiths.
After a few minutes of sharing ideas about what makes up a great missionary, just like with the food, it only gives us limited satisfaction to talk about the food. We want to know how to make it. The Lord not only outlines how he wants us to be he also teaches us what he wants us to do. So, now that we know some of the attributes to work on, what can we do this week to best serve?
This leads you to the verses outlined in part 4 of the lesson. Read these verses and write some of your favorites on the board for class members to look up and discuss how the Lord expects us to share the Gospel most effectively. You can ask class members to talk about which of these seem easy and which are more difficult.
I highly recommend that you read, “Creating a Gospel Sharing Home.” This is a great talk about how to share the Gospel with others in a safe, non-threatening way. Finish by sharing some of the ideas from Elder Ballard and getting the class to share times they have been successful talking about the Gospel with others.