Dear Relief Society Sisters,
I have strong beliefs on adult learning. Long term learning is attached to emotion and connected to the experiences of the learning. It appeals to a variety of learning modes. A teacher reading the manual or lecturing with no opportunities for discussion is my idea of the worst lesson ever. Inspiration/revelation only enters the room through one voice, the instructor. Conversely, a great lesson is discussion oriented with many voices providing comment and opportunity for inspiration/revelation to enter the room. The objective of the following lesson plan is to create opportunities for meaningful discussion, inspiration, and revelation.
Introduction: From the Life of Joseph Fielding Smith
Write on the board: “Why should we obey Gospel laws?” with numbers 1-5 listed below the question. This is our focus question. Throughout the lesson stop and ask the focus question and add new answers.
Assign sisters to read the watchtower quote and Word of Wisdom anecdote from President Smith.
The man in the humorous anecdote had already repented. He isn’t offended by a call to repentance because he has already chosen to change.
Ask the Sisters: When you listen to a call to repentance what makes you want to change? Is it feeling scared of consequences and fear driven? Is it feeling loved and understood? Does an emotional plea to your heart or logical reasoning directed to your mind work best for you?
Participation helps to increase learning! Have each sister turn to a sister next to her and take 2-5 minutes to share with each other what kind of appeal for change helps them the most and why it works best.
Call the group to order and have the sisters raise their hands to vote for which type of call to repentance they like best.
Ask the Sisters: What are some positive and negative aspects of each approach? Are there times when it might be best to scare someone into obedience? When might an emotional plea not be the best fit?Read More