Emergency Substitute YW or Sunday School Lesson
I teach a combined class of Laurels and Miamaids. A couple of months ago, as I was planning a lesson, I kept getting emails saying that my lesson time would be cut short. They had song practice for a special musical number. And the girls needed to be taken out one by one to work on a going-away gift for one of the leaders. My usual 30 minutes was down to 15- and even those would be interrupted. I needed a quick lesson that was “on topic” but that the girls would like. This was my solution.
The week before, I had asked the girls what they wanted a lesson on. It was the month about the Restoration, so I suggested the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith. They told me they just wanted food. Noted.
With only 15 minutes of intermittent lesson, I decided to go the easy route. I’d bring food. But it would also be loosely based on the Book of Mormon. I mean really loosely. So loose that you might not even need to mention the Book of Mormon at all.
I wrote a list of scriptures (from the Book of Mormon!) on the board. They were these:
1 Nephi 16:31
2 Nephi 17:22
Alma 8:19, 22
3 Nephi 13:31
3 Nephi 20:3-4, 7, 9
2 Nephi 9:50
2 Nephi 32:3
2 Nephi 31:20
I then assigned two scriptures to each girl and asked them to find out what the scriptures had in common. It didn’t take long, all these scriptures reference food in some way.
Then I brought out some cookies.
I might have mentioned Jesus as the “Bread of Life” and that we eat because it’s fuel and it’s yummy. And the girls all agreed. And they loved it.
So if you’re in a bind and you need a quick lesson or maybe you’re substituting last minute, try this one. You can modify the scripture references for whatever book of scripture you’re studying.
Food. It’s good. And it makes a good lesson.
Do you have a quick lesson that has proved itself as a favorite? What do you do for quick lessons?