5 Highlights for “God’s Intent Is to Bring You Home” by Elder Kearon

by | Apr 13, 2024

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5 Quotes Plus Discussion-Promoting Questions

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Elder Kearon’s first General Conference address was dynamite. He is already a beloved apostle for many. This is a wonderful lesson and a boost of spiritual fuel for your class. I hope you have a successful, satisfying experience teaching it.

You can find his full talk here. Unless you opt to spend a lot of time on a particular quote, try to pick around 2 questions per quote. Choose the questions that resonate the most with you and make a meaningful discussion for your group of personalities. These highlights and questions fit with Lesson Template 1 or Template 2. You can also check out several other General Conference Talks with 5 Highlights.

All blue quotes by Elder Patrick Kearon (unless otherwise noted).

Lesson Prep

At least a week ahead of time, I would assign 2 to 3 people to read a quote from the lesson and be ready to share their thoughts on that quote in class. Try to ask people who don’t speak up all the time. The discussion quality often increases when you give people time to think about the quotes and/or questions.

Please do not worry about covering every quote! Quality discussion makes a lasting impact; sometimes, your group needs to discuss one topic more than another.

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Quote #1 (fabulous)

That quote immediately brought this verse to mind. And it’s full of tender mercies in disguise.

Everyone’s learning style is different, and God will speak in the voice you can hear.

Which one speaks to your soul and gets it moving?

Voices Jesus Christ Will Use to Bring You Back

  • Send prophets
  • Send angels
  • His own voice
  • Thunder
  • Lightning
  • Tempest (violent windstorm with rain, hail, or snow)
  • Earthquakes👈
  • Hailstorms
  • Famine (severe food shortage)
  • Pestilences (plagues, outbreaks and disease)
  • Sound of a trump
  • Voice of judgment (Reproof like Enos described)
  • Voice of mercy (tender blessings and expressions of love)
  • Voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life (teaching us about the great number of rewards that come from obedient living)

My own story: I was living in Salt Lake City when the 5.7 Magna earthquake hit in 2020. Not only did it hit once, but it kept going with sizable aftershocks for weeks. (Apparently, it still hasn’t died down.)

That earthquake jolted my whole being to its very core. I felt every aftershock take inventory of my soul.

The earthquake has a voice by divine design. How miraculous that so many of us heard that same voice. “Repent! Reset your priorities and get your affairs in order.”

Some of my friends started paying attention to their food storage for the first time in years. Others realized their lives were wrapped around things that didn’t matter, and it was time to embrace higher pursuits.

People’s lives altered course.

Several of my lagging good intentions and procrastinated promptings were finally jerked into motion. (That’s how the Divine Code blog  started.)

Earthquakes talk. Natural events speak to us.

They are a part of God’s design to reach us in a way that motivates us to come back and upgrade our lives, and then He can save us.

Possible discussion questions: What’s your learning style—what voice do you respond to best? Does anyone have any experiences where you felt God was helping you to come back? How can we help others come back? Has anyone ever experienced a natural disaster or witnessed a natural event that changed you or your mindset in some way? Does the world sometimes interpret the bad things that happen differently? Why is Elder Kearon’s point about roadblocks vs. God’s relentless pursuit so essential to understand?

Quote #2 (purposes)

Possible activity: Have your class pull out of a list of purposes for being here on Earth. (Accept reasonable answers, don’t expect a perfect list.) It works best if they have a copy of the quote to read along.

  • stretching and refining experiences
  • use our moral agency to choose God
  • learn and grow
  • make mistakes
  • repent
  • love God and our neighbor
  • return home to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ

Possible discussion questions: Which one of these purposes stands out for you today, and why is it important to you? Difficulties and trials are so hard; why must we experience them? Why would a loving God permit affliction and tragedy in our lives? (Accept all reasonable answers—God is in the business of growing the best version of you possible, not taking all difficult experiences away immediately.) Elder Kearon points out that Christ’s great atoning gift removes every roadblock. How can we use that atoning gift? Elder Kearon names three purposes for Jesus Christ’s coming to earth and living a mortal life. What are they? (Accept all reasonable answers — to provide an example to follow, atone, and redeem.)

Quote #3 (plan)

Elder Kearon beautifully explains God’s ultimate motivation and intent.

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He employs every possible measure to bring you back.

This quote comes in 5 parts—but it is one long, related quote. You can read the five parts in a row and discuss them at the end (recommended) or stop and discuss each one.

Note: For the best participation and attention, this quote should be read by five different people. Instruct them to read their quote as soon as the last one finishes.


Quote A

Quote B

Quote C

Quote D

Possible discussion questions: Of the four different names Elder Kearon mentions: the plan of redemption, the plan of mercy, the great plan of happiness, and the plan of salvation – which one is most meaningful to you? (Accept all reasonable answers; for me, it’s the plan of mercy because I know it is COMPLETE MERCY that such a plan was even designed. God didn’t have to do that for us—but in His great love, He wanted to anyway.) What phrase or words stand out from these four quotes today, and what thoughts do you have about it? How do you feel about Elder Kearon’s message of the good news of the gospel? Of the four different names Elder Kearon mentions: the plan of redemption, the plan of mercy, the great plan of happiness, and the plan of salvation – which one is most meaningful to you? (Accept all reasonable answers; for me, it’s the plan of mercy because I know it is COMPLETE MERCY that such a plan was even designed. God didn’t have to do that for us—but in His great love, He wanted to anyway.) Do we sometimes forget how tender and personable God and Christ are?

Quote #4 (our part)

Possible activity: Post a list of “our part.” Ask your class to choose one and share what that means to them.

Our Part

  • change and repent
  • come unto Him (means live His laws)
  • live on a higher plane of moral conduct
  • personal progress
  • strengthened faith in Christ
  • mighty change of heart
  • radical reorientation of our selfish and prideful impulses
  • evict the natural man
  • go and sin no more

Possible discussion questions: What is our part in the plan of mercy? How well will the plan of salvation work without us doing our part? Who benefits the most from doing our part? If you could choose one to work on, which would it be – who doesn’t mind sharing? (Be prepared to share yours first.)

Quote #5 (infinite)

Possible discussion questions: What would you say to a discouraged friend about “measuring up” or about the Savior loving even them? Who does Jesus Christ intend to save? Why is that such an important message today?


Summarize class discussion highlights and/or share your testimony and feelings about Elder Kearon’s talk. Thank your class for their excellent contributions and insights.

Final Comment

Let’s encourage everyone to have a higher faith in God and themselves. This is a powerful message to share with your class. Godspeed your efforts to bring the Spirit into your discussions and learning.

Teach with confidence, and if you would like some tips on how to feel more confident while teaching – try “9 Tips for More Class Participation.” May the Spirit bless and guide your efforts.

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1 Comment

  1. Nancy Randall

    I really value your website. It’s like having a friend to brainstorm w/ about my discussion. It helps me get to thinking creatively & pondering what will work for my sisters. Also, your guidelines are always a good reminder of what works well & gives me ides of new ideas I can try. Thanks so much! Nancy


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