5 Quotes Plus Discussion-Promoting Questions
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This talk got a lot of votes in the polls! First, let’s pronounce his last name: Zhee-ROH CAR-ee-ay. (He’s French)
Second, this is a story-based lesson. Story lessons are a nice break and will get your group talking about essential topics in a recognizable, real-life way. This lesson is perfect for softening our outlook on others.
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 Christophe G. Giraud-Carrier (unless otherwise noted).
- If I were teaching, I’d do quotes 1, 3, 4, 2, and 5 – in that order.
- Please don’t worry if you only get through a couple of quotes. Spiritual discussion is golden; it resonates and teaches more than a lecture covering all points will.
- If the discussion gets too secular, pull it back to the quotes and a spiritual tone…naturally and with tact.
- Encourage discussion by accepting all reasonable answers. Validate people for participating and be thankful they spoke up. Engage with the answer in a conversational way whenever it feels natural. Never say, “We haven’t got to that part of the lesson yet.” Roll with it.
Quote #1 (4-part stories)
This makes an excellent foundation for the whole lesson.
Possible Engagement Tool: Explain that Elder Giraud-Carrier shared a series of scripture stories that we will review. Invite your class to notice patterns and keep track of what message these scripture accounts reveal.
(This quote is meant to be read all together. Four people, one for each part, should work nicely. I would consider having people stand together up front and read these. Even if it’s before Sacrament meeting that day, assign the quotes ahead of class so the readers are familiar with them – if you can.)
Quick question break: Suggest to the class that we quickly answer Elder Giraud-Carrier’s question, “What was the trouble with Samuel and Ananias in these two instances”? Just call on one or two people.
Two key phrases:
“…the Lord saw these individuals for who they [really] were.
“…ministered to each one (master key phrase for this lesson.)
Quick question break: Ask the class what patterns or messages they noticed from these scripture stories. Just call on two or three people.
Possible visual aid: Write or post the words “Ministered to each one.”
Quote #2 (labels)
Notice how President Nelson mentions labels about ourselves, too!
Possible discussion questions: Why is it important to avoid using negative labels or impersonal categories with other people? (accept all reasonable answers — It desensitizes us and creates a lack of awareness of others.) Who is happy when we label others? (Satan) Do we sometimes label ourselves? Who is pleased when we create superiority or inferiority between ourselves and others? (Only Satan) Does any group of people have more favor in God’s sight than another?
For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile. (2 Nephi 26:33)
Quote #3 (covenant)
I nominate this quote for the most eloquent! Please especially note the bolded sentence.
…Covenant belonging: What a beautiful concept! We belong to a group of people who all try to place the Savior and their covenants at the center of their lives and to live the gospel joyfully. Hence, rather than our seeing each other through the distorted lens of mortality, the gospel raises our sights and allows us to see each other through the flawless, unchanging lens of our sacred covenants.
Possible discussion questions. What does Elder Giraud-Carrier mean by “the distorted lens of mortality”? How does the gospel help us see above the usual cultural and traditional judgments made of others? What happens when we’re in the temple with everyone dressed in white? Can we step back and realize everyone is on the same covenant path, progressing towards the same eternal goal?
Elder Soares posted this on his Twitter account on November 5, 2023:
Quote #4 (really matters)
President Nelson is so quotable. And this one is meaningful.
Indeed, we follow our dear prophet’s invitation: “My dear brothers and sisters, how we treat each other really matters! How we speak to and about others at home, at church, at work, and online really matters. Today, I am asking us to interact with others in a higher, holier way.”
Possible discussion questions: What does President Nelson’s quote mean to you? How important to the Savior – are our attitudes and actions towards others? How would you explain the phrase, “in a higher, holier way”?
Quote #5 (closing)
This is a great closing quote if you have time.
Of course, if you can have your group sing or listen to the Primary song, that would be ideal. Make sure they have the words.
Summarize class discussion highlights and/or share your testimony and feelings about Elder Giraud-Carrier’s talk. Thank your class for their excellent contributions and insights.
Thank you, thank you for preparing yourself for this lesson. Our hearts need softening. Satan works hard on contention, ill will, and negativity. This is a beautiful lesson to help us all push back and strengthen ourselves against this chaotic period of unrest and confusion. 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.