“You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?” An age-old challenge for every Christian! We know the right answers, but are we choosing the right?
We started our lesson by creating acrostic poems for the word WALK. It was just a regular acrostic to get the concept down and focus on the word WALK. Students shared a few and then created another acrostic for WALK, but this time we used 1 Thessalonians to help us create the acrostic. The WALK we focused on this time was: WALK WITH GOD. The students studied 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1; and 4:12 to understand WHAT it means to WALK WITH GOD . I asked them to use words from those references to create their new acrostic.
Once they were done studying and creating their acrostic we shared some of their answers and discussed what it means to WALK WITH GOD. We then discussed HOW we can WALK WITH GOD. To do this I had them chose one of the columns to study on the board: 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 3:8-13; 5:5-11 OR 2:4; 4:3-9; 5:13-23. I asked them to suggest what they would share with other teens from these verses about HOW to WALK WITH GOD.
We then focused on WHY we would want to WALK WITH GOD. To do this we discovered two of the questions that were asked of Paul. Of course, since we don’t have the questions, we had to study the answers to discover them. The students studied the verses to figure out what the two topics were. Once we were able to determine the topics (Resurrection and Second Coming), we discussed how they relate to the WHY we want to WALK WITH GOD. I asked them if they had any questions that they would want answered about the Resurrection or the Second Coming. We listened to a few of of their questions. I gave them a copy of the True to the Faith booklet and asked them to look up either topic that they wanted answers to. I gave them 10 minutes to study the information and associated scriptures. I then gave them the final few minutes to share some answers that they had found to their questions.
“To ask and to answer questions is at the heart of all learning and all teaching.” (Henry B. Eyring, “The Lord Will Multiply the Harvest” [an evening with Elder Henry B. Eyring, Feb. 6, 1998], 5–6)
“Asking effective questions is one of the most important skills a teacher can develop. Questions can engage students in the process of understanding the scriptures and help them identify and understand important gospel truths. Questions also help students reflect upon how the gospel has influenced their lives and to consider how they may apply gospel principles now and in the future. Asking effective questions can encourage students to invite the Holy Ghost into their learning experience through exercising their agency and fulfilling their role in the learning process.” (Gospel Teaching and Learning, Questions [5.1])